TORONTO — Studies show that Canada’s elderly are at a much higher risk of suicide than adolescents, and there is growing concern among mental health experts that psychological care may be out of reach for most seniors.
In other accessibility news, an unexplained 59 days have passed since the legal deadline for the Ontario Government to appoint an Independent Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The Government is still violating that law. It is thereby continuing to set a terrible example for other organizations that have to obey that law.
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By Steven Christianson – National Manager, Government Relations
March of Dimes Canada
There’s at least one thing that voters won’t have to ask of the candidates in any of the five by-elections currently underway across southern Ontario. They won’t have to bother asking “is your campaign accessible for volunteers and voters with disabilities?”
By Victor Schwartzman
The Ontario Government has been under fire for not implementing AODA legislation, with critics accusing it of not having the courage to implement AODA.
Federal regulators are unveiling draft rules to make cable and television menus accessible to the blind and visually impaired.
The proposal from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will require that users have an option have onscreen menus read out loud, helping the blind understand what’s playing on different channels.
An attempt by the Conservative Party to highlight job creation for disabled people fell flat when it sent out flyers with a message printed in
braille lettering that cannot be read by the blind.
“Emerging technologies, including internet-based learning platforms, are changing the way we learn, and we need to ensure that people with disabilities are not excluded or left behind,” said Eve L. Hill, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division.
Sprint announced today that its Wireless CapTel service, powered by Raketu, is now available for iOS devices.
The service will greatly benefit those individuals who live with hearing loss.
But Elections Ontario Doesn’t Get It
An unjustified 181 days have passed since we wrote the Ontario Government to ask for its plans to keep its pledge to effectively enforce the AODA. We have received no substantive public response to that inquiry.