Accessibility News May 26,2012 Update

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In this Issue

*Website Audits: Is the CNIB Robbing You Blind?
*Elections Ontario Categorically Refuses to Deploy Telephone and Internet Voting in Any By-election IN 2012
*UC Students Design a Better Pill Bottle for the Blind and Visually Impaired
*Walgreens Expands Disability Employment Effort Nationwide
*‘Crazy’ Dave Won’t Give Up Fight
*He’s Right We Should Be Ashamed

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ARTICLES:

Website Audits: Is the CNIB Robbing You Blind?

By Geof Collis

Last week I received a phone call from an Organization wanting to know how much I charge for doing Web Accessibility Audits, they were putting together a resource for others to use.

After discussing how much I charge and the methodology I use our conversation turned to the CNIB and the service they provide for doing the same thing.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=2505

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Elections Ontario Categorically Refuses to Deploy Telephone and Internet Voting in Any By-election IN 2012

As we detailed in our May 14, 2012 letter to you, Elections Ontario has been on notice for at least two years of the need to be ready to test telephone and internet voting in a by-election in 2012. Fully a year and a half ago, on December 3, 2010, Elections Ontario committed in writing: “We plan to be ready for this testing in by-elections held after January 1, 2012…” Elections Ontario’s refusal to do so, set out in Ms. Wells’ May 22, 2012 letter to us, is a breach of that important commitment.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1807

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UC Students Design a Better Pill Bottle for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Ma agreed, “It was powerful to hear the stories of those we interviewed in the early stages of the design process. These consumers, many of them elderly, are paying hundreds of dollars more than their sighted counterparts in order to aurally differentiate their medications. So the challenge becomes to create the best solution for the most number of people at the lowest cost, and we’re pretty confident that we’ve achieved something like that with this project.”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2646

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Walgreens Expands Disability Employment Effort Nationwide

The nation’s largest drugstore chain is dramatically increasing its efforts to hire people with disabilities.

Walgreens officials said they plan to implement a training program in every state by the end of 2013 that’s designed to help people with disabilities land jobs in the company’s retail stores.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2643

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‘Crazy’ Dave Won’t Give Up Fight

CORNWALL A local organic farmer has renewed his fight to change what he claims are discriminatory ODSP legislation.

“Crazy” Dave Thomasson has filed an application to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

Thomasson, who is bi-polar, wants a judge to squash a ruling by Ontario Disability Support Program official Sylvie Charron.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=2494

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He’s Right We Should Be Ashamed

And poverty leaves vulnerable, as York University health researchers reported in 2010, the 83 per cent of Canadian families without access to regulated day care, people whose 30 per cent of total health costs aren’t covered by medicare and the 40 per cent of disabled who are shut out of the work force all this at the bottom, or close to it, of OECD rankings, and all this because of a lack of public spending by governments more inclined to speak harshly and carry big sticks.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2641

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