Accessibility News August 18,2012 Update

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In this Issue

*McGuinty Government Posts a Draft Partial Built Environment Accessibility Standard to Address Barriers in Public Spaces, Not Inside Buildings
*County of Brant Fails Budget 101: Accessible Non-Affordable Transportation for People with Disabilities
*MyVoice Breaks Barriers for People With Speech Disabilities By Announcing Wheelchair-Friendly TalkRocket Go App at Pittsburgh’s ISAAC Conference
*McGuinty Government Belatedly Releases Guide to Implementing the Integrated Accessibility Standard for Accessible Transportation, Employment and Information and Communication but Needs to Properly and Widely Publicize It!
*Elections BC Considers Online Voting
*Landmark Decision: Voter POLLING Sites Must Be Accessible for People With Disabilities on Election Day

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ARTICLES:

McGuinty Government Posts a Draft Partial Built Environment Accessibility Standard to Address Barriers in Public Spaces, Not Inside Buildings

Minister Wynne’s letter to us makes undeserved self-congratulatory claims about her Ministry’s past work in this area. In fact, deficiencies over the years in the Ontario Building Code have contributed to the ongoing presence of barriers that persons with disabilities too often still encounter in the built environment. Had her ministry’s work on barrier-free building standards been as effective as Minister Wynne’s letter claims, her Government would not now still be unable to even tell us when it will bring forward the “inside buildings” Built Environment Accessibility Standard

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1906

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County of Brant Fails Budget 101: Accessible Non-Affordable Transportation for People with Disabilities

The County of Brant is going to implement a subsidized transportation service this fall that is really a specialized transportation service but if they call it a subsidized transportation service they don’t have to comply with the Integrated Accessibility Standards, part IV Transportation.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1898

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MyVoice Breaks Barriers for People With Speech Disabilities By Announcing Wheelchair-Friendly TalkRocket Go App at Pittsburgh’s ISAAC Conference

MyVoice® Inc. today announced TalkRocket Go™, a wheelchair-friendly app for kids and adults with speech disabilities that is more physically accessible yet more affordable, at just $99. TalkRocket Go lets users connect buttons and switches, including those on wheelchairs, to an iPad, iPhone, or iPod, and then use those controls to speak words and phrases out loud.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2791

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McGuinty Government Belatedly Releases Guide to Implementing the Integrated Accessibility Standard for Accessible Transportation, Employment and Information and Communication ­ but Needs to Properly and Widely Publicize It!

Several days ago, evidently without proper publicity, the McGuinty Government quietly posted on the internet two important free resources to help public
and private sector organizations work towards becoming accessible to persons with disabilities. These resources give guidance on how to comply with the accessibility requirements in the Integrated Accessibility Regulation that the McGuinty Government enacted 14 months ago, in June 2011, under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1885

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Elections BC Considers Online Voting

B.C. Attorney General Shirley Bond has asked Elections BC to convene an independent panel of experts to consider the potential of internet voting in British Columbia.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2787

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Landmark Decision: Voter POLLING Sites Must Be Accessible for People With Disabilities on Election Day

In a major victory for voters with disabilities who use wheelchairs or have vision impairments, a Federal Court ruled today that New York City’s voter polling sites must be accessible for people with disabilities on Election Day. The groundbreaking decision is the culmination of over a decade of advocacy by persons with disabilities. The ruling is expected to have national implications.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2784

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*Macy’s Diner & Delicatessen
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*CN Tower, La Tour CN 360 Restaurant Accessible Menu
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*Mandarin Chinese Buffet Restaurant Southern Ontario Accessible Menu
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*The Pickle Barrel (Yonge/Eglinton) Accessible Restaurant Menu
http://www.amenu.ca/the-pickle-barrel-yongeeglinton/
*Restaurant Owners: Get Listed on Google’s First Page with an Accessible Menu
http://www.amenu.ca/restaurant-owners-get-listed-on-googles-first-page-with-an-accessible-menu/

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*Village of Lakefield Wheelchair Accessible Home
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1115

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