Accessibility News December 24,2011 Update

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In this Issue

*New Accessibility Standards Impact Ontario Restaurants
*Visual Fire Alarms Needed
*Payment Increase Costs Disabled Man His Bus Pass
*Transit Tough for the ‘Invisible Disabled’
*Microsoft Commits to Improving NZ Accessibility
*Helping Businesses Become More Accessible
*Tip Sheet: Helping Employees With Disabilities Stay Safe
*An Inaccessible Website: Don’t Just Suck it Up
*B.C. Program Offers Independence to People With Intellectual Disabilities

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ARTICLES:

New Accessibility Standards Impact Ontario Restaurants

have a policy on allowing people to use their own assistive devices (e.g. screen reader, cane, wheelchair, oxygen tank) to access your goods and services, your menu for example with regards to a screen reader ( Owners View a presentation www.amenu.ca/presentation ;

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1231

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Visual Fire Alarms Needed

For more than seven years, we have pushed for improved and equitable fire safety for culturally deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing residents: for the Ontario government to enact legislation to amend the Ontario Fire Code to incorporate visual fire alarms and duty to landlords and owners of rental housing and long-term care facilities to comply; and for financial assistance to mitigate the costs of installing hard wired strobe alarms to alert people in their homes.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1631

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Payment Increase Costs Disabled Man His Bus Pass

Man says his income exceeds Province’s cutoff by less than $20

Barry Londry receives disability money because he has a heart condition, but a recent cost-of-living increase from Ottawa makes him ineligible for a transit pass, which costs about $1,800 a year.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2407

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Transit Tough for the ‘Invisible Disabled’

Most people will immediately offer their seat on public transit to someone who is clearly disabled, pregnant, elderly or walking with a cane.

But not everyone with a difficulties riding transit can be spotted so easily.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2402

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Microsoft Commits to Improving NZ Accessibility

The Save as ‘DAISY’ add-on, which is now available, allows users with limited vision to convert files such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents into compatible software for Braille readers, as well as reading the file aloud and giving the user the option to save files in the DAISY format, converting them into an accessible multi-media format.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2405

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Helping Businesses Become More Accessible

Milloy says that the strategy is about thinking things through and coming up with better solutions to problems faced by those who are disabled.

“Businesses will see a value in wanting to make changes,” he said. “It can be a win-win situation for everyone. The legislature has some bite to it, but we are here to help not to fine people.”

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1628

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Tip Sheet: Helping Employees With Disabilities Stay Safe

As an employer, you want to keep your employees safe. Ontario’s Accessibility Standard for Employment can help you do that.

Does this apply to my organization?

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1625

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An Inaccessible Website: Don’t Just Suck it Up

The Disability Discrimination Act in Australia includes web accessibility.

Speaking up about inaccessibility on the web is the only way to change it, writes Sarah Pulis from Media Access Australia.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2399

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B.C. Program Offers Independence to People With Intellectual Disabilities

Callan Parker has what some people call a “diversability.” Born with Down’s Syndrome, Ms. Parker has grown into an 18-year-old fashionista with a passion for dancing, Facebook and pop singers such as Hilary Duff.

But like many people her age, she’s at a crossroads. High school is over and the path to a job and independent living is uncertain. The roadmap is getting clearer, though.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2397

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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

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

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