Accessibility News September 2,2017 Update

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In this Issue

*First Nations Monument to Be Shining Example of Accessibility
*Ontario Tribunal Rules Autistic Boy Cant Bring Service Dog to Class
*Prominent International Disability Advocate to Visit NZ
*The 2017 Disability Equality Index Names the Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion
*The AODA Alliance Writes Kent Hehr, Canadas New National Minister for People with Disabilities, who is Now Responsible for Developing Canadas Promised National Accessibility Law *Reminder: Reporting Compliance With AODA Accessibility Standards
*Completing your accessibility compliance report
*Watch the Archived Video of the August 22, 2017 Policy Experts Conference on What Canadas Promised National Accessibility Law Should Include

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First Nations Monument to Be Shining Example of Accessibility

If doesnt matter if you have trouble walking, cant see too well or have other disabilities or physical limitations: youll be welcomed with open arms just like able-bodied people when the stunning new monument to the pivotal role of First Nations people in building Canada opens up at the Decew House Heritage Park in October.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/first-nations-monument-to-be-shining-example-of-accessibility/

Ontario Tribunal Rules Autistic Boy Cant Bring Service Dog to Class

Ontarios human rights tribunal has ruled that a nine-year-old autistic boy cant bring his service dog with him into class.

The decision says Kenner Fees family failed to prove that having his black Labrador Ivy in the classroom would help him with his education.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-tribunal-rules-autistic-boy-can%c2%92t-bring-service-dog-to-class/

Prominent International Disability Advocate to Visit NZ

Prominent international disability advocate David Lepofsky to visit New Zealand 01 September 2017

The Blind Foundation is proud to bring renowned disability rights campaigner David Lepofsky to New Zealand to speak on behalf of The Access Alliance Access Matters campaign on the need for Parliament to pass Accessibility Legislation.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/prominent-international-disability-advocate-to-visit-nz/

The 2017 Disability Equality Index Names the Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion

68 top-scoring companies pave the way for Corporate America

US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) and American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) are proud to release the 2017 Disability Equality Index (DEI) the third year measured by the Index. 110 companies participated in the 2017 DEI, with results indicating where companies are excelling in their commitment to inclusive environmental, social, and governance policies.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-2017-disability-equality-index-names-the-%c2%93best-places-to-work-for-disability-inclusion/

The AODA Alliance Writes Kent Hehr, Canadas New National Minister for People with Disabilities, who is Now Responsible for Developing Canadas Promised National Accessibility Law

On August 28, 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled his federal cabinet. As a result, Mr. Kent Hehr was appointed Canadas new Minister Responsible for People with Disabilities. He takes over responsibility for leading the development and enactment of the new national accessibility law which Prime Minister Trudeau promised in the 2015 federal election.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/the-aoda-alliance-writes-kent-hehr-canadas-new-national-minister-for-people-with-disabilities-who-is-now-responsible-for-developing-canadas-promised-national-accessibility-law/

Reminder: Reporting Compliance With AODA Accessibility Standards

Most accessibility standards requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) are now in effect for large and small organizations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors across Ontario. And this year, for the first time, organizations in all sectors will be reporting compliance with all five AODA accessibility standards.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/reminder-reporting-compliance-with-aoda-accessibility-standards/

Completing your accessibility compliance report

Follow these steps to complete an accessibility compliance report for your business, not-for-profit or public-sector organization.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/completing-your-accessibility-compliance-report/

Watch the Archived Video of the August 22, 2017 Policy Experts Conference on What Canadas Promised National Accessibility Law Should Include

Canadas Federal and Provincial Governments Should Use All the Levers of Power They Have to Promote Accessibility

Any Time You Wish, You Can Enjoy the August 22, 2017 Online Policy Experts Conference on What Canadas Promised National Accessibility Law Should Include

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/watch-the-archived-video-of-the-august-22-2017-policy-experts-conference-on-what-canadas-promised-national-accessibility-law-should-include/

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

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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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