Accessibility News July 2,2011 Update

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In this Issue

*To Meet Accessibility Standards, Windsor to Close 40 Playgrounds
*Accessibility Lessons Ontario Can Learn From the West
*Updated: “Essential Accessibility” is “Not Essential to Meeting the Integrated Accessibility Standards (IAS)
*Digital Agenda: EDF and Partners Launch New Campaign
*AODA Alliance Makes Presentation to Standing Committee of Manitoba Legislature on Need for Strong Accessibility Legislation
*Blind Students Sue Florida State University for Discrimination
*Federal Government Website Accessibility ­ Still a Long Way to Go
*Media Release: Crisis in Care for People With Developmental Disabilities in Hamilton
*Together, Let’s Get People Back to Work!
*Government Cancels Fund to Accommodate Ontario Public Servants With Disabilities in the Workplace ­ But Restores it When AODA Alliance Challenges its Cancellation
*Complying with the Integrated Accessibility Standards (IAS): Captioning and Describing Web Videos
*What’s in a Name?

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The Integrated Accessibility Standard (IAS) is now Law in Ontario! Is your website compliant?

Badeyes Design and Consulting has been developing Accessible websites since 2003 and has been publishing this Newsletter since 2006, visit them on the Web at www.badeyes.com for more information.

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ARTICLES:

To Meet Accessibility Standards, Windsor to Close 40 Playgrounds

Where accessible playgrounds get expensive is in the surfacing. Instead of just sprinkling playgrounds with a couple hundred dollars worth of wood chips or pea gravel, accessible playgrounds require thick, rubber surfacing costing anywhere from $16 to $20 per square foot. Taking into account the maintenance demands of wood chips or pea gravel, however, Mr. Huber notes that the rubber surfacing may actually save money over the long term.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1256

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Accessibility Lessons Ontario Can Learn From the West

Despite the fact that the benefits of solid ergonomic design are being realized by more and more employers, feedback from our own client base, as well as interviews and surveys done with employers and union representatives have told us that: a.) the Ministry of Community and Social Services has done an abysmal job of communicating the current AODA customer service requirements to private employers in Ontario; and b.) employers in Ontario — and in Canada
for that matter — have yet to see the ROI opportunities from embracing ergonomic barrier-free design to improve workplace accessibility.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1253

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Updated: “Essential Accessibility” is “Not Essential to Meeting the Integrated Accessibility Standards (IAS)

By Geof Collis

Due to this article I wrote the following information was found on a W3C mailing list( http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-gl/2011AprJun/0132.html)
with regards to Essential Accessibility and its claims:

“I am confident that we can all agree that this sort of approach is not necessary for WCAG 2.0 conformance. I am personally skeptical that this approach is sufficient for conformance, so I am glad you raise the issue for discussion!”
Bruce Bailey
Accessibility IT Specialist
U.S. Access Board

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1098

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Digital Agenda: EDF and Partners Launch New Campaign

In an increasingly digitalised society, more and more essential information and services are available online. To access them, persons with disabilities and older people require websites designed according to web-accessibility standards to operate correctly with their Assistive technologies. Unfortunately, most of the websites, including public websites, do not respect those standards and are inaccessible to a vast majority of the population.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2187

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AODA Alliance Makes Presentation to Standing Committee of Manitoba Legislature on Need for Strong Accessibility Legislation

I encourage you to learn not only by looking at our legislation, but look at the four-year­the independent review that was conducted on government direction four years after the legislation was passed. We asked for that review to be built into the law so we could learn about how things went and see if any things need to be improved. You, as well as we, could learn from that. And from the website of my coalition, you can tap into all the key developments from the day this law was passed right up to today.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1247

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Blind Students Sue Florida State University for Discrimination

With the assistance of the National Federation of the Blind, two blind students-Christopher Shane Toth and Jamie Ann Principato-filed suit today against Florida State University (FSU) and its board of trustees. The suit
alleges that FSU’s Department of Mathematics discriminated against Mr. Toth and Ms. Principato by failing to provide them with proper accommodations so that they could successfully complete required math courses for their
respective degree programs.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2183

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Federal Government Website Accessibility ­ Still a Long Way to Go

Website accessibility is conceptually different from a lot of other types of compliance for people with disabilities, even other technology compliance.

For example, if you design doorways or bathrooms to be accessible for people with disabilities, once they are designed, evaluated and meet the proper regulations, you rarely need to re-check them for compliance. The door frames don’t change on a monthly basis. Once accessible, they are accessible until they are structurally altered (or regulations for accessibility are changed).

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2185

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Media Release: Crisis in Care for People With Developmental Disabilities in Hamilton

Agencies, staff doing “all we can to support families’ needs-province must do the same”

Across the province, there are 23,000 people with a developmental disability languishing on wait lists for
services ­ 12,000 of those individuals are waiting for residential supports. 44-year-old Hamilton resident, Akhil Agarwal, is one of them. His 70-year-old father, Naresh Agarwal, is worried that families like theirs have to go into crisis to get the supports and services they need.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=1416

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Together, Let’s Get People Back to Work!

New Report: “What stops us from working?”

The Ontario Federation of Community Mental Health and Addiction Programs (OFCMHAP) would like to announce the launch of “What
stops us from working?” a report produced in partnership by The Dream Team, Houselink Community Homes, and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

The report acknowledges the need to increase work participation for people living with mental health and addiction issues that are recipients
of the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=1411

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Government Cancels Fund to Accommodate Ontario Public Servants With Disabilities in the Workplace ­ But Restores it When AODA Alliance Challenges its Cancellation

Here is a very troubling recent incident. It shows the need for all of us to keep on our toes, lest we lose ground in the ongoing campaign for a fully accessible Ontario.

For over two decades the Ontario Government has commendably maintained a central fund to pay for the cost of accommodating the workplace needs of Ontario Public Service employees with disabilities. This Employment Accommodation Fund has made a real and positive difference for persons with disabilities seeking jobs in the Ontario Public Service.

We were shocked when we received informal word late last week that the Ontario Government had recently cancelled this Fund. It had not widely publicized the Fund’s cancellation.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1245

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Complying with the Integrated Accessibility Standards (IAS): Captioning and Describing Web Videos

Now that the Integrated Accessibility Standards (IAS) are Law it is time to start implementing an often overlooked aspect of Web Accessibility, Captioning and Describing Web Video.

The good folks at Inclusive Media & Design, Inc.
have compiled some Tips for you to consider and also have the solution for implementation.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1243

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What’s in a Name?

Editor Note: Add the CNIB to this list.

And all of this is happening because most people still think that it is not respectable to be blind or dyslexic for that matter.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2173

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