Accessibility News June 2,2012 Update

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In this Issue

*Federal Court of Appeal Reaffirms That Inaccessible Federal Government Websites Violate the Constitutional Rights of Blind Canadians
*Toronto Woman Wins Second Victory Ordering Government Websites Accessible to Blind
*Screen Reader User Survey #4 Results
*Does a Degree Matter Less if You’re in a Wheelchair?
*Cyber Accessibility is the New Frontier for ADA Lawsuits
*Government of Canada Accepts Federal Court Decision on Long-Term Disability Benefits for Veterans
*Will Manitoba Pass Disability Accessibility Legislation That is Strong and Effective?
*County of Brant Discriminates Against People with Disabilities
*Dyslexic Man, Learning-Disabled Wife Charged for Not Filing Census Form
*Paralyzed to the Extent You Learn Your Assistive Technology
*MobilityPLUS Users to Get More Vans, Fare Choices

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ARTICLES:
Federal Court of Appeal Reaffirms That Inaccessible Federal Government Websites Violate the Constitutional Rights of Blind Canadians
PROOF WEBSITE ACESSIBILITY TIMELINES IN AODA ACCESSIBILITY STANDARDS ARE TOO LONG

Public and private sector organizations cannot assume that if they comply with the Integrated Accessibility Regulation’s excessively long website accessibility timelines, they are fulfilling all their website accessibility obligations to persons with disabilities. The Charter of Rights and the Human Rights Code take precedence over the AODA where they impose stronger accessibility requirements or shorter time lines than does a standard enacted under the AODA. The Jodhan decision requires far more prompt action for the Federal Government to retrofit its websites.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1819

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Toronto Woman Wins Second Victory Ordering Government Websites Accessible to Blind
A Toronto woman’s 2010 legal victory ordering Ottawa to make government websites accessible to the blind within 15 months has been upheld by the Federal Court of Appeal.

In the decision released late Wednesday, a three-judge panel upheld the earlier Federal Court finding that Ottawa had discriminated against the woman and others with vision disabilities due to its lax and obsolete online accessibility standards.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2664

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Screen Reader User Survey #4 Results
In May 2012, WebAIM conducted a survey of preferences of screen reader users. We received 1782 valid responses to this survey. This was a follow-up survey to the original WebAIM Screen Reader User Survey of January 2009 and the follow-up surveys from October 2009 and December 2010.

Read more at
http://webaim.org/projects/screenreadersurvey4/?goback=%2Egde_2484780_member_120522872

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Does a Degree Matter Less if You’re in a Wheelchair?
We hear from employers that there will not be enough people with the “right” skills needed to fill the thousands of jobs that will be created as a result from the retirement of the baby boomer generation, or those leaving the workforce for a variety of reasons. We also hear about the tremendous need for temporary workers from outside Canada to fill positions that cannot be completed by Canadians. These problems are all real, however, there is a solution that is staring us straight in the face, but we continually ignore it because, well, that is what we have always done things.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2659

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Cyber Accessibility is the New Frontier for ADA Lawsuits
The more likely scenario for lack of website access which prevents potential guests from accessing your website to learn about your hotel’s offerings or to book a reservation online, is that your website was never designed to be accessible by persons who are blind or have low vision in the first instance.

Since the internet is a primary point of access to goods and services for many individuals, including the vision-impaired, it is hardly surprising that online accessibility has become a major focus for DOJ enforcement proceedings and private advocacy group lawsuits.

Read more at
http://www.amenu.ca/cyber-accessibility-is-the-new-frontier-for-ada-lawsuits/

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Government of Canada Accepts Federal Court Decision on Long-Term Disability Benefits for Veterans
“The men and women who serve and sacrifice in Canada’s name need to know that their Government will stand behind them and provide the benefits they need when their service is complete,” said Minister MacKay. “I am pleased to announce our government will discontinue the offset for Long Term Disability benefits.”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2657

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Will Manitoba Pass Disability Accessibility Legislation That is Strong and Effective?
The legislation must build on the strengths of accessibility-rights laws that are in place in other jurisdictions while not replicating their weaknesses. Established resources and tools from these jurisdictions should be used to support early and tangible progress in implementation. This will allow Manitoba to demonstrate early success without ‘reinventing the wheel’; build momentum by focusing effort on the development of new standards and demonstrate collaboration and leadership.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2655

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County of Brant Discriminates Against People with Disabilities
By Karen McCall

On June 1, 2012, the County of Brant is sending out letters telling the people with disabilities who live in the County that they will no longer have access to the specialized transportation service known as County Service due to “abuses” of the service.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1814

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Dyslexic Man, Learning-Disabled Wife Charged for Not Filing Census Form
OTTAWA – A dyslexic Pembroke man is outraged that he’s been charged under the federal census law for failing to fill out a form that he can’t read.

Eric Stone, 48, said he opened the door Thursday to an Ontario Provincial Police officer, who politely informed him he was being arrested for failing to fill out the 2011 short-form census.

His wife, Kerry O’Neill, who suffers from a serious learning disability, also was charged.

Eric Stone, 48, said he opened the door Thursday to an Ontario Provincial Police officer, who politely informed him he was being arrested for failing to fill out the 2011 short-form census.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2651

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Paralyzed to the Extent You Learn Your Assistive Technology
You don’t have to take our word for it, just stand outside of a assistive technology class and take a survey of the students and you’ll see for yourself that most all students are afraid of technology, afraid even more of assistive technology and this behavior is never properly identified or addressed at any point of the “training”. Fedora Outlier LLC WILL provide high quality teaching at a level that is unheard of in the market and produce a product that is BETTER THAN EXCELLENT!!! Don’t be paralyzed, be empowered!

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http://www.fedoraoutlier.com/paralyzed-to-the-extent-you-learn-your-assistive-technology/

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MobilityPLUS Users to Get More Vans, Fare Choices
Disabled passengers must be offered the same fare options as all other transit users, according to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1812

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In the Spotlight
*Macy’s Diner & Delicatessen
http://www.amenu.ca/macys-diner-delicatessen/
*CN Tower, La Tour CN 360 Restaurant Accessible Menu
http://www.amenu.ca/360-restaurant/
*Mandarin Chinese Buffet Restaurant Southern Ontario Accessible Menu
http://www.amenu.ca/mandarin-restaurant-corporation/
*The Pickle Barrel (Yonge/Eglinton) Accessible Restaurant Menu
http://www.amenu.ca/the-pickle-barrel-yongeeglinton/
*Menu has been removed
http://www.amenu.ca/jack-astor-barrie/
*Cyber Accessibility is the New Frontier for ADA Lawsuits
http://www.amenu.ca/cyber-accessibility-is-the-new-frontier-for-ada-lawsuits/
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