Accessibility News March 22,2014 Update

Accessibility News March 22,2014 Update
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In this Issue

*The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) & Web Accessibility *Field of Play: Awakening to the Truth of the Paralympics
*The AODA Raven
*Please Give Us Feedback on Our Draft Brief on Proposed Revisions to the 2007 customer Service Accessibility Standard Enacted under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
*Gartner Says New U.S. Government Rules Will Require IT Leaders to Consider How IT Infrastructure Can Help Promote Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities *Not Compliant With AODA? Ignore Compliance Audit Notice at Your Peril

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ARTICLES:

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) & Web Accessibility

On March 6, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that a consent decree with H&R Block had been entered requiring the company to establish accessibility of its websites and mobile apps under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The decree resolves the departments allegations that individuals with disabilities are denied full and equal enjoyment of the companys tax-preparation focused goods and services provided online.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-americans-with-disabilities-act-ada-web-accessibility/

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Field of Play: Awakening to the Truth of the Paralympics

Sit-skier Josh Dueck , of Vernon, B.C., pushes the limit every time he competes, helping to break down traditional barriers in Paralympic sport.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/field-of-play-awakening-to-the-truth-of-the-paralympics/

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The AODA Raven

By Victor Edgar Allan Schwartzman

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over the sad pages of Ontarios troubled access lore,
While I sat (without napping) suddenly there came a tapping, As if a specter was gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.

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

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Please Give Us Feedback on Our Draft Brief on Proposed Revisions to the 2007 customer Service Accessibility Standard Enacted under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Here is another important chance to have your say and to help us advocate on making Ontario truly accessible to persons with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/please-give-us-feedback-on-our-draft-brief-on-proposed-revisions-to-the-2007-customer-service-accessibility-standard-enacted-under-the-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities-act/

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Gartner Says New U.S. Government Rules Will Require IT Leaders to Consider How IT Infrastructure Can Help Promote Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities

New U.S. government rules requiring employers to take more affirmative action to hire people with disabilities will mean that by 2015, 50 percent of organizations will have technology projects underway to support the enablement of disabled employees, according to Gartner, Inc.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/gartner-says-new-u-s-government-rules-will-require-it-leaders-to-consider-how-it-infrastructure-can-help-promote-employment-opportunities-for-people-with-disabilities/

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Not Compliant With AODA? Ignore Compliance Audit Notice at Your Peril

Some labour and employment lawyers say they are receiving calls from clients who have been notified they are going be audited by the Ministry of Economic Development Trade and Employment because they didnt know about the legislation and failed to file a compliance report by December 2012.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/not-compliant-with-aoda-ignore-compliance-audit-notice-at-your-peril/

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

In the Spotlight
*Pizza Pizza
http://www.amenu.ca/pizza-pizza/
*The Eaton Chelsea Hotel In-Room Dining
http://www.amenu.ca/in-room-dining-the-eaton-chelsea-hotel/
*Tim Hortons
http://www.amenu.ca/tim-hortons/
*Frida Restaurant & Bar
http://www.amenu.ca/frida-restaurant/
*Quinns Steakhouse & Irish Bar
http://www.amenu.ca/quinns-steakhouse-irish-bar/
*Shopsys Deli, Restaurant & Catering
http://www.amenu.ca/shopsys-deli-restaurant-catering/