Accessibility News November 17,2018 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 6 years, 6 weeks, 4 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

* CBC Radio and TV Report on the Ford Government’s Continued Freeze on the Work of Standards Development Committees to Tackle Disability Barriers in Ontario’s Education and Health Care Systems
* 4 Reasons to Comply with the AODA and Make Your Website Accessible
* Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Medi-Cal
* Accessibility Advocates Want the Ontario Government to Put Them to Work
* Disclosure of Disability in the Workplace
* A Wake Up Call on the Urgent Need to Remove Barriers

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ARTICLES:

CBC Radio and TV Report on the Ford Government’s Continued Freeze on the Work of Standards Development Committees to Tackle Disability Barriers in Ontario’s Education and Health Care Systems

The Ford Government Makes the Obviously Incorrect Claim that Ontario’s Accessibility Law Doesn’t Cover Accessibility of Buildings

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/cbc-radio-and-tv-report-on-the-ford-governments-continued-freeze-on-the-work-of-standards-development-committees-to-tackle-disability-barriers-in-ontarios-education-and-health-care-systems/

4 Reasons to Comply with the AODA and Make Your Website Accessible

There are many reasons why you should be complying with the AODA and removing disability barriers from your website as soon as possible. In fact, we can
come up with more than two million reasons because that’s approximately how many people in Ontario live with disabilities! To get you started, however,
we’re presenting you with four important reasons to ensure your website is as accessible as possible

Read more at
https://www.essentialaccessibility.com/blog/aoda-website/

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Medi-Cal

On October 18, 2018, Disability Rights Advocates(DRA) and a coalition of blind advocates filed a class action lawsuit in Federal Court against the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and its county agents for failing to provide Medi-Cal notices in accessible formats, such as Braille.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/class-action-lawsuit-filed-against-medi-cal/

Accessibility Advocates Want the Ontario Government to Put Them to Work

Committees working on provincial accessibility standards say their work’s been paused for too long

Kathleen Lynch, a student at Humber College, looks down at a garbage can blocking the path to her classroom. She wants Ontario to get back to work creating accessibility standards, so all of her classrooms will be equipped with automatic doors.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/accessibility-advocates-want-the-ontario-government-to-put-them-to-work/

Disclosure of Disability in the Workplace

Disclosure of disability in the workplace is the process in which workers reveal their disabilities to employers. Disclosure of disability can be daunting for workers and the people they disclose to.

In this article, we explore:

Why workers might choose or not choose to disclose; How they might do so; What employers’ responsibilities are after disclosure of disability and How employers can create a work environment encouraging disclosure of disability

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/disclosure-of-disability-in-the-workplace/

A Wake Up Call on the Urgent Need to Remove Barriers

Canada has received a wake-up call in recent months about the urgent need to remove physical barriers in the built environment and improve accessibility for people of all abilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/a-wake-up-call-on-the-urgent-need-to-remove-barriers/

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