Accessibility News December 21,2013 Update

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In this Issue

*Voting Problems Widespread For Those With Disabilities
*Legal Aid Ontario Working to Close the Gap for Clients with Mental Illnesses
*Disabled Still Face Work Barriers
*New Accessibility Regulations About to Be Implemented
*Safeway Announces Website Accessibility and Usability Enhancements to its On-line Grocery Delivery Website Benefiting Shoppers with Visual Impairments
*2013 AODA Summary: The Year of Doing Nothing, And Writing About It
*DOJ Joins Suit Against H&R Block, Saying Website Violates ADA

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ARTICLES:

Voting Problems Widespread For Those With Disabilities

More than a decade after Congress took steps to ensure equal access for people with disabilities at the polls, a new report finds that legal, physical and attitudinal barriers remain.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/voting-problems-widespread-for-those-with-disabilities/

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Legal Aid Ontario Working to Close the Gap for Clients with Mental Illnesses

“What we see and hear all the time is that a simple interaction will escalate,” explained Willis, the executive director at PARC.

It could begin with an argument with a landlord or fellow tenant and the police are called. When the police intervene criminal charges may be laid. The person might not fully understand what that means and they don’t show up in court. They are charged with failure to appear and a bench warrant is issued. They won’t get bail and may be locked up for months and months, Willis explained. They lose their housing because they haven’t been able to pay their rent. If you don’t have an address then Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) is reduced.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=4227

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Disabled Still Face Work Barriers

Editors Note: The link to this article in last weeks edition was incorrect.

Another major reason why Canada’s disabled community is largely on the margins of the labour market is the country’s incoherent set of disability support programs, according to experts. Unlike some other advanced nations, Canada has no uniform, national disability policy. What it has is a number of policies that vary across provinces and territories.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/disabled-still-face-work-barriers/

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New Accessibility Regulations About to Be Implemented

On January 1, 2014, the next phase of prescribed requirements under the Integrated Accessibility Standards regulation are set to come into force affecting large private sector organizations. The regulation requires large private sector organizations to establish accessibility standards on information and communication, employment, transportation and the design of public spaces.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/new-accessibility-regulations-about-to-be-implemented/

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Safeway Announces Website Accessibility and Usability Enhancements to its On-line Grocery Delivery Website Benefiting Shoppers with Visual Impairments

Customers Applaud Safeway’s Commitment

Safeway (NYSE:SWY) today announced a comprehensive initiative to make its online grocery shopping website more accessible and usable for Safeway shoppers with visual impairments. The site enhancements are the result of collaboration between Safeway and several visually impaired customers.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/safeway-announces-website-accessibility-and-usability-enhancements-to-its-on-line-grocery-delivery-website-benefiting-shoppers-with-visual-impairments/

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2013 AODA Summary: The Year of Doing Nothing, And Writing About It

By Victor Schwartzman
Yet, similar legislation is well underway in Manitoba and is being pushed for in Nova Scotia. How can this be, given the failure of the AODA legislation to be implemented in Ontario?

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/2013-aoda-summary-the-year-of-doing-nothing-and-writing-about-it/

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DOJ Joins Suit Against H&R Block, Saying Website Violates ADA

“I absolutely think the impact of this litigation has the possibility of changing the landscape, beyond the confines of just this lawsuit,” Campins told Newsmax. “I think some companies are not paying attention to these issues. If they see a lawsuit, I think they might have the realization that they must pay attention as well.”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/doj-joins-suit-against-hr-block-saying-website-violates-ada/

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