Accessibility News September 8,2018 Update

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In this Issue

* There’s a Business Case for Accessibility Legislation
* AODA Requirements for Businesses and Non-Profits with 20-49 Workers
* AODA Requirements for Businesses and Non-Profits with 1-19 Workers
* AODA Requirements for Private or Non-profit Businesses with 50 or More Workers
* PEAT and Teach Access Identify Large Skills Gap in the Tech Sector
* Wegmans Adds a ‘Game-Changer’ for Visually Impaired Shopping
* Hamiltonians Forming Disability Justice Network of Ontario

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ARTICLES:

There’s a Business Case for Accessibility Legislation

First and foremost, national accessibility legislation is an act of human rights and inclusion. Nobody wants to live in isolation or feel forgotten by society. Through my research on employment trends, I found that a large majority of people with disabilities have a strong desire to work and pay taxes.
Unfortunately, these individuals still make up a disproportionate number of people working in jobs below their skill level, a trend called mal-employment.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/theres-a-business-case-for-accessibility-legislation/

AODA Requirements for Businesses and Non-Profits with 20-49 Workers

The AODA has different requirements for different kinds of workplaces, depending on whether they are public or private and how many workers they have. Here we outline the AODA requirements for businesses and non-profits with 20-49 workers.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/aoda-requirements-for-businesses-and-non-profits-with-20-49-workers/

AODA Requirements for Businesses and Non-Profits with 1-19 Workers

The AODA has different requirements for different kinds of workplaces, depending on whether they are public or private and how many workers they have. Here we outline the AODA requirements for businesses and non-profits with 1-19 workers.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/aoda-requirements-for-businesses-and-non-profits-with-1-19-workers/

AODA Requirements for Private or Non-profit Businesses with 50 or More Workers

The AODA has different requirements for different kinds of workplaces, depending on whether they are public or private and how many workers they have. Here we outline the AODA requirements that private or non-profit businesses with 50 or more workers must follow in order to comply with the AODA.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/aoda-requirements-for-private-or-non-profit-businesses-with-50-or-more-workers/

PEAT and Teach Access Identify Large Skills Gap in the Tech Sector

Twenty-eight years after the seminal passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, leading tech companies agree that building and buying products that everyone can use is an imperative, not an afterthought. But a new national study shows that a major barrier many tech companies encounter is that they
can’t find job candidates with the accessible tech skills the companies needand 57% report that, as a result, achieving accessibility in their products and services takes increasingly more time and resources.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/peat-and-teach-access-identify-large-skills-gap-in-the-tech-sector/

Wegmans Adds a ‘Game-Changer’ for Visually Impaired Shopping

Grocery shopping can be very stressful. Navigating crowded aisles in a store full of people is frustrating, but if you’re blind, like Kim Charlson, then grocery shopping can be almost impossible.

A new tool, however, could revolutionize shopping for people who can’t see.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/wegmans-adds-a-game-changer-for-visually-impaired-shopping/

Hamiltonians Forming Disability Justice Network of Ontario

A new Hamilton network aimed at empowering the city’s disabled residents is set to launch in September, with an eventual goal of expanding across the province in three years, to “build a just and accessible Ontario.”

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/hamiltonians-forming-disability-justice-network-of-ontario/

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