Accessibility News December 31,2011 Update

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In this Issue

*Complying with the Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR): Captioning and Describing Web Videos
*Meeting the Customer Service Standard (CSS): Restaurant Menu
*Deaf Man Fights DND Over Lost Job
*Progress’ in Ontario’s Assistive Device Program (ADP)
*Guess Who Funds Biggest Project Ever to House the Homeless? Stephen Harper
*Judge: NYC Taxi Agency Must Help Disabled Riders
*Falling through the cracks

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ARTICLES:

Complying with the Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR): Captioning and Describing Web Videos

Now that the Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR) is Law it is time to start implementing an often overlooked aspect of Web Accessibility, Captioning and Describing Web Video.

The good folks at Inclusive Media & Design, Inc. have compiled some Tips for you to consider and also have the solution for implementation.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1243

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Meeting the Customer Service Standard (CSS): Restaurant Menu

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

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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Deaf Man Fights DND Over Lost Job

Jeffrey Stringer has won the first round of a five-year discrimination battle with the Department of National Defence.

But the hearing-impaired former drafting technician at 8 Wing/CFB Trenton said he is not done fighting.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2416

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Progress’ in Ontario’s Assistive Device Program (ADP)

The wheels are back on the province’s assistive devices program, which auditor general Jim McCarter found was riddled with waste and inefficiency two years ago.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=2043

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Guess Who Funds Biggest Project Ever to House the Homeless? Stephen Harper

A nationwide program that invests big sums of up front money in housing subsidies in the hopes of dealing with long-term issues of mental illness and homelessness will be a tough sell with the Harper government.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2414

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Judge: NYC Taxi Agency Must Help Disabled Riders

A federal judge has barred New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission from issuing permits for taxicabs unless they’re accessible to people with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2411

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Falling through the cracks

Jim Somes has terminal lung cancer.

He’s had surgery after surgery parts of both lungs removed, his adrenal gland and four lymph nodes taken out.

He had a bowel resection after doctors discovered colon cancer.

He’s also had 32 chemotherapy treatments, none of which worked.

In and out of hospitals non-stop for the past three years, Somes’ had to pay the price in more than just pain and suffering.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=2013

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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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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

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