Accessibility News March 9,2013 Update

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In this Issue

*NHTSA Proposes Rules for Automakers to Add Sound to Hybrids, EVs
*Premier Wynne Makes Unexpected Phone Call to AODA Alliance Chair; and Canada’s Parliament Invites AODA Alliance to Present to March 7, 2013 Fedearal Sstanding Committee Hearings on Employment for Canadians with Disabilities
*AODA Alliance Writes Premier Kathleen Wynne to Propose 9 Priority Actions to Help Get Ontario Back on Schedule for Becoming Fully Accessible to People With Disabilities on or Before 2025
*Regrets, I’ve Received a Few
*Families Fear Ontario Funding Changes Leave Disabled Youths With Uncertain Future
*The Old Hat Guide To iPhone Accessibility

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ARTICLES:

NHTSA Proposes Rules for Automakers to Add Sound to Hybrids, EVs

Vehicle sounds said to improve pedestrian safety

To meet the requirements, automakers would need to add speakers that are audible from the street.
By: Gabe Nelson, Automotive News on 1/07/2013

Automakers would need to make hybrids and electric vehicles emit sound under rules that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposed on Monday.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/nhtsa-proposes-rules-for-automakers-to-add-sound-to-hybrids-evs/

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Premier Wynne Makes Unexpected Phone Call to AODA Alliance Chair; and Canada’s Parliament Invites AODA Alliance to Present to March 7, 2013 Fedearal Sstanding Committee Hearings on Employment for Canadians with Disabilities

Here are two unrelated recent developments that highlight the recognition of the AODA Alliance as a source of good ideas on how governments can meet the needs of Ontarians with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/premier-wynne-makes-unexpected-phone-call-to-aoda-alliance-chair-and-canadas-parliament-invites-aoda-alliance-to-present-to-march-7-2013-fedearal-sstanding-committee-hearings-on-employment-for-c/

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AODA Alliance Writes Premier Kathleen Wynne to Propose 9 Priority Actions to Help Get Ontario Back on Schedule for Becoming Fully Accessible to People With Disabilities on or Before 2025

An important part of the AODA Alliance’s work as a non-partisan advocate for accessibility for people with disabilities, is bringing forward constructive proposals for action. Here is our latest effort.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-writes-premier-kathleen-wynne-to-propose-9-priority-actions-to-help-get-ontario-back-on-schedule-for-becoming-fully-accessible-to-people-with-disabilities-on-or-before-2025/

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Regrets, I’ve Received a Few

My email folders are full of messages like this:

“[Organization] is committed to AODA and, in particular, listening to our customer concerns and working towards an accommodating solution.

Yes, it’s refreshing to know how committed and passionate everyone is about accessibility. I bet they get together at quarterly Breakfasts of Diversity and Accessibility Champions and give each other attaboys for their commitment and passion.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/regrets-ive-received-a-few/

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Families Fear Ontario Funding Changes Leave Disabled Youths With Uncertain Future

Full of hope, Donna and Don Taylor adopted two infants with developmental disabilities. Today, as their kids near adulthood, they fear for their future.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=3438

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The Old Hat Guide To iPhone Accessibility

In conjunction with the release of the first ever multimedia ebook created for the blind, by the blind, Fedora Outlier, LLC, is offering an opportunity to win a free 16GB iPad Mini to those who
enter the giveaway and answer the question, “What was your biggest challenge when learning to use your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch?”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-old-hat-guide-to-iphone-accessibility/

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AODA Enforcement
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Perhaps your solution is at enforcement.aoda.ca .

* County of Brant “Inaccessibility in Motion” Scheme: Everything old is new again!
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/county-of-brant-inaccessibility-in-motion-scheme-everything-old-is-new-again/
* Transit Inconsistencies in Barrie
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/transit-inconsistencies-in-barrie/
* Why are People with Disabilities Treated with dignity and Respect in Brantford but not the County of Brant?
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/why-are-people-with-disabilities-treated-with-dignity-and-respect-in-brantford-but-not-the-county-of-brant/
* County of Brant “Finds” Additional $100,000 for Para Transit! Now What?
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/county-of-brant-finds-additional-100000-for-para-transit-now-what/
* Yoda on AODA: “Hmmm. The more AODA faith have you greater the disappointment shall you see”
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/yoda-on-aoda-hmmm-the-more-aoda-faith-have-you-greater-the-disappointment-shall-you-see/

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EVENTS

*Beyond Graduation Workshop
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1205
*Mad Students Society Presents: Taking Care of Ourselves and Each Other Inside and Outside the Mental Health System
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1198
*Niall McNeil, Marcus Youssef and Veda Hille collaborate on Peter Panties soundtrack
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1193

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