Accessibility News December 31,2011 Update

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In this Issue

*Complying with the Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR): Captioning and Describing Web Videos
*Meeting the Customer Service Standard (CSS): Restaurant Menu
*Deaf Man Fights DND Over Lost Job
*Progress’ in Ontario’s Assistive Device Program (ADP)
*Guess Who Funds Biggest Project Ever to House the Homeless? Stephen Harper
*Judge: NYC Taxi Agency Must Help Disabled Riders
*Falling through the cracks

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Deaf Man Fights DND Over Lost Job

Jeffrey Stringer has won the first round of a five-year discrimination battle with the Department of National Defence.

But the hearing-impaired former drafting technician at 8 Wing/CFB Trenton said he is not done fighting.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2416

Progress’ in Ontario’s Assistive Device Program (ADP)

By JONATHAN JENKINS QUEEN’S PARK BUREAU
Posted December 27, 2011

The wheels are back on the province’s assistive devices program, which auditor general Jim McCarter found was riddled with

waste and inefficiency two years ago.

Guess Who Funds Biggest Project Ever to House the Homeless? Stephen Harper

A nationwide program that invests big sums of upfront money in housing subsidies in the hopes of dealing with long-term issues of mental illness and homelessness will be a tough sell with the Harper government.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2414

Judge: NYC Taxi Agency Must Help Disabled Riders

A federal judge has barred New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission from issuing permits for taxicabs unless they’re accessible to people with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2411

Falling through the cracks

By Liz BERNIER, Special to The Observer

Jim Somes has terminal lung cancer.

He’s had surgery after surgery — parts of both lungs removed, his adrenal gland and four lymph nodes taken out.

He had a bowel resection after doctors discovered colon cancer.

He’s also had 32 chemotherapy treatments, none of which worked.

In and out of hospitals non-stop for the past three years, Somes’ had to pay the price in more than just pain and suffering.

Accessibility News December 24,2011 Update

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In this Issue

*New Accessibility Standards Impact Ontario Restaurants
*Visual Fire Alarms Needed
*Payment Increase Costs Disabled Man His Bus Pass
*Transit Tough for the ‘Invisible Disabled’
*Microsoft Commits to Improving NZ Accessibility
*Helping Businesses Become More Accessible
*Tip Sheet: Helping Employees With Disabilities Stay Safe
*An Inaccessible Website: Don’t Just Suck it Up
*B.C. Program Offers Independence to People With Intellectual Disabilities

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Visual Fire Alarms Needed

For more than seven years, we have pushed for improved and equitable fire safety for culturally deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing residents: for the Ontario government to enact legislation to amend the Ontario Fire Code to incorporate visual fire alarms and duty to landlords and owners of rental housing and long-term care facilities to comply; and for financial assistance to mitigate the costs of installing hard wired strobe alarms to alert people in their homes.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1631

Payment Increase Costs Disabled Man His Bus Pass

Man says his income exceeds Province’s cutoff by less than $20

Barry Londry receives disability money because he has a heart condition, but a recent cost-of-living increase from Ottawa makes him ineligible for a transit pass, which costs about $1,800 a year.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2407

Transit Tough for the ‘Invisible Disabled’

Most people will immediately offer their seat on public transit to someone who is clearly disabled, pregnant, elderly or walking with a cane.

But not everyone with a difficulties riding transit can be spotted so easily.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2402