Accessibility News June 29,2013 Update

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In this Issue

*WYNNE GOVERNMENT HONOURS NATIONAL ACCESS AWARENESS WEEK BY BREACHING THE ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT
*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Elections Ontario Report on Telephone and Internet Voting is A Slap in the Face to Voters with Disabilities
*Ontario Government Finally Appoints All Members to the Accessibility Standards Advisory Council But Still Hasn’t Said What New Accessibility Standards It Will Develop
*iOS 7 Includes New Head Gestures to Control Your iPhone
*Group Finalizes Treaty to Expand Book Access for World’s Blind Community
*Ontario Government Breaks Silence on AODA

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Happy Canada Day!

Premier Wynne shows her Pride this weekend, while her Community raises the flag for Gays and lesbians , her Government and departments show their Pride by raising the middle finger to the Disabled Community

read on….

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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Elections Ontario Report on Telephone and Internet Voting is A Slap in the Face to Voters with Disabilities

Elections Ontario Refuses to Now Use Its Authority To Test Telephone and/or Internet Voting in By-Elections, Despite Their Use in 59 Municipalities in Ontario and Nova Scotia and No Findings that They Were Hacked or Unreliable

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/for-immediate-release-elections-ontario-report-on-telephone-and-internet-voting-is-a-slap-in-the-face-to-voters-with-disabilities/

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Ontario Government Finally Appoints All Members to the Accessibility Standards Advisory Council But Still Hasn’t Said What New Accessibility Standards It Will Develop
As well, a troubling 157 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/ontario-government-finally-appoints-all-members-to-the-accessibility-standards-advisory-council-but-still-hasnt-said-what-new-accessibility-standards-it-will-develop/

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iOS 7 Includes New Head Gestures to Control Your iPhone

Apple’s iOS 7 beta includes new head gestures that enable users to control their iPhones by moving their heads left or right.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/ios-7-includes-new-head-gestures-to-control-your-iphone/

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Group Finalizes Treaty to Expand Book Access for World’s Blind Community

Negotiators at the World Intellectual Property Organization have finalized terms on a copyright treaty that would provide more book access to the world’s blind and visually impaired.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/group-finalizes-treaty-to-expand-book-access-for-worlds-blind-community/

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Ontario Government Breaks Silence on AODA

By Victor Schwartzman

Today the Ontario Government held a media conference to break its silence on the failure to appoint a new Independent Review of the Government’s implementation of AODA.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-government-breaks-silence-on-aoda/

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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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