Accessibility News March 15,2014 Update

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In this Issue

*Pizza Pizza Delivers an Accessible Accessible Menu!
*Ontarios Accessibility Standards Advisory Council Announces Public Consultations on Its Initial Proposal for Revisions to the 2007 Customer Service Accessibility Standard But Refuses Our Requests to Make This Consultation More Open, Inclusive and Effective *Ontario Government ramps up enforcement of AODA
*The AODA Howl
*Is it Time for a UN Investigation into AODA Compliance and Enforcement?
*Petition: Incorporate Voice Technology, Audio Cues, and/or Tactile Buttons Into Your Flat Panel Appliances to Make Them Accessible to the Blind and Those With Low Vision
*With a Possible Spring Election Looming, AODA Alliance Writes Ontario Party Leaders to Request Election Commitments on Disability Accessibility

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ARTICLES:

Pizza Pizza Delivers an Accessible Accessible Menu!

Pizza Pizza has joined the ever growing list of Accessible Menus at aMENU.ca, next time you want to order a Pizza or other tasty treats look them up on your Mobile device or Computer and see what they have to offer, tell them aMENU sent you!!

Read the menu at
http://www.amenu.ca/pizza-pizza/

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Ontarios Accessibility Standards Advisory Council Announces Public Consultations on Its Initial Proposal for Revisions to the 2007 Customer Service Accessibility Standard But Refuses Our Requests to Make This Consultation More Open, Inclusive and Effective

On Monday, March 3, 2014, the Ontario Government posted for public comment the Accessibility Standards Advisory Councils (ASAC) initial proposal for revisions to the Customer Service Accessibility Standard. The Customer Service Accessibility Standard was enacted under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act in 2007. The AODA requires that it be reviewed no later than five years after it was enacted.

Read more at
http://bit.ly/1npqgSA

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Ontario Government ramps up enforcement of AODA

Government sending compliance letters and conducting compliance audits in 2014; public reviews this spring will provide opportunity for feedback

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-government-ramps-up-enforcement-of-aoda/

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The AODA Howl

By Victor Schwartzman

I have seen the best advocates of my generation
staggering through Queens Park for a fix
of false access hope from politicians,
still in denial they are treated like hicks.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/the-aoda-howl/

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Is it Time for a UN Investigation into AODA Compliance and Enforcement?

by Karen McCall

It was with little surprise that I read the AODA Alliance article Ontario Government Sat on A Detailed Plan for Enforcing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act since at Least May 2012?

Read more at
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/is-it-time-for-a-un-investigation-into-aoda-compliance-and-enforcement/

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Petition: Incorporate Voice Technology, Audio Cues, and/or Tactile Buttons Into Your Flat Panel Appliances to Make Them Accessible to the Blind and Those With Low Vision

I started this petition on Change.org, because of the perceived lack of demand, appliance manufacturers have been reluctant to build inexpensive voice/touch technology into their products, thereby making them inaccessible to the blind.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/petition-incorporate-voice-technology-audio-cues-andor-tactile-buttons-into-your-flat-panel-appliances-to-make-them-accessible-to-the-blind-and-those-with-low-vision/

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With a Possible Spring Election Looming, AODA Alliance Writes Ontario Party Leaders to Request Election Commitments on Disability Accessibility

Media reports abound suggesting that there is a good chance that Ontario will have a general election this spring. Ontarios minority government could be defeated at any time.

As a result, we have just written the major party leaders to seek election commitments in the area of disability accessibility.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/with-a-possible-spring-election-looming-aoda-alliance-writes-ontario-party-leaders-to-request-election-commitments-on-disability-accessibility-2/ —-

eSSENTIAL Accessibility: helping organizations reach, serve and empower people with disabilities.

The eSSENTIAL Accessibility assistive technology app gives those who have trouble typing, moving a mouse, or reading a screen due to a variety of conditions such as stroke, paralysis or arthritis – the tools they need to navigate the Web. The app is free to the end-user and simple to use.

Organizations that feature the app on their websites are committed to making it easier for people with disabilities to access information online. For more info, please visit http://www.essentialaccessibility.com

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Celebrate St Pactricks Day With and Accessible Menu at the Following Restaurants!

*Quinns Steakhouse & Irish Bar
http://www.amenu.ca/quinns-steakhouse-irish-bar/
*Irish Embassy Pub & Grill (Toronto)
http://www.amenu.ca/irish-embassy-pub-grill-toronto/
*Irish Embassay Pub & Grill (Montreal)
http://www.amenu.ca/irish-embassay-pub-grill/
*P.J. OBrien Irish Pub and Restaurant
http://www.amenu.ca/pj-obrien-irish-pub/

Visit the site at http://www.amenu.ca , Restaurant Owners visit http://www.amenu.ca/create/ and design your own Menu.