Despite Ongoing Issues, Ontario Plans to Reduce Small Business Accessibility Requirements

Currently, companies with more than 20 employees must have a written policy on accessibility.
But that is soon expected to apply only to businesses with more than 50 employees.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/despite-ongoing-issues-ontario-plans-to-reduce-small-business-accessibility-requirements/

Major Gaps in Ontario Disability Act When it Comes to Service Dogs

Every day when Wesley Taylor and his service dog leave the house, he prepares to go to battle with Mississauga transit employees.

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http://www.aoda.ca/major-gaps-in-ontario-disability-act-when-it-comes-to-service-dogs/

Put Ministry of Health in Charge of Inmates’ Health Care, John Howard Society Says

Ontario’s John Howard Society is urging the province to put the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in charge of inmates’ health, taking away the responsibility now held by jail superintendents.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/put-ministry-of-health-in-charge-of-inmates-health-care-john-howard-society-says/

Important Information About the Schedule 1 Lawsuit, Clegg v. Ontario

This lawsuit is about twelve places where people with disabilities lived. The government of Ontario was in charge of these places. The lawsuit says the government did not protect people who lived at these places.

You can find a list of the twelve places and more information about the lawsuit at: http://goo.gl/YBosX5

Lawyers for people who lived at these places have talked to the government. They made an agreement to end the lawsuit without a trial. This agreement is called a settlement.

On April 25th, 2016, at 10 in the morning, the Court will decide if the settlement is fair and reasonable. You can go to Court on April 25.

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In this Issue

Parents Rally at Queen’s Park to Keep Schools for Blind, Deaf and Special Needs Open

Premier Kathleen Wynne refused Thursday to guarantee that residential schools for special needs students will stay open beyond next year

“We need to remove the (enrolment) caps at our demonstration schools,” said MPP Todd Smith. “We should not be even thinking about closing them.”
By: Keith Leslie The Canadian Press, Published on Thu Apr 14 2016

Parents, staff and union representatives rally to save Trillium Demonstration School on Ontario St. South in Milton, Ont.

Premier Kathleen Wynne refused Thursday to guarantee that residential schools for special needs students will stay open beyond next year, as hundreds of parents rallied outside the Ontario legislature to keep the institutions from closing.

New York City Enacts Accessibility Standards for Government Websites

Seyfarth Synopsis: NYC recently passed a law requiring that its government agency websites meet accessibility standards. Other state and local governments may follow NYC’s lead and enact accessibility standards for government agencies, contractors and even public accommodations in the absence of regulations from DOJ.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/new-york-city-enacts-accessibility-standards-for-government-websites/

Netflix to Enhance Access for Customers Who Are Blind

In a first-of-its-kind settlement, advocates for people who are blind have reached an agreement with Netflix to make accessible the movies and videos offered through the Netflix video streaming and DVD rental subscriptions.

The settlement provides that Netflix will make its video content accessible by adding a new technology called “audio description” as a feature that blind customers can activate so they can more fully understand and enjoy the movie and video experience.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/netflix-to-enhance-access-for-customers-who-are-blind/

Mobility Plays Important Role In Development for Toddlers With Disabilities

Typical toddlers simultaneously spend about three hours a day in physical activity, play and engagement with objects such as toys, while their peers with mobility disabilities are less likely to engage in all of those behaviors at the same time, new research from Oregon State University shows.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/mobility-plays-important-role-in-development-for-toddlers-with-disabilities/

Study: Most K-12 Online Learning Content Does Not Meet Needs of Students With Disabilities

Online education is growing rapidly, reaching millions of students every day. However, a Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities at the University of Kansas study has found the majority of online educational products are not designed to meet the needs of students with disabilities and struggling learners.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/study-most-k-12-online-learning-content-does-not-meet-needs-of-students-with-disabilities/