New VoicePod Speech Recognition Device Enables Hands-Free Home Control

ALLENTOWN, PA.: HouseLogix, a Pennsylvania-based provider of advanced hardware and software products for home control, announces the release of VoicePod, its patented wireless speech control device for home automation systems. VoicePod adds both voice recognition and speech synthesis capabilities to popular home control systems such as Control4. Users simply say “Hello VoicePod” from anywhere in a room to activate VoicePod and then issue voice commands such as “turn on the lights”, “secure the house”, “good morning” and “listen to music”. Utilizing embedded speaker-independent voice recognition technology that requires no web access, VoicePod instantly interprets speech commands for voice control of TV, music, thermostats, lighting, shading, door locks, cameras and more.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/new-voicepod-speech-recognition-device-enables-hands-free-home-control/

Canada’s Disability Savings Fund Called a ‘Fiasco’

For years, Frank Allen — founder and CEO of the Cerebral Palsy Support Foundation of Canada — heard horror stories about the frustrations of setting up a registered savings plan specially designed for those with severe disabilities.

But it wasn’t until the financial planner and owner of three companies tried to set up an account for his eight-year-old grandson, Evan Pennington, that he came to understand what a “fiasco” the registered disability savings plan (RDSP) was, he says.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/canadas-disability-savings-fund-called-a-fiasco/

AODA Compliance Update: January 1, 2014 Requirements

The Integrated Accessibility Standard requires that large organizations develop accessibility policies and multi-year accessibility plans and consider accessibility in their self-service kiosks, while the Information and Communication Standard mandates that large organizations’ websites and web content meet specific accessibility thresholds.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/aoda-compliance-update-january-1-2014-requirements/

Minister Hoskins’ First Major Speech on Disability Accessibility in the Ontario Legislature and Responses in Question Period – Some News is Encouraging and Some is Not

The Minister had invited some from the disability community to be present for his statement. From his speech, it appears that a handful attended. American Sign Language interpretation was provided for those speeches. Because the Minister’s office issued its invitation under 24 hours before these speeches, people needing accessible transit may not have been able to arrange to attend on such short notice.
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http://www.aoda.ca/minister-hoskins-first-major-speech-on-disability-accessibility-in-the-ontario-legislature-and-responses-in-question-period-some-news-is-encouraging-and-some-is-not/

Act Now! Support Accessible Formats for People with Print Disabilities

Do you care about someone with a visual impairment, dyslexia, or other print disability?

Now is the time to take action to support availability of books in accessible formats.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/act-now-support-accessible-formats-for-people-with-print-disabilities/

Ontario Government: AODA Implementation Delayed Due To Sexism

On May 32, 2013 the Ontario Government responded to critics that it has failed to implement AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2005) by agreeing. 

“As the new Premier, I have looked into this matter.  The Government has failed to implement AODA properly.  The reason?  Our fight against sexism,” stated Premier Obi Wynne-Kenobi. 

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-government-aoda-implementation-delayed-due-to-sexism/

Accessibility News May 25,2013 Update

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In this Issue

*Wynne Government is Required to Appoint an Independent Review of the implementation of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Within the Next Seven Days
*Waterloo Pulls Six Years of Public Documents From Website
*Frustrated by Fake Service Dogs
*Preparing for “Round 2 of the AODA: The Integrated Accessibility Standards
*Ontario Government Announces Bold New Move Towards AODA Transparency!
*Vets Say Military Should Support Use of Service Dogs for PTSD

Wynne Government is Required to Appoint an Independent Review of the implementation of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Within the Next Seven Days

Ontarians with Disabilities Are Still Waiting

Our daily countdown on Twitter continues, to the mandatory deadline of May 31, 2013. Section 41 of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (set out below) legally requires the Wynne Government to appoint an Independent Review of the effectiveness of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and its implementation by that date. This is not optional. It’s the law.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/wynne-government-is-required-to-appoint-an-independent-review-of-the-implementation-of-the-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities-act-within-the-next-seven-days/

Waterloo Pulls Six Years of Public Documents From Website

WATERLOO — The City of Waterloo chose to restrict access to thousands of pages of public documents when it revamped its website in January — and Ontario’s information and privacy commissioner is calling the move “inadequate and unacceptable.”

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/waterloo-pulls-six-years-of-public-documents-from-website/

Frustrated by Fake Service Dogs

Wegman believes she and Bright face enough discrimination, without help from cheaters and their untrained pets who put a negative spin on the “public relations” side of life with a service animal.

“People think the only person it impacts is them and it’s an inconvenience for them if they can’t have their puppy with them everywhere but it goes much deeper than that,” Wegman said.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/frustrated-by-fake-service-dogs/