Blind Man Says He Was Tackled, Arrested After White Cane Mistaken for Weapon

Steven Stairs is legally blind. He says he feared he was being kidnapped when police tackled him to the ground without warning on Monday night.


Federal Communication Commission(FCC) Strengthens Captioning Rules to Enhance Accessibility to Video Programming on TV

Closed captioning is crucial for ensuring that our televised media are fully accessible to people who are deaf and hard of hearing. The provision of closed captioning depends upon the coordination of both video programmers and video programming distributors (VPDs) to both generate and deliver high quality caption content to viewers. To date, however, only VPDs have been directly subject to the Commission’s closed captioning rules, leaving half of the responsible parties unaccountable for the quality of their captioning.


Ontario Government ‘Hypocritical on Mental Health’: Brown

By Christina Blizzard, Queen’s Park Columnist
First posted: Monday, March 21, 2016

TORONTO – For all the hand-wringing we do about treating mental illness as just that a sickness, not a crime, you’d think we’d do better when we put actions to those words.

Barrie teen Shania Paige attempted “suicide by cop.” It’s only thanks to the quick-thinking police officer who responded that she’s alive today.

As reported in the Toronto Sun on Sunday, what happened to Paige, who suffers from bipolar disorder, makes a mockery of everything we talk about when it comes to mental health.

Paige ended up in jail when she needed treatment.

Yes, She’s Really Disabled: Woman Harassed for Using Parking Spot

In the mere minutes between when Amber Gillett pulled into an accessible parking spot in front of a Clyde Avenue shop and when she walked back to her Volkswagen Golf, a stranger made an assumption about her.


More Businesses Face Lawsuits Challenging Website Accessibility

Despite the recent explosion of lawsuits challenging the accessibility of websites under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that it will not publish proposed revisions to the Title III regulations to address website accessibility until 2018.


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In this Issue

Please Tell the Wynne Government if You Support the List of Readily-Achievable Improvements to the 2007 Customer Service Accessibility Standard that the AODA Alliance and ARCH Disability Law Centre Have Jointly Submitted to the Economic Development Minister

A joint March 15, 2016 brief has been submitted to Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid by the AODA Alliance and the ARCH Disability Law Centre. It lists a list of readily-achievable improvements to the 2007 Customer Service Accessibility Standard, enacted under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. This proposal shows ways to revise the Customer Service Accessibility Standard that are a massive improvement on the weak and at times counterproductive revisions that the Wynne Government has proposed to make to that accessibility standard.


Canadian Museum Presents Exhibit That Blind People Can “See”

Breakthrough technology by U.S. start up 3DPhotoWorks LLC enables the visually impaired to experience art on an equal basis with the sighted.


Nine Years after the Ontario Government Promises to Review All Ontario Laws for Accessibility Barriers, the Wynne Government Proposes Modest Legislative Changes to 11 Laws , To Be Fast-Tracked Through the Legislature

In the 2007 Ontario election, Ontario’s Liberal Government, led by Premier Dalton McGuinty, promised that the Government would review all Ontario laws for accessibility barriers. That includes 750 statutes and many more regulations.

Some nine years later, the Government has only reviewed 51 of the 750 Ontario statutes. It chose to start with 51 statutes that had the highest impact on people with disabilities.


Technology is Failing to Meet the Needs of Older People With Hearing and Sight Problems, Report Finds

Assistive technology developers and service providers need to do more to meet the diverse needs of the rising number of older people with both hearing and sight problems, according to a new report launched at the University of Sheffield today (10 March 2016).