Accessibility News October 15,2016 Update

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In this Issue

*Bell Medias Flagship Radio Station NewsTalk 1010 Newly Redesigned Website Demonstrates Why We Need Enforcement!
*Report Finds Significant Gaps in Ontario Healthcare
*WCAG 2.1 Under Exploration, Comments Requested by 1 November
*U.S. Education Department Awards $4.4 Million to Improve Literacy and Education Outcomes for Students with Disabilities
*Dont Ask What’s Wrong with the Reader, What’s Wrong with the Books?: Writing for Readers with Dyslexia
*Boy Told He’d Have to Go Blind Before Health System Would Pay for Sight-Saving Surgery

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ARTICLES:

Bell Medias Flagship Radio Station NewsTalk 1010 Newly Redesigned Website Demonstrates Why We Need Enforcement!

After visiting their new site http://www.iheartradio.ca/newstalk-1010 it was clear they didnt know anything about website accessibility or even the AODA.

It has been a long time since I’ve Audited a site with so many errors, the W3C Validator has a whopping 545 errors alone.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/bell-medias-flagship-radio-station-newstalk-1010-newly-redesigned-website-demonstrates-why-we-need-enforcement/

Report Finds Significant Gaps in Ontario Healthcare

A new report finds that there is significant gaps to access Ontarios public health care system for certain groups

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/report-finds-significant-gaps-in-ontario-healthcare/

WCAG 2.1 Under Exploration, Comments Requested by 1 November

WCAG remains relevant nearly a decade after finalization. Technology has, however, evolved in new directions. For instance, the widespread use of mobile devices with small screens and primarily touch-based user input methodologies has led to challenges making content that conforms to WCAG 2.0 accessible
on those devices. Technology evolution makes it possible to meet the needs of more users, and users with low vision, or with cognitive, language, or learning disabilities see new benefits that should be better represented in guidelines.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/wcag-2-1-under-exploration-comments-requested-by-1-november/

U.S. Education Department Awards $4.4 Million to Improve Literacy and Education Outcomes for Students with Disabilities

When we improve literacy skills for children with disabilities, including those with dyslexia, we are not just teaching them how to read, we are opening doors to a lifetime of more positive opportunities, such as improved academic skills, reduction in behavioral incidences, increased school completion,
and lifelong learning, said U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. These awards will continue to address inclusion, equity and opportunity for all children, including those with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/u-s-education-department-awards-4-4-million-to-improve-literacy-and-education-outcomes-for-students-with-disabilities/

Dont Ask What’s Wrong with the Reader, What’s Wrong with the Books?: Writing for Readers with Dyslexia

From tinting their pages yellow to redesigning fonts, publisher Barrington Stoke is leading the way in dyslexia-friendly books. They and their authors including Meg Rosoff and Anthony McGowan explain the practicalities

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/don%c2%92t-ask-what%c2%92s-wrong-with-the-reader-whats-wrong-with-the-books-writing-for-readers-with-dyslexia/

Boy Told He’d Have to Go Blind Before Health System Would Pay for Sight-Saving Surgery

Procedure covered in some provinces but not others despite decade-long success record

The parents of a 13-year-old boy were forced to pay thousands of dollars for eye surgery or wait until their son was legally blind before the public health-care system would help him.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/boy-told-hed-have-to-go-blind-before-health-system-would-pay-for-sight-saving-surgery/

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