Accessibility News August 18,2018 Update

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In this Issue

* Smartboards are Making Learning Accessible in Classrooms
* Premier Ford and Accessibility Minister Raymond Cho Write the AODA Alliance In Response to Our Recent Letters Recommending Key Accessibility Priorities for The Premier and Minister * London Politicians Move Forward With Demands to Create Barrier-Free City
* ‘Childish’: Creemore Man Describes Efforts to Get Clearview to Produce Accessible Documents
* Editorial: It’s time to start talking about territorial accessibility legislation
* Feds Announce New Funding for Accessibility in the N.W.T.

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ARTICLES:

Smartboards are Making Learning Accessible in Classrooms

Chalkboards and basic whiteboards are out, and taking their place are interactive whiteboards, called smartboards. In fact, smartboards are making learning accessible for kids with disabilities.

Smartboards are visual learning tools. So, you might find yourself wondering how they are making learning accessible for kids with disabilities. In this article, we explore how smartboards help students who are:

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/smartboards-are-making-learning-accessible-in-classrooms/

Premier Ford and Accessibility Minister Raymond Cho Write the AODA Alliance In Response to Our Recent Letters Recommending Key Accessibility Priorities for The Premier and Minister

We recently received letters from Ontario’s Premier Doug Ford, and Ontario’s new Minister for Accessibility and Seniors, Raymond Cho. These are the first official statements by the Ford Government on accessibility for people with disabilities, since it took office, as far as we have seen. We make these letters public in this Update. The text of these letters is set out below.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/premier-ford-and-accessibility-minister-raymond-cho-write-the-aoda-alliance-in-response-to-our-recent-letters-recommending-key-accessibility-priorities-for-the-premier-and-minister/

London Politicians Move Forward With Demands to Create Barrier-Free City

City of London is moving forward with a proposal to create an accessible-friendly city.

It took the threat of a mass resignation and a set of strict demands to “open the eyes” of city staff and council.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/london-politicians-move-forward-with-demands-to-create-barrier-free-city/

‘Childish’: Creemore Man Describes Efforts to Get Clearview to Produce Accessible Documents

Peter Lomath said he is taking his request for Clearview Township to provide municipal documents in a format that meets accessibility requirements directly to the province.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/childish-creemore-man-describes-efforts-to-get-clearview-to-produce-accessible-documents/

Editorial: It’s time to start talking about territorial accessibility legislation

At the beginning of the year Yukon Hospital Corporation unveiled a $72-million makeover at the Whitehorse General Hospital.
For that money the territory got itself a snazzy new emergency room complete with a bunch of changes designed to streamline the process of seeing a doctor.
But officials forgot something. The new ER came with a new entrance. That entrance doesn’t have a cutout in the sidewalk directly outside the front door which is what’s needed for wheelchair users to easily get inside.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/editorial-its-time-to-start-talking-about-territorial-accessibility-legislation/

Feds Announce New Funding for Accessibility in the N.W.T.

Automatic doors are among the improvements to accessibility that will be funded by the new money from the Enabling Accessibility Fund, a $15.6 million federal program.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/feds-announce-new-funding-for-accessibility-in-the-n-w-t/

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