Accessibility of Government Websites Often Fall Short

Websites are the portal to government, providing information as basic as the day for garbage pickup and services like paying taxes.

But for people with visual impairments or a host of other disabilities that can affect their use of computers or mobile devices, it’s still hit-or-miss what they will find when they open the website of their local government, school district or library.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/accessibility-of-government-websites-often-fall-short/

Premier Wynne and Economic Develop Minister Duguid Respond to AODA Alliances Detail Proposals to Get Ontario Back on Schedule for Full Disability Accessibility by 2025

But the Government’s Responses Largely Trumpet Insufficient Past Government Action Instead of Adopting Our Action Recommendations There’s No Government Plan in Effect that Will Ensure Full Accessibility By 2025 and fulfill the Government’s Unkept Accessibility Promises

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/premier-wynne-and-economic-develop-minister-duguid-respond-to-aoda-alliances-detail-proposals-to-get-ontario-back-on-schedule-for-full-disability-accessibility-by-2025/

Commission Warns City on Changes to Handi-Transit Rules

“The human rights code doesn’t deal any differently with (different) disabilities, whether you’re talking about the code or the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA),” Bennett told The Star on Monday. “A disability is a disability.”

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http://www.aoda.ca/commission-warns-city-on-changes-to-handi-transit-rules/

Practising Outside the Technology Box

For example, it is an offence to fail to comply with an order made under the AODA, block or fail to co-operate with an inspection, intimidate, coerce, penalize, or discriminate against someone for seeking enforcement of the AODA, co-operating with an inspection or providing information as part of an inspection.

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http://www.aoda.ca/practising-outside-the-technology-box/

Accessibility News January 17,2015 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 9 years, 50 weeks, 1 day till a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

New AODA resource for Web Developers Launched!

Understanding Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) is a daunting task at the best of times.

How it applies to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) can also be very challenging but this Resource will make it somewhat easier for you and your Web Developers to research and understand what Guidelines you need to follow to make your Website compliant.

Check it out at
http://www.aoda.ca/wcag/

Competing In Power Football Takes More Than Athletic Ability

By Victor Schwartzman

Shayne De Wildt is 23. Why am I writing about Shayne? He’s my downstairs neighbour and I know him. I feed his cat, Simba, when Shayne is away at competitions. Simba frightens my dog, a Shitzhu who gives Simba a wide berth, but that is another story.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/competing-in-power-football-takes-more-than-athletic-ability/

Wynne staffer suggested ‘longer-term role’ for Olivier

Accessibility News Note: Welcome to Premier Wynne’s Ontario, Disabled need not apply.

Kathleen Wynne’s deputy chief of staff told Andrew Olivier last month the Liberal Party would try to find a “longer-term role” for the former candidate once he stepped aside to allow Glenn Thibeault, the former NDP MP, to run for the Grits in the Sudbury byelection.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/wynne-staffer-suggested-longer-term-role-for-olivier/

Scooter Tumble Down Stairs Leads to ‘Wheelchairs Only’ Message

Keith Hurst was getting his mail in December when he slid down the Burk’s Falls Canada Post accessible ramp on his scooter. He was then told the ramp is for wheelchairs only.

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http://www.aoda.ca/scooter-tumble-down-stairs-leads-to-wheelchairs-only-message/

Live Text May Make Council Meetings More Accessible

Nova Scotia to launch text-to-911 service today for hearing impaired

Halifax is considering providing a real-time text service of city hall meetings for hearing impaired people.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/live-text-may-make-council-meetings-more-accessible/