OHRC Submission to the MMAH on Proposed Changes to the Ontario Building Code

Ontario Human Rights Commission Submission Regarding Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Proposed changes to the barrier-free requirements of the Ontario Building Code Regulation

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/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

For a business, it can also mean added revenue and protection from lawsuits.

GENEVA (ILO News) – For most of us, surfing the Web has become almost second nature. But for millions of people with disabilities, the Internet remains inhospitable territory.

Read more at
http://www.badeyes.com/making-the-web-accessible-to-people-with-disabilities-is-the-right-thing-to-do/#more-450

Sign Language App Makes G+ Hangouts More Accessible for Hearing Impaired

Google is introducing two accessibility improvements in Google+ Hangouts. The first one’s a Sign Language Interpreter app for the service’s deaf or hard of hearing users who prefer using sign language. They can invite interpreters to speak and/or interpret for them during a Hangout.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/sign-language-app-makes-g-hangouts-more-accessible-for-hearing-impaired/

Accessibility News March 9,2013 Update

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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.

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In this Issue

*NHTSA Proposes Rules for Automakers to Add Sound to Hybrids, EVs
*Premier Wynne Makes Unexpected Phone Call to AODA Alliance Chair; and Canada’s Parliament Invites AODA Alliance to Present to March 7, 2013 Fedearal Sstanding Committee Hearings on Employment for Canadians with Disabilities
*AODA Alliance Writes Premier Kathleen Wynne to Propose 9 Priority Actions to Help Get Ontario Back on Schedule for Becoming Fully Accessible to People With Disabilities on or Before 2025
*Regrets, I’ve Received a Few
*Families Fear Ontario Funding Changes Leave Disabled Youths With Uncertain Future
*The Old Hat Guide To iPhone Accessibility

NHTSA Proposes Rules for Automakers to Add Sound to Hybrids, EVs

Vehicle sounds said to improve pedestrian safety

To meet the requirements, automakers would need to add speakers that are audible from the street.
By: Gabe Nelson, Automotive News on 1/07/2013

Automakers would need to make hybrids and electric vehicles emit sound under rules that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposed on Monday.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/nhtsa-proposes-rules-for-automakers-to-add-sound-to-hybrids-evs/

Premier Wynne Makes Unexpected Phone Call to AODA Alliance Chair; and – Canada’s Parliament Invites AODA Alliance to Present to March 7, 2013 Federal Standing Committee Hearings on Employment for Canadians with Disabilities

Here are two unrelated recent developments that highlight the recognition of the AODA Alliance as a source of good ideas on how governments can meet the needs of Ontarians with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/premier-wynne-makes-unexpected-phone-call-to-aoda-alliance-chair-and-canadas-parliament-invites-aoda-alliance-to-present-to-march-7-2013-fedearal-sstanding-committee-hearings-on-employment-for-c/

AODA Alliance Writes Premier Kathleen Wynne to Propose 9 Priority Actions to Help Get Ontario Back on Schedule for Becoming Fully Accessible to People With Disabilities on or Before 2025

An important part of the AODA Alliance’s work as a non-partisan advocate for accessibility for people with disabilities, is bringing forward constructive proposals for action. Here is our latest effort.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-writes-premier-kathleen-wynne-to-propose-9-priority-actions-to-help-get-ontario-back-on-schedule-for-becoming-fully-accessible-to-people-with-disabilities-on-or-before-2025/

Regrets, I’ve Received a Few

My email folders are full of messages like this:

“[Organization] is committed to AODA and, in particular, listening to our customer concerns and working towards an accommodating solution.

Yes, it’s refreshing to know how committed and passionate everyone is about accessibility. I bet they get together at quarterly Breakfasts of Diversity and Accessibility Champions and give each other attaboys for their commitment and passion.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/regrets-ive-received-a-few/

Families Fear Ontario Funding Changes Leave Disabled Youths With Uncertain Future

Full of hope, Donna and Don Taylor adopted two infants with developmental disabilities. Today, as their kids near adulthood, they fear for their future.

The Old Hat Guide To iPhone Accessibility

March 2, 2013

In conjunction with the release of the first ever multimedia ebook created for the blind, by the blind, Fedora Outlier, LLC, is offering an opportunity to win a free 16GB iPad Mini to those who
enter the giveaway and answer the question, “What was your biggest challenge when learning to use your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch?”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-old-hat-guide-to-iphone-accessibility/