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AODA: A Moving Experience
By Victor Schwartzman
There was once a fellow named me
who for Accessibility News and AODA
wrote a column about the government
(its access implementation was a load of
nothing, really.) Writing something about nothing
weeks after no implementation weeks
creates worries: wheres the justice?
The governments stalling on access reeks
bad, really. Fear always rules the politicians.
Promises were easy. Talk of AODA cheap.
But access angered cities and businesses
until implementation became a growing heap
Disabled Woman Wins Discriminatory Pay Case at Ontario Human Rights Tribunal
An intellectually disabled St. Catharines woman paid just $1.25 an hour for 10 years wins $142,000 in back pay and damages.
Text-to-911 Coming to City
By Jerome Lessard, The Intelligencer
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
While texting can be dangerous in certain situations, in others, it could save your life.
As part of its 2014 budget and in a means to reach out to those with hearing and speech impairments, Belleville police look forward to implementing Text-to-911 by the end of the year.
Text-to-911 is the ability to communicate with 911 operators via text messages from a cellphone and other devices.
Public Comment on Proposed Changes to the Customer Service Standard
The ASAC/SDC has reviewed the current Customer Service Standard, including re-examining the long-range objectives and all requirements that organizations must follow. Based on this review, the ASAC/SDC is proposing amendments related to the following components of the Customer Service Standard:
- Class structure of organizations based on number of employees;
- Policies, practices and procedures;
- Service animals;
- Support persons;
- Feedback processes; and
- Notice of availability and format of documents.
Reinterpreting and Expanding “The Right to Live in the World”
It is a tragedy to have a disease like muscular dystrophy.”
My question: “Have you ever met or spoken to anyone who has muscular dystrophy?”
“No, but I know that it has to be terrible.”
Affordable Colleges For Students With Disabilities
A complete guide to college financing for students with disabilities. Find expert advice on loans, grants and scholarships specifically for disabled students, as well as resources to help with the job search after graduation.
Playing in the Dark, Not Like Being Blind
CNIB is using this event to raise money, thereby reinforcing stereotypes blind people are working hard to eradicate.
How shameful that CNIB is helping its finances by undermining its clients’ aspirations.
Screen Reader User Survey #5 Results
In January 2014, WebAIM conducted a survey of preferences of screen reader users. We received 1465 valid responses to this survey. This was a follow-up survey to the original WebAIM Screen Reader User Survey of January 2009 and the follow-up surveys from October 2009, December 2010, and May 2012.
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Banks, Energy Providers and Public Bodies Should Be Subject to Web Accessibility Rules, Vote MEPs
Banks, energy companies and electronic communication network and service providers are among the businesses that would be subject to new EU rules on website accessibility, under plans backed by MEPs.
Sign Up for Public Hearings for Dean Mayo Moran’s Independent Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act’s Implementation and Enforcement in Ottawa, Toronto, London, Thunder Bay and On-Line
The Independent Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act’s implementation and enforcement, conducted by University of Toronto’s Law Dean Mayo Moran, has announced that it will be holding public hearings. These will be in Ottawa (March 18, 2014), Toronto (March 21 and April 29, 2014), London (April 9, 2014) and Thunder Bay (April 15, 2014). It will also be holding on-line consultations on Thursday, April 3, 9am-1pm and Tuesday, April 22, 9am-1pm.
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California May Crack Down on Fake Service Dogs
California may crack down on people who are fraudulently passing off their pets as service dogs. The goal is to protect disabled people who legitimately need their canine companions.
Elections Canada Launches Advisory Group for Disability Issues
OTTAWA, ONTARIO – Elections Canada today is holding the first meeting of its new Advisory Group for Disability Issues.
The group will provide the Agency with accessibility advice on initiatives planned for the 2015 federal general election. It will also help identify the best ways to inform people with disabilities on where and when to register and vote during elections.
Commentary: Accessibility One Door At A Time
by Linda Saxon
I am ambivalent about the recent Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario decision that both the landlord and tenant violated my right to equal treatment with respect to services and facilities without discrimination because of disability.
FCC Moves to Upgrade TV Closed Captioning Quality
New Standards including Accuracy, Timeliness, and On-Screen Placement of Closed Captions Will Ensure Full Access to TV Programming for Americans Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing
The Eaton Chelsea Hotel Jumps on the Accessible Restaurant Menu Bandwagon!
aMenu is stoked that The Eaton Chelsea Hotel is now participating on this Accessible Menu Directory site by posting not 1 but 5 of their Menus for Clients to access.
From their In-House Room Dining menu to their Monarchs Pub, patrons can access any of the five Menus from each menu in a number of different viewing options and they also offer a couple of their bar menus on iPads making them that much more accessible.
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