Accessibility News January 24,2015 Update

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In this Issue

*More Than Voting Booths: Accessibility of Electoral Campaigns for People With Disabilities in Ontario
*Watch Captioned Videos of Last Falls Queens Park Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Ontarios Grassroots Campaign for Strong Accessibility Legislation *Accessibility of Government Websites Often Fall Short
*Premier Wynne and Economic Develop Minister Duguid Respond to AODA Alliances Detail Proposals to Get Ontario Back on Schedule for Full Disability Accessibility by 2025
*Commission Warns City on Changes to Handi-Transit Rules
*Practising Outside the Technology Box

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ARTICLES:

More Than Voting Booths: Accessibility of Electoral Campaigns for People With Disabilities in Ontario

The findings from this survey indicate that there is a general lack of understanding of the imperative to achieve accessibility standards, not only of polling stations and booths, but also of political campaigns, if representative democracy in Canada is to include people with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/more-than-voting-booths-accessibility-of-electoral-campaigns-for-people-with-disabilities-in-ontario/

Watch Captioned Videos of Last Falls Queens Park Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Ontarios Grassroots Campaign for Strong Accessibility Legislation

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AODA Alliance Presses the Wynne Government for Current, Detailed Information on Its Enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/watch-captioned-videos-of-last-falls-queens-park-celebration-of-the-20th-anniversary-of-ontarios-grassroots-campaign-for-strong-accessibility-legislation/

Accessibility of Government Websites Often Fall Short

Websites are the portal to government, providing information as basic as the day for garbage pickup and services like paying taxes.

But for people with visual impairments or a host of other disabilities that can affect their use of computers or mobile devices, its still hit-or-miss what they will find when they open the website of their local government, school district or library.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/accessibility-of-government-websites-often-fall-short/

Premier Wynne and Economic Develop Minister Duguid Respond to AODA Alliances Detail Proposals to Get Ontario Back on Schedule for Full Disability Accessibility by 2025

But the Governments Responses Largely Trumpet Insufficient Past Government Action Instead of Adopting Our Action Recommendations Theres No Government Plan in Effect that Will Ensure Full Accessibility By 2025 and fulfill the Governments Unkept Accessibility Promises

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/premier-wynne-and-economic-develop-minister-duguid-respond-to-aoda-alliances-detail-proposals-to-get-ontario-back-on-schedule-for-full-disability-accessibility-by-2025/

Commission Warns City on Changes to Handi-Transit Rules

The human rights code doesnt deal any differently with (different) disabilities, whether youre talking about the code or the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Bennett told The Star on Monday. A disability is a disability.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/commission-warns-city-on-changes-to-handi-transit-rules/

Practising Outside the Technology Box

For example, it is an offence to fail to comply with an order made under the AODA, block or fail to co-operate with an inspection, intimidate, coerce, penalize, or discriminate against someone for seeking enforcement of the AODA, co-operating with an inspection or providing information as part of an inspection.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/practising-outside-the-technology-box/

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