Accessibility News March 31,2018 Update

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In this Issue

* The Government of Canada Launches Funding Opportunity to Improve Participation of Canadians With Disabilities in Their Communities and the Labour Market
* Tell Us What Disability Barriers Now Impede Students with Disabilities in Ontario’s Education System So We Can Share these with the Education Standards Development Committee
* UC Berkeley furthers commitment to accessibility with Blackboard partnership
* A Disability Accessibility Perspective on the March 28, 2018 Pre-Election Ontario Budget
* Service Animals in the Workplace Are They Allowed?
* Practice Guidelines to Support Disabled People Into Work
* “Over There.”
* Apple Proposes Accessibility Emoji, Including Service Dog

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ARTICLES:

The Government of Canada Launches Funding Opportunity to Improve Participation of Canadians With Disabilities in Their Communities and the Labour Market

Today, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, invited not-for-profit and Indigenous organizations, municipalities and territorial governments to apply for funding for retrofit, renovation or new construction projects of accessible facilities or venues through the 2018 Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) call for concepts (CFC) for mid-sized projects.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-government-of-canada-launches-funding-opportunity-to-improve-participation-of-canadians-with-disabilities-in-their-communities-and-the-labour-market/

Tell Us What Disability Barriers Now Impede Students with Disabilities in Ontario’s Education System So We Can Share these with the Education Standards Development Committee

After years of advocacy by the AODA Alliance, the Wynne Government finally has established two Education Standards Development Committees. One will make recommendations on what the promised Education Accessibility Standard needs to include for students with disabilities between Kindergarten and Grade 12. The other Standards Development Committee will address barriers in Ontario’s post-secondary education system.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/tell-us-what-disability-barriers-now-impede-students-with-disabilities-in-ontarios-education-system-so-we-can-share-these-with-the-education-standards-development-committee/

UC Berkeley furthers commitment to accessibility with Blackboard partnership

Blackboard Ally integrates with an institution’s existing learning management system (LMS) and automatically runs course materials through an accessibility checklist that looks for common accessibility issues. The solution generates a range of more accessible alternatives for the instructor’s original content including Semantic HTML, audio, ePub, and electronic Braille. It provides educators with guidance for improving the accessibility of their course materials, while also supplying comprehensive reporting on the current state of content accessibility at both the course and institutional level.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/uc-berkeley-furthers-commitment-to-accessibility-with-blackboard-partnership/

A Disability Accessibility Perspective on the March 28, 2018 Pre-Election Ontario Budget

Many Missed Opportunities to Ensure 1.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities Equally Share in New and Expanded Programs the Wynne Government’s Budget Announces

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/a-disability-accessibility-perspective-on-the-march-28-2018-pre-election-ontario-budget/

Service Animals in the Workplace Are They Allowed?

Employers have the duty to accommodate persons with disabilities in the workplace. Accommodations range from changing work hours to modifying their workstation, to providing alternative work tasks, to even allowing service animals in the workplace.

What classifies as a service animal? What are your responsibilities as an employer?

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/service-animals-in-the-workplace-are-they-allowed/

Practice Guidelines to Support Disabled People Into Work

The Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni and Minister of Employment Willie Jackson welcome the launch of the new Employment Support Practice Guidelines: How to support disabled people to get the job they want.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/practice-guidelines-to-support-disabled-people-into-work/

“Over There.”

As my guide dog and I stood in line at the checkout of the River City Market at CSUS, I asked the cashier what I considered a simple question.

“Where are the napkins please?”

Her response was hurried, but sincere, “over there.”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/over-there/

Apple Proposes Accessibility Emoji, Including Service Dog

New accessibility emoji could be headed to mobile devices next year.

Apple on Friday proposed a batch of at least nine new accessibility characters, according to Emojipedia. The lot includes two different service dogs, a person with a cane, an ear with a hearing aid, a person in an electric wheelchair, a person in a manual wheelchair, a prosthetic arm, and a prosthetic leg. Another newly proposed emoji has with an index finger on the cheek to represent the American Sign Language gesture for “deaf.”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/apple-proposes-accessibility-emoji-including-service-dog/

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.

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Bulletin Board

*Canadian Federation Of The Blind Conducting a Six Month Study on Discriptive Video in Canadian Theatres
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/canadian-federation-of-the-blind-conducting-a-six-month-study-on-discriptive-video-in-canadian-theatres/

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