Accessibility News June 22,2013 Update

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In this Issue

*WYNNE GOVERNMENT HONOURS NATIONAL ACCESS AWARENESS WEEK BY BREACHING THE ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT
*Accessible Housing Offers Freedom for Disabled
*STW Wants Disabled In House
*Researcher Demonstrates Accessible Voting Technology on Capitol Hill
*iPad helps break down barriers for deaf student
*MIT Scientist Designs Wearable Tactile Displays for People With Vision and Hearing Disabilities
*Media Release: AODA Failure Due To Government’s Disability
*Is The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA) Meeting the Needs of People with Disabilities?

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ARTICLES:

Is the Wynne Government Thumbing Their Noses at the Disability Community?
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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Accessible Housing Offers Freedom for Disabled

As they’ve watched their five-year-old son Alexander grow, Jalil and Julie Khoury realized their comfortable two-storey east Windsor home was shrinking his world just as he was becoming more eager to engage it.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/accessible-housing-offers-freedom-for-disabled/

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STW Wants Disabled In House

Calling it a “moral issue,” the president of Sault Ste. Marie’s oldest theatre group wants to make the Bayview venue accessible to the disabled or move to a new location that is.
Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/stw-wants-disabled-in-house/

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Researcher Demonstrates Accessible Voting Technology on Capitol Hill

Clemson University WASHINGTON, D.C. Clemson University researchers today showed lawmakers on Capitol Hill an electronic voting system they say will help resolve current technological challenges at the polls and restore voter confidence.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/researcher-demonstrates-accessible-voting-technology-on-capitol-hill/

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iPad helps break down barriers for deaf student

Apple’s Facetime technology used to connect remote interpreter with deaf student

A small, pilot study is examining how mobile technology might support deaf and hard-of-hearing college students when an interpreter can’t be present at the time the services are requested.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/ipad-helps-break-down-barriers-for-deaf-student/

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MIT Scientist Designs Wearable Tactile Displays for People With Vision and Hearing Disabilities

In the near future, a buzz in your belt or a pulse from your jacket may give you instructions on how to navigate your surroundings.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/mit-scientist-designs-wearable-tactile-displays-for-people-with-vision-and-hearing-disabilities/

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Media Release: AODA Failure Due To Government’s Disability

By Victor Schwartzman

Weeks ago, the Ontario Government failed to meet a legislated deadline to appoint an Independent Review of AODA implementation. Since that failure, there has been silence from the Government on the issue. That silence has now been broken.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/media-release-aoda-failure-due-to-governments-disability/

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Is The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA) Meeting the Needs of People with Disabilities?

The Kitchener-Waterloo Disabilities and Human Rights Group has sent a letter to the Hon. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment, outlining their concerns with the AODA review process. The group has asked the provincial government to move forward with the independent review to assess whether the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act is working effectively to meet the needs of Ontarians with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/is-the-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disability-act-aoda-meeting-the-needs-of-people-with-disabilities/

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AODA Enforcement
Having an Accessibility issue that isn’t being resolved because of lack of Enforcement?

Perhaps your solution is at enforcement.aoda.ca .

* County of Brant Closer to Eliminating Para Transit
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/county-of-brant-closer-to-eliminating-para-transit/
* County of Brant Seeks Comments on “Subsidized Transportation Program!” April Fool’s Day in May!
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/county-of-brant-seeks-comments-on-subsidized-transportation-program-april-fools-day-in-may/
* Government Not Enforcing Disabilities Act, Says Advocate
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/government-not-enforcing-disabilities-act-says-advocate/

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EVENTS

*A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in celebration of Mad Pride Hamilton (July 27)
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1277
*Mad Pride Toronto 2013: A Celebration of Madness from July 8-14
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1270

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