Accessibility News March 3,2012 Update

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In this Issue

*Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) Restaurant Survey
*McDonald’s Corp. Sued For Discrimination Against Blind Customers Using Guide Dogs
*Students are Challenged to Make Ontario More Accessible for the Disabled
*Queen’s Park accused of complicating human rights complaints
*Please Tell the Pinto Human Rights Review if You Endorse the AODA Alliance’s Final March 1, 2012 Brief on the Enforcement of Human Rights in Ontario
*YouTube Makes Captioning More Accessible for Deaf Viewers
*App Will Help Blind, Visually Impaired Navigate Streets
*See No Evil? Definitely Not Without Audio Description
*Saskatchewan to Close One of Last Remaining Institutions for Mentally Disabled

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ARTICLES:

Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) Restaurant Survey

The Toronto Chapter of the AEBC is conducting a nationwide survey to find out from you what “accessibility” features are

important to you when dining out. The results of this survey will affect AEBC’s work nationally.

All responses will be kept anonymous, and will be used for the purposes of gathering information to present to various major

restaurant chains.

Take the Survey at http://www.blindcanadians.ca/participate/chapters/toronto/restaurant-survey

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McDonald’s Corp. Sued For Discrimination Against Blind Customers Using Guide Dogs

Today in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, a blind woman who uses a guide dog, and her fiancée, filed a federal civil

rights complaint against McDonald’s Corp. including class action allegations on behalf of people with disabilities who use
guide and service dogs, alleging that McDonald’s has unlawfully discriminated against guide dog users and does not adequately

train its employees regarding applicable laws.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2508‘

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Students are Challenged to Make Ontario More Accessible for the Disabled

Competition puts the spotlight on accessibility issues in Ontario. The official goal is for the province to be fully

accessible to persons with disabilities by 2025.

To help make the world more accessible for people with disabilities is the challenge being put out to Ontario university

students. The Council of Ontario Universities and the Government of Ontario are organizing the Innovative Designs for

Accessibility (IDeA) competition, with cash prizes for the winners.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1738

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Queen’s Park accused of complicating human rights complaints

Lawyer David Lepofsky told a one-man review of Ontario’s system for enforcing human rights Friday the provincial Liberal

government has broken its promise to protect Ontarians.

The one-man review has come under sharp criticism from Lepofsky, who called it a sham. He says it was designed to have a low

profile and thus not attract the input necessary to make changes to the act.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1735

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Please Tell the Pinto Human Rights Review if You Endorse the AODA Alliance’s Final March 1, 2012 Brief on the Enforcement of

Human Rights in Ontario

AODA ALLIANCE CALLS FOR SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENTS TO ONTARIO’S HUMAN RIGHTS ENFORCEMENT SYSTEM, TO ENSURE ACCESS TO JUSTICE

FOR DISCRIMINATION VICTIMS

We are delighted to make public our finalized and comprehensive brief that we have submitted to the Andrew Pinto Ontario

Human Rights Review.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1733

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YouTube Makes Captioning More Accessible for Deaf Viewers

Millions of people enjoy viral videos each day, but some people aren’t getting the jokes — and it’s not for a lack of humor,

either. Because many videos on YouTube do not include closed captioning, deaf viewers can be left out. But thanks to a new

change at YouTube, more hard-of-hearing people will be able to indulge in the wealth of online videos.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2503

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App Will Help Blind, Visually Impaired Navigate Streets

The app tells pedestrians what direction they are traveling.

A University of Minnesota researcher is developing an app that would tell the blind and visually-impaired not only when to

cross the street, but which direction they’re going and how many lanes they have to cross.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2500

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See No Evil? Definitely Not Without Audio Description

Senator Stephen Conroy last week announced that ABC1 will trial audio description in 2012, giving people who are blind or

vision impaired access to something most of us take for granted.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2498

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Saskatchewan to Close One of Last Remaining Institutions for Mentally Disabled

MOOSE JAW, Sask. – The Saskatchewan government has announced it will close one of the few remaining large facilities in

Canada for housing the mentally disabled.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2492

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In the Spotlight

•*Swiss Chalet (Lindsay)
http://www.amenu.ca/?p=339
•*Macy’s Diner & Delicatessen
http://www.amenu.ca/?p=988
•*Boston Pizza (Hamilton)
http://www.amenu.ca/?p=1011
•*CÉlestin Restaurant
http://www.amenu.ca/?p=1050
•*Hobarts Steakhouse (Lindsay)
http://www.amenu.ca/?p=903

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EVENTS

*$20,000 Scholarship Open House, March 13 – Careers in Rehab Science
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