Accessibility News July 27,2013 Update

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In this Issue

*Breaking Their Own Law: Week 8;
*Conservative disability mailout uses braille that’s unreadable
*Justice Department Settles with Louisiana Tech University Over Inaccessible Course Materials
*Sprint Brings Caption Calling To iOS Devices
*Toronto Star Column Argues in Support of On-Line Voting in Upcoming Ontario By-elections- We Agree!
*Deadlines Loom for Canada’s Web Accessibility Laws
*Lieutenant Governor General Tosses Government On AODA!

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ARTICLES:

Breaking Their Own Law: Week 8;

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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Conservative disability mailout uses braille that’s unreadable

An attempt by the Conservative Party to highlight job creation for disabled people fell flat when it sent out flyers with a message printed in
braille lettering that cannot be read by the blind.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/conservative-disability-mailout-uses-braille-thats-unreadable/

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Justice Department Settles with Louisiana Tech University Over Inaccessible Course Materials

“Emerging technologies, including internet-based learning platforms, are changing the way we learn, and we need to ensure that people with disabilities are not excluded or left behind,” said Eve L. Hill, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/justice-department-settles-with-louisiana-tech-university-over-inaccessible-course-materials/

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Sprint Brings Caption Calling To iOS Devices

Sprint announced today that its Wireless CapTel service, powered by Raketu, is now available for iOS devices.

The service will greatly benefit those individuals who live with hearing loss.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/sprint-brings-caption-calling-to-ios-devices/

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Toronto Star Column Argues in Support of On-Line Voting in Upcoming Ontario By-elections- We Agree!

But Elections Ontario Doesn’t Get It

An unjustified 181 days have passed since we wrote the Ontario Government to ask for its plans to keep its pledge to effectively enforce the AODA. We have received no substantive public response to that inquiry.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/toronto-star-column-argues-in-support-of-on-line-voting-in-upcoming-ontario-by-elections-we-agree/

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Deadlines Loom for Canada’s Web Accessibility Laws

The bottom line is that based on the global accessibility trends, all Canadian organizations should look to get ahead of the legislation by making sites compliant with WCAG 2 AA from now on.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/deadlines-loom-for-canadas-web-accessibility-laws/

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Lieutenant Governor General Tosses Government On AODA!

By Victor Schwartzman

A delegation of community advocates who pushed the Government to create AODA met with the Lieutenant Governor General for Ontario, the Honourable David Charles Onley. The advocates petitioned Onley to dismiss the current Government.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/lieutenant-governor-general-tosses-government-on-aoda/

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EVENTS

*Celebration of People Call for Nominations!
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1290
*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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