Banks, Energy Providers and Public Bodies Should Be Subject to Web Accessibility Rules, Vote MEPs

Banks, energy companies and electronic communication network and service providers are among the businesses that would be subject to new EU rules on website accessibility, under plans backed by MEPs.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/banks-energy-providers-and-public-bodies-should-be-subject-to-web-accessibility-rules-vote-meps/

Sign Up for Public Hearings for Dean Mayo Moran’s Independent Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act’s Implementation and Enforcement in Ottawa, Toronto, London, Thunder Bay and On-Line

The Independent Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act’s implementation and enforcement, conducted by University of Toronto’s Law Dean Mayo Moran, has announced that it will be holding public hearings. These will be in Ottawa (March 18, 2014), Toronto (March 21 and April 29, 2014), London (April 9, 2014) and Thunder Bay (April 15, 2014). It will also be holding on-line consultations on Thursday, April 3, 9am-1pm and Tuesday, April 22, 9am-1pm.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/sign-up-for-public-hearings-for-dean-mayo-morans-independent-review-of-the-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities-acts-implementation-and-enforcement-in-ottawa-toronto-london-thunder-b/

California May Crack Down on Fake Service Dogs

California may crack down on people who are fraudulently passing off their pets as service dogs. The goal is to protect disabled people who legitimately need their canine companions.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/california-may-crack-down-on-fake-service-dogs/

Elections Canada Launches Advisory Group for Disability Issues

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – Elections Canada today is holding the first meeting of its new Advisory Group for Disability Issues.

The group will provide the Agency with accessibility advice on initiatives planned for the 2015 federal general election. It will also help identify the best ways to inform people with disabilities on where and when to register and vote during elections.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/elections-canada-launches-advisory-group-for-disability-issues/

Commentary: Accessibility One Door At A Time

by Linda Saxon

I am ambivalent about the recent Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario decision that both the landlord and tenant violated my right to equal treatment with respect to services and facilities without discrimination because of disability.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/commentary-accessibility-one-door-at-a-time/

FCC Moves to Upgrade TV Closed Captioning Quality

New Standards including Accuracy, Timeliness, and On-Screen Placement of Closed Captions Will Ensure Full Access to TV Programming for Americans Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/fcc-moves-to-upgrade-tv-closed-captioning-quality/

The Eaton Chelsea Hotel Jumps on the Accessible Restaurant Menu Bandwagon!

aMenu is stoked that The Eaton Chelsea Hotel is now participating on this Accessible Menu Directory site by posting not 1 but 5 of their Menus for Clients to access.

From their In-House Room Dining menu to their Monarchs Pub, patrons can access any of the five Menus from each menu in a number of different viewing options and they also offer a couple of their bar menus on iPads making them that much more accessible.

Check them out at
http://www.amenu.ca/in-room-dining-the-eaton-chelsea-hotel/

Technology Helps People With Speech Impairments Sound Like Themselves

Patel, an associate professor of speech language pathology and audiology at Northeastern University in Boston, is changing the lives of people who rely on devices to help them speak, by creating personalized voices for them.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/technology-helps-people-with-speech-impairments-sound-like-themselves/

Franz Kafka Explains AODA Compliance Plan Failure

By Franz Kafka, as told to Victor Schwartzman

First the Ontario Government was forced to reveal a massive failure by businesses to comply with AODA. Then Minister Hoskins promised that maybe 500 businesses (of many thousands) would be held accountable (at some time in the future, perhaps the same future in which AODA will be implemented.)

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/franz-kafka-explains-aoda-compliance-plan-failure/

Accessibility News February 22,2014 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.

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