TTC Enhancing Accessibility With Blue Priority Seating

The Toronto Transit Commission is enhancing accessibility with blue seats that clearly identify priority seating areas on its vehicles for persons with disabilities, the elderly and expectant mothers.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ttc-enhancing-accessibility-with-blue-priority-seating/

Special Needs Kids Often Told to Stay Home From School, Says People for Education Report

A new survey of Ontario schools finds many principals ask special education students to stay home because of lack of resources, reports People for Education.

Jen Charron with son Reid, 7, outside Adam Beck Public School, where Reid in in Grade 2. Reid, who has Asperger’s syndrome, is one of more than a dozen kids with autism at the school who are served by the equivalent of 1.5 assistants. A report being released Monday has found that schools don’t have enough support for special needs students.

By: Kristin Rushowy Education Reporter, Published on Mon Apr 28 2014

We were really surprised by the finding, said Annie Kidder, executive director of People for Education, which surveyed 1,349 Ontario schools and for the first time asked about forcing children to stay home after hearing numerous complaints from parents.

Meet the Company That Wants to be the Netflix for Blind People

For years, advocates have been trying to make mainstream television more accessible to the visually impaired. TalkingFlix may be on the verge of doing just that.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/meet-the-company-that-wants-to-be-the-netflix-for-blind-people/

Accessibility News April 26,2014 Update

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In this Issue

Accessibility Spreading Like Wildfire!

Wildfire Steakhouse & Wine Bar is the latest Restaurant to join aMENU, the Accessible and Mobile friendly Directory for Restaurant menus.

Read their menu at
http://www.amenu.ca/wildfire-steakhouse-wine-bar/

Does Your Website Have to Comply With AODA? The Answer is: Probably

Among the most important issues which organizations face under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (“AODA”) is the requirement to change websites.

The new AODA requirements for websites kicked-in for government entities in 2012, but for large (50 employees or more) private organizations (including not-for-profit organizations), the obligations started on January 1, 2014. What are those duties?

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/does-your-website-have-to-comply-with-aoda-the-answer-is-probably/

AccessiGate: Canadian Banks Clarify Why Sites Not Accessible

By Victor Schwartzman

Minister Hoskins nodded. “If people could easily access their own money, it might give them ideas. Not on different ways to spend their own money. We make sure their pension and employment programmes don’t allow them to have enough money to have different ways to spend it.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/accessigate-canadian-banks-clarify-why-sites-not-accessible/

Traveling Poses a Unique Set of Challenges for People with Blindness

Getting from “here to there” can be challenging and require patience from most everyone. But for people with blindness or visual impairment, overcoming mobility challenges often takes more than just patience it takes planning, flexibility and, at times, courage particularly given the public’s lack of awareness and compliance with safety and anti-discrimination laws.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/traveling-poses-a-unique-set-of-challenges-for-people-with-blindness/

City of Toronto Offers Voters with Disabilities Scytls Solutions for Internet and Telephone Voting

Scytl, the worldwide leader in secure online voting and election modernization, has been awarded a contract by the City of Toronto, Canada to provide improved accessibility for persons with disabilities via Scytl’s secure Online Voting and Scytl’s secure Phone Voting in the October 2014 election.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/city-of-toronto-offers-voters-with-disabilities-scytls-solutions-for-internet-and-telephone-voting/

CRTC Announces That Canadians Who Are Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Speech Impaired Will Have Access to a New Telecommunications Service

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today announced that video relay service will be made available in Canada for users of American Sign Language (ASL) and Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ).

When it launches, the service will facilitate conversations between people who are Deaf, hard of hearing and speech impaired and other Canadians, and vice versa.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/crtc-announces-that-canadians-who-are-deaf-hard-of-hearing-or-speech-impaired-will-have-access-to-a-new-telecommunications-service/