Accessibility News June 18,2016 Update

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In this Issue

*Ramp Up 2016 Aims to Double Number of Accessible Ramps in Ontario
*Alliance of Advocates Calls for Mandatory Disability Access in New Homes
*Nominet Launches Free IoT Solution to Help Those With Sensory and Cognitive Impairments
*Cyclists Using Sidewalks Leaves Blind Woman Scared for Safety:
*Schedule 1 Class Action Claims Period Has Started
*WSIB Critics Say Spending Cuts are Devastating Injured Workers
*ACTION LINE: How consumers with a disability can encounter prejudice, discrimination
*Premier Wynne Appoints Tracy MacCharles as Ontarios First Minister of Accessibility for 1.8 Million Ontarians with Disabilities *Wearable Device to Guide People With Vision Disabilities

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ARTICLES:

Ramp Up 2016 Aims to Double Number of Accessible Ramps in Ontario

An accessibility advocate has partnered with 24 local visual artists in an effort to bring ramps into 15 more communities.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ramp-up-2016-aims-to-double-number-of-accessible-ramps-in-ontario/

Alliance of Advocates Calls for Mandatory Disability Access in New Homes

An alliance of 800 disability advocates and ethical designers is calling for mandatory disability access in new homes.

They say Australia must do better as a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/alliance-of-advocates-calls-for-mandatory-disability-access-in-new-homes/

Nominet Launches Free IoT Solution to Help Those With Sensory and Cognitive Impairments

Pips buttons use Bluetooth to create a sequence of audio and visual reminders to help guide those with sensory impairments through their daily routines, and to have confidence while navigating their environment.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/nominet-launches-free-iot-solution-to-help-those-with-sensory-and-cognitive-impairments/

Cyclists Using Sidewalks Leaves Blind Woman Scared for Safety:

A blind woman says she cant go for a walk without feeling threatened by cyclists zipping past her on the sidewalk in Winnipeg. Janis Brackman lives in Winnipegs Osborne Village area. Every time she steps out her front door, she has to be just as on guard for bikes.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/cyclists-using-sidewalks-leaves-blind-woman-scared-for-safety/

Schedule 1 Class Action Claims Period Has Started

The Court has approved the settlement in Clegg v. Ontario, the Schedule 1 class action lawsuit. You may be able to get money from the settlement if you send in a claim form by February 28, 2017. Please read below for more information about the settlement and how to get help with your claim.

What is the lawsuit about?

The lawsuit is about 12 Schedule 1 facilities or institutions where many people with disabilities were neglected and abused. The government of Ontario was in charge of these places.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/schedule-1-class-action-claims-period-has-started/

WSIB Critics Say Spending Cuts are Devastating Injured Workers

Letter signed by more than 140 doctors, legal clinics, and labour groups, expresses deep concern about injured workers who are increasingly unable to get the treatment their doctors recommend,

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/wsib-critics-say-spending-cuts-are-devastating-injured-workers/

ACTION LINE: How consumers with a disability can encounter prejudice, discrimination

Spectator columnist Al MacRury says he must present his passport when buying a cellphone in Ontario because he does not possess a drivers licence.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/action-line-how-consumers-with-a-disability-can-encounter-prejudice-discrimination/

Premier Wynne Appoints Tracy MacCharles as Ontarios First Minister of Accessibility for 1.8 Million Ontarians with Disabilities

Will Premier Wynne Instruct Her to Take the Actions Needed to Get Ontario Back on Schedule for Full Accessibility By 2025 The Deadline that Ontarios Accessibility Law Sets?

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/premier-wynne-appoints-tracy-maccharles-as-ontarios-first-minister-of-accessibility-for-1-8-million-ontarians-with-disabilities/

Wearable Device to Guide People With Vision Disabilities

A recently developed wearable device in the form of a ring seeks to change the way the people with vision disabilities can move around.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/wearable-device-to-guide-people-with-vision-disabilities/

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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