Accessibility News August 10,2013 Update

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In this Issue

*Breaking Their Own Law: Week 10;
*Watch A 30 Minute TV Interview on Progress under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act on Cable TV August 11 2013 and Re-Run Several Times over the Next Weeks
*AODA Alliance Asks for a Meeting with the Accessibility Standards Advisory Council
*Woman Refuses to Leave Train Over Accessibility Issues
*Does web accessibility really “place ruinous obligations on websites”? analysis of Internet Association brief
*Consumer Advocates Unite to Kill CAPTCHA
*Justice department pushes back date for proposed website accessibility rules yet again
*Why AODA Was Created: The Truth!!

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ARTICLES:

Breaking Their Own Law: Week 10;

WYNNE GOVERNMENT HONOURS NATIONAL ACCESS AWARENESS WEEK BY BREACHING THE ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

No matter how frustrated, we soldier on, undeterred. Premier Wynne called me two months ago, warmly offering to work together on making Ontario fully accessible to people with disabilities. Today’s failure to obey the law should be a wake-up call to the government to take the entire accessibility issue off its back burner where it has languished for two years. Let today’s bad news spur our new premier to act decisively, boldly and broadly on accessibility. Let it cause her to restore the swiftness, determination and vigour on this issue that the government commendably demonstrated a decade ago, and to keep all her commitments on accessibility.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/wynne-government-honours-national-access-awareness-week-by-breaching-the-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities-act/

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Watch A 30 Minute TV Interview on Progress under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act on Cable TV August 11 2013 and Re-Run Several Times over the Next Weeks

We encourage one and all to watch the 30-minute “Canada In Perspective” program entitled “Duty to Accommodate” airing on cable TV across Canada at 6 pm on august 11, 2013 on AMI-TV (Accessible Media). It deals with progress to date under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. One of the guests on the panel is AODA Alliance chair David Lepofsky. We hope you will find the exchanges between the panelists lively and interesting.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/watch-a-30-minute-tv-interview-on-progress-under-the-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities-act-on-cable-tv-august-11-2013-and-re-run-several-times-over-the-next-weeks/

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AODA Alliance Asks for a Meeting with the Accessibility Standards Advisory Council

The Government unjustifiably delayed for a half a year before appointing the new membership of ASAC this summer. In other words, for over half a year, Ontario had no ASAC, despite the fact that the AODA mandatorily requires that this Council must exist.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-asks-for-a-meeting-with-the-accessibility-standards-advisory-council/

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Woman Refuses to Leave Train Over Accessibility Issues

KINGSTON A woman, who requires a power chair to get around, staged a sit-in Friday night, refusing to leave a Via Rail train until her complaints about accessibility issues were dealt with.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/woman-refuses-to-leave-train-over-accessibility-issues/

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Does web accessibility really “place ruinous obligations on websites”? analysis of Internet Association brief

“Applying the ADA to all Web sites may place uncertain, conflicting, burdensome, and possibly ruinous obligations on members of The Internet Association.”

This, according to Consumer Affairs and Media Post News, is what a brief claims that was filed last week by the Internet Association, which represents Google, Amazon, Facebook, AOL and eBay, among others.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/does-web-accessibility-really-place-ruinous-obligations-on-websites-analysis-of-internet-association-brief/

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Consumer Advocates Unite to Kill CAPTCHA

Don’t you hate it when you are confronted with those distorted characters when you try to register on a website? They are generated by a technology called CAPTCHA, a contrived acronym for ‘Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart’.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/consumer-advocates-unite-to-kill-captcha/

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Justice department pushes back date for proposed website accessibility rules yet again

Nearly three years ago, in September 2010, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it would be issuing proposed regulations governing the accessibility of websites of public accommodations and state and local governments. The announcement came in the form of an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which sought comments from the public about what should be in the rule, including technical standards for what constitutes an accessible website. As we reported here, the DOJ had previously announced that it would issue the proposed rule for state/local governments this month, and the proposed rule for public accommodations this December. Last week, the DOJ pushed back these dates by 3-4 months to November 2013 and March 2014, respectively.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/justice-department-pushes-back-date-for-proposed-website-accessibility-rules-yet-again/

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Why AODA Was Created: The Truth!!

By Victor Schwartzman

Sir Dalton’s genius was that AODA only appeared to be an effective law. It actually required only that businesses and services submit forms. Years would go by, he predicted, before anyone would even think to ask what happened to the forms. The pressure would take a long time to build, Sir Dalton relying on the advocates being Canadians and being too polite to complain. It would only be when the Government would be forced, rather than do anything, to miss AODA deadlines that he predicted advocates’ complaints would become publicly noticeable.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/why-aoda-was-created-the-truth/

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