Accessibility News June 8,2013 Update

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In this Issue

*WYNNE GOVERNMENT HONOURS NATIONAL ACCESS AWARENESS WEEK BY BREACHING THE ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT *Elections Ontario Belatedly Replies to our December 7, 2012 Letter but Again Leaves Key Questions about Accessible Telephone and Internet Voting Unanswered
*Audible signals about human rights: lawyer
*Blind Federation Slams Captcha Security Test
*Fedora Outlier LLC Press RELEASE: Master iOS with New, Web Version of The Old Hat Guide to iPhone Accessibility
*Hiring a Worker With a Disability
*Ontario Government Denies AODA Consultation Process Was A Con

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ARTICLES:

WYNNE GOVERNMENT HONOURS NATIONAL ACCESS AWARENESS WEEK BY BREACHING THE ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT
N
o 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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Elections Ontario Belatedly Replies to our December 7, 2012 Letter but Again Leaves Key Questions about Accessible Telephone and Internet Voting Unanswered

There will be by-elections coming up soon in Ontario. With a minority Government in the Ontario Legislature, a general election could happen any time. Over a million Ontario voters have a disability. In the next Ontario general election or by-elections, will all Ontario voters with disabilities at last be able to mark their own ballot in private and verify their choice, for the first time in Ontario history?

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/elections-ontario-belatedly-replies-to-our-december-7-2012-letter-but-again-leaves-key-questions-about-accessible-telephone-and-internet-voting-unanswered/

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Audible signals about human rights: lawyer

She noted that human rights are often considered inconvenient, time-consuming, complicated and expensive, but they are necessary for equality and safety in the community.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/audible-signals-about-human-rights-lawyer/

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Blind Federation Slams Captcha Security Test

The National Federation for the Blind says its members are unable to sign an e-petition calling for printed material to be more accessible to the visually impaired because of “Captcha” security.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/blind-federation-slams-captcha-security-test/

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Fedora Outlier LLC Press RELEASE: Master iOS with New, Web Version of The Old Hat Guide to iPhone Accessibility

Nearly two months after the release of the firm’s first book release to Apple’s iBooks Store, Fedora Outlier, LLC, a nationally-recognized provider of consulting, teaching and support for Apple’s accessible technologies, is set to launch a web-based version of “The Old Hat Guide to iPhone Accessibility” on June 4 at 8:
00 A.M.

Read more at
http://www.fedoraoutlier.com/release-master-ios-with-new-web-version-of-the-old-hat-guide-to-iphone-accessibility/

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Hiring a Worker With a Disability

Rather than “doing someone a favour,” employers should hire the best person for the job, regardless of their abilities or disabilities. Unfortunately, many employers assume a disabled worker will come with oppressive limitations, duties to accommodate and other costs that “normal” employees do not.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/hiring-a-worker-with-a-disability/

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Ontario Government Denies AODA Consultation Process Was A Con

The Ontario Government on June 2, 2013 issued a media release formally denying that its AODA consultation process with the community had been a confidence game.

“Few people had confidence in the Government taking this seriously to begin with,” the media release noted, “so criticisms by advocates are unfair.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-government-denies-aoda-consultation-process-was-a-con/

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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

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