Accessibility News February 28,2015 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 9 years, 44 weeks, 1 day till a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

Letting Down Ontario’s Disabled: Editorial

We like to think of ourselves as a caring society. But too often we fail Ontario’s 1.8 million disabled. Sometimes we don’t even try.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/letting-down-ontarios-disabled-editorial/

Despite Mayo Moran Independent Review Report Recommending that Ontario Should Beef Up Enforcement, the Wynne Government Plans to Cut Back on Enforcement of Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, Even Though Violations of this Law Remain Rampant Among Private Sector Organizations with At Least Twenty Employees

With only 9 years, 10 months and 3 days left for the Government to lead Ontario to become fully accessible for people with disabilities by 2025, the Ontario Government has taken the backwards step of planning to reduce its already-paltry enforcement of the AODA. This is so even though the Government knows that there remain rampant violations of that legislation among over 60% of private sector organizations with at least 20 employees.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/despite-mayo-moran-independent-review-report-recommending-that-ontario-should-beef-up-enforcement-the-wynne-government-plans-to-cut-back-on-enforcement-of-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabiliti/

Ontario to Reduce Enforcement of Accessibility Law

Province to inspect fewer businesses despite widespread violations and a recent report urging more action on Ontario’s accessibility law

Accessibility News Note: So this is the action Minister Duguid was talking about in his Press Release?

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-to-reduce-enforcement-of-accessibility-law/

Mike Hammer Solves The AODA Courage Mystery

By Victor Schwartzman, channeling Mickey Spillane

My eyes narrowed as the mystery’s solution became clear all too quickly. I turned to Camus. “We can’t find the Government’s AODA Courage,” I told Al, “because it never disappeared to begin with.” I should have guessed!

Al nodded. “It never disappeared because it never existed. I like that.”

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/mike-hammer-solves-the-aoda-courage-mystery/

Accessibility is Their Final Frontier: Fed

“Sadly, at the present rate of progress, I doubt we’d reach full accessibility in our lifetimes, or even by the time the Starship Enterprise is boldly exploring the galaxy in the 23rd century.”

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/accessibility-is-their-final-frontier-fed/

OPEN Letter to Citizens of Ontario regarding Post Stroke Treatment and Alleged Age Discrimination

February 23, 2015

As a local stroke recovery and peer support group, we want all Ontario citizens to be aware that if they were to suffer a stroke in Ontario and are between the ages of 20 and 64, you will be denied more stroke treatment/physiotherapy funded and offered by OHIP after receiving your initial and short term stroke treatment regime, simply because of your age and a discriminatory outdated OHIP Act.

This blatant act of age discrimination is of particular concern for the university and college students and young working parents of Ontario who may have the misfortune of a stroke.

AODA Alliance Asks Candidates for Leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party to Make Commitments on Disability Accessibility

On February 22, 2015, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance wrote the three candidates now running for leadership of the Ontario Progressive Party, to seek their commitments on disability accessibility, Christine Elliott, Patrick Brown and Monte McNaughton. We set out below our open letter.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-asks-candidates-for-leadership-of-the-ontario-progressive-conservative-party-to-make-commitments-on-disability-accessibility/

Accessibility News February 21,2015 Update

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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 with an Accessibility Audit.

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 9 years, 45 weeks, 1 day till a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

U.S. Access Board Releases Proposed Updated Accessibility Requirements for Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Another key goal of this update is to promote consistency with other requirements in the United States and abroad in order to improve accessibility and to facilitate compliance. A leading reference, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), is incorporated into the rule and applied to web-based content as well as to offline documents and software.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/u-s-access-board-releases-proposed-updated-accessibility-requirements-for-information-and-communication-technology-ict/