People With Disabilities ‘Excluded’ from Web Services

An enforcement mechanism should be introduced. We believe that without an effective enforcement mechanism and an efficient monitoring system involving persons with disabilities and their representative organisations, this proposal won’t be able to ensure the accessibility of the websites concerned.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/people-with-disabilities-excluded-from-web-services/

Robot Sensing and Smartphones Help Blind Navigate

ROBOTS need help navigating their surroundings and sophisticated location systems to keep track of their position. Now the same technologies are being adapted to help blind people navigate indoor and outdoor spaces independently.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/robot-sensing-and-smartphones-help-blind-navigate/

Deaf, Blind Sue Over Web Shopping

Advocates for Disabled Say Netflix, Target Are Legally Obligated to Make Sites Easier to Navigate

Advocates for disabled Americans have declared that companies have a legal obligation to make their websites as accessible as their stores, and they’ve filed suits across the country to force them to install the digital version of wheelchair ramps and self-opening doors.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/deaf-blind-sue-over-web-shopping/

Building Capacity the Wrong Way.

by Mark Wafer

As i travel across the country speaking with corporations , especially HR specialists , i have began to see a pattern with some companies with Federal contracts who are legislated by the employment equity act to report certain criteria to the federal gov’t, one being the number of employees with disabilities. This is pretty simple. Hire PWD’s in meaningful and competitively paid positions and report this to the Feds…..but…..theres a wrong way and some companies are guilty of this.

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http://www.aoda.ca/building-capacity-the-wrong-way/

Online Consultation for a Disability Inclusive Development Agenda Towards 2015 and Beyond

Posted March 16, 2013

In many countries gains made on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have not been successful in reaching marginalized populations, including persons with disabilities. This clearly highlights the importance of taking inequality, discrimination and social exclusion more effectively into account both in the still ongoing efforts to accelerate and expand progress on the MDGs and in the definition of the new development framework that will succeed the MDGs post-2015.

Read more at
http://www.worldwewant2015.org/enable

Hamilton City Council Discusses Fare Parity for People With Disabilities

Several dozen people came to Hamilton City Hall to hear a discussion about fare parity on public transit on Monday morning. (Adam Carter/CBC)

Hamilton city council heard from several delegations on its plan to charge blind and disabled people to ride public transit at city hall on Monday morning.

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http://www.aoda.ca/hamilton-city-council-discusses-fare-parity-for-people-with-disabilities/

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In this Issue
*Welfare reform plan scares ontarians with disabilities: Goar
*Disability Equity: The Cheerleader Rushes the Net
*Community Engagement Questionnaire
*OHRC Submission to the MMAH on Proposed Changes to the Ontario Building Code
*Making the Web Accessible to People With Disabilities is the Right Thing to Do
*Sign Language App Makes G+ Hangouts More Accessible for Hearing Impaired

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Welfare reform plan scares ontarians with disabilities: Goar

Ontarians with disabilities entreat Kathleen Wynne to rethink her welfare overhaul.

Kyle Vose: ‘Why does the money have to come out of our pockets?’ (March 24, 2010)
By: Carol Goar Canada, Politics Government, Published on Fri Mar 15 2013

1 Republish Brian Dubourdie and Kyle Vose agree that Premier Kathleen Wynne is a good person who wants to do the right thing for the poor. But they dread the harm she will do to Ontarians with disabilities.

Disability Equity: The Cheerleader Rushes the Net

Posted by safeandsilent on March 13, 2013

I blogged recently about the myriad apologies I had received for accessibility failures.

In the blog, I noted that many accessibility equity programs are run not by people WITH disabilities, but FOR us. Often these programs are subsumed under diversity programs, which just serves to underscore that you think of us all as the Other, whether it is our complexion, our gender, our cultural heritage, or our ability that is not the same as the mainstream – we are Different, therefore we are Diversity.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/disability-equity-the-cheerleader-rushes-the-net/

Community Engagement Questionnaire

Posted March 13, 2013

The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between early community engagement and skill sets obtained against the success of employment of blind, deafblind and partially sighted Canadians between the ages of 22-64.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/community-engagement-questionnaire/