Accessibility News September 16,2017 Update

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In this Issue

*Guide Dogs Do Serious Work
*New Program Helps Ontario Business Connect with the Right Talent
*U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative Application Development Awards
*Raise Public Transit Accessibility Barriers at the September 19, 2017 TTC Public Forum on Accessible Transit
*Metro to Launch Abilities-Ride Program to Encourage Accessible Taxi Use as Alternative to MetroAccess in Maryland *Disabled Accessibility Law Gathering Support
*UAE Students Invent Photo-to-Braille Translator; To Make Reading Easier for Visually Impaired

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ARTICLES:

Guide Dogs Do Serious Work

Many blind and partially sighted Canadians still find themselves in challenging and frustrating situations when trying to access public spaces such as cabs, B&Bs, restaurants and shopping establishments.

In all of Canadas 13 jurisdictions, human rights legislation prohibits discriminating against a person with a disability working with a service animal. Discrimination includes denial of access to any premises to which the public would normally have access.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/guide-dogs-do-serious-work/

New Program Helps Ontario Business Connect with the Right Talent

Today, the Honourable David Onley, Special Advisor to the Government of Ontarios Minister Responsible for Accessibility, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (The OCC) and the Discover Ability Network partners launched a new program and online portal that will connect persons with disabilities seeking employment directly with Ontario businesses looking to meet their talent requirements.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/new-program-helps-ontario-business-connect-with-the-right-talent/

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative Application Development Awards

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded six application development research contracts, totaling $6.185 million* for a period of performance through FY 2019, under its Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative (ATTRI) to improve mobility options for all travelers, particularly those with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/u-s-department-of-transportation-announces-accessible-transportation-technologies-research-initiative-application-development-awards/

Raise Public Transit Accessibility Barriers at the September 19, 2017 TTC Public Forum on Accessible Transit

Below you can find the Toronto Transit Commissions web announcement of its 2017 Annual Public Forum on Accessible Transit. It will be held on the evening of Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from 7 to 9 pm. We encourage one and all in the Toronto area to come to this event and raise accessibility problems you
have experienced on the TTC. With the Federal and Ontario Governments promising to spend more and more public money on infrastructure, including on public transit, it is important to shine the light on accessibility issues that continue to plague people with disabilities on public transit in Canadas biggest city.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/raise-public-transit-accessibility-barriers-at-the-september-19-2017-ttc-public-forum-on-accessible-transit/

Metro to Launch Abilities-Ride Program to Encourage Accessible Taxi Use as Alternative to MetroAccess in Maryland

MetroAccess customers will have a new, more flexible option for travel within Maryland with the launch of the Abilities-Ride program on Monday, September 18.

The new program offers an alternative to MetroAccess service by allowing eligible customers to use on-demand taxi serviceswithout sharing a rideat a discounted rate.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/metro-to-launch-abilities-ride-program-to-encourage-accessible-taxi-use-as-alternative-to-metroaccess-in-maryland/

Disabled Accessibility Law Gathering Support

Canadian disability advocate David Lepofsky believes there is growing political backing to pass accessibility legislation in this country.

Accessibility legislation can only help, if its done right, Mr Lepofsky said in Dunedin recently.

New Zealand could adopt what he termed a buffet dining approach, by picking up aspects of Canadian accessibility legislation that had worked well, to improve access for people with disabilities to buildings, public transport, as well as information and services.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/disabled-accessibility-law-gathering-support/

UAE Students Invent Photo-to-Braille Translator; To Make Reading Easier for Visually Impaired

Abu Dhabi: An innovative student-led project at the UAE University in Al Ain is hoping to make reading easier for visually impaired people by developing a pocket-sized portable device that can translate reading materials into Braille.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/uae-students-invent-photo-to-braille-translator-to-make-reading-easier-for-visually-impaired/

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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EVENTS

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