Accessibility News November 3,2018 Update

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In this Issue

* Blind Marylanders Sue Walmart, Saying Self-Serve Checkouts Violate ADA
* Disability Advocates Criticize Lack of Teeth in New Manitoba Accessibility Regulations
* Service Animals in Schools: Proposed Amendment to Legislation
* AODA Review Hopes to Address What it Means to Be Accessible
* In a powerful Open Letter sent to the Federal Government, An Extraordinary Lineup of Thirty-four Disability Organizations Unite to Press for Key Amendments to Bill C-81, the Proposed Accessible Canada Act
* It’s Been Revealed That Canadians Diagnosed With Mental Health Issues Are Put On A List That Is Shared With The FBI And US Border Patrol
* Today is the 20th Anniversary of the Ontario Legislature’s Historic Unanimous Resolution, Calling for Ontario to Enact Strong and Effective Disability Accessibility Legislation
* WPCampus is Pursuing an Independent Accessibility Audit of Gutenberg

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ARTICLES:

Blind Marylanders Sue Walmart, Saying Self-Serve Checkouts Violate ADA

Three blind Maryland residents and the National Federation of the Blind are suing Walmart, alleging that the company violates the Americans with Disabilities Act because its self-checkout kiosks are not fully accessible to blind customers.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/blind-marylanders-sue-walmart-saying-self-serve-checkouts-violate-ada/

Disability Advocates Criticize Lack of Teeth in New Manitoba Accessibility Regulations

A new law is now in force for Manitoba businesses, but don’t expect a bylaw officer to show up at your door any time soon.

As of Nov 1, businesses and organizations in Manitoba should be following the letter of the law when it comes to providing accessibility for Manitobans with disabilities.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/disability-advocates-criticize-lack-of-teeth-in-new-manitoba-accessibility-regulations/

Service Animals in Schools: Proposed Amendment to Legislation

The Ontario government has proposed an amendment to legislation that would simplify the accommodation process for students who use service animals in schools.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/service-animals-in-schools-proposed-amendment-to-legislation/

AODA Review Hopes to Address What it Means to Be Accessible

THUNDER BAY The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, passed in 2005, gave the province 20 years to become fully accessible.

With that target date now less than a decade away, David Onley believes it’s important to figure out what exactly it means to be accessible.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/aoda-review-hopes-to-address-what-it-means-to-be-accessible/

In a powerful Open Letter sent to the Federal Government, An Extraordinary Lineup of Thirty-four Disability Organizations Unite to Press for Key Amendments to Bill C-81, the Proposed Accessible Canada Act

A major effort has just been unveiled by Canada’s disability community to get the Federal Government to amend Bill C-81, the Federal Government’s proposed Accessible Canada Act, to transform it into a strong and effective bill. Thirty-four disability organizations in Canada have united to jointly send the Federal Government an open letter, set out below. This letter, delivered to the Federal Government by the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD),
identifies nine “significant concerns” with the bill, where the bill must be strengthened through amendments. The letter states:

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/in-a-powerful-open-letter-sent-to-the-federal-government-an-extraordinary-lineup-of-thirty-four-disability-organizations-unite-to-press-for-key-amendments-to-bill-c-81-the-proposed-accessible-canada/

It’s Been Revealed That Canadians Diagnosed With Mental Health Issues Are Put On A List That Is Shared With The FBI And US Border Patrol

In the past five years, Canada has made tremendous strides in the fight to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health. The #BellLetsTalk campaign has been at the forefront, considering the campaign routinely grabs the world’s attention using a single hashtag to raise money for mental health initiatives.

While the stigma may not be as prevalent as it was a decade ago, what has recently been discovered when it comes to Canadians with mental illnesses trying to cross the border is the harsh reality that the stigma is still very much alive.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/its-been-revealed-that-canadians-diagnosed-with-mental-health-issues-are-put-on-a-list-that-is-shared-with-the-fbi-and-us-border-patrol/

Today is the 20th Anniversary of the Ontario Legislature’s Historic Unanimous Resolution, Calling for Ontario to Enact Strong and Effective Disability Accessibility Legislation

How Far Have 1.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities Progressed Since that Day?

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/today-is-the-20th-anniversary-of-the-ontario-legislatures-historic-unanimous-resolution-calling-for-ontario-to-enact-strong-and-effective-disability-accessibility-legislation/

WPCampus is Pursuing an Independent Accessibility Audit of Gutenberg

Editors Note: As a member of the Accessibility Team that tested Gutenberg I can tell you at the time I tested it, it was garbage and totally inaccessible to me and my screen reader, if your company has any employees who use WordPress and assistive devices, do not upgrade until they fix it .

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/wpcampus-is-pursuing-an-independent-accessibility-audit-of-gutenberg/

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