Accessibility News March 30,2019 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 5 years, 39 weeks, 5 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

AODA Alliance Submits A Short Brief to the Senate of Canada, Calling for Amendments to Strengthen the Weak Bill C-81, the Proposed “Accessible Canada Act”

The Senate of Canada is about to embark on public hearings on Bill C-81, the proposed Accessible Canada Act. We want the Senate to strengthen this weak bill. The AODA Alliance has applied to make a presentation at those hearings, and has submitted a 6-page brief to the Senate. We set that brief out below.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-submits-a-short-brief-to-the-senate-of-canada-calling-for-amendments-to-strengthen-the-weak-bill-c-81-the-proposed-accessible-canada-act/

Best Practices for Serving Customers with Assistive Devices

Under the Customer Service Standard of the AODA, service providers’ policies must state that they welcome customers using assistive devices. In our last article, we described different types of assistive devices. In this article, we offer some best practices for serving customers with assistive devices.

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https://aoda.ca/best-practices-for-serving-customers-with-assistive-devices/

NTEC Awards Business Champions Who Strive for Inclusivity, Accessibility

Hiring the disabled is not only the right choice ethically speaking it’s the smart choice, says Mike Bradley, long-time Mayor of Sarnia-Lambton

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https://aoda.ca/ntec-awards-business-champions-who-strive-for-inclusivity-accessibility/

Computer Accessibility in Customer Service

The Customer Service Standards of the AODA gives service providers guidelines on making their goods, services, and facilities accessible to customers with disabilities. Some of these services will involve computer accessibility. For instance, service providers need to make their websites accessible. They can do so by ensuring that their webpages are compatible with the hardware and software people use on their personal devices, such as computers or phones. In addition, some organizations, such as libraries, schools, restaurants, or retailers, may have computers or tablets with accessible hardware or software on-site for patrons to use. In this article, we describe some ways that customers with disabilities use technology.

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https://aoda.ca/computer-accessibility-in-customer-service/

Proposed Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations now published in Part I of the Canada Gazette

The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) today announced that its proposed Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations (ATPDR) are now published in Part I of the Canada Gazette for public review and comment.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/proposed-accessible-transportation-for-persons-with-disabilities-regulations-now-published-in-part-i-of-the-canada-gazette/

Debbie Kirwin Honoured With Huntsville Town Hall Flag in Credit to Service

Debbie Kirwin has spent years advocating for accessibility in Huntsville. She sees the impending downtown redesign as a chance to make more improvements.

HUNTSVILLE It was the first flag presented by the mayor to a member of the public.

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https://aoda.ca/debbie-kirwin-honoured-with-huntsville-town-hall-flag-in-credit-to-service/

Welcoming Customers with Assistive Devices

Under the Customer Service Standard of the AODA, service providers’ policies must state that they welcome customers using assistive devices. In this article, we describe what a few assistive devices are.

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https://aoda.ca/welcoming-customers-with-assistive-devices/

Accessibility News March 23,2019 Update

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Inclusive is ready to caption and video describe all your video for web, DVD, and computer desktop. They can also assist you in understanding and implementing Ontario’s AODA Integrated Standards’ media requirements. Consider having them check that any of your new web site content is compliant with an Accessibility Audit.

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 5 years, 40 weeks, 5 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

Funding for Customer Service Accessibility in Ontario

The Customer Service Standards of the AODA give service providers guidelines on making their goods, services, and facilities accessible to customers with disabilities. Some of the standards’ regulations involve accessible building features or equipment. For instance, providers must train workers to use any devices or equipment the provider may have that help customers with disabilities access goods and services. Likewise, providers must notify the public when services that customers with disabilities rely on are temporarily unavailable. Therefore, this article will look at different types of funding for customer service accessibility.

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https://aoda.ca/funding-for-customer-service-accessibility-in-ontario/