Accessibility News November 26,2016 Update

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In this Issue

*CBC Expands Accessibility Project for Hearing-Impaired Audiences
*BRITISH COLUMBIA: Passenger Transportation Board Approves Use of Soft Meters for Taxi Industry with Mandatory Voice Output
*Ontario Helping Protect People with Developmental Disabilities
*The World Blind Union: Future Challenges and Opportunities
*Spread the Word About the AODA Alliances New Discussion Paper on What an Education Accessibility Standard Can and Should Include
*Does Canada Need a Canadians with Disabilities Act?

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ARTICLES:

CBC Expands Accessibility Project for Hearing-Impaired Audiences

CBC is expanding a successful pilot project to make its radio programming more accessible to those who are deaf or hard-of- hearing, with As It Happens to now join The Current in posting daily show transcripts online to read, print and share.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/cbc-expands-accessibility-project-for-hearing-impaired-audiences/

BRITISH COLUMBIA: Passenger Transportation Board Approves Use of Soft Meters for Taxi Industry with Mandatory Voice Output

Soft meters are tablet based meters which rely on GPS technology to calculate the fare for a given trip. While the total faire is still based on time and distance, the consumer advantage of soft meter technology is the fact it eliminates any possibility of driver tampering with the meter and provides a detailed printed receipt for each fare when the trip is completed.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/british-columbia-passenger-transportation-board-approves-use-of-soft-meters-for-taxi-industry-with-mandatory-voice-output/

Ontario Helping Protect People with Developmental Disabilities

The Government of Ontario is expanding ReportON, a new service for reporting suspected or witnessed abuse of adults with developmental disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-helping-protect-people-with-developmental-disabilities/

The World Blind Union: Future Challenges and Opportunities

We discussed access issues, including the challenges presented by the increase in the use of shared spaces; limitations in web accessibility; the danger of silent cars; the need to make books available in accessible formats and more. We discussed education and employment, but the 2016 General Assembly was
more than a time to meet and plan; it was a time to encourage and inspire one another. At the General Assembly there were blind people helping blind people;
blind people sharing their ideas and experiences; and blind people lifting one anothers confidence and expectations.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-world-blind-union-future-challenges-and-opportunities/

Spread the Word About the AODA Alliances New Discussion Paper on What an Education Accessibility Standard Can and Should Include

Here is a helpful new tool you can use in our 5-year long campaign to get the Ontario Government to agree to create an Education Accessibility Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Please check out and spread the word about our new Discussion Paper on What an Education Accessibility Standard Could Include. Below we set out a summary of its contents.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/spread-the-word-about-the-aoda-alliances-new-discussion-paper-on-what-an-education-accessibility-standard-can-and-should-include/

Does Canada Need a Canadians with Disabilities Act?

by Ilanna Mandel

The question we, as Canadians may want to ask ourselves is: will the enactment of national legislation such as a Canadians with Disabilities Act help to create this fully inclusive society? A national act is only the precursor to change. The law must be drafted in such a way so as to be the foundation for social change.

Read more at
http://disabilitycreditcanada.com/canadians-with-disabilities-act

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