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.
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.
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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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.
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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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.
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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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.
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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