Accessibility News June 4,2011 Update

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In this Issue

*The Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR) is Now Law!
*“Essential Accessibility” is “Not Essential to Meeting the Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR)
*What Frustrates Screen Reader Users on the Web: A Study of 100 Blind Users
*MCGuinty Government to Make Public the Finalized Enacted Integrated Accessibility Regulation this Friday
*Taxi Driver Refuses to Pick Up Blind Man
*Accessibility Advocate Calls for ‘Barrier Buster’ Actions at Guelph Conference
*City Staff Awarded for Lending a Hand
*Unequal Access to Mental Health and Addictions Services Threatens Ontarians
*PRESS RELEASE RE: United Way Funding Cuts – Citizen Advocacy Closes Everyday Champions Program to New Applicants with Disabilities
*Decade-Long Battle Over York Street Steps Settled
*Advocate for Accessible Transportation Wants CBRM to Implement Transit Subsidy

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ARTICLES:
The Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR) is Now Law!

Friday, June 3, 2011, just 10 days before the sixth anniversary of the day when the AODA went into effect, the McGuinty Government enacted and made public the new and finalized Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR). It addresses barriers impeding persons with disabilities in information and communication, employment and transportation.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1183

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“Essential Accessibility” is “Not Essential to Meeting the Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR)

The Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR) is now Law and some Companies are giving out misleading information regarding Website Accessibility
and at its core is a Suite of Tools from Essential Accessibility that is sponsored by March of Dimes.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1098

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What Frustrates Screen Reader Users on the Web: A Study of 100 Blind Users

Blind users in this study were likely to repeatedly attempt to solve a frustration, not give up, and not reboot the computer. In this study, the blind
users reported losing, on average, 30.4% of time due to these frustrating situations. Implications for Web developers, screen reader developers, and screen reader users are discussed in this article.

Read more at
http://www.badeyes.com/?p=340#more-340

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MCGuinty Government to Make Public the Finalized Enacted Integrated Accessibility Regulation this Friday

On Tuesday, May 31, 2011 the McGuinty Government announced that on Friday June 3, 2011 it will make public the finalized Integrated Accessibility Regulation it is enacting under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. This is the final stage in the development of that accessibility regulation. When it is made public on Friday, It will be the law of the Province of Ontario.

The Integrated Accessibility Regulation will address barriers facing persons with disabilities in the important areas of information and communication,
employment and transportation.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1181

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Taxi Driver Refuses to Pick Up Blind Man

David Labrecque began his errands on Tuesday, just like any other day.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=1305

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Accessibility Advocate Calls for ‘Barrier Buster’ Actions at Guelph Conference

“Economically, this can get a little challenging, and so the standards themselves are not rolling out as smoothly as one would have hoped,” she said. “The other thing is we don’t have a strong enforcement process. Even when organizations are not in compliance with the standards, the minister is not necessarily following up with those organizations quickly.”

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1179

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City Staff Awarded for Lending a Hand

Five City of Mississauga staff members have received awards for providing outstanding customer service when it comes to accessibility.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=1301

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Unequal Access to Mental Health and Addictions Services Threatens Ontarians

Ten provincial organizations join forces to mobilize grassroots to Vote on Mental Health and Addictions

Timely and appropriate care for a mental health or addiction problem depends largely on where you live, leaving tens of thousands
of Ontarians struggling to get the care they deserve, says a report released today by the newly-formed Ontario Mental Health & Addictions Alliance.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=1295

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PRESS RELEASE RE: United Way Funding Cuts – Citizen Advocacy Closes Everyday Champions Program to New Applicants with Disabilities

United Way’s decision to de-fund popular matching program leaves Citizen Advocacy with few short-term alternatives

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=1293

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Decade-Long Battle Over York Street Steps Settled

A new committee to provide the NCC with advice on universal accessibility will be vice-chaired by Bob Brown, seen here in 2006, the activist who brought a human rights complaint against the NCC over wheelchair access to the York Street Steps in the ByWard Market.  

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=1291

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Advocate for Accessible Transportation Wants CBRM to Implement Transit Subsidy

“Every day people with disabilities go out their front door and go into struggle mode,” Shwery-Stanley said in an interview Friday.

“It’s difficult for people with disabilities to advocate because every day they’re struggling with other things.”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2134

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