Accessibility News March 24,2018 Update

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In this Issue

* Who Enforces AODA Accessibility Compliance Requirements?
* WFD and WASLI Statement on Use of Signing Avatars
* Disabled Canadians Experience More Assault
* One Hundred Years Enough for the CNIB
* Airbnb strives for inclusiveness with accessibility-approved Rentals * Paralympics: Disabled People Experience Accessibility Issues * Bill C-49 Empowers Goliath and Takes Away David’s Sling Shot

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ARTICLES:

Who Enforces AODA Accessibility Compliance Requirements?

Ontario’s goal of becoming a fully accessible province by 2025 relies on the enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
In the Second Legislative Review of the AODA, reviewer Mayo Moran made recommendations aimed to determine who enforces AODA accessibility compliance requirements.
These included making an enforcement plan, building transparency into the plan, and incorporating feedback into compliance and enforcement.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/who-enforces-aoda-accessibility-compliance/

WFD and WASLI Statement on Use of Signing Avatars

This statement from the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI) is concerned with the way in which decisions on where and when to use signing avatars as a form of access to spoken or written content is being managed by public authorities. The difference
in linguistic quality between humans and avatars is why WFD and WASLI cautions against the use of signing avatars as a replacement for human signers.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/wfd-and-wasli-statement-on-use-of-signing-avatars/

Disabled Canadians Experience More Assault

Canadians with disabilities are about twice as likely to experience violence as their able-bodied peers, with greater instances of victimization taking place at every stage of life, new data from Statistics Canada indicated Thursday.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/disabled-canadians-experience-more-assault/

One Hundred Years Enough for the CNIB

Although the primary mission statement of the CNIB is to “foster the integration of blind Canadians into the mainstream,” the institute fights tooth and nail in direct opposition to its published goal.

The CNIB represents antiquated, paternal, Victorian values forced onto each new generation of blind citizens, and should be relegated to the history books.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/one-hundred-years-enough-for-the-cnib/

Airbnb strives for inclusiveness with accessibility-approved Rentals

Airbnb just took an important step toward inclusiveness by making it easier to find listings that are accessible for people who use wheelchairs.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/airbnb-strives-for-inclusiveness-with-accessibility-approved-rentals/

Paralympics: Disabled People Experience Accessibility Issues

GANGNEUNG, South Korea As the world’s top disabled athletes competed on ice and snow, Erica Mitchell steered through her own obstacle course on Pyeongchang’s narrow and uneven streets.

The 31-year-old from Chicago was one of many people with disabilities who spoke to The Associated Press this week about accessibility problems at the Paralympic
Games in South Korea’s rural east, despite what organizers described as a “perfectly” organized event that provided the “highest level” of access.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/paralympics-disabled-people-experience-accessibility-issues/

Bill C-49 Empowers Goliath and Takes Away David’s Sling Shot

Bill C-49, the Transportation Modernization Act, will make some aspects of Canada’s federally regulated transportation system more inaccessible than it already is for people with disabilities.

Travelers with disabilities routinely encounter accessibility barriers, such as damaged or delayed mobility equipment, kiosks without audio output to make them accessible to blind travelers.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/bill-c-49-empowers-goliath-and-takes-away-davids-sling-shot/

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Announcement

*Canadian Federation Of The Blind Conducting a Six Month Study on Discriptive Video in Canadian Theatres
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