Accessibility News January 17,2015 Update

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In this Issue
*New AODA resource for Web Developers Launched!
*Competing In Power Football Takes More Than Athletic Ability
*Wynne staffer suggested longer-term role for Olivier
*Scooter Tumble Down Stairs Leads to Wheelchairs Only Message
*Live Text May Make Council Meetings More Accessible
*Ontario Review of Psychiatric Wait Times in Jail Kept Secret
*Disability, Employment and the New Veterans Charter
*Is Accessible TV Viewing Finally on Its Way?
*Stops Not Called, Drivers Disciplined; Majority Extremely Upset with Order, Transit Union Says

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New AODA resource for Web Developers Launched!

Understanding Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) is a daunting task at the best of times.

How it applies to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) can also be very challenging but this Resource will make it somewhat easier for you and your Web Developers to research and understand what Guidelines you need to follow to make your Website compliant.

Check it out at
http://www.aoda.ca/wcag/

Competing In Power Football Takes More Than Athletic Ability

By Victor Schwartzman

Shayne De Wildt is 23. Why am I writing about Shayne? Hes my downstairs neighbour and I know him. I feed his cat, Simba, when Shayne is away at competitions. Simba frightens my dog, a Shitzhu who gives Simba a wide berth, but that is another story.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/competing-in-power-football-takes-more-than-athletic-ability/

Wynne staffer suggested longer-term role for Olivier

Accessibility News Note: Welcome to Premier Wynnes Ontario, Disabled need not apply.

Kathleen Wynnes deputy chief of staff told Andrew Olivier last month the Liberal Party would try to find a longer-term role for the former candidate once he stepped aside to allow Glenn Thibeault, the former NDP MP, to run for the Grits in the Sudbury byelection.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/wynne-staffer-suggested-longer-term-role-for-olivier/

Scooter Tumble Down Stairs Leads to Wheelchairs Only Message

Keith Hurst was getting his mail in December when he slid down the Burks Falls Canada Post accessible ramp on his scooter. He was then told the ramp is for wheelchairs only.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/scooter-tumble-down-stairs-leads-to-wheelchairs-only-message/

Live Text May Make Council Meetings More Accessible

Nova Scotia to launch text-to-911 service today for hearing impaired

Halifax is considering providing a real-time text service of city hall meetings for hearing impaired people.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/live-text-may-make-council-meetings-more-accessible/

Ontario Review of Psychiatric Wait Times in Jail Kept Secret

Ontario is keeping secret a review of wait times for prisoners seeking psychiatric treatment in provincial jails.

Angelique Jahn holds a photo of her sister Christina in her Rideau Lakes home south of Ottawa. Christina Jahn, whose human rights complaint against the Ontario corrections ministry led to promised reforms, is terminally ill with cancer.

By: Amy Dempsey GTA, Published on Thu Jan 15 2015

Christina Jahn, who had a mental illness and terminal cancer, was held at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre in 2011 abd 2012.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/ontario-review-of-psychiatric-wait-times-in-jail-kept-secret/

Disability, Employment and the New Veterans Charter

The relationship between disability and employment is slowly changing, and as much as we are mindful of developing trends in policy and law, we still have the obligation to recognize and respect disability from a cross sector perspective, including individuals who have served in the Canadian Forces, acquiring an injury as a result.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/disability-employment-and-the-new-veterans-charter/

Is Accessible TV Viewing Finally on Its Way?

In the August issue of AccessWorld , we described the new voice guide features available on new Samsung TVs. More recently, Comcast has announced the availability of its own talking TV interface.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/is-accessible-tv-viewing-finally-on-its-way/

Stops Not Called, Drivers Disciplined; Majority Extremely Upset with Order, Transit Union Says

Ben Williams, president of Unifor 333,
which represents 550 B.C. Transit drivers, says forcing drivers to call out hundreds of stops a day is dangerous for everyone on the bus. The union says visually impaired passengers would be better served by an automated system.;

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/stops-not-called-drivers-disciplined-majority-extremely-upset-with-order-transit-union-says/

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