Accessibility News June 15,2013 Update

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In this Issue

*WYNNE GOVERNMENT HONOURS NATIONAL ACCESS AWARENESS WEEK BY BREACHING THE ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT *Disability Rights Advocates and Publishers Push for National Standards for Ed Tech Materials
*Deaf-Blind Ottawa Woman Angry After ‘Humiliating’ Air Canada Flight
*Fedora Outlier LLC is Looking for Movers and Shakers in the Disability Community to Guest on its “Delivering Access podcast”
*Poisoning the Treaty for the Blind
*AODA Alliance Calls on Elections Ontario to Offer Telephone and Internet Voting in Upcoming as-Yet Unscheduled By-elections
*Ontario Government Floats AODA Trial Dirigible

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

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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Disability Rights Advocates and Publishers Push for National Standards for Ed Tech Materials

Disability rights advocates and book publishers are pushing for federal regulations to ensure higher education technology is accessible to tens of thousands of students with visual impairments.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/disability-rights-advocates-and-publishers-push-for-national-standards-for-ed-tech-materials/

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Deaf-Blind Ottawa Woman Angry After ‘Humiliating’ Air Canada Flight

Roschaert says she was stunned. “I’ve been traveling around the world so many times and this is the first time I’ve ever been kicked out of a plane,” she says.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/

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Fedora Outlier LLC is Looking for Movers and Shakers in the Disability Community to Guest on its “Delivering Access podcast”

You are a hero, whether you know it or not. Sure, you may think you lead a rather ordinary life, but the things you do and the ways you’re impacting the lives of people with disabilities are extraordinary.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/fedora-outlier-llc-is-looking-for-movers-and-shakers-in-the-disability-community-to-guest-on-its-delivering-access-podcast/

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Poisoning the Treaty for the Blind

Now, the progress made is all in jeopardy. Private interests have been hard at work to insert poison pills in the treaty, such as provisions that make the treaty either unpalatable for many countries to sign on to it or too complex to implement. It’s a terrible case of private interest trumping the public good.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/poisoning-the-treaty-for-the-blind/

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AODA Alliance Calls on Elections Ontario to Offer Telephone and Internet Voting in Upcoming as-Yet Unscheduled By-elections – And Seeks More Information about Elections Ontario’s Plans Regarding These Accessible Voting Technologies

Ontario provincial by-elections will be called in the next few weeks, arising out of recent resignations from the Ontario Legislature. As our latest effort to make elections in Ontario fully accessible for voters with disabilities, we wrote Elections Ontario on June 7, 2013. We urged Elections Ontario to deploy accessible telephone and internet voting in these upcoming by-elections. Elections Ontario is the non-partisan public agency responsible for administering provincial elections in Ontario, and for ensuring that the voting process is fully accessible to all voters with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-calls-on-elections-ontario-to-offer-telephone-and-internet-voting-in-upcoming-as-yet-unscheduled-by-elections-and-seeks-more-information-about-elections-ontarios-plans/

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Ontario Government Floats AODA Trial Dirigible

Eric Hoskins, the Minister responsible for implementing AODA legislation designed to ensure reasonable access in Ontario by 2025, announced on June 7, 2013 that the delay in appointing an Independent Review of AODA implementation was part of a larger government plan on access for people who have disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-government-floats-aoda-trial-dirigible/

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AODA Enforcement
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* County of Brant Closer to Eliminating Para Transit
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/county-of-brant-closer-to-eliminating-para-transit/

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EVENTS

*A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in celebration of Mad Pride Hamilton (July 27)
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*Mad Pride Toronto 2013: A Celebration of Madness from July 8-14
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1270

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