The Ontario Government has called provincial by-elections for November 17, 2016 in the Ottawa Vanier and Niagara West-Glanbrook ridings. These by-elections will replace former Liberal MPP Madeleine Meilleur (Ottawa Vanier), who was the minister responsible for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act from 2006 to 2011, and Tim Hudak, the former Conservative Party leader.
“Where do you work?” “What do you do for a living?” In America, these are among the first questions a new acquaintance will ask us. This simple inquiry reflects the cultural emphasis placed on work and career choice in the modern world. But for many, this dreaded question serves as a reminder that even work is a privilege.
Today, October 29, 2016, is the 18th anniversary of an extremely important event in the decade-long battle, from 1994 to 2005, for the enactment of strong Ontario accessibility legislation, to achieve a barrier-free Ontario for persons with disabilities. What was accomplished by Ontario’s grassroots disability advocates back then continues to send out waves of impact in Ontario and across Canada fully 18 years later.
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Town-wide service delivery review finds municipality is ‘one of the leaders in AODA compliance in the GTA’
The websites and apps of public administrations, hospitals, courts and other public sector bodies will have to be made accessible to everyone, under new EU-wide rules approved by the European Parliament on Wednesday. The web accessibility directive, already agreed by Parliament and Council, should make it easier for disabled and elderly people to access data and services on the internet, e.g. to file a tax declaration, apply for an allowance, pay fees or enrol at university.
Waterloo has updated its stringent standards for accessibility in local development projects, ahead of provincial accessibility rules that take effect in 2017 and 2018.
Photo exhibit Making the Journey shows transportation challenges for people with disabilities By Carolyn Stokes, CBC News Posted: Oct 23, 2016 6:31 PM
Access to the outside world’ shows the perspective of a person with a disability dealing with winter challenges.
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but the group behind a new photo exhibit at Memorial University hopes those words will be spoken out loud.
Making the Journey is a collection of 30 photos that are meant to show what life is like for a person with a disability.
For the past year, a group of people with various disabilities has been capturing images from their personal lives that show how they are affected by transportation challenges.
The course highlights how inclusive design and a better understanding of users’ needs can enable technologies to be more accessible and provide a more inclusive environment. It also aims to make people aware of the wide variety of assistive technologies.
Scientists at Binghamton University, State University of New York want to improve sensor technology critical to billions of devices made every year. With a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation, they will start by making a high-performance sensor and applying it to hearing aids.