The 2017 Disability Equality Index Names the “Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion”

68 top-scoring companies pave the way for Corporate America

US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) and American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) are proud to release the 2017 Disability Equality Index (DEI) the third year measured by the Index. 110 companies participated in the 2017 DEI, with results indicating where companies are excelling in their commitment to inclusive environmental, social, and governance policies.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-2017-disability-equality-index-names-the-%c2%93best-places-to-work-for-disability-inclusion/

The AODA Alliance Writes Kent Hehr, Canadas New National Minister for People with Disabilities, who is Now Responsible for Developing Canada’s Promised National Accessibility Law

On August 28, 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled his federal cabinet. As a result, Mr. Kent Hehr was appointed Canada’s new Minister Responsible for People with Disabilities. He takes over responsibility for leading the development and enactment of the new national accessibility law which Prime Minister Trudeau promised in the 2015 federal election.

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http://www.aoda.ca/the-aoda-alliance-writes-kent-hehr-canadas-new-national-minister-for-people-with-disabilities-who-is-now-responsible-for-developing-canadas-promised-national-accessibility-law/

Reminder: Reporting Compliance With AODA Accessibility Standards

Most accessibility standards requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) are now in effect for large and small organizations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors across Ontario. And this year, for the first time, organizations in all sectors will be reporting compliance with all five AODA accessibility standards.

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http://www.aoda.ca/reminder-reporting-compliance-with-aoda-accessibility-standards/

Completing your accessibility compliance report

Follow these steps to complete an accessibility compliance report for your business, not-for-profit or public-sector organization.

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http://www.aoda.ca/completing-your-accessibility-compliance-report/

Watch the Archived Video of the August 22, 2017 Policy Experts Conference on What Canada’s Promised National Accessibility Law Should Include

Canada’s Federal and Provincial Governments Should Use All the Levers of Power They Have to Promote Accessibility

Any Time You Wish, You Can Enjoy the August 22, 2017 Online Policy Experts Conference on What Canada’s Promised National Accessibility Law Should Include

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http://www.aoda.ca/watch-the-archived-video-of-the-august-22-2017-policy-experts-conference-on-what-canadas-promised-national-accessibility-law-should-include/

Accessibility News August 26,2017 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 7 years, 18 weeks, 3 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

Excellent Media Coverage of the Policy Experts Conference on What Canada’s Promised National Accessibility Law Should Include

and More Media on Other Accessibility Issues

Wonderful Media Coverage of the August 22, 2017 Online Policy Experts Conference on What Canada’s Promised National Accessibility Law Should Include

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http://www.aoda.ca/excellent-media-coverage-of-the-policy-experts-conference-on-what-canadas-promised-national-accessibility-law-should-include/

Ontario Teen Who Lost Both Parents to Mental Health Issues Mailed Letters to All 338 MPs, Only 40 Responded

Most conspicuous of the non-responses is the member for Papineau Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by: Kenneth Armstrong

Noah Irvine is fighting to end the stigma surrounding mental illness in Canada, and for a national suicide prevention plan. Rob O’Flanagan/GuelphToday

A Guelph teenager who lost both parents to mental health issues says he is disappointed at the lack of response he received after mailing letters challenging every member of parliament across Canada to take action and address the country’s suicide crisis.

Noah Irvine, age 17, said he spent countless hours and hundreds of dollars sending the letters to the 338 members of parliament.

Out of the 338 letters sent some six months ago, Irvine said to date he has received just 40 responses.

Prince Edward County Officials Decry ‘Unfortunate’ Case of Couple Denied B&B Over Service Dog

Same officials say province’s accessibility rules need clarification

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http://www.aoda.ca/prince-edward-county-officials-decry-unfortunate-case-of-couple-denied-bb-over-service-dog/

Obtaining Accessible Cable Television: A Frustrating Experience

At the AccessWorld Tech Summit in March 2017, part of the American Foundation for the Blind’s annual Leadership Conference, I was so excited while listening to a presentation from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) about accessible devices including cable boxes. I figured I could call my cable company when I got home and get an accessible cable box. I was wrong.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/obtaining-accessible-cable-television-a-frustrating-experience/