Accessibility News April 20,2019 Update

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In this Issue

*Canada Transportation Agency Proposes New Regulations that Threatens to Reduce the Duty to Accommodate Passengers with Disabilities in Air Travel and Other Transportation that the Federal Government Can Regulate, According to a New Brief by the AODA Alliance
*Blind People Can Struggle to Understand Memes, So They Made Their Own
*ONTARIO: A North Bay Beach is Going to Be Wheelchair Accessible This Summer
*Customers with Print Disabilities
*Read or Watch What the AODA Alliance Said to the Senate’s Standing Committee on Social Affairs on April 11, 2019 About the Need to Strengthen the Weak Bill C-81, the Proposed Accessible Canada Act
*eSchool News: 3 Steps to a More Accessible Classroom

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ARTICLES:

Canada Transportation Agency Proposes New Regulations that Threatens to Reduce the Duty to Accommodate Passengers with Disabilities in Air Travel and Other Transportation that the Federal Government Can Regulate, According to a New Brief by the AODA Alliance

Today, the AODA Alliance submitted a brief to the Canada Transportation Agency on the draft regulations that it is proposing to enact under the Canada Transportation Act to address the many barriers that people with disabilities face in the parts of Canada’s transportation network that the Federal Government can regulate, such as air travel. We set out our brief below.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/canada-transportation-agency-proposes-new-regulations-that-threatens-to-reduce-the-duty-to-accommodate-passengers-with-disabilities-in-air-travel-and-other-transportation-that-the-federal-government-c/

Blind People Can Struggle to Understand Memes, So They Made Their Own

Screen-reading software allows visually impaired people to use the internet, but it hits a wall when it comes to memes.

In January, a photo of a woman holding a probing cane and looking at a phone went viral on Facebook after the poster implied that the subject was faking blindness given that she was clearly able to see her phone screen. Though the image was shared thousands of times by people who believed the joke, commenters were eventually informed of the reality, which is that blind people and people with low vision depend on their phones just as much as anyone else.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/blind-people-can-struggle-to-understand-memes-so-they-made-their-own/

ONTARIO: A North Bay Beach is Going to Be Wheelchair Accessible This Summer

‘It means a lot of my friends are now going to be able to access our downtown lake, dip their toes in the water and enjoy the lake like everybody else’ says Linda Thomas-Ouellette

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/ontario-a-north-bay-beach-is-going-to-be-wheelchair-accessible-this-summer/

Customers with Print Disabilities

Under the Customer Service Standards of the AODA, organizations must serve customers with print disabilities. In this article, we first describe what print disabilities are and then outline how providers can serve customers who have them.

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https://aoda.ca/customers-with-print-disabilities/

Read or Watch What the AODA Alliance Said to the Senate’s Standing Committee on Social Affairs on April 11, 2019 About the Need to Strengthen the Weak Bill C-81, the Proposed Accessible Canada Act

Here’s a chance to read or watch exactly what AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky said in our April 11, 2019 evidence presented to the Senate’s Standing Committee on Social Affairs on the need to strengthen the weak Bill C-81, the proposed Accessible Canada Act. See the text below (about 14 pages).

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/read-or-watch-what-the-aoda-alliance-said-to-the-senates-standing-committee-on-social-affairs-on-april-11-2019-about-the-need-to-strengthen-the-weak-bill-c-81-the-proposed-accessible-canada-act/

eSchool News: 3 Steps to a More Accessible Classroom

“Turn on the subtitles, Ms. Olague!”
I clicked on the “CC” button underneath the YouTube video, and the closed-captioning appeared at the bottom of the screen. Suddenly, all my students were looking at the screen with wide eyes, eager to watch the video.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/eschool-news-3-steps-to-a-more-accessible-classroom/

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