Accessibility News May 14,2011 Update

In this Issue

1) Message Board
2)Articles
*The McGuinty Watch
*Can Consumers Trust Website Accessibility Declarations?
*Attend the Toronto Transit Commission’s May 19, 2011 Public Forum on Barriers to Accessibility in Public Transit
*The City of Hamilton Offers Disabled Golfers a Chance to Play With Unique Cart
*Bell’s $10-Million Donation Hailed as Mental-Health Game-Changer
*Air Canada Turns Away Man with Severe Peanut Allergy
*No Room for Disabled in Ottawa Valley Group Homes
*Disabled People Take Anti-Cuts Protest to the Courts
*Crisis in Care for People With Developmental Disabilities in Guelph Wellington
*A Work of (Accessible) Art: Brockville Arts Centre
*Accessibility Standards Prioritize Safety
3) Classifieds, Events, Surveys
4)Thanks for Your Support

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MESSAGE BOARD:

Inclusive Media and Design Inc.

(“Inclusive”) is an innovation company focused on advancing accessibility of digital media for people with disabilities.?

Inclusive offers technical services of Web video captioning, description and other media transformation. They consult on information and communication issues, policy and practices for organizations. Inclusive also offers training sessions covering a wide range of accessibility topics, many of which are relevant to the AODA.

In Ontario, the Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR) will require business, government and education sectors to provide media accessibility on their
websites – including captions on video.

Our goal is to make media on the web fully accessible. It’s our mission – and our passion. For more info visit www.inclusivemedia.ca.

ARTICLES:
The McGuinty Watch

To make it easier for you to see how the McGuinty Government has treated the Disabled Community over it’s Terms we’ve compiled some relevant articles for you to view

As they become available we’ll post more so check back once in a while before Election time.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?page_id=928

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Can Consumers Trust Website Accessibility Declarations?

A new study for ANEC by the University of Middlesex (United Kingdom), reveals that consumers and public authorities should doubt claims about the accessibility of websites to people with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.badeyes.com/?p=337#more-337

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Attend the Toronto Transit Commission’s May 19, 2011 Public Forum on Barriers to Accessibility in Public Transit

We encourage those in the Toronto area to attend the Toronto Transit Commission’s fourth annual public forum on barriers to accessibility on the TTC. It
will be held on Thursday, May 19, 2011 from 7 to 9:30 pm. Details are set out below in TTC’s announcement of this event.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1152

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The City of Hamilton Offers Disabled Golfers a Chance to Play With Unique Cart

He says that with the introduction of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) a few years ago, golf courses need to provide equal opportunity for everyone who wants to play golf.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1150

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Bell’s $10-Million Donation Hailed as Mental-Health Game-Changer

An unprecedented $10-million corporate donation to the country’s largest psychiatric hospital is being hailed in a “tipping point” in the perception of
mental health in Canada.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=1205

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Air Canada Turns Away Man with Severe Peanut Allergy

April Burns starts to cry while describing online comments responding to a story about her son, Matthew, 19, after he was turned away from an Air Canada flight Saturday because of his severe peanut allergy.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2110

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No Room for Disabled in Ottawa Valley Group Homes

Wait list for residential spots shot up 30% since 2008

People with severe developmental disabilities are waiting longer than ever for services in the Ottawa Valley, and some may never receive the care they need in their lifetime.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=1198

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Disabled People Take Anti-Cuts Protest to the Courts

Lawyers await high court judgments on legal actions against council plans to cut social care
 
Disabled people are using the courts to challenge multimillion-pound spending cuts which they say will hit them hardest.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2108

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Crisis in Care for People With Developmental Disabilities in Guelph Wellington

Agencies, staff doing “all we can to support families’ needs-province must do the same”

Provincial funding following last month’s Ontario budget for supports and services for people with developmental disabilities is welcome, but it’s not enough to ensure existing programs are stabilized and the needs of families on waitlists are met, said advocates
for quality community supports at a media conference in Guelph today.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=1194

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A Work of (Accessible) Art: Brockville Arts Centre

So, with design help from the Brockville Accessibility Advisory Committee, the arts centre put in automatic doors, accessible washrooms, an in-ear monitoring system for people with hearing loss, accessible viewing areas and two new lifts going to the stage and down into the orchestra pit.

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=532

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Accessibility Standards Prioritize Safety

Earliest Compliance Deadlines Set for January 2012

Building owners and employers face a couple of imminent deadlines for complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) even though most requirements for the private sector will be phased in over a longer period. This could also entail some guesswork for building owners who will need to provide public safety information since the guidelines for accessible signage are in a separate regulation that isn’t yet publicly available.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1144

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