Tech Accessibility Makes Strides for Deaf, Blind Students

Until three years ago, the Mississippi School for the Deaf had no way of spreading emergency alerts or announcements to everyone at once. At least, not a way that deaf students and staff could understand.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2826

Making Video Gaming Accessible to All: guidelines to Help Game Developers Meet the Needs of the 20% of Gamers Who Have Disabilities

Recent research by PopCap showed that as many as 20% of gamers are disabled. On top of that, 15% of adults have a reading age of below 11 years old, almost 10% of male gamers have some degree of red-green colour blindness, and many more have temporary impairments such as a broken arm, or situational such as playing in bright sunlight.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2824

OHRC Releases Consultation Report on Human Rights, Mental Health and Addictions

The report points to widespread discrimination and harassment in employment as well as housing and services against people with mental health disabilities or addictions. This discrimination is demonstrated in stereotypes and negative societal perceptions about people with psychiatric and addiction disabilities rooted in institutional policies and practices, individual attitudes and some types of legislation.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=2122

Accessibility News September 15,2012 Update

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In this Issue

*New Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulation(IASR) Guide
*Elections Ontario Declines Our Proposals to MAKE Ontario’s Two September 6, 2012 By-Elections Fully Accessible to Voters With Disabilities
*5 Reasons Businesses Should Take Web Accessibility Seriously
*Recommendations for New Manitoba Legislation to Remove Barriers Faced by People With Disabilities
*Call For Proposals For Enabling Accessibility Fund
*EU Failing Blind People on ‘E-Inclusion’ Access to Information
*Group Home Location Bylaws Pit Ontario Cities Against Human Rights Watchdog
*Attend the Toronto September 18 2012 Public Forum Discussion by Panel of Experts on McGuinty Government’s Proposed Regulation to Address Built Environment Barriers in Public Spaces
*Petition to Legislative Assembly of Ontario
*Accommodations a Priority During Frosh Week

Elections Ontario Declines Our Proposals to MAKE Ontario’s Two September 6, 2012 By-Elections Fully Accessible to Voters With Disabilities

Yet again, the AODA Alliance presses ahead with our effort to ensure that elections in Ontario become fully accessible to an estimated one million or more voters with disabilities in this province.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=2117

5 Reasons Businesses Should Take Web Accessibility Seriously

Too many businesses make the mistake of dismissing web accessibility as irrelevant, but the assumption that accessibility issues concern only a small segment of would-be customers is a potentially profit-damaging misstep.

Read more at
http://www.badeyes.com/?p=433

Recommendations for New Manitoba Legislation to Remove Barriers Faced by People With Disabilities

Manitoba is the second province in Canada that intends to make their province accessible for persons with disabilities by developing specific standards of accessibility in a number of key areas.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2821

New Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulation(IASR) Guide

It has taken a while but the Guide for the Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulation (IASR) is now available on the AODA.ca website.

The Government’s version spanned some 80 odd pages with many errors and differing list structures, but it is finally ready in 1 single accessible page and can be found in the side menu of the AODA.ca website or go directly there:

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http://www.aoda.ca/?page_id=1888

Call For Proposals For Enabling Accessibility Fund

The Small Project Component provides grant funding to projects that improve the accessibility of existing facilities. Projects may include: the renovation, construction and retrofitting of buildings; the modification of vehicles for community use; and the provision of accessible communication technologies, such as audio induction loop systems and screen readers.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=2094

EU Failing Blind People on ‘E-Inclusion’ Access to Information

Only a tiny percentage of websites and books are fully accessible to blind and partially sighted people – the technology is there, now we need the political will to match it, writes campaigner

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2818