Let the Mayo Moran AODA Independent Review Know if You Endorse the AODA Alliance’s June 30, 2014 Final Brief on the AODA’s Implementation and Enforcement

Even when we are on a break, the Accessibility Clock just keeps on ticking! A troubling 223 days have now passed since we revealed that the Ontario Government was not enforcing the AODA, and that there have been rampant AODA violations in the private sector. The Government still has not made public its promised plan for the AODA’s effective enforcement.

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http://www.aoda.ca/let-the-mayo-moran-aoda-independent-review-know-if-you-endorse-the-aoda-alliances-june-30-2014-final-brief-on-the-aodas-implementation-and-enforcement/

Accessibility News June 28,2014 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 with an Accessibility Audit.

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In this Issue
*Farmed Salmon Conversion Success Required Before B.C. Disability Pensions Increase
*AMI-Audio Special Focuses on the Accessibility of Some of the USAs Most Famous Monuments
*Education Dept. Issues New Special Ed Rules
*Advancing Ontarios accessibility: a study of linguistic, discursive, and conceptual barriers
*Panel Will Help Make Province More Accessible, Inclusive

Farmed Salmon Conversion Success Required Before B.C. Disability Pensions Increase

By Victor Schwartzman

Recently B.C. Premier Christy Clark unveiled her Government’s strategy for improving the lives of people with disabilities, starting with their pensions. Pensions were frozen in 2007 at $906 per month, with the Government eagerly clawing back wherever it makes possible any additional money the person may receive. As inflation has not been frozen, so the B.C. Government has decreased the pension benefit each year since 2007.

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http://www.aoda.ca/farmed-salmon-conversion-success-required-before-b-c-disability-pensions-increase/

AMI-Audio Special Focuses on the Accessibility of Some of the USA’s Most Famous Monuments

Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today that it will air a two-part documentary exploring the accessibility of some of the most recognizable attractions in the capital of the United States.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/ami-audio-special-focuses-on-the-accessibility-of-some-of-the-usas-most-famous-monuments/

Education Dept. Issues New Special Ed Rules

The Education Department announced Tuesday that it will begin to look at graduation rates, test scores and other measures of academic performance to help determine if states are meeting the needs of students with disabilities.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/education-dept-issues-new-special-ed-rules/

Advancing Ontario’s accessibility: a study of linguistic, discursive, and conceptual barriers

This article presents findings from an institutional ethnographic study of language and discourse used within texts and everyday talk associated with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA). It is argued that planners, architects, and designers working with the AODA and its accessibility standards could help to advance accessibility by being critically aware of language and discourse in AODA-related texts that discretely organize disability to be related to and conceptualized singularly as a biomedical personal problem because such a concept obfuscates the focus of the AODA and provides little support to its social goals.

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http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Advancing+Ontario‘s+accessibility%3A+a+study+of+linguistic,+discursive,…-a0349607683

Panel Will Help Make Province More Accessible, Inclusive

Government is acting on its promise to make Nova Scotia a more accessible and inclusive place to live and work by creating the Minister’s Advisory Panel on Accessibility Legislation.

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http://www.aoda.ca/panel-will-help-make-province-more-accessible-inclusive/

Accessibility News June 21,2014 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 with an Accessibility Audit.

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In this Issue

Toronto author inspires Archie Comics’ first disabled character

Archie Comics #656, released June 18, 2014, features Riverdale’s first disabled character, Harper.
Jesse Tahirali, CTV News
Published Thursday, June 19, 2014 10:13PM EDT

The timeless town of Riverdale is now a little more modern thanks to Harper, a disabled teen based on a real-life Toronto author.

Wednesday’s issue of Archie Comics features a visit from Veronica’s cousin, who gets around using a pink wheelchair and elbow crutch. Harper, a character inspired by Canadian children’s book author Jewel Kats, is the first disabled character in the comic’s more than 70 years of history.

Kats, who also uses a wheelchair, hopes Harper can be a role model to readers.

B.C. Premier Offers Hope!

By Victor Schwartzman

Give that politician a hand!! Two fisted B.C. Premier Christy Clark, fresh off an election victory that punched her to a large majority government, in response gave voters a few fingers when she talked relatively straight recently, Not anyone to palm things off, she spoke as clearly as she ever has about when she will work hard to make life better for people in B.C. who have disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/b-c-premier-offers-hope/