Accessibility News December 28,2019 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 5 years, 0 weeks, 5 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

Halifax New Year’s Eve Celebration at Grand Parade Aims to Be Accessible for First Time

A well-known accessibility advocate in Nova Scotia has been working alongside the municipality to ensure that one of Atlantic Canada’s largest outdoor New Year’s Eve celebrations, happening at Halifax’s Grand Parade, is fully accessible to anyone wanting to attend.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/halifax-new-years-eve-celebration-at-grand-parade-aims-to-be-accessible-for-first-time/

Americans With Disabilities Have $200 Billion in Spending Power. Comcast Isn’t Leaving Them Behind

James Baldwin thought he’d never see his granddaughter’s face again.

That was until October, when Baldwin put on a pair of NuEyes electronic glasses, which enhance the vision of visually impaired people. Suddenly, he could clearly see his wife sitting beside him. Leaves on trees. A picture of his granddaughter in her basketball uniform.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/americans-with-disabilities-have-200-billion-in-spending-power-comcast-isnt-leaving-them-behind/

Jasmin Simpson Challenges Discriminatory Student Loans Programs

Jasmin, who is blind, Deaf, and has lupus, has been waiting for this for nearly two decades. She graduated from Gallaudet University with a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Social Work in 2008. Jasmin took 60% longer to complete her degrees than her peers without disabilities. She also accrued 60% more debt.

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https://aoda.ca/jasmin-simpson-challenges-discriminatory-student-loans-programs/

Queens Borough Public Library Sued for Excluding Persons with Disabilities from Full and Equal Access to Hunters Point Library

Editors Note: Doesn’t matter what Country some things just stay the same
Disability Rights Advocates calls out shocking disregard for community, seeks to force library to fix this unjust and discriminatory situation

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https://aoda.ca/queens-borough-public-library-sued-for-excluding-persons-with-disabilities-from-full-and-equal-access-to-hunters-point-library/

Incentive Agreements For Accessibility Services

Under the AODA, the minister in charge of the act can make incentive agreements with organizations. Incentive agreements encourage organizations to provide more accessible services than the AODA requires them to. These agreements may help businesses find new and creative ways to serve citizens with disabilities.

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https://aoda.ca/incentive-agreements-for-accessibility-services/

Accessibility News December 21,2019 Update

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AbleDocs Inc. is excited to be joining the Accessibility News team to ensure all documents are made accessible and compliant.

AbleDocs is the only organization to guarantee the compliance of the files we produce and back that up with a $10,000,000 guarantee.

We look forward to working with you and Accessibility News for years to come. For more details, please come to https://www.abledocs.com for more information about our revolutionary approach to document accessibility.

The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 5 years, 1 week, 5 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

Accessibility Audits for Public Sector Organizations

Under the AODA, public sector organizations must complete accessibility reports every two years. The next accessibility reports for public sector organizations are due on December 31st, 2019. The Ontario government will not give any extensions after December 31st, 2019. In addition, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Division (AODT) audits organizations to verify compliance. Accessibility audits for public sector organizations help everyone obey the law.

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https://aoda.ca/accessibility-audits-for-public-sector-organizations/

Physically Disabled Employee Sues Apple Inc. for Constructive Dismissal

As Apple opens a new ‘flagship’ store in Canada a 33-year-old person with a disability who was employed for more than eight years as an “Apple Genius” working at an Apple Inc. store in Ontario is claiming that he was dismissed by the computer giant because he requires a wheelchair and is suing for lost wages and damages.

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https://aoda.ca/physically-disabled-employee-sues-apple-inc-for-constructive-dismissal/

Wanted: Accessible Homes for Ontarians of All Ages and Abilities

Nearly 2 million Ontarians live with some form of disability that affects their mobility, vision, or hearing – and the country is aging at a faster rate than ever before. That’s why experts are saying we need to embrace universal design

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https://aoda.ca/wanted-accessible-homes-for-ontarians-of-all-ages-and-abilities/