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In this Issue
*McWynnety Government Update, Month 9: Where’s the Enforcement?
*Read A Compelling Excerpt on Fighting for Accessibility in Barb Turnbull’s New Memoir and Other Important News in Our Accessibility Campaign
*Take 2: iLife On-line Event Changes In iOS7 Replay
*Wednesday Roundup For October 9, 2013
*Haptic Shoe Provides GPS Directions for Independent Motion of Blind, Visually Impaired
*Top Ten Community Consultation Pitfalls
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McWynnety Government Update, Month 9: Where’s the Enforcement?
Note: The AODA Alliance has yet to get a response from this request.
AODA Alliance Presses McGuinty Government for Specifics on How It Plans to Keep Its Oft-Repeated Election Pledge to Effectively Enforce the Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act
On January 22, 2013, the AODA Alliance wrote Community and Social Services Minister John Milloy, who has lead responsibility for implementing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. We asked the minister for specific details on the Government’s plans to keep its promise to effectively enforce the AODA. This letter is set out below.
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Read A Compelling Excerpt on Fighting for Accessibility in Barb Turnbull’s New Memoir and Other Important News in Our Accessibility Campaign
Unfortunately, the Ontario Government in recent years has repeatedly dropped the ball. It makes great speeches about why accessibility is good for business and for our economy, and about its plans to be a world leader in the area, but there is no bold action. Accessibility standards passed to date, while helpful, don’t go anywhere near far enough. Even if they were strictly obeyed, they won’t ensure full accessibility by 2025. Ontario has been dragging its feet about making new standards and about keeping its promise to effectively enforce the accessibility law.
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Take 2: iLife On-line Event Changes In iOS7 Replay
iLife Online Event A Huge Success, Well Attended And Informative
Leanne from New Jersey wanted to know what it means when Siri can’t answer questions. Lynn from Pennsylvania does not like the calendar app, and asked about
tips to make the experience easier.
These and a number of other questions were addressed during Fedora Outlier’s first iLife Online Event Changes In iOS7, held on Wednesday evening, October 2nd. If you missed it, or if you were there, a replay of the event in its entirety is available for you to listen at your leisure. You will find a complete list of the questions covered, as well as the link to replay the event, at http://www.fedoraoutlier.com/changes-ios7/
Wednesday Roundup For October 9, 2013
This week’s Roundup includes stories about iOS technology, apps that make our life easier, events, and stories about people and their triumphs over blindness. It’s time to grab that favorite beverage, get comfy, and indulge in some really incredible content.
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Haptic Shoe Provides GPS Directions for Independent Motion of Blind, Visually Impaired
Users interact with a smartphone app to set their destination.
A haptic shoe that receives signals from a GPS-enabled smartphone allows the blind and visually impaired to walk independently, giving directions and alerting to obstacles.
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Top Ten Community Consultation Pitfalls
By Victor Schwartzman
With AODA, politicians got away with appearing to take action by holding the consultation process. When the time for real action came implementing AODA politicians took advantage of community. Apparently, Ontario politicians, taking over 100 days to appoint a new Independent Reviewer, still do not feel the bite of any hook.
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* Activist Launches Accessibility Audit of Businesses; Posts Results Online
* “Subsidized Transportation Program” not Accessible for People with Disabilities in County of Brant?
* Government Not Enforcing Disabilities Act, Says Advocate
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*Celebration of People 2013
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