What Is Applied Behavior Analysis(ABA)?

December 15, 2008

Behavior Analysis is the science of behavior. Applied behavior analysis ( ABA ) is the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles
of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviors to a meaningful degree (Baer, Wolf & Risley, 1968/1987; Sulzer-Azaroff & Mayer, 1991). Specifically,
ABA refers to a systematic approach to the assessment and evaluation of behavior, and the application of interventions that alter behavior.

Designing Housing for Disabled People

By John M. Williams

In the 30 years that I have been involved in the disability field, scores and scores of people with disabilities have told me about the woes they encountered
in having an accessible house built. I could write a book on their horrific trials that have caused delays in building, additional costs for retrofitting
and personal anguish.

Wheelchair Racer Petitclerc Voted The Canadian Press Female Athlete of Year

Fri Dec 26, 3:04 PM
By The Canadian Press

TORONTO – Chantal Petitclerc is the first Paralympian to be voted The Canadian Press female athlete of the year since the award was created in 1933.

Airlines Rush to Draft Obesity Seat Policy

Janice Tibbetts, Canwest News Service Published: Thursday, December 25, 2008

OTTAWA — Canada’s two largest airlines are scrambling to craft new policies defining obesity as they prepare to offer disabled passengers two seats for
the price of one.

Substance Use and Mental Disorders Intertwined

By Rick Nauert, Ph.D.
Senior News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on December 18, 2008

Thursday, Dec 18 (Psych Central) —
Substance Use and Mental Disorders IntertwinedTwo new studies in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry have found that multilevel integration is needed for
mental health and substance use services to adequately address the needs of people diagnosed with co-occurring disorders.

Support Brings Hope to Those With Mental Illness, Addiction

But many face hurdles in getting the services they need
By Cindy Chan
Epoch Times Staff Dec 23, 2008

‘SAFE HAVEN’: The Fraser Street facility run by RainCity Housing in Vancouver provides a successful transitional housing program for people with both mental
illness and substance use disorder. (Courtesy of RainCity Housing)

Canada Veteran Disability Pension Information and Benefits

December 21st, 2008

Veteran Disability pension Canada

Canada Disability Pension:
Canada offers a disability pension plan for those who are disabled to work at
any job on a regular basis. The disability must be both severe and prolonged.
This plan is called as the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). It gives a monthly
payment to people who have contributed to the Canada Pension Plan while they
worked and later became disabled and are unable to work at any job on a regular
basis. A person is eligible for the CPP disability benefit only if the SDC
(Social Development Canada) medical adjudicators approve the applicant based on
the application, supporting documents and the visible accidental disability
which is severe and prolonged. According to the law, the severity of disability
is one which prevents one from doing any job on a regular basis and the
prolonged disability is one which is expected to last for at least one year or
is likely to result in death.

Blind Golf

Playing blind golfBlind golf is an adapted version of the sport of golf created for blind and partially sighted players. While we think of golf as an activity
requiring eyesight, that’s not necessarily the case. The game is enjoyed by thousands throughout the world who have someone else be their eyes.

Disabled Employees in Canada Offered Assistance

It has been announced that workers with a disability living in Saskatchewan have been offered help by the government of Canada.

A total of nine new employment projects designed to help enhance the skills of employees with impairments have been introduced, announced member of parliament
Andrew Scheer.

New Census Data Shows More Than 54 Million Americans Have a Disability

Saturday, December 20, 2008

FromReuters (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28311124/.

You can see all the Census Bureau tables at http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/disability/disability.html.

CANADA: Alberta Increases Support to Help Aging Seniors Live at Home

TORONTO, Ontario / CBC News / December 16, 2008

Alberta will improve personal care service options to assist seniors and people with disabilities in their own homes. (CBC)

Alberta’s new long-term care plan, announced Monday, includes more services to help seniors and people with disabilities remain in their own homes.

Ombudsman Finds Military Members With Mental Health Injuries Falling Through Cracks of Military System

Last update: 10:00 a.m. EST Dec. 17, 2008

OTTAWA, ONTARIO, Dec 17, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) — The Interim Ombudsman for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces, Ms. Mary
McFadyen, today released a special report, entitled A Long Road to Recovery: Battling Operational Stress Injuries. Accompanying the report is a case study
on the state of mental health services at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Petawawa in Ontario.

North Ireland Support Program for Children With Autism to Be Used Across Europe

Tuesday, December 16, 2008
From a University of Ulster press release( http://news.ulster.ac.uk/releases/2008/4177.html):

An innovative support package to help parents of children with autism, which was pioneered in Northern Ireland, is to be rolled out across Europe.

New Jersey Man Starts Web Portal To Assist People With Disabilities Getting Jobs

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

From the NJ Business:

It’s a stubborn fact that the majority of working-age Americans with disabilities can’t find a job, or enjoy the independence a paycheck delivers. But New
Jersey-based GettingHired is hoping to change things with its just-launched Web portal, a job-search database that encourages employers to pay an annual
fee to get their openings in front of this under-tapped talent pool.

A History of Disability or Differently Abled Sport

Although persons with different abilities have been involved in organized sports for at least 100 years, it is only very recently that they gained any level
of recognition for such participation (DePauw. 1995).

Are You Delivering Accessible Web Content?

By Marisa Peacock / Dec 11, 2008

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Version (WCAG) 2.0

Are you in the loop on this? The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) has been approved by the W3C. With it, comes discussion among
W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative http://www.cmswire.com/cms/web-content/web-content-accessibility-guidelines-20-out-for-review-003558.php
about what’s new with these guidelines as well as the resources that will be available for web developers and designers.

Lottery Tickets for Kids a No-No

Several U.S. and Canadian organizations have joined forces to urge adults to resist giving lottery tickets as holiday gifts to minors which could be a “gateway”
to a gambling addiction.

The National Council on Problem Gambling joined the Canada-based International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviours to warn parents
this holiday season about the risks of giving lottery tickets and scratch cards as gifts to minors.

Humanitarian Effort to El Salvador

December 2 nd, 2008

Marc Durocher made the long trek to El Salvador in November and came back to Timmins a changed man. Along with 37 other Rotarians from across Ontario, Durocher
paid his own way to help deliver 1,400 wheelchairs to El Salvadorian citizens who could otherwise not afford to purchase them.

Not Just in Canada

By Donna J. Jodhan

Hello there! My very first editorial for Accessibility News International (ANI) and I’d like to thank Geof Collis for giving me this opportunity to communicate
my thoughts to you. Today I would like to ramble a bit on our need to keep on fighting the good fight.

More Needs To Be Done to Fully Integrate the Disabled

Singapore News // Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Are we able to help the disabled?

Ow Chee Chung

AT THE opening of the Cerebral Palsy Centre in 2004, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made a call

for Singapore to be a more inclusive society.Four years
on, and as we celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities today, let us take stock

of the progress in making Singapore an inclusive society