Accessibility News April 27,2019 Update

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In this Issue

*Federal Budget 2019 Contains Good News for Post-Secondary Students With Disabilities *No More Excuses for Ignorance: N.W.T. Needs Accessibility Legislation
*AODA Alliance’s Short Supplementary Brief to the Senate Focuses on the High Priority of Surgically Removing from Bill C-81 A Troubling Provision that Lets the Canadian Transportation Agency Pass Regulations that Cut Back on the Human Rights of Passengers with Disabilities
*Kids’ Mental Health Services No Place for a Patchwork Quilt
*At the Senate, Federal Disability Minister Carla Qualtrough Answers Senators’ Questions on the Weak Bill C-81 (Proposed Accessible Canada Act) Read the AODA Alliance’s Commentary on the Minister’s Key Answers
*The Coming Web Crack-Up

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Federal Budget 2019 Contains Good News for Post-Secondary Students With Disabilities

The Federal Budget delivered in March included a number of very important measures for college and university students with disabilities that enhance the Canada Student Loans and Grants programs and will be available for disabled students starting in the upcoming fall school year.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/federal-budget-2019-contains-good-news-for-post-secondary-students-with-disabilities/

No More Excuses for Ignorance: N.W.T. Needs Accessibility Legislation

The Accessible Canada Act, introduced in Parliament last year, aims to create more consistent accessibility in organizations under the federal government’s responsibility, like the RCMP, the Senate and Crown corporations. But it’s becoming more about rhetoric for change than an actual agent for change, so
it is up to the individual provinces and territories to make Canada barrier-free.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/no-more-excuses-for-ignorance-n-w-t-needs-accessibility-legislation/

AODA Alliance’s Short Supplementary Brief to the Senate Focuses on the High Priority of Surgically Removing from Bill C-81 A Troubling Provision that Lets the Canadian Transportation Agency Pass Regulations that Cut Back on the Human Rights of Passengers with Disabilities

On April 23, 2019, the AODA Alliance sent the Senate of Canada a short 2-page supplementary brief. It emphasizes as a priority the pressing need for the Senate to remove a harmful and outdated provision that is perpetuated in Bill C-81, the proposed Accessible Canada Act. That provision, section 172, lets
the Canadian Transportation Agency pass regulations on accessibility in transportation that can cut back on the human rights of passengers with disabilities.
There is no reason for Parliament to leave that harmful provision in place. It flies in the face of the federal Disabilities Minister’s statement to the Senate that she doesn’t want anything in the bill to reduce the human rights of people with disabilities. We set this supplementary brief out below.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/aoda-alliances-short-supplementary-brief-to-the-senate-focuses-on-the-high-priority-of-surgically-removing-from-bill-c-81-a-troubling-provision-that-lets-the-canadian-transportation-agency-pass-regu/

Kids’ Mental Health Services No Place for a Patchwork Quilt

We would not tolerate that many kids being deprived of any other essential health service, but we do just that when it comes to mental health care.

For every 100 Ontario kids who need support and treatment for mental health issues, 67 aren’t receiving them.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/kids-mental-health-services-no-place-for-a-patchwork-quilt/

At the Senate, Federal Disability Minister Carla Qualtrough Answers Senators’ Questions on the Weak Bill C-81 (Proposed Accessible Canada Act) Read the AODA Alliance’s Commentary on the Minister’s Key Answers

Here is a rare glimpse into how the Federal Government is thinking about the concerns that we and many others have expressed about the weak Bill C-81, the proposed Accessible Canada Act.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/at-the-senate-federal-disability-minister-carla-qualtrough-answers-senators-questions-on-the-weak-bill-c-81-proposed-accessible-canada-act-read-the-aoda-alliances-commentary-on-the-minister/

The Coming Web Crack-Up

Remember the bumper stickers that read, If You Can Read This, You’re Too Close? Yeah, danger ahead. Well, as America races down the cyber-highway, we should be on the lookout for a pile-up, because despite warning signs (as in a blizzard of web-accessibility lawsuits, up almost 200% last year from 2017) everywhere, people with disabilities just aren’t going to be able to move past the many obstacles heedless developers and designers are putting in their way.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-coming-web-crack-up/

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