Accessibility News July 20,2013 Update

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In this Issue

*Breaking Their Own Law: Week 7;
*Here’s Some Crumbs and a Pat on the Head Now be Thankful You Disabled and Go Away!
*The Blind Community’s Fight for a More Accessible Web
*Our Campaign for An Education Accessibility Standard Gets another Important boost
*McMaster University Faces Discrimination Claim From PhD Student
*The Neglect of the Visually Impaired in Local Council Web Design
*Government: Cocky and Getting Hard on AODA

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ARTICLES:

Breaking Their Own Law: Week 7;

WYNNE GOVERNMENT HONOURS NATIONAL ACCESS AWARENESS WEEK BY BREACHING THE ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

No matter how frustrated, we soldier on, undeterred. Premier Wynne called me two months ago, warmly offering to work together on making Ontario fully accessible to people with disabilities. Today’s failure to obey the law should be a wake-up call to the government to take the entire accessibility issue off its back burner where it has languished for two years. Let today’s bad news spur our new premier to act decisively, boldly and broadly on accessibility. Let it cause her to restore the swiftness, determination and vigour on this issue that the government commendably demonstrated a decade ago, and to keep all her commitments on accessibility.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/wynne-government-honours-national-access-awareness-week-by-breaching-the-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities-act/

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Here’s Some Crumbs and a Pat on the Head Now be Thankful You Disabled and Go Away!

But the Disabled deserve the whole loaf of bread, not just the crumbs
by Geof Collis

There is a problem of attitude in this Province and I suspect worldwide when it comes to implementing accessibility for the Disabled, too many Politicians, Business types, Burocrats, Charities and even everyday people tend to look down upon the disabled, they let their personal feelings and agendas decide policy or how quickly they are willing to move on them.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/heres-some-crumbs-and-a-pat-on-the-head-now-be-thankful-you-disabled-and-go-away/

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The Blind Community’s Fight for a More Accessible Web

Imagine being a small business owner who manages a company almost entirely online. You communicate with clients, process payments, and organize meetings all through the Internet. Think about just how many steps would really be involved. There’d be countless login screens and dropdown menus to be navigated. And searching for the right Web pages in the first place could even be a challenge.

Now imagine doing all that while wearing a blindfold.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-blind-communitys-fight-for-a-more-accessible-web/

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Our Campaign for An Education Accessibility Standard Gets another Important boost

Public School Elementary Teachers’ Union Endorses Our Call for the Ontario Government to Develop an Education Accessibility Standard

Our campaign to get the Ontario Government to agree to develop an Education Accessibility Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act has received another important boost. The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), representing over 76,000 teachers, occasional teachers and educational workers in the front line of Ontario’s public schools, has written Ontario’s Economic Development, Trade and Employment Minister, Dr. Eric Hoskins, to support our call for the Government to develop an Education Accessibility Standard.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/our-campaign-for-an-education-accessibility-standard-gets-another-important-boost/

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McMaster University Faces Discrimination Claim From PhD Student

On Friday, July 19 2013 the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario will begin hearing the disability discrimination claim brought against McMaster University by former PhD student, Jason Tang.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/mcmaster-university-faces-discrimination-claim-from-phd-student/

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The Neglect of the Visually Impaired in Local Council Web Design

For most web developers it seems any consideration of accessibility is still a peripheral issue despite worthy initiatives like Global Accessibility Awareness Day (9th May), which this year celebrated its second anniversary.

Read more at
http://www.badeyes.com/the-neglect-of-the-visually-impaired-in-local-council-web-design/#more-461

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Government: Cocky and Getting Hard on AODA

By Victor Schwartzman

News from the Government on AODA!

Minister Eric Hoskins held a media conference this week and opened by telling journalists that “Our media conferences have failed to communicate our plans on AODA effectively.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/government-cocky-and-getting-hard-on-aoda/

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AODA Enforcement
Having an Accessibility issue that isn’t being resolved because of lack of Enforcement?

Perhaps your solution is at enforcement.aoda.ca .

* Government Not Enforcing Disabilities Act, Says Advocate
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/government-not-enforcing-disabilities-act-says-advocate/
* Specialized versus Subsidized Transportation: Are class based transit systems in the future for Ontario?
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/specialized-versus-subsidized-transportation-are-class-based-transit-systems-in-the-future-for-ontario/
* Enforcing the IASR Transportation Standards: Where do we go for help?
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/enforcing-the-iasr-transportation-standards-where-do-we-go-for-help/

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EVENTS

*Life as Jamie Knows It Parenting and Educating Children with Disabilities
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1283
*A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in celebration of Mad Pride Hamilton (July 27)
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1277

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