Accessibility News October 19,2013 Update

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In this Issue

*McWynnety Government Update, Month 9: Where’s the Enforcement?
*NIH Funds Development of Novel Robots to Assist People With Disabilities, aid doctors
*Complying with the Integrated Accessibility Standards (IAS): Captioning and Describing Web Videos
*UN Survey Shows Needs of Persons With Disabilities Largely Ignored During Disasters
*Ontario Universities Uniting to Help Faculty Identify and Help Students Struggling with Mental Health Issues, Improve Accessibility for All
*Holiday Special! Top Ten Things About AODA To Be Thankful For After Thanksgiving
*By Tricking the Brain, Disney’s Bringing Digital Sight to the Blind

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ARTICLES:

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.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/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/

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NIH Funds Development of Novel Robots to Assist People With Disabilities, aid doctors

Robots enhance mobility for visually and physically impaired, improve treatment for atrial fibrillation

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/nih-funds-development-of-novel-robots-to-assist-people-with-disabilities-aid-doctors/

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Complying with the Integrated Accessibility Standards (IAS): Captioning and Describing Web Videos

Now that the Integrated Accessibility Standards (IAS) are Law it is time to start implementing an often overlooked aspect of Web Accessibility, Captioning and Describing Web Video.

The good folks at Inclusive Media & Design, Inc. have compiled some Tips for you to consider and also have the solution for implementation.

Read more at
http://www.badeyes.com/?p=359

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UN Survey Shows Needs of Persons With Disabilities Largely Ignored During Disasters

The results show that people living with disabilities across the world are rarely consulted about their needs in times of disasters. In cases where they need to evacuate such as during floods or earthquakes, only 20 per cent of respondents said they could evacuate immediately without difficulty, 6 per cent said they would not be able to evacuate at all and the remainder said they would be able to evacuate with a degree of difficulty.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/un-survey-shows-needs-of-persons-with-disabilities-largely-ignored-during-disasters/

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Ontario Universities Uniting to Help Faculty Identify and Help Students Struggling with Mental Health Issues, Improve Accessibility for All

Ontario universities have worked collaboratively to help faculty identify students in distress as a result of anxiety and other mental health issues, and provide information on removing barriers from every aspect of campus life through a resource-rich website called www.accessiblecampus.ca.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-universities-uniting-to-help-faculty-identify-and-help-students-struggling-with-mental-health-issues-improve-accessibility-for-all/

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Holiday Special! Top Ten Things About AODA To Be Thankful For After Thanksgiving

By Victor Schwartzman

Thanksgiving is now over, and now that the turkey is a memory, you may be asking, have I really been given the bird this year? Given AODA? What exactly do I have to be thankful for in the past year, and what about the coming year?

Good questions! Since you are asking, we have prepared the Top Ten Things About AODA To Be Thankful For After Thanksgiving

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/holiday-special-top-ten-things-about-aoda-to-be-thankful-for-after-thanksgiving

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By Tricking the Brain, Disney’s Bringing Digital Sight to the Blind

the aspiring magician Mickey Mouse now has a nifty trick of its own: bringing digital sight to the blind.

New technologies being developed and studied by Walt Disney Co. (DIS) are expected to add new dimensions — literally — to touchscreens.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/by-tricking-the-brain-disneys-bringing-digital-sight-to-the-blind/

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AODA Enforcement

Having an Accessibility issue that isn’t being resolved because of lack of Enforcement?

Perhaps your solution is at enforcement.aoda.ca .

* Activist Launches Accessibility Audit of Businesses; Posts Results Online
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/activist-launches-accessibility-audit-of-businesses-posts-results-online/
* Government Not Enforcing Disabilities Act, Says Advocate
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/government-not-enforcing-disabilities-act-says-advocate/

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