Ontario Missing Mark on Accessibility Standards, Activist Says

Blind lawyer and disability rights activist David Lepofsky says Ontario must reverse a recent regulatory change that he says weakens its target to make the province fully accessible by 2025.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-missing-mark-on-accessibility-standards-activist-says/

What Does an Accessible Canada Mean to You?

Government of Canada launches consultation on planned new accessibility legislation

The Government of Canada is committed to eliminating systemic barriers and delivering equality of opportunity to all Canadians living with disabilities.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/what-does-an-accessible-canada-mean-to-you/

iCanConnect: A National Program Bringing People Together through Accessible Communications Technology and Training

Do you, or does someone you know, have combined significant vision and hearing loss? For those who meet federal income and disability guidelines, iCanConnect provides free communication technology and training to help people to stay connected with family and friends.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/icanconnect-a-national-program-bringing-people-together-through-accessible-communications-technology-and-training/

Reasonable Accommodation Includes Electronic Accessibility

Computers, mobile devices, and the Internet are integral parts of today’s workplace. Employees email, log into various systems and programs, complete employer forms, and manage their time online. Job seekers research employers and submit job applications online. For the 56.7 million Americans with disabilities, these simple tasks may be impossible unless electronic systems are accessible.

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http://www.aoda.ca/reasonable-accommodation-includes-electronic-accessibility/

Accessibility News June 18,2016 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 8 years, 28 weeks, 2 days till a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

Ramp Up 2016 Aims to Double Number of Accessible Ramps in Ontario

An accessibility advocate has partnered with 24 local visual artists in an effort to bring ramps into 15 more communities.

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http://www.aoda.ca/ramp-up-2016-aims-to-double-number-of-accessible-ramps-in-ontario/

Alliance of Advocates Calls for Mandatory Disability Access in New Homes

An alliance of 800 disability advocates and ethical designers is calling for mandatory disability access in new homes.

They say Australia must do better as a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/alliance-of-advocates-calls-for-mandatory-disability-access-in-new-homes/

Nominet Launches Free IoT Solution to Help Those With Sensory and Cognitive Impairments

Pips buttons use Bluetooth to create a sequence of audio and visual reminders to help guide those with sensory impairments through their daily routines, and to have confidence while navigating their environment.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/nominet-launches-free-iot-solution-to-help-those-with-sensory-and-cognitive-impairments/

Cyclists Using Sidewalks Leaves Blind Woman Scared for Safety:

A blind woman says she can’t go for a walk without feeling threatened by cyclists zipping past her on the sidewalk in Winnipeg. Janis Brackman lives in Winnipeg’s Osborne Village area. Every time she steps out her front door, she has to be just as on guard for bikes.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/cyclists-using-sidewalks-leaves-blind-woman-scared-for-safety/

Schedule 1 Class Action Claims Period Has Started

The Court has approved the settlement in Clegg v. Ontario, the Schedule 1 class action lawsuit. You may be able to get money from the settlement if you send in a claim form by February 28, 2017. Please read below for more information about the settlement and how to get help with your claim.

What is the lawsuit about?

The lawsuit is about 12 Schedule 1 facilities or institutions where many people with disabilities were neglected and abused. The government of Ontario was in charge of these places.

What are Schedule 1 institutions?

Many people with disabilities lived at Schedule 1 institutions. The law about these places was called the Developmental Services Act. The names of these places were written in a part of that law called Schedule 1.