Accessibility News April 1,2017 Update

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In this Issue

*Access Board Issues Guidance on the International Symbol of Accessibility
*Ive Spent Two Years at Ryerson, but Im Still Learning How to Navigate It
*Disability Art: How Do You Participate if Only Two Toronto Venues are Fully Accessible?
*Canadas former chief electoral officers eager for successor, laud proposed electoral legislative changes
*Opinion: Strong partnerships key to fully accessible Canada
*Huntsvilles Work-In-Progress Accessibility Plan Breaks Down Barriers

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ARTICLES:

Access Board Issues Guidance on the International Symbol of Accessibility

Synopsis: Guidance addresses questions on use of alternative disability accessibility symbols, and explains how use of symbols other than ISA impacts compliance with ADA.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/access-board-issues-guidance-on-the-international-symbol-of-accessibility/

Ive Spent Two Years at Ryerson, but Im Still Learning How to Navigate It

It is not the fact that I cant walk that disables me, rather its the stairs between me and where I want to go; its the attitudes of those who consider me less capable because I cant walk

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ive-spent-two-years-at-ryerson-but-im-still-learning-how-to-navigate-it/

Disability Art: How Do You Participate if Only Two Toronto Venues are Fully Accessible?

Victoria Lacey was at a fundraising gala for Spinal Muscular Atrophy research when she won floor tickets to a sold-out One Direction concert. She was ecstatic.

But her excitement faded months later when she called the Rogers Centres guest experience department to inquire about the arrangements for her to access the venue. She was told she couldnt watch the concert from the floor because her power wheelchair would damage the turf.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/disability-art-how-do-you-participate-if-only-two-toronto-venues-are-fully-accessible/

Canadas former chief electoral officers eager for successor, laud proposed electoral legislative changes

Jean-Pierre Kingsley says hes disappointed the government has yet to name new chief electoral officer, despite knowing since June that they would need one.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/canadas-former-chief-electoral-officers-eager-for-successor-laud-proposed-electoral-legislative-changes/

Opinion: Strong partnerships key to fully accessible Canada

Another way the Rick Hansen Foundation is helping to improve the accessibility of public places and spaces is our Signature Canada 150 Initiative launched last fall,
called Access4All. I cant think of a better way to celebrate Canadas milestone birthday. With funding support from the Government of Canada, the Foundation is offering grants of up to $30,000 to schools and community groups for at least 50 large-scale Barrier Buster projects and awareness building events
that shed light on accessibility issues in communities across the country. The response to date has been overwhelming. Im proud to share that we have awarded the first 20 grants, including six projects in B.C., and will continue to accept applications until March 31st.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/opinion-strong-partnerships-key-to-fully-accessible-canada/

Huntsvilles Work-In-Progress Accessibility Plan Breaks Down Barriers

The No. 1 barrier is attitudinal the attitude that if one has a disability, they cannot participate in life to its fullest. Quite the contrary, we simply go about it differently. However, if access to the local bowling alley, hairdresser, restaurant washroom, community hall, church, wedding reception hall,
theatre, council chambers, dentists office or curling rink is a set of stairs, has a back entrance through the kitchen or a narrow door width, then yes, I cannot participate or be included in events or services physically or with any decorum of dignity.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/huntsvilles-work-in-progress-accessibility-plan-breaks-down-barriers/

eSSENTIAL Accessibility: helping organizations reach, serve and empower people with disabilities.

The eSSENTIAL Accessibility assistive technology app gives those who have trouble typing, moving a mouse, or reading a screen due to a variety of conditions – such as stroke, paralysis or arthritis – the tools they need to navigate the Web. The app is free to the end-user and simple to use.

Organizations that feature the app on their websites are committed to making it easier for people with disabilities to access information online. For more info, please visit http://www.essentialaccessibility.com

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