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Phones Still Aren’t Quite Right for People With Disabilities

Mobile phones are increasingly more accessible for people with disabilities, but there are still some significant gaps in service, according to a new study.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/phones-still-arent-quite-right-for-people-with-disabilities/

What It’s Like to Be Blind in a World of People Distracted By Cellphones

On other occasions, after bumping into me, I hear a stammered “sorry” as they For someone who is visually impaired, it can be difficult to simply walk down the street, evading pedestrians more focused on their phones than who is in front of them. Ironically, others still will tell me to watch where I’m going. I’m always a little blown away by that.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/what-its-like-to-be-blind-in-a-world-of-people-distracted-by-cellphones/

What is the Customer Service Standard?

The customer service standard under the AODA outlines requirements for service providers to make their goods, services, and facilities accessible for customers or patrons with disabilities.

The Customer Service Standard mandates that service providers must find ways to break down barriers that prevent customers with disabilities from accessing the services they need. Barriers may be due to:

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/what-is-the-customer-service-standard/

Paralympic Medalists Check Accessibility of 2020 Tokyo Games Venue Area

TOKYO — Paralympic medalists have inspected parts of the capital’s Koto Ward, host to two Tokyo 2020 swimming venues, to see if the area meets the growing demand for easier access for people with disabilities.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/paralympic-medalists-check-accessibility-of-2020-tokyo-games-venue-area/

Copy Machines Being Upgraded for Accessibility

Copy machines capable of producing documents accessible to those with low vision or other sight impairment will soon be in place at 11 locations across campus. It’s the start of a campaign to ensure these machines are readily available for the campus community.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/copy-machines-being-upgraded-for-accessibility/

Accessibility News February 16,2019 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 5 years, 45 weeks, 5 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

Accessible Public Spaces in Ontario

Under the Design of Public Spaces Standard of the AODA, organizations must make new and redeveloped public spaces accessible. Accessible public spaces include: Outdoor paths… Read more at
https://aoda.ca/accessible-public-spaces-in-ontario/

Accessible Service Requirements in Ontario

Under the Design of Public Spaces Standard of the AODA, cities and other organizations building or redeveloping service-related elements, such as counters and waiting areas, must make those areas accessible to customers or patrons with disabilities. Accessible service-related elements include:

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/accessible-service-requirements-in-ontario/

Cost, Demand for DARTS Accessible Transit Service Continues to Grow

Mayor Fred Eisenberger wants to see city staff compare the cost of DARTS to accessible transit services in other municipalities.

The request followed a presentation by the DARTS’ CEO and executive director at Monday’s general issues committee meeting where he said the budget and demand for the door-to-door transportation service continue to rise.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/cost-demand-for-darts-accessible-transit-service-continues-to-grow/

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