City to Kick Off Five-Year Accessibility Plan

Note: It’s amazing how Councillors like the one in this article whine about cost when the AODA has been around for 7 years already, what were they doing up to this point?

A five-year accessibility plan is a requirement under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) — provincial legislation requiring municipalities to develop and implement standards for barrier-free living.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/city-to-kick-off-five-year-accessibility-plan/

Accessibility News December 29,2012 Update

Inclusive Media and Design Inc is a proud supporter of Accessibility News.

Inclusive is ready to caption and video describe all your video for web, DVD, and computer desktop. They can also assist you in understanding and implementing Ontario’s AODA Integrated Standards’ media requirements.

Visit www.inclusivemedia.ca to find out more.

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In this Issue

*The Difference Customer Service Training Makes
*All Taxis of Tomorrow Must Serve Disabled: Liu
*Taking Proactive Steps to Comply With the AODA is a Smart Business Move
*Braille Comes Unbound From the Book: How Technology Can Stop a Literary Crisis
*New Corporate Index Being Developed for People with Disabilities in the Workplace

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The Difference Customer Service Training Makes

As I went down the hallway to my destination, I was greeted by the receptionist for the event who also seamlessly gave me information that I would need without calling attention to the fact that they were “dealing with a person with a disability.”

Read more at
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/the-difference-customer-service-training-makes/

All Taxis of Tomorrow Must Serve Disabled: Liu

“I support taxis for all, not just taxis for some,” Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) said in a statement. “We need a fleet that serves all New Yorkers. Halfway measures are inadequate. Our disabled community deserves full access.”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/all-taxis-of-tomorrow-must-serve-disabled-liu/

Taking Proactive Steps to Comply With the AODA is a Smart Business Move

Whether the AODA is actually given teeth has yet to be seen, but there is a clear business argument for becoming accessible. A MCSS infographic shows that over the next 20 years, 40 per cent of total income in Ontario will be earned by Ontario’s aging population and people with disabilities. That’s equivalent to $536 billion. The infographic also suggests improved accessibility in Ontario could lead to $9.6 billion in new retail spending and $1.6 billion in new tourism spending.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/taking-proactive-steps-to-comply-with-the-aoda-is-a-smart-business-move/

Braille Comes Unbound From the Book: How Technology Can Stop a Literary Crisis

Apple is at the vanguard of a push behind technology that’s helping old-fashioned Braille replace text-to-speech audio for the blind – and it couldn’t have come at a more critical time

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/braille-comes-unbound-from-the-book-how-technology-can-stop-a-literary-crisis/

New Corporate Index Being Developed for People with Disabilities in the Workplace

American Association of People with Disabilities and US Business Leadership Network (USBLN®) Partner to Create New Benchmarks for Employers
December 19, 2012

Washington, DC- The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN®) jointly announced today their partnership to establish a national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices for disability employment inclusion and accessibility. Work on this important project has begun and AAPD and the USBLN® look forward to launching it in 2013.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/new-corporate-index-being-developed-for-people-with-disabilities-in-the-workplace/

New AODA Accessibility Standards – Design of Public Spaces in the Built Environment

December 22, 2012

The Ministry of Community and Social Services amended Ontario Regulation 191/11, the Integrated Accessibility Standards (IAS) under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA,) to include new standards governing the design of public spaces in the built environment.

Read more at
http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/source/regs/english/2012/elaws_src_regs_r12413_e.htm#skipmenu

Accessibility News December 22,2012 Update

Inclusive Media and Design Inc is a proud supporter of Accessibility News.

Inclusive is ready to caption and video describe all your video for web, DVD, and computer desktop. They can also assist you in understanding and implementing Ontario’s AODA Integrated Standards’ media requirements.

Visit www.inclusivemedia.ca to find out more.

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In this Issue

*Improving Accessibility Can Close Digital Divide
*A clear EU accessibility law proposed? At what cost?
*AODA: 2013 Compliance, Happy New Year!
*Ontario Accessibility Standards: What Comes After the December 31, 2012 Reporting Deadline?
*Govt Not Complying With Its Own Web Standards
*County of Brant “Celebrates” International Human Rights Day with Resignation of Two More Members of the Accessibility Advisory Committee

Improving Accessibility Can Close Digital Divide

In an increasingly interconnected world in which more and more services are being delivered online, it is imperative that people with disabilities are not left behind, writes Microsoft’s chief accessibility officer

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/improving-accessibility-can-close-digital-divide/