Accessibility News April 21,2018 Update

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In this Issue

* AODA Alliance Report on 5 Years of Lax AODA Enforcement Comes Up in the Legislature and the Media
* The University of Winnipeg Students’ Association Launches The Access Lounge
* Activists Push for Independent Enforcement of Ontario’s Accessibility Law
* Grassroots Disability Coalition’s New Report Reveals Five Consecutive Years of Rampant Violations of Ontario’s Disabilities Act, Known to the Wynne Government, And Ineffective Provincial Enforcement, Despite Unkept Government Promises to Effectively Enforce this Law
* Blind Woman Helps Guide Successful Voting-Rights Lawsuit Against State of Ohio
* Beyond Title III: Website Accessibility Lawsuits Filed Alleging Inaccessible Online Employment Applications
* City Tightens Rules on Service and Support Animal Regulations

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AODA Alliance Report on 5 Years of Lax AODA Enforcement Comes Up in the Legislature and the Media

AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky Files Another Freedom of Information Application to Get Needed Information on AODA Implementation and Enforcement

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-report-on-5-years-of-lax-aoda-enforcement-comes-up-in-the-legislature-and-the-media/

The University of Winnipeg Students’ Association Launches The Access Lounge

The University of Winnipeg Students’ Association (UWSA) has launched an accessible study and community building space available for students with disabilities/disabled students to access.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-university-of-winnipeg-students-association-launches-the-access-lounge/

Activists Push for Independent Enforcement of Ontario’s Accessibility Law

Ontario’s continued lax enforcement of provincial accessibility legislation shows independent agency is needed, critics say.

Lawyer David Lepofsky, who is blind, is chair of the AODA Alliance, a non-partisan coalition that monitors progress on the province’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. He wants to see enforcement assigned to an independent, arms-length public agency.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/activists-push-for-independent-enforcement-of-ontarios-accessibility-law/

Grassroots Disability Coalition’s New Report Reveals Five Consecutive Years of Rampant Violations of Ontario’s Disabilities Act, Known to the Wynne Government, And Ineffective Provincial Enforcement, Despite Unkept Government Promises to Effectively Enforce this Law

The Wynne Government has known of five consecutive years of rampant violations of Ontario’s disability accessibility law, but still hasn’t taken the effective enforcement action that 1.9 million Ontarians with disabilities need. This is so, even though each year it leaves unspent large amounts of budgeted funds that could have been used to beef up this legislation’s enforcement. That is the conclusion of a detailed report, set out below, on the enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, which has just been released by the AODA Alliance, a widely-respected non-partisan disability coalition
that spearheads the campaign in Ontario for accessibility for people with disabilities.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/grassroots-disability-coalitions-new-report-reveals-five-consecutive-years-of-rampant-violations-of-ontarios-disabilities-act-known-to-the-wynne-government-and-ineffective-provincial-enforcemen/

Blind Woman Helps Guide Successful Voting-Rights Lawsuit Against State of Ohio

A lawsuit brought by Disability Rights Ohio has succeeded in requiring Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office into providing accessible voting solutions for the blind.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/blind-woman-helps-guide-successful-voting-rights-lawsuit-against-state-of-ohio/

Beyond Title III: Website Accessibility Lawsuits Filed Alleging Inaccessible Online Employment Applications

Seyfarth Synopsis: Plaintiffs who pursued numerous web accessibility actions under Title III of the ADA are now using website accessibility to test the limits of a different area of law employment law California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/beyond-title-iii-website-accessibility-lawsuits-filed-alleging-inaccessible-online-employment-applications/

City Tightens Rules on Service and Support Animal Regulations

The City of Ottawa has tightened its rules on service animals, but there are still concerns that some people could take advantage of the designation to get special treatment for pets they regard as “support animals.”

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/city-tightens-rules-on-service-and-support-animal-regulations/

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*Canadian Federation Of The Blind Conducting a Six Month Study on Discriptive Video in Canadian Theatres
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