Accessibility News March 18,2017 Update

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In this Issue

*Deli Owner Upset After City Orders Removal of Unsafe Wheelchair Ramp
*AODA Alliance Update
*Experts Say Rehabilitation Act Refresh Sets New Baseline for Accessibility Standards
*York Region Residents With Disabilities Demand Better Accessibility
*Accessibility Services Transition Day
*Ottawas Deaf Community At a Loss Amid Canadian Hearing Society Strike
*Essential Accessibility Website Rethinks The Web For People With Disabilities
*access Victory for Cornwall Mom

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Deli Owner Upset After City Orders Removal of Unsafe Wheelchair Ramp

Julian Katzs dream of having his business, Stasis Preserves Deli & Pantry, accessible for everyone is at danger of being taken away.

Three years ago, Katz hired a company, StopGap Foundation, to install a wheelchair ramp at the front of his Roncesvalles deli to make it accessible.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/deli-owner-upset-after-city-orders-removal-of-unsafe-wheelchair-ramp/

AODA Alliance Update

With Only One Year Until the 2018 Ontario Election Campaign, the AODA Alliance Asks Accessibility Minister Tracy MacCharles for a Detailed Update on What the Ontario Government is Doing and Plans to Do to Ensure Ontario Reaches Full Accessibility for 1.8 Million Ontarians with Disabilities by 2025

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-update/

Experts Say Rehabilitation Act Refresh Sets New Baseline for Accessibility Standards

Disability rights experts say an update to the Rehabilitation Act creates new expectations for accessibility standards in higher education.

A long-awaited update to a federal rule ups the pressure on colleges and universities to ensure that their information and communication technology services are accessible to students with disabilities, experts say.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/experts-say-rehabilitation-act-refresh-sets-new-baseline-for-accessibility-standards/

York Region Residents With Disabilities Demand Better Accessibility

Newmarket Era
Doug Poirier, who has Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and relies on a wheelchair, has been encountering accessibility issues around York Region. For example, justices of the peace and police officers have access to the closest parking spots at the Tannery Malls north parking lot in Newmarket, while Poirier has to park farther away.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/york-region-residents-with-disabilities-demand-better-accessibility/

Accessibility Services Transition Day

University of Torontos Accessibility Services team is offering an informative session for educators who work with high school students with disabilities, helping support the transition from high school to university.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/accessibility-services-transition-day/

Ottawas Deaf Community At a Loss Amid Canadian Hearing Society Strike

As hundreds of Canadian Hearing Society workers strike across the province, people who are deaf or hard of hearing are left without some of the counselling and audiology services they rely on.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/ottawas-deaf-community-at-a-loss-amid-canadian-hearing-society-strike/

Essential Accessibility Website Rethinks The Web For People With Disabilities

For many people with disabilities, accessibility doesnt necessarily equal accommodation. When it comes to using the internet, for instance, computers aren’t usually tailored for people with certain disabilities, like severe visual impairment or upper-body paralysis. But the website
Essential Accessibility, a resource that allows people with disabilities (PWD) to use the web with ease so that they can go about their daily lives and focus on more important things, is hoping to change all that.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/essential-accessibility-website-rethinks-the-web-for-people-with-disabilities/

access Victory for Cornwall Mom

A local mother of a nonverbal autistic child has been writing Calypso Water Park asking for some concessions for people with disabilities and autism and recently was told the park is now accepting Access2 cards allowing caregivers to access the park for free.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/access-victory-for-cornwall-mom/

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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