Accessibility News April 20,2013 Update

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In this Issue

*Blind taxpayers sue H&R Block over web site accessibility
*Toronto Cab Companies Agree to Stop Illegal Extra Charges for Wheelchair Passengers
*Attend the Toronto Transit Commissions May 9 2013 Accessible Transit Public Forum to Let TTC Know About Ongoing Public Transit Barriers
*Press Release: Fedora Outlier LLC Launches The Old Hat Guide to iPhone Accessibility
*Documentary: Disability Activist Fights for Right to Manage His Own Care
*Please Tell the Wynne Government if You Support Our New Brief on Proposed Accessibility Reforms to the Ontario Building Code *Outback Steakhouse to Pay $65,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit
*Big Pharma made $711 billion Overcharging Seniors and Disabled

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ARTICLES:

Blind taxpayers sue H&R Block over web site accessibility

A lawsuit says the tax preparation firm denies the blind of online services.

H&R Block Inc. says on its web site HRBlock.com that “personalized help is available no matter how you want to work with us.” The National Federation of the Blind and two individual taxpayers strongly disagree, and last week filed a federal lawsuit charging the tax preparation company with “systematically violating” federal law by denying blind people the ability to use the same online services it provides to people with sight.

Read more at
http://www.fedoraoutlier.com/blind-taxpayers-sue-hr-block-over-web-site-accessibility/

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Toronto Cab Companies Agree to Stop Illegal Extra Charges for Wheelchair Passengers

Four Toronto cab companies have agreed to discipline drivers who charge wheelchair passengers more than the metered fare.

Alessia Di Virgilio’s human-rights complaint has spurred cab companies to change their rules surrounding rates for wheelchair passengers.
By: Patty Winsa News reporter, Published on Tue Apr 16 2013

Human rights advocates are lauding a decision by some of the city’s biggest cab companies to crack down on drivers who illegally charge wheelchair passengers more than the metered rate.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/toronto-cab-companies-agree-to-stop-illegal-extra-charges-for-wheelchair-passengers/

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Attend the Toronto Transit Commissions May 9 2013 Accessible Transit Public Forum to Let TTC Know About Ongoing Public Transit Barriers

We encourage everyone in or near the greater Toronto area to attend the TTC’s May 9, 2013 Public Forum on Accessible Transit. We obtained this information on this event from the blog posting of Toronto City Council member Michael Layton.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/attend-the-toronto-transit-commissions-may-9-2013-accessible-transit-public-forum-to-let-ttc-know-about-ongoing-public-transit-barriers/

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Press Release: Fedora Outlier LLC Launches The Old Hat Guide to iPhone Accessibility

Purchase your copy Today!!

“The Old Hat Guide to iPhone Accessibility” chronicles the most common challenges a new user faces when picking up Apple’s revolutionary, accessible technologies for the very first time. But as our guide will demonstrate once conquered, blind and low vision users will unlock a limitless number of possibilities on the job, in the classroom and at play.

Read more at
http://www.fedoraoutlier.com/press-release-fedora-outlier-llc-launches-the-old-hat-guide-to-iphone-accessibility/

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Documentary: Disability Activist Fights for Right to Manage His Own Care

He will tell anyone that most politicians and health care bureaucrats are from “planet clueless”, when it comes to the rights of people with disabilities, and that it’s time to do something about it.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/documentary-disability-activist-fights-for-right-to-manage-his-own-care/

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Please Tell the Wynne Government if You Support Our New Brief on Proposed Accessibility Reforms to the Ontario Building Code

The same Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing was in substance asking the public about the same accessibility barriers in the built environment over a decade ago. That the Ontario Government is still so far behind on this issue is a matter of deep and abiding concern. That its 2012 proposals for reform fall so far short, and come only after so many years of inexcusable delays, is even more troubling.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/please-tell-the-wynne-government-if-you-support-our-new-brief-on-proposed-accessibility-reforms-to-the-ontario-building-code/

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Outback Steakhouse to Pay $65,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Phoenix Restaurant Fired Server Because of His Traumatic Brain Injury, Federal Agency Charged

PHOENIX Outback Steakhouse will pay $65,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/outback-steakhouse-to-pay-65000-to-settle-eeoc-disability-discrimination-lawsuit/

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Big Pharma made $711 billion Overcharging Seniors and Disabled

The 11 largest drug companies have made $711 billion in profits in just a decade, largely due to overcharging Medicare, which does not seek out competitive prices and uses taxpayer funds to support Big Pharma.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/big-pharma-made-711-billion-overcharging-seniors-and-disabled/

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AODA Enforcement
Having an Accessibility issue that isn’t being resolved because of lack of Enforcement?

Perhaps your solution is at enforcement.aoda.ca .

* Specialized versus Subsidized Transportation: Are class based transit systems in the future for Ontario?
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/specialized-versus-subsidized-transportation-are-class-based-transit-systems-in-the-future-for-ontario/
* Enforcing the IASR Transportation Standards: Where do we go for help?
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/enforcing-the-iasr-transportation-standards-where-do-we-go-for-help/

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EVENTS

*MSS invites you to a peer support discussion about TRUST
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1240
*Call for Submissions to Mad Pride Toronto 2013 PLEASE SHARE WIDELY
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1233

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