Accessibility News January 31,2015 Update

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In this Issue

*As the ADA Turns 25, Website Accessibility Issues Pose Legitimate Risks for the Financial Services Industry
*Canada: The Employer Case For Effective Disability Management
*You Know, Blind People Can Actually Use Touchscreens
*Please Use and Widely Circulate the AODA Alliances New Action Kit Which We Unveil Today
*New App Connects Visually Impaired With Sighted Assistants
*Israels Mobile Technologies For Disabled Find Mass market Appeal
*Female PS Workerss Disability Claims Outnumber Mmens two-to-one

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ARTICLES:

As the ADA Turns 25, Website Accessibility Issues Pose Legitimate Risks for the Financial Services Industry

While 2014 was certainly a noteworthy year under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (Title III), July 26, 2015, will mark the 25th anniversary
of the ADA (25th Anniversary), an event that will almost certainly be celebrated with significant developments impacting the scope of Title IIIs coverage.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/as-the-ada-turns-25-website-accessibility-issues-pose-legitimate-risks-for-the-financial-services-industry/

Canada: The Employer Case For Effective Disability Management

Employers should also be aware that effective January 1, 2016, under the Integrated Accessibility Standard (IAS), which is a regulation under the Accessibility
for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, employers who have 50 or more employers will be required by law to develop formalized individual accommodation plans and return to work plans for their employers.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/canada-the-employer-case-for-effective-disability-management/

You Know, Blind People Can Actually Use Touchscreens

Over the last couple years, Ive come to a conclusion about life as a blind person: it isnt the physical lack of sight thats the biggest difficulty I
face; but rather, it is attempting to overcome peoples negative stereotypes and misconceptions about what I can and cannot do that is the real problem.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/you-know-blind-people-can-actually-use-touchscreens/

Please Use and Widely Circulate the AODA Alliances New Action Kit Which We Unveil Today

Today we unveil an important new ten-page Action Kit, set out below. It gives you easy-to-use tips on how to reach out to your member of the Ontario Legislature,
and to the media, to press for the Ontario Government to speed up action to get Ontario back on schedule for becoming fully accessible to over 1.8 million Ontarians with disabilities by 2025. Please read this Action Kit.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/please-use-and-widely-circulate-the-aoda-alliances-new-action-kit-which-we-unveil-today/

New App Connects Visually Impaired With Sighted Assistants

From his couch at home in New York City, Sam Marcus helped a woman bake corn muffins in Jefferson City, Mo., last week.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/new-app-connects-visually-impaired-with-sighted-assistants/

Israels Mobile Technologies For Disabled Find Mass market Appeal

(Reuters) Israeli technology firms catering to the countrys disabled war veterans are exploring ways to bring their innovations to the mass market with applications that make mobile phones easier to use.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/israels-mobile-technologies-for-disabled-find-mass-market-appeal/

Female PS Workerss Disability Claims Outnumber Mmens two-to-one

Women in the public service go on disability leave at almost twice the rate of men, a problem some experts say should be addressed as part of the governments new disability management scheme.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/female-ps-workerss-disability-claims-outnumber-mmens-two-to-one/

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

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