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Only Half of Disabled Canadians Have a Full or Part-Time Job: CIBC poll

Michelle McQuigge
The Canadian Press, January 17, 2017

TORONTO — A new poll suggests that employment conditions remain dismal for Canadians with disabilities.

The survey commissioned by CIBC and conducted by Angus Reid found that only half of respondents living with a disability have a full or part-time job.

Two years ago, Statistics Canada released similar figures putting the employment rate for disabled Canadians at 49 per cent, compared to 79 per cent for the general population.

The latest poll found that 37 per cent of disabled respondents said they were unemployed, while 11 per cent fell into a miscellaneous category such as homemaker or student.

Walmart Sued After Firing Employee With Down Syndrome

And allegedly violating the Americans With Disabilities Act
By Michael Harthorne, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2017 3:34 PM CST

(Newser) The US Equal Employment Opportunities Commission is suing Walmart for allegedly violating the Americans With Disabilities Act after the company fired an employee with Down syndrome, the Mighty reports.

Marlo Spaeth had worked at a Walmart in Milwaukee for 15 years. According to the EEOC, she was a good employee who earned raises and satisfactory performance reviews while working noon to 4pm shifts. Then in November 2014, a new computerized scheduling system changed Spaeth’s hours, making them later and longer.

CIBC Introduces New Initiative to Support Employment for Canadians Living With a Disability

TORONTO, Jan. 17, 2017 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX)

Bank partners with social enterprise Magnet to tackle employment barriers and focus on diversity hiring

Committed to increasing employment opportunities for individuals living with a disability, CIBC (CM) CM, announced today it is partnering with Magnet, an online network that connects job seekers to employers based on skills and talent needs.

A recently commissioned CIBC and Magnet survey* reveals that nearly two-in-five working-age Canadians living with a disability are unemployed, and this newly formed partnership aims to expand access to job opportunities for persons with disabilities. The same poll reveals that lack of opportunities (13%), past non-inclusive employment experience (9%) and fear of discrimination (6%) are just some of the reasons that individuals with disabilities cite they are not employed.

Government of Canada Improves Accessibility for Canadians With Disabilities Within Their Workplaces and Communities

SURREY, BC, Jan. 17, 2017 /CNW

Today, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, visited the Centre for Child Development of the Lower Mainland to announce the approval of 573 Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) projects. The Minister highlighted how these projects will help strengthen the Government of Canada’s commitment to ensuring greater accessibility and opportunity for Canadians with disabilities in their communities and workplaces.

Pursuing a Career in Counseling

A career in counseling is one of the most rewarding career options you can explore today. Not only will you receive a healthy financial reward for your services, you will also have countless priceless moments seeing those you have helped succeed in life.

The career options in this field are also very interesting to look into, ranging from positions as a counselor at school to a career as a marriage counselor.

To make it even better, getting the qualifications and qualities required to start a career in this field is easier than ever.
Universities such as Wake Forest University are making their online counseling degrees and programs more available to students. There is no age requirement or limitations either, allowing anyone to embark on a rewarding career helping others.

5 Reasons Why a Person with a Disability Should Consider an Online MBA

by Maggie Hammond

Completing an MBA is a huge achievement for any student. It’s an even bigger accomplishment if you have a disability and you now have a wide range of online MBA options to choose from, that make the whole process of getting an MBA much easier. Below are five of the main reasons why you should consider starting an online MBA.

1. It Costs Less to Study for an Online MBA

If you’re wondering “why should I do my MBA online”, money is often the first reason that springs to mind. Traditionally, studying for an MBA meant that you had to spend money on expensive tuition fees, travel and a wide range of other living expenses. Thanks to the latest online MBA programs, this is no longer the case. You can study at home and avoid these unnecessary expenses, and still manage to obtain a high-quality, recognized qualification.

Spotlight on Invisible Disabilities Project

ARCH Disability Law Centre wants you to know about the Spotlight on Invisible Disabilities Project.

The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association is leading a national consultation process on the Government of Canada’s proposed federal accessibility legislation. This legislation promises to make Canada more accessible and inclusive of persons with disabilities.

CHHA, with the help of 18 Canadian disability organizations (http://www.chha.ca/chha/spotlight.php#partners), including ARCH, wants to hear how the proposed federal accessibility legislation can achieve improved accessibility and inclusion of Canadians with disabilities.

In particular, CHHA wants to hear from youth, veterans and seniors.

Here are some of the ways your organization and community can participate in the consultation:

THE MOST CRITICAL ELEMENT IN AN EFFECTIVE NATIONAL ACCESS and INCLUSION ACT

Brief From: John Rae
Brief To: Consultation Accessibility Legislation
January, 2017

BACKGROUND:

My name is John Rae, I am totally blind and live in Toronto. Over the past 40 years, I have worked for the Ontario Government held elective offices in Canadas labour movement at the local, provincial national levels and actively participated with numerous community-based organizations dealing with disability and broader human rights issues.

I am working on a much lengthier and more comprehensive Brief which I expect to complete and submit in the next couple of weeks. In the interim I would like to file this short Brief in order to give focus to what I consider to be the most important elements of a productive and successful National Accessibility and Inclusion Act.

Nursing Expected to Grow at Twice the Rate of Other Industries

Across the board, 11% more positions are expected to open up in industries throughout the United States in the next five years.

However, if you take a look at the nursing profession, you will find that 20% more positions will be available. If you are currently looking to take a degree, or are considering switching careers, looking into careers in nursing is sure to serve you well in the future.

Not only is nursing expected to grow at twice the rate of other industries, it also offers a much better work-life balance than other industries in healthcare.

CES 2017: Emerging Tech Aims to Improve Life for Handicapped

Handy helper: The prosthetic hand from BrainRobotics, controlled by signals sent from the residual muscles on an amputee’s limb, a process that involves some machine learning technology, on display at the 2017 Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. AFP

LAS VEGAS: Emerging technology is giving new hope for the handicapped, and harnessing brainwaves for the physically disabled and helping the visually impaired with “artificial vision” are just the start.

Many systems showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas are aimed at improving quality of life for people with disabilities.

BrainRobotics, a Massachusetts-based startup, showed its prosthesis that can be controlled by residual muscle strength of an amputee with better efficiency than similar devices, according to developers.

4 Reasons Why Online Education is Perfect for Students with Disabilities

by Maggie Hammond

Just about every person out there will see some sort of benefit when it comes to online MBA learning. However, arguably, those who benefit the most are those who are suffering from a disability. There are a number of reasons for this, a few of which will be covered on this page.

1. Convenient

For many people with disabilities, it can be tough to get to and from places. This can make attending a traditional school a chore. Since you will be able to carry out online MBA learning wherever you have a computer, you will not need to travel anywhere. You can do everything from the comfort of your own home. This will make studying a whole lot more convenient for you.

Access Board Updates ADA Guidelines for Buses and Vans

December 14, 2016

The Access Board has issued a final rule updating sections of its accessibility guidelines for transportation vehicles covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The rule revises provisions in the guidelines that apply to buses and vans to enhance accessibility and to address industry trends and improvements in design and technology.

The guidelines, which the Board originally published in 1991, apply to new or remanufactured vehicles (they also include provisions for rail vehicles that the Board will update separately).

The guidelines for buses and vans address boarding access, fare devices, interior circulation, seating and securement, signs, lighting, and announcement systems.

London Unveils Badge Program for People With Invisible Disabilities

London’s transportation department wants to help people with invisible conditions find a seat on public transportation. Starting September 12, Transport for London (TfL) will spend six weeks testing a badge program for people with invisible illnesses and disabilities. The badges, which say “Please offer me a seat,” are designed for people who are unable to stand, but appear like they can. Those who see someone wearing a badge will then be encouraged through campaigns and materials distributed by the TfL to offer up their seat.

The TfL is currently recruiting 1,000 people for its trial program. Those receiving a badge will also get a card to present to transportation staff. According to the TfL website, if the trial is successful, more people will be able to apply for the program.

Individuals With Disabilities More Likely to Be Employed in States With Expanded Medicaid

Wed, 12/21/2016

LAWRENCE Individuals with disabilities are significantly more likely to be employed if they live in a state that has expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, a new study has found.

Researchers at the University of Kansas co-authored a study that found a 6 percentage-point difference in employment rates among working-age adults with disabilities in states that expanded Medicaid and those that chose not to.

How Do Deaf-Blind People Communicate?

American Association of the Deaf-Blind

Deaf-blind people have many different ways of communication.
The methods they use vary, depending on the causes of their combined vision and hearing loss, their backgrounds, and their education.

Below are some of the most common ways that deaf-blind people communicate. These methods described are used primarily in the United States.

Sign Language and Modifications

Signed Languages:

Some deaf or hard of hearing people with low vision use American Sign Language
or an English-based sign language. In some cases, people may need to sign or fingerspell more slowly than usual so the person with limited vision can see signs more clearly. Sometimes the person with low vision can see the signs better if the signer wears a shirt that contrasts with his or her skin color (e.g., a person with light skin needs to wear a dark-colored shirt).

5 Ways New Technologies are Empowering People with Disabilities

by Maggie Hammond

While the term adaptive technology is fairly new, throughout history humanity has used technology to make life easier for the sick and disabled. As a matter of fact, one of the oldest and most recognizable examples of adaptive technology is the simple cane used by the blind. Today, adaptive tech is so advanced that it can sometimes border on science fiction. Here are five new technologies that are empowering people with disabilities.

1. The DynaVox EyeMax

The EyeMax allows people with cerebral palsy, stroke, and paralysis to communicate using only their eyes. As they read on an on-screen keyboard, a scanner tracks their eye movements and formulates words and phrases. These are then translated into sound using text-to-speech technology.

In Quebec, French-Language Media Aren’t Talking About Accessibility

“When we talk about people with disabilities, theyre either shown as inspiring models of overcoming adversity, or as people left helpless. Ruby Irene Pratka
CANADALAND, December 15, 2016

For the 50th anniversary of the Montreal M├ętro, dozens of wheelchair users were able to do something theyd never done beforeenter the Place-des-Arts station. Only 10 of the subway networks 68 stations are currently accessible, to the consistent frustration of wheelchair users. For the anniversary celebrations, employees had set up a temporary ramp giving people in wheelchairs access to the station.

Co-organizer Laurence Parent did two TV interviews, one with CBC and one with Global. Weve been waiting for 50 years, Parent said, in her second language. Accessibility is coming but its not coming fast enough.

Blind Man Sets Out Alone in Google’s Driverless Car

By Ashley Halsey III and Michael Laris
Washington Post, Dec. 13, 2016

A blind man has successfully traveled around Austin unaccompanied in a car without a steering wheel or floor pedals, Google announced Tuesday.

After years of testing by Google engineers and employees, the company’s new level of confidence in its fully autonomous technology was described as a milestone.

“We’ve had almost driverless technology for a decade,” said Google engineer Nathaniel Fairfield. “It’s the hard parts of driving that really take the time and the effort to do right.”

Steve Mahan, who is legally blind, was the first non-Google employee to ride alone in the company’s gumdrop-shaped autonomous car.

Your quiet hybrid is likely to make itself heard in the not-so-distant future

Coming soon to your quiet hybrid:
By Fredrick Kunkle
Washington Post, November 23, 2016

Under a new safety regulation issued by the federal government, hybrids and electric cars will be equipped with a device that emits sound to alert passersby that the vehicle is running. Manufacturers have until Sept. 1, 2019, to meet the requirement.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in announcing the new safety standard, said adding noise to the nearly soundless vehicles could prevent nearly 2,400 injuries a year to pedestrians and bicyclists.

The measure is of special importance to people who are blind or visually impaired.

Sobey’s Hardware/Software Upgrade Denies Access to Visually Impaired Long-Term Employee

The hearing dates in the case of Jones v Sobey’s West Inc., Case #12888, have been confirmed and will proceed as scheduled, January 16 to 18th 2017.

My name is Juanita Jones, and I have been employed by Safeway since July 2001 as a cashier. During this time I have been very successful in my position even though I am partially-sighted. Over the years, I have received many compliments from regular customers, both as a cashier and as a customer service representative, at my local Safeway store in Surrey, BC.