Accessibility News November 30,2013 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. 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

*Letter to the Editor: Thank You to Via Rail
*AODA—Preparing Your Business For Upcoming Compliance
*Experience Descriptive Audio at the Theater with a New iOS App MovieReading
*Students Design Website for Deaf People
*Tax Tips for the Deaf
*Justice Department Seeks to Intervene in Lawsuit Alleging H&R Block’s Tax Preparation Website Is Inaccessible to Individuals with Disabilities
*The Ballad of AODA

Letter to the Editor: Thank You to Via Rail

By Louise Bark

On Friday, Nov. 8, my train arrived in Kingston at 9:10 p.m. The station closes at 9:30 p.m, and the earliest I could get an Access Bus was 10:30 pm, even though I’d called two weeks in advance to book it. Needless to say I was rather worried about waiting alone outside at the Kingston Station for an hour by myself.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/letter-to-the-editor-thank-you-to-via-rail/

AODA—Preparing Your Business For Upcoming Compliance

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, (AODA) requires phased-in compliance by public and private organizations, with five sets of mandatory standards to ensure that Ontarians with disabilities are able to obtain full access to goods, services, accommodations, employment, buildings and premises.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/aoda-preparing-your-business-for-upcoming-compliance/

Experience Descriptive Audio at the Theater with a New iOS App MovieReading

Many theaters around the country are starting to offer the visually impaired the option of listening to the descriptive audio track while they’re watching a film. Sadly though, this technology is not available everywhere, and sometimes it doesn’t work. The team at Solo-DX wants to make the experience better by having the blind film-goer use a smart phone app to listen to the descriptive audio track instead.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/experience-descriptive-audio-at-the-theater-with-a-new-ios-app-moviereading/

Students Design Website for Deaf People

Two students have designed a new website to enable deaf people to find trusted traders who can communicate with them.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/students-design-website-for-deaf-people/

Tax Tips for the Deaf

Updated for Tax Year: 2013

One in five Americans has a severe hearing loss, yet may not be aware of the special tax deductions and credits allowed by the Internal Revenue Service. Knowing about these deductions and credits can help you know which receipts and paperwork to save so you can claim them on your taxes.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/tax-tips-for-the-deaf/

Justice Department Seeks to Intervene in Lawsuit Alleging H&R Block’s Tax Preparation Website Is Inaccessible to Individuals with Disabilities

“Inaccessible websites of public accommodations are not simply an inconvenience to individuals with disabilities – they deny persons with disabilities access to basic goods and services that people without disabilities take advantage of every day. An inaccessible website can also mean a business loses a customer it never knew it had.”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/justice-department-seeks-to-intervene-in-lawsuit-alleging-hr-blocks-tax-preparation-website-is-inaccessible-to-individuals-with-disabilities/

The Ballad of AODA

By Victor Schwartzman

Today we sing the ballad of AODA
be warned however there is a loada
crap, lies and deviltry at play
that led this access law far astray

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/the-ballad-of-aoda/

Accessibility News November 23,2013 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

*Angry Note Left on Wheelchair Accessible Van attracting attention
*Restaurant Owners, Serve Up Your Menu to a Hungry Mobile Audience!
*10 Tips to Enable People With Disabilities to Get Jobs
*Ontario Must Enforce Equality Rules for Disabled: Editorial
*A Win for Human Rights, Accessibility
*Ontario Government Knows Staggering 70% of Ontario Private Sector Organizations with 20 or More Employees Violating Disabilities Act’s Reporting Requirement
*Ontario Government Information Fee Discounts

Angry Note Left on Wheelchair Accessible Van attracting attention

It’s a story that began with mean notes left on the windshield of a wheelchair lift van, but now, one woman’s story is prompting people in Saskatoon to take a second look at accessibility issues.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/angry-note-left-on-wheelchair-accessible-van-attracting-attention/