Accessibility News August 25,2012 Update

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In this Issue

*Please Raise Disability Accessibility Issues in Two September 6, 2012 Ontario By-Elections
*Group Pushes for Wheelchair Access to Patios
* CHRC Report Shows Significant Gaps in Equality of Opportunity for People With Disabilities in Canada
*Web TV Needs to Have Captions Starting Next Month, the FCC Rules
*A Participant in the Rapidly Expanding 21st Century
*County of Brant: Integrated Accessibility Standards for Transportation or “Who’s on First?”
*School for Blind Leads the Way in Distance Learning

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ARTICLES:

Please Raise Disability Accessibility Issues in Two September 6, 2012 Ontario By-Elections

Despite some progress since 2005, Ontario now is clearly behind schedule in meeting that deadline of full accessibility by 2025. Many people with disabilities can describe barriers they still face when trying to get a job, buy products in stores, ride public transit, or enjoy other parts of Ontario life.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1932

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Group Pushes for Wheelchair Access to Patios

An advocacy group for people with disabilities is pushing to make Montreal’s patios more wheelchair accessible.

Linda Gauthier, president of the Regroupement Activistes Pour l’Inclusion Québec, or RAPLIQ, said Tuesday that most of Montreal’s restaurant and bar terrasses are still inaccessible to wheelchairs.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2804

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CHRC Report Shows Significant Gaps in Equality of Opportunity for People With Disabilities in Canada

The report shows a different reality for people with disabilities in areas such as education, employment and economic well-being.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2802

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Web TV Needs to Have Captions Starting Next Month, the FCC Rules

Deaf and hard-of-hearing web video viewers have long pressed for a faster adoption of closed captioning, and it looks like the FCC got their back: Content also shown on TV will have to have closed captions when streamed online starting next month, the commission recently ruled.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2799

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A Participant in the Rapidly Expanding 21st Century

I was recently eating in a restaurant with David, a blind friend who just got an iPhone. He learned how to use it to look up the restaurant’s menu and have the talking VoiceOver feature on the phone read it to us. We could consider the whole menu in real time without needing to ask a waiter to read it to us, just like when we could see.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2796

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County of Brant: Integrated Accessibility Standards for Transportation or “Who’s on First?”

For those of you who haven’t been following the adventures of subsidized or is it specialized transportation in the County of Brant, here is a recap.

In May, the contractor for the specialized transportation service who had been operating without a contract for a year, increased the billing to the County.

The County immediately responded to the “abuse” of the specialized transportation service by people with disabilities who were going shopping and to the casino, by trying to restrict access to the specialized transportation service to work or medical trips.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1917

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School for Blind Leads the Way in Distance Learning

Microsoft Lync proves invaluable when teachers and students can’t be together.

A unique school in Washington state is using a communications and collaboration platform normally deployed in corporate settings to bring a teacher working from a home office together with her students sitting in a physical classroom. While the setup is invaluable for this math class, it’s also a practical model for business continuity showing how classes can be run in the event of disruptions caused by weather, pandemics, and disaster scenarios.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2794

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