Accessibility News September 15,2018 Update

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In this Issue

* Talking Gloves, Tactile Windows: New Tech Helps the Disabled
* Thunder Bay Bird Observatory Now Wheelchair Accessible
* The AODA Alliance Sends the David Onley AODA Independent Review a Letter Giving Preliminary Submissions On Problems with the Disabilities Act’s Implementation and Raises Concerns with the Independent Review’s Public Consultations
* IWSCC Announces RBC as First Founding Member to Support Disabled Owned and Veteran Owned Businesses in Canada
* The David Onley AODA Independent Review Schedules Two More Public Hearings, in Toronto and London, With Insufficient Publicity and No Outreach to the AODA Alliance to Help Publicize Them
* Lawyer Says Niagara Transit Changes Violate Disabilities Act

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Talking Gloves, Tactile Windows: New Tech Helps the Disabled

Hadeel Ayoub slips a black glove onto her hand before beginning the swish of sign language that is meaningless to the untrained observer. Then she pushes a button on her wrist, and a small speaker relays the message drawn in the air: “Let’s Dance!”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/talking-gloves-tactile-windows-new-tech-helps-the-disabled/

Thunder Bay Bird Observatory Now Wheelchair Accessible

McKellar Island Bird Observatory director John Woodcock, said paving the trail to the field station makes it accessible to people who use wheelchairs and to all people who struggle to walk through wet, muddy trails.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/thunder-bay-bird-observatory-now-wheelchair-accessible/

The AODA Alliance Sends the David Onley AODA Independent Review a Letter Giving Preliminary Submissions On Problems with the Disabilities Act’s Implementation and Raises Concerns with the Independent Review’s Public Consultations

On September 11, 2018, the AODA Alliance wrote David Onley, whom the previous Ontario Government appointed to conduct the mandatory Independent Review of the implementation and enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Under the AODA, the Government must appoint an Independent
Review every few years, on a schedule that the law spells out. The Independent Review must take our collective temperature, and see whether Ontario is progressing quickly enough towards the AODA’s mandatory goal of becoming fully accessible to 1.9 million Ontarians with disabilities by 2025. It must recommend any changes to ensure that we reach that goal on time.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/the-aoda-alliance-sends-the-david-onley-aoda-independent-review-a-letter-giving-preliminary-submissions-on-problems-with-the-disabilities-acts-implementation-and-raises-concerns-with-the-independent/

IWSCC Announces RBC as First Founding Member to Support Disabled Owned and Veteran Owned Businesses in Canada

IWSCC is dedicated to helping Veterans and differently-abled entrepreneurs by creating conditions for equal access and opportunity, and highlighting the opportunities and value of relationships with these companies. Efforts include Inclusive Workplace programs and Diverse Supplier Certification. This formal designation assures organizations that procurement opportunities are going to businesses that have been pre-certified as at least 51% owned and operated by veterans or persons with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/iwscc-announces-rbc-as-first-founding-member-to-support-disabled-owned-and-veteran-owned-businesses-in-canada/

The David Onley AODA Independent Review Schedules Two More Public Hearings, in Toronto and London, With Insufficient Publicity and No Outreach to the AODA Alliance to Help Publicize Them

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/the-david-onley-aoda-independent-review-schedules-two-more-public-hearings-in-toronto-and-london-with-insufficient-publicity-and-no-outreach-to-the-aoda-alliance-to-help-publicize-them/

Lawyer Says Niagara Transit Changes Violate Disabilities Act

A Toronto lawyer specializing in accessibility issues says abrupt changes to Niagara specialized transit services that have negatively impacted passengers during the past few weeks, fly in the face of the purpose behind the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/lawyer-says-niagara-transit-changes-violate-disabilities-act/

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