Accessibility News October 29,2016 Update

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In this Issue

*Whitby Adopts Three-Year Accessibility Plan to Continue Removing Barriers
*Online Public Services to be Made More Accessible for the Disabled and Elderly
*Waterloo Tightens Accessibility Rules for Development
*From their perspective, photo exhibit shows life with a disability
*Free Online Course Enabling Improved Digital Accessibility
*New Research Could Help Build Better Hearing AIDS

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Whitby Adopts Three-Year Accessibility Plan to Continue Removing Barriers

Town-wide service delivery review finds municipality is one of the leaders in AODA compliance in the GTA

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/whitby-adopts-three-year-accessibility-plan-to-continue-removing-barriers/

Online Public Services to be Made More Accessible for the Disabled and Elderly

The websites and apps of public administrations, hospitals, courts and other public sector bodies will have to be made accessible to everyone, under new
EU-wide rules approved by the European Parliament on Wednesday. The web accessibility directive, already agreed by Parliament and Council, should make it easier for disabled and elderly people to access data and services on the internet, e.g. to file a tax declaration, apply for an allowance, pay fees or enrol at university.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/online-public-services-to-be-made-more-accessible-for-the-disabled-and-elderly/

Waterloo Tightens Accessibility Rules for Development

Waterloo has updated its stringent standards for accessibility in local development projects, ahead of provincial accessibility rules that take effect in 2017 and 2018.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/waterloo-tightens-accessibility-rules-for-development/

From their perspective, photo exhibit shows life with a disability

Access to the outside world shows the perspective of a person with a disability dealing with winter challenges.

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but the group behind a new photo exhibit at Memorial University hopes those words will be spoken out loud.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/from-their-perspective-photo-exhibit-shows-life-with-a-disability/

Free Online Course Enabling Improved Digital Accessibility

The course highlights how inclusive design and a better understanding of users needs can enable technologies to be more accessible and provide a more inclusive environment. It also aims to make people aware of the wide variety of assistive technologies.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/free-online-course-enabling-improved-digital-accessibility/

New Research Could Help Build Better Hearing AIDS

Scientists at Binghamton University, State University of New York want to improve sensor technology critical to billions of devices made every year. With a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation, they will start by making a high-performance sensor and applying it to hearing aids.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/new-research-could-help-build-better-hearing-aids/

eSSENTIAL Accessibility: helping organizations reach, serve and empower people with disabilities.

The eSSENTIAL Accessibility assistive technology app gives those who have trouble typing, moving a mouse, or reading a screen due to a variety of conditions – such as stroke, paralysis or arthritis – the tools they need to navigate the Web. The app is free to the end-user and simple to use.

Organizations that feature the app on their websites are committed to making it easier for people with disabilities to access information online. For more info, please visit http://www.essentialaccessibility.com

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