Accessibility News February 5,2011 Update

In this Issue

1) Message Board
2)Articles
*There’s No Need To Fear the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)
*Accessibility Carries Price Tag
*Three More Committee Members Resign
*Paving the Way for Disabled Travellers
*McGuinty Government Makes Public New Draft Regulation to Address Barriers in Transportation, Information, Communications and Employment – We have 45 Days to Give the Government Feedback
*National Federation of the Blind Announces Agreement with Travelocity
*OCAD University to offer Master of Design in Inclusive Design Graduate Program in Digital Futures
*AODA Alliance Update: 2011 Priorities in Our Accessibility Campaign
*Advocate Says Province Underfunding DeafBlind
*Blind Man Drives Car Independently
*Cuts Threaten Bus Service to Toronto’s Deaf-Blind Community
3) Classifieds
4) This and That

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MESSAGE BOARD:

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ARTICLES:
There’s No Need To Fear the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)

It’s true that Ontario’s businesses will incur extra costs to comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
(AODA). It’s true that you will have to change the way you operate, expending more time, money and effort—at least initially. So maybe you’re afraid of
that. But consider that most people have no idea what not accommodating disability already costs Ontarians through taxes, health care and social services.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=667

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Accessibility Carries Price Tag

As the province beefs up its accessibility legislation, Norfolk County, along with other municipalities, have been tasked to improve facilities and offer
staff training. Council was updated on this work by the Norfolk County Accessibility Advisory Committee and the county’s Corporate Accessibility Committee last night.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=955

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Three More Committee Members Resign

As the mayor looked on, three more members of the city’s municipal accessibility advisory committee resigned Thursday in dramatic fashion.

They were protesting city council’s failure to reappoint the former chairman, Glenn Outhwaite.

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=493

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Paving the Way for Disabled Travellers

Advocate pushes for accessibility for all

Hearing the thundering water as the Maid of the Mist approaches the Horseshoe Falls is always a thrill for Linda Crabtree.

The St. Catharines resident has made it her mission to sample all Niagara has to offer in terms of attractions, hotels and restaurants.

And she does it all from an electric scooter.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1986

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McGuinty Government Makes Public New Draft Regulation to Address Barriers in Transportation, Information, Communications and Employment – We have 45 Days to Give the Government Feedback

This draft IAR has been strengthened in a number of ways, compared to the very weak proposals the Government circulated for public comment on September 2, 2010. On the other hand, in many other important ways, it has not been improved, despite the feedback we and so many others gave the government last fall. Many of our 79 recommendations in our October 8, 2010 brief have not been implemented. However there are clearly instances where our advocacy efforts have paid off, at least to some extent.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=953

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National Federation of the Blind Announces Agreement with Travelocity

Travelocity to Make its Web Site More Accessible to Blind Users

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the nation’s leading advocate for Internet access by blind Americans, today announced an agreement with Travelocity, one of the largest and most popular online travel agencies, to make travelocity.com more accessible to the blind.  

Read more at
http://www.badeyes.com/?p=289#more-289

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OCAD University to offer Master of Design in Inclusive Design Graduate Program in Digital Futures

OCAD University (OCAD U) is now accepting applications for two new graduate programs: a Master of Design (MDes) in Inclusive Design* and a Graduate Program in Digital Futures (Graduate Diploma and MA, MDes, MFA)*. Applications for the 2011/2012 term will be accepted until Monday, May 2, 2011.

“These unique new programs address the Canadian digital economy’s ever-increasing demand for artists, designers, innovators and leaders in the fields of inclusive design, digital media and new technologies,” explained Dr. Helmut Reichenbächer.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=950

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AODA Alliance Update: 2011 Priorities in Our Accessibility Campaign

We brought to public attention the troubling barriers in the Government-funded Presto Smart Card technology for paying public transit fares. We showed that the Government was forewarned about these barriers, and that the Government nevertheless persisted in spending public money, creating new barriers against persons with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=948

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Advocate Says Province Underfunding DeafBlind

The executive director of Deafblind Services of B.C. says being both deaf and blind in the province of B.C. isn’t enough to receive assistance from the
provincial government.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1980

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Blind Man Drives Car Independently

Blind Driver Avoids Dynamic Obstacles

Mark Anthony Riccobono, a blind executive who directs technology, research, and education programs for the organization, was behind the wheel of a Ford Escape hybrid equipped with nonvisual technology and successfully navigated 1.5 miles of the road course section of the famed track at the Daytona International Speedway.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1978

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Cuts Threaten Bus Service to Toronto’s Deaf-Blind Community

Nazar Strejko, who is deaf-blind, relies on the bus the passes by the Rotary Cheshire Home on Willowdale Ave. The route is in danger of being cut because of a lack of night riders.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=792

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