Accessibility News August 31,2013 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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An Open Letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne from Huronia Regional Centre Survivors

We were humiliated at Huronia. In large groups, we were herded into the showers, naked. We were forced to wait in line, again naked, for our clothes and underwear. Other times we were forced to march around the playroom with our pants down. There was sexual abuse, too.

Many of us thought that we would die at Huronia, and be buried out behind the barn where the grave markers had no names, only numbers. It was as if we were imprisoned for a crime we did not commit – and that our only “crime” was having an intellectual disability.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/an-open-letter-to-premier-kathleen-wynne-from-huronia-regional-centre-survivors/

Province Supports Organizations Providing Accessible Transportation

More Nova Scotians will have easier access to safe, affordable and accessible transportation in their communities, with provincial support announced today, Aug. 28.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/province-supports-organizations-providing-accessible-transportation/

Where is Disability Accessibility in the Ontario Government’s Planned Legacy for the Expensive 2015 Toronto Pan/ParaPan American Games?

Shockingly, not a Word about It from the Ontario Cabinet Minister Responsible at the Government’s August 28 2013 News Conference to Unveil the Games’ Planned Legacy

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/where-is-disability-accessibility-in-the-ontario-governments-planned-legacy-for-the-expensive-2015-toronto-panparapan-american-games/

Tall Ships Not Accessible To Everyone

Posted on August 28, 2013

The historic Town of Amherstburg continues celebrating the bicentennial of the war of 1812 with the “Coastal Trails Sails To See Tall Ships Festival” in late August.

Promotional information is included on the town’s website, along with another site devoted to the war of 1812 events; there was no mention of accessibility so I submitted an online inquiry to ask if the tall ships were barrier free and accessible to people with disabilities.

Read more at
http://theburgwatch.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/tall-ships-not-accessible-to-everyone/

Activist Launches Accessibility Audit of Businesses; Posts Results Online

Accessibility audit

Nick Wendler has experienced the challenges of getting around Waterloo in a wheelchair for years. Many businesses in the uptown have stairs that make it impossible for him to enter their stores without assistance. The owners of Nick & Nat’s Uptown 21 have purchased a removable ramp to make their restaurant more accessible.

Read more at
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/activist-launches-accessibility-audit-of-businesses-posts-results-online/

Pan/Parapan American Games Sends AODA Alliance Chair an Inaccessible Invitation to Kickoff for Countdown to Toronto 2015 Games – What Example for Digital Accessibility is Ontario Showcasing for the World?

August 27, 2013

We can’t make this up! Last week the Government-subsidized Toronto 2015 Pan Parapan American Games sent AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky, who is blind, an inaccessible (and hence, unreadable) email invitation to an upcoming “good news” kick-off of the lead-up to the Games. Lepofsky gets and answers dozens, and at times, hundreds of emails each day and was shocked when this inaccessible one arrived.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/panparapan-american-games-sends-aoda-alliance-chair-an-inaccessible-invitation-to-kickoff-for-countdown-to-toronto-2015-games-what-example-for-digital-accessibility-is-ontario-showcasing-fo/

Pan/Parapan Am Games Sends Blind Lawyer Inaccessible Invitation

Disability advocate David Lepofsky says an email incompatible with screen-reading software underlines how Ontario is lagging on accessibility.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/panparapan-am-games-sends-blind-lawyer-inaccessible-invitation/

Top Ten Reasons Why AODA Will NEVER Be Implemented

By Victor Schwartzman   

3.            Implementing AODA would create problems for the Government it can avoid by not implementing AODA.  Hmmmm.  If I do this AODA thing I have to hire a lot of staff and upset a lot of businesses and other governments.  If I do nothing I have no problems except some whining from advocates no one
listens to. 

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/top-ten-reasons-why-aoda-will-never-be-implemented/

Accessibility News August 24,2013 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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