Accessibility News May 30,2015 Update

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In this Issue

Advocates Calling for Official Government ID for Service Dogs

Advocates are calling for official government ID for service dogs. They say it’ll cut down on fraud and help those who legitimately need the dog. Christina Stevens reports.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/advocates-calling-for-official-government-id-for-service-dogs/

How the Ontario Government Should Mark the 10th Anniversary of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Watch AMI-TV’s “Canada in Perspective” on Sunday, May 31, 2015, or Afterward Online, Addressing Barriers to Accessible Public Transit

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/how-the-ontario-government-should-mark-the-10th-anniversary-of-the-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities-act/

Ontario Moving Forward with Accessibility Certification Program

Editors Note: Is Mr. Duguid living in a fantasy world when it comes to the truth about their progress?

With the passage of the AODA, Ontario became an accessibility leader, establishing standards in five key areas of daily life and implementing them within clear timeframes.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-moving-forward-with-accessibility-certification-program/

Alert: Websites as Places of Public Accommodation: DOJ Settlement May Extend Accessibility Requirements to Virtual Space

DOJ’s settlement with edX should put online education providers on notice: Any private entity that provides online learning, whether for-profit or non-profit and regardless of whether the education is free or for credit or leading toward a degree, needs to consider whether its content is accessible under the standards of Title III.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/alert-websites-as-places-of-public-accommodation-doj-settlement-may-extend-accessibility-requirements-to-virtual-space/

Global Accessibility Awareness Day: Minister Duguid Stumped

By Victor Schwartzman

Minister Brad Duguid, responsible for access in Ontario, boasts his Province is a “world leader” in access. We assumed it was a given he would host a GAAD event. Or, certainly make a speech, using GAAD to draw attention to what access is all about. As a politician, he understands these things! Yet he hosted no event nor made any public comment during GAAD.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/global-accessibility-awareness-day-minister-duguid-stumped/

Accessible Ramp to be Installed at Meaford Hall

Accessibility projects like this will become more and more common in the coming years. The provincial Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act (AODA) was first introduced in 2005, and all public sector organizations must be in compliance this year for a new construction or substantial renovations.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/accessible-ramp-to-be-installed-at-meaford-hall/

Is Your Restaurant Pan Am or Para Pan Am Games Ready?

“Unlike the Olympics in Vancouver BC or London England, the Government has no comprehensive plan in place to ensure that we have adequate accessible restaurants, public transit, hotels and other tourism and hospitality services to meet the needs of an influx of tourists with disabilities at this major international sporting event.”

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/is-your-restaurant-pan-am-or-para-pan-am-games-ready/

How Technological Developments Are Improving The Lives Of The Disabled

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Technology exists to make our lives easier. Whether it’s the extending of our horizons via personal transport, the allowance of the sharing of information via the internet, or the extension of the human lifespan through medical advancement, technology and humanity have become completely inseparable. Unfortunately though, for some people, technological progress has not affected them as much as it has average individual. The disabled make up a proportion of this population, however as technology becomes more sophisticated this deficit is being addressed, with amazing, life-changing results.

Province Must Spend More to Show Manitobans With Disabilities Where the Heart is: At Home

Care homes are great for those who are too old to take care of themselves properly, or for those who don’t have the mental capacity to live on their own. But in order for my life to reach its full potential, Winnipegosis resident Alex Lytwyn says he can’t live in a home.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/province-must-spend-more-to-show-manitobans-with-disabilities-where-the-heart-is-at-home/