Accessibility News December 4,2010 Update

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In this Issue

1) Message Board
2)Articles
*What a Screen Reader Is Not!
*Court Rules That Federal Inaccessible Government Websites Violate the Constitutional Rights of Blind Canadians –Strong Reason for McGuinty Government to Substantially Strengthen its Weak Proposed Information and Communication Accessibility Standard
*OFL Statement for International Day of Persons With Disabilities (December 3, 2010)
*UN Enable – International Day of Persons with Disabilities – 3 December 2010
*Screen Reader User Survey
*Will the McGuinty Government Restore as a Full-Time Position the Vital Post of Assistant Deputy Minister of Government Services for Accessibility?
*Ontario to Launch Welfare Review
*Basic Income Proposal Could Eliminate Poverty for People With Disabilities
*Digital Inclusion: First British Standard to Promote Web Accessibility Globally
*Penn State Discriminates Against Blind Students and Faculty
*Blind Woman Wins Case Against Federal Government
*Accessibility Committee Recommends Upgrades
*Accessibility Barriers Result In Feeling of Isolation
3) Classifieds
4) This and That

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MESSAGE BOARD:

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ARTICLES:
What a Screen Reader Is Not!

By Geof Collis

I recently read a couple of articles where the Author, obviously not a screen reader user, tried to explain what they are and what they do.

While I’m sure they meant well they aren’t doing those of us who have to use one on a daily basis any favours.

Read more at
http://www.badeyes.com/?p=261#more-261

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Court Rules That Federal Inaccessible Government Websites Violate the Constitutional Rights of Blind Canadians –Strong Reason for McGuinty Government to Substantially Strengthen its Weak Proposed Information and Communication Accessibility Standard

On Monday, November 29, 2010, the Federal Court of Canada rendered a landmark ruling on accessibility of websites for persons with disabilities. It will
very powerfully support our call for the McGuinty Government to strengthen its weak proposals for its forthcoming integrated accessibility standard, to
be enacted under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The AODA Alliance calls on the McGuinty Government to now heed our call for the
information and communication provisions of the forthcoming integrated accessibility standard to be strengthened, for its exemptions to be cut back and
for its time lines for action to be sped up.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=854

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OFL Statement for International Day of Persons With Disabilities (December 3, 2010)

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Dec. 2, 2010) – Fri., Dec. 3, marks the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities and gives prominence to issues of access, inclusion and equality. It also shines a spotlight on the need for urgent government action in support of the full involvement of persons with disabilities.

More than 1.85 million Ontarians, 15.5% of the population, have a disability and this number is quickly rising as society ages.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=851

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UN Enable – International Day of Persons with Disabilities – 3 December 2010

“Keeping the promise: Mainstreaming disability in the Millennium Development Goals towards 2015 and beyond”

 The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December was established by the
International Year for Disabled Persons (1981).
The Day aims to promote a better understanding of disability issues with a focus on the rights of persons with disabilities and gains to be derived from
the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of the political, social, economic and cultural life of their communities. The goal of full
and effective participation of persons with disabilities in society and development was established by the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1982.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1829

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Screen Reader User Survey

As a follow-up and update to the original WebAIM Screen Reader User Survey and the follow-up survey from September 2009,
we are happy to provide the following survey. This survey is primarily intended to track updates and trends from previous surveys. By completing this survey you will help inform development choices for those creating accessible web content and web standards. All screen reader users, even those who use screen readers only for evaluation and testing, are invited to participate.

The survey will remain open through January 10, 2011. No personally identifying information is collected. When submitted, your browser version, operating system, and JavaScript support will be collected. Results will be reported as aggregated summaries and will be published by March 2011. Your participation is purely voluntary and you can choose to stop at any time. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes.

Take the Survey at
http://webaim.org/projects/screenreadersurvey3

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Will the McGuinty Government Restore as a Full-Time Position the Vital Post of Assistant Deputy Minister of Government Services for Accessibility?

Last year, to its credit, the McGuinty Government created the new full-time position of Assistant Deputy Minister of Government Services for Accessibility. That person has lead responsibility for making the Ontario Public Service fully accessible. This includes making the Ontario Government a barrier-free workplace, as well as removing and preventing barriers that persons with disabilities face when using Ontario Government services and facilities.

When the first person to occupy this important job recently announced that he was moving on to another job, the Government, to our dismay, did not fill
this full-time vacancy. Instead, it piled these full-time duties on the plate of another Assistant Deputy Minister who already has a full-time job. We
have been told that the Government has not decided if it will restore this full-time accessibility position, or when a decision will be made.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=846

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Ontario to Launch Welfare Review

Former StatsCan head and ex-United Way chief to take charge

Ontario is launching what it has billed to be the biggest review of social assistance programs in more than 20 years, with the goal of getting more
people jobs and financial stability.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=244

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Basic Income Proposal Could Eliminate Poverty for People With Disabilities

Changes to benefit system modeled on systems for seniors and Canada Child Benefit Benefit would replace welfare for working age people with severe disabilities

The  Caledon Institute has presented a proposal,  Caledon Basic Income Plan, to overhaul Canada’s patchwork and failing system of social supports for working age Canadians who are severely disabled and living in poverty.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1825

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Digital Inclusion: First British Standard to Promote Web Accessibility Globally

Growing dependence on the internet for business and personal use has introduced a very real challenge to website owners. The internet should help improve our lives, and yet, how does it benefit those who are unable to access websites with ease? The need to make the web more universally accessible has become increasingly urgent.

As a result, BSI has developed the first British Standard to fully address the challenge of digital inclusion. Building on guidance published in 2006, the
new BS 8878 Web Accessibility Code of Practice presents a fully up-to-date, detailed guide for businesses and organizations to make web products more accessible to disabled and older users. By increasing the accessibility of these interfaces, the web will inevitably become more usable for all.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1823

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Penn State Discriminates Against Blind Students and Faculty

Baltimore, Maryland (November 12, 2010): The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the nation’s oldest and largest organization of blind people, announced today that it has filed a complaint with the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, requesting an investigation of Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) for violating the civil rights of blind students and faculty.  The NFB filed the complaint because a variety of computer- and technology-based services and Web sites at Penn State are inaccessible to blind students and faculty.  Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act requires public state universities to offer equal access to their programs and services. 

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1819

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Blind Woman Wins Case Against Federal Government

Donna Jodhan successfully sued the federal government because she was unable to apply online for a government job. (CBC)

A blind Toronto woman who sued the federal government because she is unable to apply online for a government job has won her case.

A Federal Court judge in Toronto ruled Monday that the government has 15 months to make its websites accessible to visually impaired users.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1821

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Accessibility Committee Recommends Upgrades

CORNWALL– An accessibility advocacy group has cited in an annual report a number of detriments for disabled people at city-operated facilities.

“Past (accessibility) committees didn’t do building audits, but our committee has been pro-active with (on-site inspections),” said Ben Caron, the outgoing
chair of the accessibility advisory committee.

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=450

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Accessibility Barriers Result In Feeling of Isolation

Prior to the Oct. 25 municipal vote, City Scope teamed up with accessibility advocate Ed McLachlan to expose members of council and aldermanic candidates to the frustrations encountered by city residents dealing with accessibility issues in their daily routine.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=842

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