Web TV Needs to Have Captions Starting Next Month, the FCC Rules

Deaf and hard-of-hearing web video viewers have long pressed for a faster adoption of closed captioning, and it looks like the FCC got their back: Content also shown on TV will have to have closed captions when streamed online starting next month, the commission recently ruled.

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A Participant in the Rapidly Expanding 21st Century

by DeAnn Elliott

I was recently eating in a restaurant with David, a blind friend who just got an iPhone. He learned how to use it to look up the restaurant’s menu and have the talking VoiceOver feature on the phone read it to us. We could consider the whole menu in real time without needing to ask a waiter to read it to us, just like when we could see.

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County of Brant: Integrated Accessibility Standards for Transportation or “Who’s on First?”

For those of you who haven’t been following the adventures of subsidized or is it specialized transportation in the County of Brant, here is a recap.

In May, the contractor for the specialized transportation service who had been operating without a contract for a year, increased the billing to the County.

The County immediately responded to the “abuse” of the specialized transportation service by people with disabilities who were going shopping and to the casino, by trying to restrict access to the specialized transportation service to work or medical trips.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1917

School for Blind Leads the Way in Distance Learning

Microsoft Lync proves invaluable when teachers and students can’t be together.

A unique school in Washington state is using a communications and collaboration platform normally deployed in corporate settings to bring a teacher working from a home office together with her students sitting in a physical classroom. While the setup is invaluable for this math class, it’s also a practical model for business continuity showing how classes can be run in the event of disruptions caused by weather, pandemics, and disaster scenarios.

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Accessibility News August 18,2012 Update

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In this Issue

*McGuinty Government Posts a Draft Partial Built Environment Accessibility Standard to Address Barriers in Public Spaces, Not Inside Buildings
*County of Brant Fails Budget 101: Accessible Non-Affordable Transportation for People with Disabilities
*MyVoice Breaks Barriers for People With Speech Disabilities By Announcing Wheelchair-Friendly TalkRocket Go App at Pittsburgh’s ISAAC Conference
*McGuinty Government Belatedly Releases Guide to Implementing the Integrated Accessibility Standard for Accessible Transportation, Employment and Information and Communication but Needs to Properly and Widely Publicize It!
*Elections BC Considers Online Voting
*Landmark Decision: Voter POLLING Sites Must Be Accessible for People With Disabilities on Election Day

McGuinty Government Posts a Draft Partial Built Environment Accessibility Standard to Address Barriers in Public Spaces, Not Inside Buildings

Minister Wynne’s letter to us makes undeserved self-congratulatory claims about her Ministry’s past work in this area. In fact, deficiencies over the years in the Ontario Building Code have contributed to the ongoing presence of barriers that persons with disabilities too often still encounter in the built environment. Had her ministry’s work on barrier-free building standards been as effective as Minister Wynne’s letter claims, her Government would not now still be unable to even tell us when it will bring forward the “inside buildings” Built Environment Accessibility Standard

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1906

Design of Public Spaces in the Built Environment Draft Standards

The draft standards are now available for public review and comment.

We invite you to review the draft standards and provide us with your comments.

You have until October 1, 2012.

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http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/accessibility/built_environment/index.aspx

County of Brant Fails Budget 101: Accessible Non-Affordable Transportation for People with Disabilities

By Karen McCall, M.Ed.

The County of Brant is going to implement a subsidized transportation service this fall that is really a specialized transportation service but if they call it a subsidized transportation service they don’t have to comply with the Integrated Accessibility Standards, part IV Transportation.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1898

MyVoice Breaks Barriers for People With Speech Disabilities By Announcing Wheelchair-Friendly TalkRocket Go App at Pittsburgh’s ISAAC Conference

MyVoice® Inc. today announced TalkRocket Go™, a wheelchair-friendly app for kids and adults with speech disabilities that is more physically accessible yet more affordable, at just $99. TalkRocket Go lets users connect buttons and switches, including those on wheelchairs, to an iPad, iPhone, or iPod, and then use those controls to speak words and phrases out loud.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2791

McGuinty Government Belatedly Releases Guide to Implementing the Integrated Accessibility Standard for Accessible Transportation, Employment and Information and Communication ­ but Needs to Properly and Widely Publicize It!

Several days ago, evidently without proper publicity, the McGuinty Government quietly posted on the internet two important free resources to help public
and private sector organizations work towards becoming accessible to persons with disabilities. These resources give guidance on how to comply with the accessibility requirements in the Integrated Accessibility Regulation that the McGuinty Government enacted 14 months ago, in June 2011, under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1885