Accessibility News March 19,2016 Update

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In this Issue

*Please Tell the Wynne Government if You Support the List of Readily-Achievable Improvements to the 2007 Customer Service Accessibility Standard that the AODA Alliance and ARCH Disability Law Centre Have Jointly Submitted to the Economic Development Minister
*Canadian Museum Presents Exhibit That Blind People Can See
*Nine Years after the Ontario Government Promises to Review All Ontario Laws for Accessibility Barriers, the Wynne Government Proposes Modest Legislative Changes to 11 Laws , To Be Fast-Tracked Through the Legislature
*Technology is Failing to Meet the Needs of Older People With Hearing and Sight Problems, Report Finds
*Send Us Your Feedback on a New Discussion Paper that Offers Ideas on What the Promised Canadians with Disabilities Act Could Include *De Blasio Expands NYCs Access for People With Disabilities
*Wheelchair Accessible Uber: The Dirty Truth

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ARTICLES:

Please Tell the Wynne Government if You Support the List of Readily-Achievable Improvements to the 2007 Customer Service Accessibility Standard that the AODA Alliance and ARCH Disability Law Centre Have Jointly Submitted to the Economic Development Minister

A joint March 15, 2016 brief has been submitted to Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid by the AODA Alliance and the ARCH Disability Law Centre. It lists a list of readily-achievable improvements to the 2007 Customer Service Accessibility Standard, enacted under the Accessibility for Ontarians with
Disabilities Act. This proposal shows ways to revise the Customer Service Accessibility Standard that are a massive improvement on the weak and at times counterproductive revisions that the Wynne Government has proposed to make to that accessibility standard.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/please-tell-the-wynne-government-if-you-support-the-list-of-readily-achievable-improvements-to-the-2007-customer-service-accessibility-standard-that-the-aoda-alliance-and-arch-disability-law-centre/

Canadian Museum Presents Exhibit That Blind People Can See

Breakthrough technology by U.S. start up 3DPhotoWorks LLC enables the visually impaired to experience art on an equal basis with the sighted.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/canadian-museum-presents-exhibit-that-blind-people-can-see/

Nine Years after the Ontario Government Promises to Review All Ontario Laws for Accessibility Barriers, the Wynne Government Proposes Modest Legislative Changes to 11 Laws , To Be Fast-Tracked Through the Legislature

In the 2007 Ontario election, Ontarios Liberal Government, led by Premier Dalton McGuinty, promised that the Government would review all Ontario laws for accessibility barriers. That includes 750 statutes and many more regulations.

Some nine years later, the Government has only reviewed 51 of the 750 Ontario statutes. It chose to start with 51 statutes that had the highest impact on people with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/nine-years-after-the-ontario-government-promises-to-review-all-ontario-laws-for-accessibility-barriers-the-wynne-government-proposes-modest-legislative-changes-to-11-laws-to-be-fast-tracked-throug/

Technology is Failing to Meet the Needs of Older People With Hearing and Sight Problems, Report Finds

Assistive technology developers and service providers need to do more to meet the diverse needs of the rising number of older people with both hearing and sight problems, according to a new report launched at the University of Sheffield today (10 March 2016).

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/technology-is-failing-to-meet-the-needs-of-older-people-with-hearing-and-sight-problems-report-finds/

Send Us Your Feedback on a New Discussion Paper that Offers Ideas on What the Promised Canadians with Disabilities Act Could Include

We are delighted to share with you a new Discussion Paper on what the Canadians with Disabilities Act, promised to Canadians by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, should include. This Discussion Paper draws on experience with accessibility laws in Ontario and Manitoba, and elsewhere around the world. It is built
on the 14 principles for the Canadians with Disabilities Act which Barrier-Free Canada has put forward, on Canadas obligations under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and on feedback from our supporters.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/send-us-your-feedback-on-a-new-discussion-paper-that-offers-ideas-on-what-the-promised-canadians-with-disabilities-act-could-include/

De Blasio Expands NYCs Access for People With Disabilities

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed seven bills into law on Monday including a set that expands website, service and event accessibility for New Yorkers with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/de-blasio-expands-nycs-access-for-people-with-disabilities/

Wheelchair Accessible Uber: The Dirty Truth

Uber is the ride-sharing tech giant that promises transportation at an affordable price, lower than that of traditional taxi companies. Until recently, that transportation has been limited to the able-bodied. Numerous lawsuits have targeted Uber for disability discrimination, citing the inaccessibility of their vehicles and an unwillingness of drivers to transport people with manual wheelchairs or service animals.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/wheelchair-accessible-uber-the-dirty-truth/

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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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