Preparing for “Round 2 ” of the AODA: The Integrated Accessibility Standards

Ontario private sector employers take note: you may have just successfully complied with the Customer Service Standard requirements, but now you face the first of several new deadlines for compliance under the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (“IAS Regulation”),1 pursuant to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.2

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/preparing-for-round-2-of-the-aoda-the-integrated-accessibility-standards/

Ontario Government Announces Bold New Move Towards AODA Transparency!

Stung by criticism that the implementation of AODA has not been transparent, the Ontario Government responded on May 19 by announcing it would cover the entire Legislature in clear plastic wrap.  The Government stated that now its critics will be able to see just how transparent the Government’s AODA implementation is.   

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-government-announces-bold-new-move-towards-aoda-transparency/

Vets Say Military Should Support Use of Service Dogs for PTSD

Some Canadian Forces members and veterans say the military culture needs to accept the usefulness of service dogs for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Many former soldiers are now acquiring specially trained dogs to help them manage anxiety, anger and stressful situations.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/vets-say-military-should-support-use-of-service-dogs-for-ptsd/

Accessibility News May 18,2013 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. Consider having them check that any of your new web site content is compliant well before the new year deadline with an Accessibility Audit.

Visit www.inclusivemedia.ca to find out more.

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In this Issue

*Government of Canada Supports Full Participation of People With Disabilities
*Australian Smartphone App Proloquo2Go Helps Give Children With Speech Difficulties a Voice
*AODA and Small Business: Severe Penalties for Lack of Accessibility for the Disabled
*County of Brant Seeks Comments on “Subsidized Transportation Program!” April Fool’s Day in May
*Ontario Government Responds to AODA Criticism!

Government of Canada Supports Full Participation of People With Disabilities

CNW/ – People living with and caring for others with Tourette syndrome will benefit from increased support aimed at bridging gaps in information and services available to them.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/government-of-canada-supports-full-participation-of-people-with-disabilities/

Australian Smartphone App Proloquo2Go Helps Give Children With Speech Difficulties a Voice

Reece Midgeley, who is intellectually disabled and has speech difficulties, has had his life changed by a new iPad app called Proloquo2go.

CRIKEY! Who said iPhone apps were just for playing games and accessing Facebook?

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/australian-smartphone-app-proloquo2go-helps-give-children-with-speech-difficulties-a-voice/

AODA and Small Business: Severe Penalties for Lack of Accessibility for the Disabled

AODA stands for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Many business owners are unaware of the law that requires the filing of a compliance report. They are also unaware of the onerous penalty for non-compliance.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/aoda-and-small-business-severe-penalties-for-lack-of-accessibility-for-the-disabled/

County of Brant Seeks Comments on “Subsidized Transportation Program!” April Fool’s Day in May

byKaren McCall

On April 19, in the agenda for the Accessibility Advisory Committee meeting for April 23, an inaccessible PDF document called a “Draft” for a new variant of the “subsidized transportation program” was attached and did contain language that did suggest that comments were welcome. There was no deadline for comments in the document or the agenda.

April Fool’s!

Apparently the “deadline” was April 23 although this is not clear since any communication to be sent to the AAC has to be in by 11 AM the Thursday before

Read more at
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/county-of-brant-seeks-comments-on-subsidized-transportation-program-april-fools-day-in-may/

Ontario Government Responds to AODA Criticism!

by        Victor Schwartzman
Guest Column
May 13, 2013

The Ontario Government has announced a new construction project in response to criticism it has failed to adequately implement and enforce AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005). 

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-government-responds-to-aoda-criticism/

Accessibility News May 11,2013 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, we also do Web Audits.

Visit www.inclusivemedia.ca to find out more.

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In this Issue

*More Media Coverage Of Barriers To Accessible Customer Service For People With Disabilities Around Ontario It’s Time for Effective Action by the Ontario Government
*City Seeks Increased Accessibility
*True Accessibility is All About Attitude
*LCO Asked by Ontario Government to Undertake New Project to Make Registered Disability Savings Plans More Accessible
*AODA Alliance Update: Windsor Star Reports Raise More Concerns about the Need for Effective Enforcement of Accessible Customer Service for Ontarians with Disabilities
*Government Not Enforcing Disabilities Act, Says Advocate