Accessibility News February 11,2017 Update

Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/acnewsca

Inclusive Media and Design Inc is a proud supporter of Accessibility News.

Inclusive is ready to caption and video describe all your video for web, DVD, and computer desktop. They can also assist you in understanding and implementing Ontario’s AODA Integrated Standards’ media requirements. Consider having them check that any of your new web site content is compliant with an Accessibility Audit.

Visit http://www.inclusivemedia.ca to find out more.

The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 7 years, 46 weeks, 3 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

*Federal Accessibility Minister Carla Qualtrough Gives Toronto Star Another Glimpse into Her Thinking on the Promised Canadians with Disabilities Act
*Liberals Revive Funding for Groups That Take Government to Court
*Acceptable Identification Document Policies Call to action!
*NEW DEADLINE: Schedule 1 Class Action Claims, Clegg v. Ontario
*Accessibility Improvements Completed at Ossington TTC Subway Station
*U.S. Access Board Releases Information and Communication Technology Standards and Guidelines
*On the Eve of Toronto Public Consultations, Canadas Disabilities Minister Carla Qualtrough Offers a Glimpse Into What the Promised Canadians with Disabilities Act May Include *Proposed Manitoba Accessibility Standard for Employment
*AEBC/T-Base Scholarship Program
*Council Restores City Videos Online

For a long term strategy in meeting the AODA and Section 508, Accessibility News recommends Accessibil-IT Inc for all your accessible PDF documentation needs. For more information email them at info@accessibilit.com or visit them on the web at: http://www.accessibilit.com

ARTICLES:

Federal Accessibility Minister Carla Qualtrough Gives Toronto Star Another Glimpse into Her Thinking on the Promised Canadians with Disabilities Act

AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky Presents to the Final Federal Public Consultation Forum on the Canadians with Disabilities Act

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/federal-accessibility-minister-carla-qualtrough-gives-toronto-star-another-glimpse-into-her-thinking-on-the-promised-canadians-with-disabilities-act/

Liberals Revive Funding for Groups That Take Government to Court

Ottawa has reinstated a program that allows minority groups to get federal funding to challenge laws they feel go against their Charter rights, after it had been abolished by the previous Conservative government.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/liberals-revive-funding-for-groups-that-take-government-to-court/

Acceptable Identification Document Policies Call to action!

If you’ve ever been denied a good or service, namely that of a wireless service, this is your opportunity to express your concerns and experiences and have them presented directly to those who can make a difference.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/acceptable-identification-document-policies-call-to-action/

NEW DEADLINE: Schedule 1 Class Action Claims, Clegg v. Ontario

The lawsuit is about 12 Schedule 1 facilities or institutions where many people with disabilities were neglected and abused. The government of Ontario was in charge of these places. You may be able to get money from the settlement of the lawsuit if you send in a claim form by April 28, 2017.

Read more at
http://archdisabilitylaw.ca/new_deadline_Schedule_1_class_action_claims_Clegg_v_Ontario

Accessibility Improvements Completed at Ossington TTC Subway Station

Ossington is the latest TTC subway station to complete accessibility improvements.

The station now has two elevators leading from the concourse to either subway platform, sliding automated doors, better signage, plus upgrades to the bus bay. The station also has Presto fare gates which were installed last year.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/accessibility-improvements-completed-at-ossington-ttc-subway-station/

U.S. Access Board Releases Information and Communication Technology Standards and Guidelines

Earlier this month, in the waning moments of the Obama Administration, the U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (the Access
Board) took the long-anticipated step of requiring websites of federal government agencies to comply with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/u-s-access-board-releases-information-and-communication-technology-standards-and-guidelines/

On the Eve of Toronto Public Consultations, Canadas Disabilities Minister Carla Qualtrough Offers a Glimpse Into What the Promised Canadians with Disabilities Act May Include

The February 5, 2017 Global News reports on an interview that the Canadian Press conducted with Canadas Disabilities Minister Carla Qualtrough. It offers a glimpse into the Federal Governments thinking on what the promised Canadians with Disabilities Act should include.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/on-the-eve-of-toronto-public-consultations-canadas-disabilities-minister-carla-qualtrough-offers-a-glimpse-into-what-the-promised-canadians-with-disabilities-act-may-include/

Proposed Manitoba Accessibility Standard for Employment

The Accessibility Advisory Councils (AAC) is inviting interested stakeholders to provide their views to its initial proposal for an accessibility standard
for employment. Therefore, employment is the second of five accessibility standards being developed under the Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA).

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/proposed-manitoba-accessibility-standard-for-employment/

AEBC/T-Base Scholarship Program

The 2017 AEBC/T-Base Scholarship Program is now accepting applications.

The application deadline for the 2017 AEBC scholarship program is Friday, March 31st, 2017. All applications and supporting materials must be received by AEBC by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, March 31st, 2017, in order to be considered.

Read more at
http://www.blindcanadians.ca/programs/scholarship

Council Restores City Videos Online

Archived videos of London city council and committee meetings will be restored to the citys website and YouTube channel.

In a special council meeting held Friday afternoon, councillors unanimously voted in favour of staff re-posting the videos, which were removed earlier this week over fears they violated the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/council-restores-city-videos-online/

eSSENTIAL Accessibility: helping organizations reach, serve and empower people with disabilities.

The eSSENTIAL Accessibility assistive technology app gives those who have trouble typing, moving a mouse, or reading a screen due to a variety of conditions – such as stroke, paralysis or arthritis – the tools they need to navigate the Web. The app is free to the end-user and simple to use.

Organizations that feature the app on their websites are committed to making it easier for people with disabilities to access information online. For more info, please visit http://www.essentialaccessibility.com

Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ea11y or connect with us on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=59891 .

Want to advertise in this spot? Email info@accessibilitynews.ca for more info

To unsubscribe from this Newsletter, send an email to
info@accessibilitynews.ca or just reply to this Update and state your intentions.

The views and opinions expressed throughout Accessibility News do not represent those of the various organizations or associated individuals and are exclusively those of the contributor and/or author of the specific article or commentary.

Accessibility News, since November 8, 2006