Accessibility News March 21,2015 Update

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In this Issue

*Accessibility Progress Slow at Queens
*Mapping an Accessible TTC
*The evils of captcha explained by a blind person
*Government of Canada Invests to Improve Workplace Diversity in the Canadian Logistics, Transportation and Supply Chain Sectors *Building University-Wide IT Accessibility
*Mike Hammer Cracks The AODA Cowardice Case: Part Four
*86 Modern Accessible Transit Buses Coming to 13 Ontario Municipalities

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ARTICLES:

Accessibility Progress Slow at Queens

Outdated buildings raise concerns about access as campus audit begins

The hallways in Jeffrey Hall are poorly lit and lecture halls in lower levels are inaccessible to wheelchair users.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/accessibility-progress-slow-at-queens/

Mapping an Accessible TTC

Twenty per cent of bus stops are not yet fully accessible as bus ramps and lifts are unable to be deployed at some narrow urban sidewalks or at suburban
stops where a concrete bus stop pad has not been poured. Thirty-four of the TTCs 69 subway and SRT stations are equipped with elevators from platform to street level.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/mapping-an-accessible-ttc/

The evils of captcha explained by a blind person

Whoever forgets their online banking password or any other account with sensitive data must pass the dreaded CAPTCHA test(Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart).

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-evils-of-captcha-explained-by-a-blind-person/

Government of Canada Invests to Improve Workplace Diversity in the Canadian Logistics, Transportation and Supply Chain Sectors

The representation of people with disabilities is about half of those who are available and qualified to work.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/government-of-canada-invests-to-improve-workplace-diversity-in-the-canadian-logistics-transportation-and-supply-chain-sectors/

Building University-Wide IT Accessibility

While many higher ed institutions focus mostly on Web accessibility or rely on a disability resources center to serve students in need, Temple University has ramped up its accessibility efforts across the board. Heres how.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/building-university-wide-it-accessibility/

Mike Hammer Cracks The AODA Cowardice Case: Part Four

By Victor Schwartzman, as informed by Mickey Spillane

Welcome to Part Four! If you have not read Parts One, Two or Three, how on earth did you stumble into Part Four? But since you are here, and need a summary of the first three Parts what are you going to do? I sympathize!

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/mike-hammer-cracks-the-aoda-cowardice-case-part-four/

86 Modern Accessible Transit Buses Coming to 13 Ontario Municipalities

Metrolinx, on behalf of 13 municipalities, has facilitated the purchase of 86 high-floor and low-floor eight-metre specialized transit buses for their
fleets. All buses will be fully accessible and able to carry up to six passengers with personal mobility devices at the same time.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/86-modern-accessible-transit-buses-coming-to-13-ontario-municipalities/

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