Accessibility News December 17,2011 Update

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In this Issue

*Meeting the Customer Service Standard (CSS): Restaurant Menu
*Attention AODA Organizations: Actions to Complete by January 1, 2012
*Keep Sweet, Gimps
*National Federation of the Blind Urges Swift Action on Recommendations for Accessible Higher Education Materials
*Aging in Place: How to Remodel Your Home and Stay as Long as Possible
*Air Canada to Face Class Action Suit from Obese
*The Smartphone Revolution: Accessible To All

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ARTICLES:

Meeting the Customer Service Standard (CSS): Restaurant Menu

Jan 1 Deadline is right around the corner, is your Menu Accessible to All?
By Geof Collis

All businesses with at least one employee will have to comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Customer Service Standard (CSS) taking effect Jan. 1, 2012.

With regards to Restaurants you need to have a policy on allowing people to use their own assistive devices to access your Goods and Services and that includes your menu.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1611

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Attention AODA Organizations: Actions to Complete by January 1, 2012

Author: Suzanne Cohen Share

January 1, 2012, is the date to complete all actions required under the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service and emergency preparedness requirements in the Integrated Accessibility Standards. The good news is, if your organization is obligated to report, you do not have to file with the government until December 31, 2012.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1622

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Keep Sweet, Gimps

By Victor Schwartzman and Paul Caune

The ‘keep sweet’ mentality could also come from a combination of classic Canadian politeness with the unstated public belief that citizens with disabilities are lucky to get anything.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2391

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National Federation of the Blind Urges Swift Action on Recommendations for Accessible Higher Education Materials

If the report’s recommendations are not acted upon, however, students with disabilities will be put at a greater disadvantage than ever before in terms of access to educational materials.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2393

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Aging in Place: How to Remodel Your Home and Stay as Long as Possible

There are plenty of wonderful senior living communities out there. But for many older adults, no matter how lovely the neighborhood and how terrific the services, a senior community isn’t the first choice—staying at home is.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2389

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Air Canada to Face Class Action Suit from Obese

A Quebec judge has authorized a class action lawsuit against Air Canada on behalf of obese travellers who had to pay extra because of their disability during a three-year period ending in December 2008.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2386

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The Smartphone Revolution: Accessible To All

Rodolfo Cattani, EDF Executive Secretary said, “Accessibility and interoperability of communications devices are vital to making possible the professional and cultural inclusion of people with disabilities. At the same time, when not accessible, the technology can create new obstacles and can lead to new forms of discrimination.”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2384

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Suzanne Mulligan-Born, The Accessibility Copywriter, specializes in writing to promote products and services that increase accessibility: Sales Letters; Articles; Case Studies; Special Reports; Grant Proposals; Manuals and Toolkits.

Services include writing and training to support businesses to comply with the AODA.

Suzanne is also an Advisor with ProAccess Advisors Group Ltd.

Reach her by email at SMB@AccessibilityCopywriter.com or Suzanne@SMBCopywriting.com
Phone (289) 235-9725

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aMENU: Accessible Restaurant Menus.
Visit the site at www.amenu.ca , Restaurant Owners visit www.amenu.ca/presentation/

Most Recent Menus

*Macy’s Diner & Delicatessen
www.amenu.ca/?p=988

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CLASSIFIEDS

*2005 Dodge Grand Caravan Wheelchair Van with Braun Conversion
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1000

EVENTS
*Faculty of Design Speaker Series: Judith Heumann, Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the U.S. Department of State
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1030
*Access Recognition Awards Nomination Deadline
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1016
*Accessible Emergency 911 and Emergency Alert Services
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1009
*Audio Described Broadway Musical, Mary Poppins, at the Princess of Wales Theatre
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=995

SURVEYS

*ADULTS COUNT! A survey on youth and adults with ASDs in Ontario
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1004

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