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In this Issue
*Reliable Elevators Act Passes Second Reading
*AMC Theaters Agrees to Improve Services for Blind Movie-Goers
*Voters With Mental Disabilities Deserve a Say at Polls, advocates Say
*Visually Impaired Voters in B.C. Given Option to Phone it In
*Center for Real Life Design launches with an emphasis on universal design and sustainability *School District Eyes Resolution Agreement for Website-Accessibility Complaint
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Reliable Elevators Act Passes Second Reading
During second reading, Minister of Government and Consumer Services Tracy MacCharles said she agreed that more should be done, pointing to existing obligations
under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Those obligations include posting notices when elevators go out of service and putting in place documented accommodation plans.
AMC Theaters Agrees to Improve Services for Blind Movie-Goers
AMC Theaters (AMC) has reached an agreement with several blind individuals, the California Council of the Blind (CCB), and the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco (LightHouse) to ensure blind customers have reliable access to audio description services at AMC movie theaters nationwide.
Voters With Mental Disabilities Deserve a Say at Polls, advocates Say
Alexander Magnussen is a man with autism who is voting in his first provincial election. He is also an advocate with I Am Voting, a campaign encouraging voters with intellectual disabilities to participate and exercise their rights.
Visually Impaired Voters in B.C. Given Option to Phone it In
In the last federal election, staff at his polling station told him they didnt have any braille ballots; he was later told some officials just didnt know where they were.
In contrast, Mr. Poynter, who has been blind since he was a child, was able to vote in advance of Tuesdays B.C. election simply by picking up the phone as part of an Elections BC pilot program that allows people with disabilities to vote from home.
Center for Real Life Design launches with an emphasis on universal design and sustainability
The Universal Design Kitchen features design principles and appliances intended to accommodate people with a range of physical and cognitive abilities.
Muted colors and matte finishes create a soothing environment for children with autism. A slate-gray cooking surface on a cream porcelain countertop provides contrast for those with impaired vision. And a low, shallow sink eases kitchen work from a wheelchair.
School District Eyes Resolution Agreement for Website-Accessibility Complaint
Palo Alto school district staff are asking the board to waive their two-meeting rule for approval and enter into a voluntary resolution agreement with the U.S. Department of Educations Office for Civil Rights in response to a complaint alleging the districts website is inaccessible to individuals with disabilities.
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