Accessibility News June 8,2019 Update

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In this Issue

*NPQ North: Even with Success, Disability Advocates and Allies Face a Long Hard Road
*A Toronto Star News Report and New Editorial Together Show Why the Ford Government Must Now Announce a Comprehensive Plan to Substantially Improve the Implementation and Enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
*Canada: New Accessibility Standard For Employment
*Failures in Air Travel in Canada Yet More Proof that the Canadian Transportation Agency has been Ineffective at Ensuring Accessibility for Air Travel Passengers with Disabilities in Canada
*Canada’s Parliament Has Now Passed Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act Here Are Seven Preliminary Reflections
*Study Shows High Ranking Websites Are Neglecting Accessibility
*Japan Struggling to Ramp Up Accessibility Efforts Ahead of Paralympics

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ARTICLES:

NPQ North: Even with Success, Disability Advocates and Allies Face a Long Hard Road

According to Statistics Canada’s 2017 Survey on Disability, some 22 percent of Canadians over the age of 15 have at least one disability that limits their everyday activities. Canada has various existing frameworks for protecting the rights of citizens with disabilities (including the Charter of Rights and
Freedoms and the Canadian Human Rights Act), as do the provinces. (Some even have their own accessibility legislation, such as the AODA in Ontario.) But fundamental issues of accessibility and exclusion are, to varying degrees, a daily challenge for more than six million Canadians.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/npq-north-even-with-success-disability-advocates-and-allies-face-a-long-hard-road/

A Toronto Star News Report and New Editorial Together Show Why the Ford Government Must Now Announce a Comprehensive Plan to Substantially Improve the Implementation and Enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

On May 21, 2019, the Toronto Star published a report, set out below, that accounted a troubling employment barrier that a job-seeker with a disability has recently faced in Ontario. On May 27, 2019, the Toronto Star published a powerful follow-up editorial on this issue, also set out below.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/a-toronto-star-news-report-and-new-editorial-together-show-why-the-ford-government-must-now-announce-a-comprehensive-plan-to-substantially-improve-the-implementation-and-enforcement-of-the-accessibili/

Canada: New Accessibility Standard For Employment

On May 1, 2019, the Accessible Employment Standard Regulation came into force. It creates a general obligation on all employers to implement policies and practices to reasonably accommodate employees who are disabled by a barrier in the workplace.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/canada-new-accessibility-standard-for-employment/

Failures in Air Travel in Canada Yet More Proof that the Canadian Transportation Agency has been Ineffective at Ensuring Accessibility for Air Travel Passengers with Disabilities in Canada

On June 2 and 3, 2019, CBC TV and radio national news broke a story of two appalling failures to ensure proper accessibility for air travel passengers in Canada. These were two episodes at the Vancouver Airport where passengers using wheelchairs were left stranded in the airport for hours by airline ground assistance staff. CBC asked the AODA Alliance to comment on the incidents which CBC had uncovered.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/failures-in-air-travel-in-canada-yet-more-proof-that-the-canadian-transportation-agency-has-been-ineffective-at-ensuring-accessibility-for-air-travel-passengers-with-disabilities-in-canada/

Canada’s Parliament Has Now Passed Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act Here Are Seven Preliminary Reflections

We are right back in action, after being off-line during a short but eventful time in the campaign for accessibility in Canada and Ontario. Get ready for a number of updates to bring you up to speed!

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/canadas-parliament-has-now-passed-bill-c-81-the-accessible-canada-act-here-are-seven-preliminary-reflections/

Study Shows High Ranking Websites Are Neglecting Accessibility

According to a recent study, the most neglected aspect of technical optimization is website accessibility for the visually impaired and blind.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/study-shows-high-ranking-websites-are-neglecting-accessibility/

Japan Struggling to Ramp Up Accessibility Efforts Ahead of Paralympics

According to the British newspaper, hotels near the team’s training camp for the 2020 Paralympics said they would charge extra for construction to make the rooms accessible, and demanded that they pay again to convert the rooms back after the games.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/japan-struggling-to-ramp-up-accessibility-efforts-ahead-of-paralympics/

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