Accessibility News February 2,2013 Update

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In this Issue

*Employment Equity Laws Ensure Workplace Fairness
*Yoda on AODA: “Hmmm. The more AODA faith have you greater the disappointment shall you see”
*911 Staff Will Text Message With Deaf Canadians
*Blind Pedestrians Hail ‘Good First Step’ on Traffic
*Older people with sight loss face major disadvantages not being online
*Air Carrier Access Act Web Accessibility Requirements
*AODA Alliance Issues News Release on Ontario Premier-Designate Kathleen Wynne’s Important Commitments to Ontarians With Disabilities

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ARTICLES:

Employment Equity Laws Ensure Workplace Fairness

Effective human rights enforcement is one of the best investments a country can make.

History has shown that employers need government rules to ensure they treat all employees the same.
By: Mary Cornish Avvy Yao-Yao Go and John Rae.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/employment-equity-laws-ensure-workplace-fairness/

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Yoda on AODA: “Hmmm. The more AODA faith have you greater the disappointment shall you see”

By Victor Schwartzman
Human Rights Nudge

Yes, even Yoda would turn cynical after the history of AODA in Ontario. Where is the Force when you need it?

Advocates who worked tirelessly in Ontario to push the Government into creating and implementing a new law (AODA) to eliminate access barriers currently do not know whether the Provincial Government has been/will be Darth Vader or Obi Wynne Kenobi.

Read more at
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/yoda-on-aoda-hmmm-the-more-aoda-faith-have-you-greater-the-disappointment-shall-you-see/

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911 Staff Will Text Message With Deaf Canadians

Users must register 1st, as texting alone still won’t reach emergency services

Canadians who have hearing or speech problems will soon be able to send text messages to 911 services.

Other Canadians, however, must continue to communicate with 911 services over the phone, says Canada’s telecommunications regulator.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/911-staff-will-text-message-with-deaf-canadians/

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Blind Pedestrians Hail ‘Good First Step’ on Traffic

WATERLOO REGION Visually impaired pedestrians will get yellow paint, textured asphalt and noisemaking signals to help them cross our busiest streets, but not everywhere and not right away.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/blind-pedestrians-hail-good-first-step-on-traffic/

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Older people with sight loss face major disadvantages not being online

The report reveals that the primary reason given for not being online was eyesight (82 per cent); suggesting that the majority of blind and partially sighted older people mistakenly believe sight loss precludes the use of the internet.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/older-people-with-sight-loss-face-major-disadvantages-not-being-online/

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Air Carrier Access Act Web Accessibility Requirements

U.S. and foreign air carriers operating flights to or selling tickets to the U.S. public are required to ensure that the public-facing content of websites that they own or control conforms to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level A and Level AA. If enacted, the proposed requirements will not just apply to U.S. air carriers’ public-facing pages; they will also apply to foreign carriers’ public-facing pages that are used to advertise or sell to the U.S. public for air transportation that begins or ends in the U.S.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/air-carrier-access-act-web-accessibility-requirements/

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AODA Alliance Issues News Release on Ontario Premier-Designate Kathleen Wynne’s Important Commitments to Ontarians With Disabilities

We have just made public a news release, set out below that highlights Ms. Kathleen Wynne’s recent commitments to Ontarians with disabilities. Yesterday, the Ontario Liberal Party selected Ms. Kathleen Wynne as its new leader. She will replace Dalton McGuinty as Ontario’s Premier.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-issues-news-release-on-ontario-premier-designate-kathleen-wynnes-important-commitments-to-ontarians-with-disabilities/

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* Yoda on AODA: “Hmmm. The more AODA faith have you greater the disappointment shall you see”
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