Accessibility News Archives 2007

Table of Contents 2007

January

Ottawa Urges Older Workers To Stay On The Job

Date posted to site: January 31, 2007

Canada's baby boomers are being asked to reconsider retirement in order to help the nation work through a growing labour shortage.

Human Resources Minister Monte Solberg told the Toronto Star that Canada is facing an "extraordinarily serious" lack of workers, particularly in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/employment.php.

Disabled could lose subsidized bus passes

Date posted to site: January 30, 2007

Mohammed Adam, Ottawa Citizen
Published: Saturday, January 27, 2007

A $600,000 program that subsidizes bus passes for thousands of people with disabilities could be eliminated as the city looks to make up a $95-million revenue shortfall while freezing taxes.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/transportation.php.

Nimble drivers exploit disabled parking

Date posted to site: January 29, 2007

Star investigation shows 500,000 permits active across Ontario
January 27, 2007
David Bruser
Staff Reporter

Martha Teodosiu, a midtown travel agent, parks her Jaguar sedan in a no-parking zone in Yorkville, gets out and struts atop three-inch heels to a salon appointment.

A disabled parking permit, featuring the blue-and-white decal depicting a person in a wheelchair, sits on her dashboard.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/transportation.php.

Disability Savings Plan:

Date posted to site: January 25, 2007

Most Significant Initiative for Families in 25 Years.

The Disability Savings Plan took a huge step towards reality in December. An Expert Panel established by Minister Flaherty recently recommended the creation of a Disability Savings Plan; a Disability Savings Grant and a Canada Disability Bond.

The recommendations, if implemented, will be the most significant federal initiative for families of people with disabilities in 25 years: up to three quarters of a million Canadian families would benefit.

Read more at http://www.plan.ca/SocialPolicy_PolicyUpdates.php.

Open Letter To Minister Meilleur

Date posted to site: January 23, 2007

Dear Minister Meilleur

Accessibility News would like to thank you and your Government for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) a much needed piece of legislation, given the closed minds of many in this Province regarding the rights of Persons With Disabilities (PWD's).

It is however unfortunate that it will take too long too implement and I will give you an excellent example of how it leaves PWD's waiting, as usual.

Read the full letter at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/letters/.

225 more autistic kids to get services

Date posted to site: January 22, 2007

But waiting list, now exceeding 1,200, continues to grow

By
ANTONELLA ARTUSO,
QUEEN'S PARK BUREAU CHIEF

The Dalton McGuinty government announced it will provide specialized autism services to 225 more children this year, but the waiting list continues to grow at a rate that fast outpaces provincial funding.

Children and Youth Services Minister Mary Anne Chambers said yesterday that the number of children receiving intensive behavioural intervention (IBI) has increased by 105% since April 2004.

Chambers said parents will be given greater flexibility to contract directly with therapists to provide the service to their children.

Regional centres set up by the government to perform that task were able to fill only 90 of 120 funded positions last year despite a waiting list that grew to 1,280.

"I am not happy with that," Chambers said.

Read more at http://www.torontosun.com/News/Canada/2007/01/19/3406456-sun.html.

Notice Regarding TTY Pay Phone Access In Waterloo

Date posted to site: January 22, 2007

Email from
Anthony Cashin
Email: acashin@sympatico.ca.

Hello Deaf Community, You have to tell all of your deaf friends that we can use TTY Pay Phone in the Waterloo Regions.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/deaf.php.

City of North Vancouver Adaptable Design Guidelines 2005

Date posted to site: January 19, 2007

Adaptable Design creates livable residences for a wider range of persons than current housing design permits. Through consideration of how adaptations could be easily and inexpensively incorporated at a future time, Adaptable Design allows for changes which are required by residents with varying or changing needs, thereby supporting independent living.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility.php.

New Addition to The Resources Section

Date posted to site: January 17, 2007

We've added information regarding the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), just go to http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/resources/orgs.php.

Special Needs Summer Camp Fair

Date posted to site: January 17, 2007

The Parent Advisory Council (PAC) of the Toronto and East York District, Adapted and Integrated services of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation is hosting a special needs summer camp fair for Toronto and GTA families on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 from 5-8pm. We invite you to participate in this camp fair and represent your agency or organization at an information booth.

For more details go to http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/.

Paralympics Ontario Presents

Date posted to site: January 17, 2007

Boccia Coaching Clinic: Working with an athlete with a disability

For more information go to http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/recreational.php.

The Accessibility Consultants Association Of Ontario (ACAO) Launches It's New Website

Date posted to site: January 16, 2007

It gives me considerable pleasure to launch the website of the Accessibility Consultants Association of Ontario (ACAO). ACAO has experienced a large number of requests for information about the Association, and having our website available makes a response to interested clients and other persons that much easier.

ACAO is a network of "fee for service" accessibility consultants, associating for the purpose of giving our clients one stop shopping, and to achieve a broad consensus of standards of service.

Rick Sinclair
President, ACAO

Visit us on the web at http://www.accessibilityconsultants.ca.

Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) Recipient Support Group Meeting Schedule, 2007

Date posted to site: January 16, 2007

Coordinator / Facilitator: Sharon Dever
c/o Flemingdon Community Legal Services
49 The Donway West, Suite 205
Phone: (416) 441 - 1764 Ext: 31
Url: www.geocities.com/torontodisabilityaction.

Get your schedule at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/odsp_meeting_schedule.zip.

Mental Health Commision Notice

Date posted to site: January 16, 2007

As you may know, the current government is considering the establishment of the Canadian Mental Health Commission. The final phase of the government's public considerations is an "e-consultation phase". This e-consultation is very important. We hope that the mental health and mental illness community (professionals, service providers, family members, consumers and others) will respond in great numbers and very positively to this e-consultation.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/.

Accessibility News Adds A New Section

Date posted to site: January 12, 2007

We found the Provinces' contact page for Politicians so poorly laid out (Perhaps they wanted it that way so it would be hard to track them down) that we made it a whole lot simpler to find their email address.

We've created a directory of all Provincial Politicians for you to use when you get the urge to write them. Just go to http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/politiciansor click on the "Email Lists" in the main menu at the top of the page.

Pushing for all stops

Date posted to site: January 10, 2007

Ottawa Sun, Canada
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
By DEREK PUDDICOMBE, CITY HALL BUREAU

Disabled riders seek driver help

The city's transit department is trying to make life easier for passengers with visual and hearing disabilities.

Terry Green, who is visually impaired, filed a complaint last year with the Canadian Transport Agency because bus drivers were failing to call out stops.

Read the full article at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/transportation.php.

Access To Democracy And Electoral Systems

Date posted to site: January 09, 2007

Gary Malkowski of the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) gave a presentation to the Ontario Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform at Humber College.

Read his letter and documentation at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility.php.

Just A Reminder, Not All People Who Work At CNIB Are Blind Or Visually Impaired

Date posted to site: January 08, 2007

If they even have a job. The last stats that Accessibility News has(almost 3 years old) , puts the percentage of people working at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) at about 18%, then along comes stories out of Winnipeg like the ones below.

Optometrist says CNIB action wrong

By Aldo Santin
Winnipeg Free Press, December 22, 2006

AN optometrist who has worked 20 years at a Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) sight enhancement clinic said the agency was wrong to stop selling specialty aids from its store on Portage Avenue.

Dr. Robert Lecker said the store was a pivotal component of the momentum necessary to help visually impaired people function.

"This is a regressive policy," Lecker said of the CNIB's recent decision on its store operations.

Note: This has already happened in Ontario.

Read the 2 articles, "Optometrist says CNIB action wrong" and "CNIB changes fought" at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/advocates/cecm/.

Canadian Stuttering Association Joins CWDO

Date posted to site: January 05, 2007

The Canadian Stuttering Association has become a member of Citizens With Disability Ontario. 80% of its members are in Ontario.

The 9th National Conference of the Canadian Stuttering Association will be held in Toronto, ON from August 16-19, 2007. See www.stutter.ca.

Paralympics Ontario Presents

Date posted to site: January 05, 2007

Alpine Ski Coaching Clinic: Working with an athlete with a disability

Free Clinic Includes:

Date: Saturday January 20th, 2007

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Location:
Horseshoe Resort
1101 Horseshoe Valley Rd.
Comp. 10, R.R. #1
Barrie, ON

Directions: http://www.horseshoeresort.com.

To Register:
Helena Seymour
Phone: 416-426-7012
Fax: 416-426-7361
Email: helena@paralympicsontario.ca

Deadline: Tuesday January 16th, 2007

Accessibility News Adds New Section

Date posted to site: January 04, 2007

Accessibility News now offers an "Archive" section where you can find items from the "In The News" section you may have missed over the years, especially if you have not been a member of the Newsletter mailing list.

To catch up on what you might have missed, go to http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/archive/. You will also find a linnk at the bottom of the "In The News" section and in the main menu at the top of the page.

CWD-O SURVEY ON ACCESSIBLE HOUSING

Date posted to site: January 02, 2007

Citizens With Disabilities Ontario (CWDO) wants to know what is happening in your community concerning accessible housing. This survey concerns the availability of adequate housing to meet the needs of someone with significant physical limitations, it is not concerned with issues of affordability or provision of support services. Please complete this short survey and return it to jerry.ford@rogers.com, watch for the results posted on the website at www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/survey/.

Download the survey in a zipped .txt format here http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/survey/housing_survey_zip.zip

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February

Is Lack Of Accessibility In Your Workplace Compromising Your Privacy?

Date posted to site: February 28, 2007

Blind Texas employees say lack of access to apps violates their privacy, state laws

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/blind.php.

Understanding The Needs Of Persons With Disabilities (PWD's)

Date posted to site: February 27, 2007

Did you know that just over 13.5% of Ontarians have a disability? That's 1 in every 7 Ontarians and as the population ages that number will grow.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/resources/resources.php?resources=55.

Open Letter To The Heart And Stroke Foundation

Date posted to site: February 24, 2007

Dear Heart and Stroke

More specifically, Frank Rubini.

It is that time of year again; I email you about your commercial that you are currently running, the one that has text on the screen, letting viewers know of what symptoms that might suggest that you could have a stroke or heart attack. The one that is supported by the Provincial Government. The one I have brought to your attention in 2004, 2005 and now, 2007.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=53.

Blind Leaders Support Independent Agency

Date posted to site: February 23, 2007

Note from Accessibility News: This is the kind of thing we need here to replace the CNIB or at least hold them accountable.

PR Newswire, New York
Monday, February 19, 2007

Blind Leaders Support Independent Agency; Urge Legislature to Adopt Governor's Plan

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/blind.php.

A GUIDE TO THE ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, 2005

Date posted to site: February 22, 2007

A Guide to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 is not legal advice. It is not a legal document. Its purpose is to provide information only about what is in the Act and where to look in the Act for information on specific topics.

The guide gives an overview of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA). If there is any conflict between the Act and this guide, the Act is always the final authority.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/resources/resources.php?resources=52.

The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) Opposes Specialty Channel

Date posted to site: February 22, 2007

Note: Accessibility News agrees with the AEBC position.

Re: Application 2006-1579-2, The Accessible Channel

1. The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians / L'Alliance pour l'Égalité des Personnes Aveugles du Canada (formerly the National Federation of the Blind: Advocates for Equality) is writing to oppose the establishment of a specialty DVS channel and respectfully requests the CRTC to reject the application filed by NBRS. Since Descriptive Video Service (DVS) plays an important part in assuring equal access to, and full enjoyment of television by Canadians who are blind and partially sighted, the AEBC also strongly urges the CRTC to exert leadership by mandating and assisting our community to harness the needed energy and resources to develop alternative, mainstream approaches to the provision of DVS programming, some of which are proposed in this intervention.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/blind.php.

Opening doors to any disability

Date posted to site: February 20, 2007

Feb 17, 2007 04:30 AM
Gerry Hyman

Q. Our lobby door is very heavy and, as many of us are getting older, we are having a difficult time getting it open, especially those of us with bad arthritis.

I asked at the annual meeting whether an automatic door opener could be installed. The manager said the request must be made by someone who has a disabled parking permit. I don't own a car. Shouldn't the board be required to install the door opener?

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/housing_committee.php?activities-housing=50.

PLAN AN ACCESSIBLE MEETING

Date posted to site: February 20, 2007

Advanced planning may help to ensure that the accommodation needs of people with disabilities are anticipated and acted upon ahead of time. Even when you may not know in advance whether any of your participants may need accommodations, you should be prepared to arrange your meeting or event to be accessible so that people with disabilities can participate fully.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/resources/resources.php?resources=51.

Ministry of Education Puts Deaf Students at Risk

Date posted to site: February 16, 2007

Did You Know:

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/education_committee.php?activities-education=48.

Interviewing and Working with People who have Disabilities

Date posted to site: February 16, 2007

Myths and Facts About Disabilities

Many myths exist that keep people with disabilities from entering the workforce. Yet the fact is that people with disabilities are no less reliable, talented or productive than their peers. Often, they do not require customized work arrangements. The following is an eye-opening exploration of myths and facts from credible sources and studies.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/employment_committee.php?activities-employment=49.

NBRS Applies To CRTC For Exclusive DVS Channel

Date posted to site: February 14, 2007

The National Broadcast Reading Service, the parent charity that operates AudioVision and VoicePrint, has applied to the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television & Telecommunications Commission) for a TV license. The TV station will broadcast a range of programming, including some of the top programs from broadcasters such as CTV, in an open video description format.

Read more at http://www.asic.bc.cx/releases/NBRSApplication.shtml.

Foot-dragging an "act of bad faith"

Date posted to site: February 13, 2007

Feb 10, 2007 04:30 AM

Helen Henderson

Message from 4 million Canadians with disabilities to the people who call themselves Canada's new government: heading into an election time, what's going to resonate more - negative attack ads or constructive action? Waffling or decisions?

On March 30, why is Canada not going to be among countries signing a landmark United Nations treaty on protecting the rights of people with disabilities?

Read more at http://www.thestar.com/Life/article/179362.

CWD-O Accessible Housing Survey Results

Date posted to site: February 12, 2007

January 31, 2007

Background

In the late fall of 2006 Citizens with Disabilities - Ontario initiated a province-wide voluntary study to determine the availability of accessible housing in Ontario. There are many levels of accessibility required by persons with disabilities, and this study was targeted at the lowest possible level of impairment that requires special needs housing; a spinal cord injury.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/survey.

As Web evolves, blind left behind

Date posted to site: February 12, 2007

By Tim Spangler
Chicago Defender, IL, February 09, 2007

The last time Ray Campbell tried to buy Cubs tickets online, Tickets.com asked him to enter the text in a distorted image in order to prove that he was not a robot programmed to automatically buy tickets for scalpers. .

The only problem: Campbell couldn't read the text in the image. In fact, he couldn't see it at all - he's been blind his entire life.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=47.

College Made More Affordable for Students with Disabilities

Date posted to site: February 09, 2007

TORONTO, Feb. 1 /CNW/ - This morning the McGuinty government moved towards making obtaining a college education more affordable for students with permanent disabilities, says the College Student Alliance (CSA).

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/activities.php?activities=45.

ADVANCING THE INCLUSION OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Date posted to site: February 09, 2007

Advancing the Inclusion of People with Disabilities is the annual report on the government's progress on disability issues. It covers more than 50 programs and initiatives that some 30 federal departments and agencies deliver to facilitate the participation of people with disabilities(PWD's) in major dimensions of Canadian society.

The participation of people with disabilities (PWD's) can no longer continue to be a matter of rhetoric. In the context of increasing global competition, a predominantly knowledge-based economy, emerging labour shortages, and an aging population, it is becoming evident that the participation of all people with different abilities is increasingly essential for the individual and collective well-being of our society.

Read the full document at http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/en/hip/odi/documents/advancingInclusion06/toc.shtml.

Commentary: Bag It and Send It Back

Date posted to site: February 09, 2007

Recently Accessibility News wrote an "open Letter" to Minister Madeleine Meilleur (http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/letters/) regarding accessible websites and how many more inaccessible ones would be built while awaiting standards to be set under Bill118 and it didn't take long to add another to the list.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/editorials/geof.php.

Another New Section on Accessibility News

Date posted to site: February 01, 2007

We've been getting a lot of Events lately, so we decided to give them their own section rather than posting them here. You can now find them at the bottom of the "In the News" section, or on their own page at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/events/. They will also show up on the Newsletter.

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March

Commentary: Human Rights Tribunal Update

Date posted to site: March 30, 2007

On Wednesday March 28 I attended a focus group on accessibility for the new Human Rights Tribunal that is being developed.

The initiative seems to be a worthy one but there are a number of caveats that have to be applied. It would be more appropriate to have a lawyer comment on the overall process because of the greater insight into something that is so completely a legal initiative.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/editorials/jerry.php.

Amazon.com And The National Federation of the Blind Join Forces To Develop And Promote Web Accessibility

Date posted to site: March 30, 2007

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and Amazon.com announced today that they have agreed to work together to promote and improve technology that enables blind people to access and use the World Wide Web. In a cooperation agreement, Amazon.com pledged its commitment to continue improving the accessibility of its Web site platform, while the NFB committed to contribute its expertise in Web accessibility technologies to help further Amazon.com's efforts.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/blind.php.

Canada Signs UN Convention On The Rights Of Persons With Disabilities (PWD's)

Date posted to site: March 30, 2007

The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, today signalled Canada's intention to be a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/activities.php?activities=83.

McAfee Reveals Vista Accessibility Hole

Date posted to site: March 29, 2007

StickyKeys could be misused in Windows Vista

A Windows feature designed to simplify computing for disabled users could be misused in Vista, according to McAfee researcher.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all.php.

Launch Of Visitable Housing Canada Website, Survey and Think Tank

Date posted to site: March 27, 2007

Today the Canadian Center on Disability Studies is very pleased to share with you the launch of the Visitable Housing Canada website.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/housing_committee.php?activities-housing=77.

Trails For All Ontarioans Collaborative (TAOC)

Date posted to site: March 27, 2007

(Note: Accessibility News would like to thank all who showed leadership by taking the original pdf documents and creating an online accessible html one, especially Patti Longmuir and Linda Gurd.)

The Trails for All Ontarians Collaborative (TAOC) is a joint endeavour of trail and accessibility organizations from across the province for which the Abilities Centre is the lead organization.

It was formed because of the substantial amount of "misinformation" and erroneous assumptions commonly held regarding the nature of "accessible" recreation trails. The goal of the TAOC was to develop Inclusive Trail Construction and Maintenance Guidelines which will provide information and resources needed to build and maintain recreation trails that are accessible to people of all abilities and which are compatible with, and protective of, the surrounding natural environment.

Read more at http://www.abilitiescentre.org/trails/index.html.

Why Accessibility Is Good For Your Business

Date posted to site: March 27, 2007

Did you know?

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/resources/resources.php?resources=78.

Channel For Visually Impaired Spurs Dispute

Date posted to site: March 26, 2007

OTTAWA - An application for a new TV channel catering to the visually impaired is pitting the two biggest English-language private broadcasters against each other and drawing opposition from the country's two largest cable operators.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/blind.php.

Supreme Court Of Canada Decision a Milestone For Human Rights

Date posted to site: March 24, 2007

Ottawa - March 23, 2007 - The Canadian Human Rights Commission is calling today's Supreme Court decision involving the Council for Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) and VIA Rail "a milestone for human rights and for Canadians with disabilities."

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all.php.

How Accessible Are Their Websites?

Date posted to site: March 23, 2007

Accessibility News has added a new section we call "Site Checks". We will be running accessibility checks on sites that we come across either randomly or ones we have chosen purposely.

We thought it only fitting that our first checks should be done on the Provincial Government, so we checked the personal sites of 5 MP's including Mr McGuinty and weren't too happy with our findings.

In the coming weeks and months we will be checking business sites, Charities, Not For Profits and other organizations and see how accessible their websites are to Persons With Disabilities (PWD's)

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/sites/.

Diversity In The Workplace

Date posted to site: March 22, 2007

For employers, it pays to support disabilities A vast pool of talent is ripe for the taking and managers can no longer afford to waste the skills of handicapped workers, writes Wallace Immen

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all.php.

The Impending Collision Of Accessibility and Rich Internet Applications

Date posted to site: March 21, 2007

By Rob Garner
MediaPost.com, CT, USA
Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Over the last six months I have written about two trends in the Web design world that will have an enormous impact on the future of natural search: accessibility and rich Internet applications (RIA). On one side of the discussion, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is pressing corporations in the state courts on the issue of designing accessible, text-based Web sites for the visually impaired who use screen readers such as JAWS. On the other side, cutting-edge Web developers and user-experience gurus are designing rich Internet applications for better user experience in a Web 2.0 world -- applications that also expand the boundaries of being search- and accessibility- unfriendly.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all.php.

People with age-related macular degeneration are pleased and relieved to see the word "blind" on its way out as a description of their visual condition

Date posted to site: March 20, 2007

The word "blind" is becoming increasingly less associated with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), thanks in part to awareness efforts by MD Support and the conscientiousness of other leading organizations around the world.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/blind.php.

Perspectives And Issues On The Development Of The Quiet Hybrid Automobile

Date posted to site: March 19, 2007

A Paper to be Presented at the 11th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons (TRANSED), Montreal, Quebec, June, 2007

Pedestrian safety is of utmost importance to all members of the public who use city sidewalks, attempt to enter shopping malls, or cross busy intersections. It is also a basic human rights issue.

This paper is intended to increase awareness of the dangers of the quiet, hybrid automobile, foster dialogue among major stakeholders, and discuss several issues and possible solutions to this growing menace on our streets. The perspectives presented are drawn from a variety of sources, both personal communications and published sources.

Read mmore at http://www.blindcanadians.ca/press_releases/index.php?BriefID=42.

Need help with that? Assistive Technology

Date posted to site: March 15, 2007

It's not a secret, no one's hiding it, but you may not know about the assistive technology offered by the office of disability services.

The office offers help to students coping with college and their individual challenges. Right here on the Boise State University campus we have technology specifically designed to help blind students, deaf students, students with mobility challenges and practically every other physical and mental impairment that makes learning at the college level a challenge.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/education_committee.php?activities-education=71.

DVDs to aid blind, deaf students

Date posted to site: March 14, 2007

The Oklahoma School for the Blind is working with the Oklahoma School for the Deaf to offer descriptive educational videos for the blind and visually impaired. The Oklahoma School for the Deaf, located in Sulfur, houses the National Accessible Learning Center, a library of 70,000 educational videos specially formatted for students who are visually impaired or hard of hearing.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/education_committee.php?activities-education=70.

A Way With WordsGuidelines For The Portrayal Of People With A Disability

Date posted to site: March 13, 2007

The power of words and images to reflect and shape community perceptions of people with a disability is widely acknowledged.

This moulding of perceptions and attitudes through language is an ongoing and dynamic process. It represents an important responsibility and a significant challenge to all involved - particularly those who engage in public communications as a part of their professional lives.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/resources/resources.php?resources=69.

Open Letter To The Minister Of Education

Date posted to site: March 12, 2007

It was unfortunate that neither Kathleen Wynne, MPP Don Valley West nor any of your staff from both Constituency Office and Minister's Office were able to attend the Ontario Association of the Deaf Community Forum at the Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf in the riding of Don Valley West. You have missed the opportunity to listen, first-hand, to the concerns of parents of deaf children and deaf students despite Kathleen Wynne's constituency office received a letter of invitation in three weeks advance until the Minister's office declined the invitation a day before OAD Community Forum was scheduled on February 28.

http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/education_committee.php?activities-education=66

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/education_committee.php?activities-education=66.

Budget To Reveal True Colours

Date posted to site: March 12, 2007

Mar 10, 2007 04:30 AM

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Helen Henderson

In less than two weeks, when Ontario Finance Minister Greg Sorbara delivers his budget, people with disabilities and their families will find out whether this province truly values their lives or merely pays lip service.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/activities.php?activities=67.

No Alternative

Date posted to site: March 12, 2007

A Review of the Government of Canada's Provision of Alternative Text Formats for People Who Are Blind, Deaf-Blind or Visually Impaired

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=68.

Precarious Employment Forum

Date posted to site: March 09, 2007

The Income Security Advocacy Centre is co-sponsoring a St. Lawrence forum on precarious employment: Tuesday, March 20th, 7:30 pm at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts in Toronto.

Deb Matthews, Parliamentary Assistant to Community and Social Services Minister Madeleine Meilleur, is one of the panellists. The forum will be a good opportunity to not only discuss precarious employment, but the systemic barriers facing people on social assistance who are looking for work or trying to make the transition into the labour market.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/activities.php?activities=65.

Understanding The Status Of Visitability In Canada

Date posted to site: March 08, 2007

The Canadian Centre on Disability Studies is hosting a study called Visitability: Moving Toward Livable, Sustainable Housing and Communities in Canada. This is a portion of a research project called "Understanding the Status of Visitability in Canada".

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/housing_committee.php?activities-housing=63.

Local Curling Event Ignites the Passion of Participants and Spectators during "Rockin' the House", a Local Sporting Fundraising Event

Date posted to site: March 08, 2007

Georgian Triangle area community leaders, local businesses and residents came together for an exciting curling bonspiel fundraising event to raise funds for Breaking Down Barriers Independent Living Resource Centre on Saturday, March 3rd at the Curling Club of Collingwood to support people with disabilities.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/recreational_committee.php?activities-recreational=64.

Accessible Voting-- Are We Ready?

Date posted to site: March 07, 2007

Each time we go to the polls in Canada we like to think that we are doing a better job of making our democratic process fully accessible to all Canadians. On October 10, 2007 Ontario will be at the ballot box once more, and we all need to be very aware of barriers no matter how small that may deter a frail senior or person with a disability from voting.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=62.

City Councillor Seeks To Curb Handicapped-Parking Fraud

Date posted to site: March 06, 2007

By Nikki Rotas

According to a Toronto city councillor, a complete re-vamp of Ontario's disabled parking permit system, including the introduction of a dashboard meter, will provide disabled individuals with better access to parking.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/transportation_committee.php?activities-transportation=60.

Human Rights Complaint Filed Against City Of Kawartha Lakes

Date posted to site: March 06, 2007

City's website frustrates man with impaired vision

David Nesseth Local News - Monday, March 05, 2007 Updated @ 9:08:34 AM

A wheelchair that can't fully access a restaurant is akin to a blind Internet user who can't fully access a website.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=61.

Canada's McKeever 24th at nordic skiing

Date posted to site: March 02, 2007

By Randy Starkman, Sports Reporter

Blind skier vs. the best Brian McKeever has a form of macular degeneration that affects central vision. But his ailment hasn't stopped him from becoming a top athlete who aims to compete at both the Olympics and Paralympics in Vancouver in 2010.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/recreational_committee.php?activities-recreational=59.

Make Information Accessible

Date posted to site: March 01, 2007

Everyone has the right to access public information. If a person cannot access a public document because of a disability, they are being denied their right to access.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/resources/resources.php?resources=56.

Make Your Workplace Accessible

Date posted to site: March 01, 2007

People with disabilities have skills, abilities and experience that can add value in your workplace. By opening up your search for talented employees and making your workplace accessible, you create a win-win situation. You find the right person for the job. You create a place where anyone can work and be productive - and you allow employees of all abilities to compete in the marketplace.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/resources/resources.php?resources=57.

Make Buildings And Spaces Accessible

Date posted to site: March 01, 2007

You may be able to make buildings, spaces, and products accessible using simple or low-cost solutions. The best solutions will follow the rules of universal design. This means designing products and environments that can be used by all people, as much as possible, without having to be modified.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/resources/resources.php?resources=58.

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April

Disabled Denied Transit Equality, MPPS Told

Date posted to site: April 30, 2007

In this article from the Orillia Packet & Times concerning the open letter to the Province of Ontario, they quote the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) saying resolution of this problem is up to the municipalities.

This is patently untrue and yet another example of Ontario bureaucrats playing 'pass the buck' in lieu of acting responsibly. The MoT either cannot understand the issue or wants to ignore it. Neither answer is acceptable. It is time for the bureaucracy in Ontario to put the people first instead of always taking stands that bolster their already too privileged positions.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/transportation_committee.php?activities-transportation=102.

Ten Tips For Interacting With People Who Are Blind

Date posted to site: April 30, 2007

My father is blind, as are both of my uncles, so growing up with blind people has given me some insight (no pun intended) into how not to treat blind people.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/resources/resources.php?resources=103.

Special Needs Photography Service

Date posted to site: April 30, 2007

For Immediate Release

Ottawa, Ontario

My name is Catherine Gardner, I am a Freelance Photojournalist and I am hoping to fill a gap for Persons with Special Needs. At the present time I am not aware of any Portrait Studio in the area (other than Sears or Wal-Mart) where a person with a physical disability and who uses a wheelchair can go to have a portrait done. I am not aware of any photographer who knows how to communicate with Deaf and or Blind clients.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/activities.php?activities=104.

New Working Group Needed

Date posted to site: April 27, 2007

The members of Citizens With Disabilities-Ontario have reviewed your proposed three working groups identified as Seniors, Rehabilitation and Mental Health. We agree that people with disabilities may be part of all three recognized populations. We do not agree these three groups will address all the specific concerns of people with disabilities.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/activities.php?activities=100.

An Open Letter To The Government Of Ontario

Date posted to site: April 27, 2007

Discrimination in Municipal Transit Systems

A systemic barrier exists in every municipality in Ontario, discriminating against the rights of frail seniors and persons with disabilities. Freedom of movement is a fundamental, unchallenged right across Canada, but in Ontario municipal transportation services have developed in a way that denies frail seniors and persons with disabilities freedom of movement.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/letters/.

Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) Handbook

Date posted to site: April 26, 2007

What you need to know about the ODSP in one place with all necessary links.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/resources/resources.php?resources=99.

Blind Businessman Sees Only Opportunity

Date posted to site: April 25, 2007

Joseph Pampena is living proof that where there's a will, there's a way.

The 50-year-old entrepreneur runs several businesses out of his home office in North York, providing for his family - including a severely disabled daughter.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/education_committee.php?activities-education=98.

Smart Phone For Dyslexics Reads Aloud From Text Files And Images of Text

Date posted to site: April 24, 2007

Mons, Belgium. Acapela, a developer of speech solutions, and Motto - Captura, Danish specialists in the development of mobile solutions for people suffering from dyslexia, have launched CapturaTalk, a new device aimed at people with dyslexia and other forms of reading and writing difficulties.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all.php.

"People Today", A Magazine For Persons With Disabilities Is Now In Publication

Date posted to site: April 24, 2007

People Today wants to make a difference as a voice of good conscience in our society. We believe that the time has come for a solid voice to circulate throughout Ontario and all of Canada, advocating and showcasing the community of persons with disabilities.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/advocates/ptoday/.

Hybrids...Too Quiet?

Date posted to site: April 23, 2007

With gas prices as high as they are right now, those energy-efficient hybrids are looking pretty tempting. Plus, they're nice and quiet when the gas engine kicks-off and the electric motor takes over. But what might be a "silent selling point" for some could be hazardous to others sharing the roadway.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/blind.php.

The Man Who Won't Give Up

Date posted to site: April 23, 2007

Blindness can't stop Alexandria flower man

ALEXANDRIA - Last fall, Bob Berrigan planted 8,830 tulips in this town's flower beds, the last bunch as a December squall coated his back with snow.

It is a little odd he remembers the exact number. Or maybe not. Here, after all, is a man who went about his work with keen deliberation.

Mr. Berrigan, 50, is blind, a green thumb who works with a white cane.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/education_committee.php?activities-education=97.

Sexuality And Disability As Social Policy

Date posted to site: April 20, 2007

Is it time for people with disabilities to invite government into their bedrooms? Is this the year we should - whoa, Nelly - get public policy legislators working on sex?

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all.php.

W. Ross Macdonald Lead Ontario To Goalball Title

Date posted to site: April 18, 2007

Three students from W. Ross Macdonald School sparked Ontario to the Canadian junior women's goalball championship here on the weekend.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/recreational_committee.php?activities-recreational=96.

Call For Nominations For The T-Base Sponsorship Of Blind And Partially Sighted Athletes

Date posted to site: April 18, 2007

OTTAWA, April 16 /CNW Telbec/ - T-Base Communications Inc. announces the request for nominations of blind and partially sighted athletes for the 2007/2008 T-Base Sponsorship. This annual sponsorship is awarded in the spirit of T-Base Communications, to a blind or partially sighted athlete dedicated to a competitive sport who exemplifies the drive for success and commitment in his/her athletic endeavors.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/blind.php.

School System Serves Deaf Students Poorly

Date posted to site: April 17, 2007

Here's a novel concept: What if kids who are deaf or hard of hearing were given a level playing field?

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/education_committee.php?activities-education=95.

Devices Assist Those Who Cannot Speak for Themselves

Date posted to site: April 16, 2007

Most people view speech synthesizing software that reads written words aloud as a novelty that comes with certain computer programs. But for children and adults who cannot speak for themselves, this technology is a godsend.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all.php.

Canadian Intelligent Technology Network Launched To Improve Life For Seniors And People With Disabilities

Date posted to site: April 16, 2007

Canadian university researchers and private sector organizations that are developing intelligent technology to improve life for seniors and people with disabilities have formed a first-of-its-kind network to increase collaboration in research and development and improve Canada's competitiveness.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility.php.

Team Sets Sights On Winning

Date posted to site: April 14, 2007

Blind Curling Club tourney today

Randy Nelson is blind in one eye and has limited tunnel vision in his other, but it doesn't deter him from playing sports.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/recreational_committee.php?activities-recreational=91.

It Pays To Play By The Rules - Compliance, Accessibility And SEO

Date posted to site: April 13, 2007

Companies big and small often attribute their success to having their sites well-ranked in organic search results. Unfortunately, many of these companies don't pay enough attention to other crucial factors, such as W3C compliance and accessibility - both important factors in improving your e-business.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=90.

Site Check: The Star, The Sun And The Globe And Mail

Date posted to site: April 12, 2007

As part of our ongoing site checks, Accessibility News has evaluated the 3 major Newspaper chains and isn't surprised with its findings. It's "Same old same old"

We found the Globe and Mail to be the best of the worst with the Star coming in last.

Read more at Globe and Mail http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/sites/results.php?failspriority1=6
Toronto Sun http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/sites/results.php?failspriority1=7
Toronto Star http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/sites/results.php?failspriority1=8.

Do You Think Your Website Is Accessible?

Date posted to site: April 11, 2007

Websites are simply an extension of organizational activities, and internet based accessibility is just as important as the accessibility provided in a store or restaurant. Many countries are moving to adopt international standards developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C); the equivalent U.S. laws were recently upheld by the courts in a complaint by the National Federation for the Blind against Target Stores.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/resources/resources.php?resources=88.

McGuinty Government Takes Another Step Towards An Accessible Ontario

Date posted to site: April 11, 2007

Making Progress On Developing New Province-Wide Standards For Accessibility

TORONTO - The McGuinty government is taking an important step towards a fully accessible Ontario by opening up recruitment for the next two Standards Development Committees that will develop province-wide accessibility standards in the areas of built environment and employment, Community and Social Services Minister Madeleine Meilleur announced today.

"An accessible Ontario is going to be a stronger Ontario where all of our citizens can participate fully in every aspect of their communities," said Meilleur.

Read more at http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/mcss/english/news/releases/070408.htm.

Myths In The Assistive Technology Field - Screen Readers And Magnifiers Are Cash Cows

Date posted to site: April 10, 2007

In an interview with Access World Chris Hofstader, former director of software development at Freedom Scientific, tells about the myths in the assistive technology industry.

Companies like AiSquared, Dolphin, Freedom Scientific, GW Micro and Humanware have enough money to develop good and stable software. But in practise making money seems to be more important.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/blind.php

Structured Accessible HTML From PDF

Date posted to site: April 09, 2007

There are hundreds of millions of PDF files on the web. The two main reasons for this popularity are:

Unfortunately PDF files on the web can be problematic for people with disabilities, especially users of screen-readers because:

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=87.

Ontario Removing Barriers To Courts

Date posted to site: April 05, 2007

New Courts Committee Will Improve Access For People With Disabilities

TORONTO Attorney General Michael Bryant and Chief Justice of Ontario Roy McMurtry announced today that a new Ontario Courts Accessibility Committee has been established to help promote barrier free courts in Ontario and to better respond to accessibility needs for persons with disabilities.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all.php.

Information And Communications Standards Development Committee

Date posted to site: April 04, 2007

The new Standards Committee has now been established to tackle the area of Information and Communications.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/resources/resources.php?resources=86.

Budget Benefits Mental Health

Date posted to site: April 03, 2007

No matter what your political stripe, if you care about mental health issues, you owe a vote of thanks to the Bloc Québécois this month. Their carefully wooed support ensures Monday's federal budget will pass. Without it, Stephen Harper's minority government would fall, taking with it a long-overdue national plan to help millions diagnosed as mentally ill.

You may or may not agree with all the details of Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's blueprint for a Canadian Mental Health Commission, but you cannot disagree that this country has a long way to go to build communities that embrace and support children and adults battling the stigma of a psychiatric diagnosis.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/activities.php?activities=84.

New Canadian Rights Chair Urges Action On Disability Convention

Date posted to site: April 03, 2007

New York - March 30, 2007 - The newly elected Canadian Chair of the International Coordinating Committee (ICC) of National Human Rights Institutions has called on member countries to hold their governments accountable for their obligations to disabled persons under international law.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/activities.php?activities=85.

Comments From A Deaf-Blind Citizen On The Accessible Channel

Date posted to site: April 02, 2007

I presented an intervention at the hearings last week, in opposition to the proposed accessible Channel.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/letters/.

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May

15-Year Follow-Up Schizophrenia Study: NoDrugs = Better Chance at Recovery

Date posted to site: May 30, 2007

Recent public disclosures about the harmful effects of FDA-approved psychotropic drugs and corroborating evidence from patient outcome and mortality studies reveal that psychiatry's fixation on drugs as the treatment of choice is a toxic prescription for debilitating adverse effects; an impediment to recovery; and premature death.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/health_committee.php?activities-health=126.

For Sale: Retrofitted Home In Cobourg, Ontario

Date posted to site: May 29, 2007

This house has been retrofitted for wheelchair access.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/sale/.

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 latest draft

Date posted to site: May 29, 2007

On May 17th 2007 the latest Working Draft of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) was published. WCAG 2.0 will replace WCAG 1.0, which was published in 1999.

WCAG 1.0 was an amazing achievement in its day and has been a great assistance to all those concerned with accessibility. The plethora of new technology since 1999 means that some of the recommendations are now not relevant and many technologies are not covered at all. However the biggest problem with WCAG 1.0 to my mind is that it is difficult to understand for anyone coming new to accessibility. We could say that it is not accessible.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=125.

Wheels Have Fallen Off Public Transit For Disabled

Date posted to site: May 28, 2007

Of all the complaints I receive about the way things work or don't work in this world, some of the most impassioned relate to transportation.

It's tough to get around if you can't move or navigate within the mainstream. If you can't get around, you are doomed to frustration and isolation, which is very bad for the health, not to mention the soul.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/transportation_committee.php?activities-transportation=123.

Valerie Grand'Maison Sets Second World Record For Disabled Swimmers

Date posted to site: May 28, 2007

BERLIN (CP) - Montreal's Valerie Grand'Maison broke her second world record in two days on Friday at the German International Championships, a 28-country competition for swimmers with a disability.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/recreational_committee.php?activities-recreational=124.

Site Check: Toronto Star Serves Up Another Inaccessible Website

Date posted to site: May 25, 2007

This week the Toronto Star launched a new website at www.shopalot.ca and as expected, it isn't even remotely accessible.

Perhaps they think the Disabled don't have any money to spend, so why bother creating a site that is accessible to all. If this isn't the reason then I'd sure like to know why they keep discriminating against the disabled by serving up inaccessible websites.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/sites/results.php?failspriority1=10.

Shock To Canines Leads To Anguish For Blind Couple; Painful Zap From Walking Near Power Transformer Impairs Seeing Eye Dogs And Forces One To Be Retired

Date posted to site: May 23, 2007

Caitlyn McFarland feels like she's forgetting something every time she leaves her St. Catharines apartment.

Not any of the usual items typically at risk of being left behind, though.

Not her keys. Not her purse, either.

"That something is the dog," McFarland said.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/blind_articles.php?blind=72.

Hawk Relay Proposes New Deaf-Blind Relay Service

Date posted to site: May 22, 2007

Hawk Relay has a petition before the FCC requesting they allow reimbursement of relay services geared towards deaf-blind people. Deaf-blind people are left out of access to telecommunications--even with the presence of Telecommunications Relay Services and Video Relay Services. This new service would allow deaf-blind people to join mainstream America in enjoying the ease and convenience of telecommunications.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=71.

What Should A Screen Reader Do?

Date posted to site: May 22, 2007

Screen readers have been in the news in the last few months:

Apple announced VoiceOver as an integrated screen reader for Mac OSX. Screenreader.net delivered a free screen reader called Thunder. Microsoft demonstrated a screen reader that will be shipped with Vista. These announcements added to the existing products such as JAWS from Freedom Scientific, and Guide from Software Express. Plus some specific implementations such as the Read Out Loud function built-in to Adobe Reader, the Browsealoud web reader and various text to speech engines such as the Nuance engine in my sat-nav system and SVOX in the Mercedes I desire.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=121.

Can Accessibility And Usability Live In Harmony?

Date posted to site: May 22, 2007

Accessibility and usability are often discussed in the same breath, and many webmasters usually devise and implement strategies for each around the same stage of a site's development.

Since usability has taken a more integral role in the design of many of the websites with which we are most familiar, it's no surprise that this can present an unintended problem from an accessibility standpoint.

Before we can determine whether a website can be 100% accessible and 100% usable simultaneously, we must first define each.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=122.

Open Letter To The Accessibility Directorate Of Ontario:

Date posted to site: May 21, 2007

Citizens with Disabilities - Ontario (CWD - O) is very concerned about the new proposed regulation which would exempt businesses with fewer than 20 employees from having to file accessibility reports on their compliance with the Accessible Customer Service Standard.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/activities.php?activities=119.

Barrie Swimmers Reach The Podium

Date posted to site: May 21, 2007

Barrie's Ken Loyst and Brittany Gray will both have medals with them when they return from the British Nationals for swimmers with a disability in Sheffield, England.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/recreational_committee.php?activities-recreational=120.

The Benefits Of Accessibility

Date posted to site: May 17, 2007

Navigating some Web sites can be a challenge even if you have all your faculties. But what if you don't?

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, one in five Australians is disabled in some way, and with an ageing population the figure is likely to rise.

For many disabled people the Internet can provide an important access point to the wider world; if, that is, the site can be read by a screen reader for a blind user, navigated using speech by a quadriplegic user, and has audio available as text for deaf users.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=117.

Crossing Signals Urged For Blind

Date posted to site: May 17, 2007

It's an art - and a dangerous one at that.

Laura Joyce, who is completely blind, has become adept at listening for the surge in traffic to decide when it's safe to cross the street.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/transportation_committee.php?activities-transportation=118.

Important Accessible Customer Service Standard Update:

Date posted to site: May 14, 2007

The Ontario Government is proposing the "Exemption From Reporting Requirements Regulation"

What this means is roughly 83% of Private Sector and Not For Profits will not have to file an Accessibility report.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=69.

The Practicalities Of Accessible, Commercial Web Design

Date posted to site: May 14, 2007

By Leonie Watson, Expert Author

I have read with interest recent articles containing hints and tips for cutting corners when it comes to making your site accessible to all.

However, many of these suggestions do not accommodate the practicalities of commercial web design; where cut corners often result in limited accessibility. With this in mind I have attempted to unravel some of these hints/tips/advice/fallacies below.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/resources/resources.php?resources=116.

Letter To The Editor Of The Lindsay Daily Post

Date posted to site: May 11, 2007

The following letter was sent to Mayor Ric McGee of the City of Kawartha Lakes and copied to the Newspaper, who wanted it for a "Letter to the Editor". Unfortunately it isn't posted on the Internet, only in the May 11 th 2007, print edition

Dear Mayor McGee

On Thursday, May 4th I was watching CHEX News and saw the item where you were doing a simulation of being deaf for a day. Knowing that you have a vision condition of your own, I would have thought you would be bringing attention to vision related barriers.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/blind.php.

An Accessible Internet - Now!

Date posted to site: May 09, 2007

Our world is changing fast, faster than it ever has before, and that is a good thing for persons with disabilities. The disability community will ultimately benefit as Internet and web-based technology matures; the Internet is oblivious to borders, making uniform world accessibility standards an achievable goal.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=113.

Government Safeguards Disabled Who Rely On Service Dogs

Date posted to site: May 09, 2007

EDMONTON - Most Labrador retrievers are good at fetching balls or sticks, but Rick Patsula's dog specializes in keys, credit cards, and anything else her quadriplegic owner might drop from his wheelchair.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility.php.

Web Of Opportunity

Date posted to site: May 09, 2007

Waterfront Online (UK)

New technology such as voice activation helps to make the web accessible.

Website accessibility is becoming a big issue, but for those in the know it seems a bit long coming, as it's actually been the law to make your website accessible since 1999, as it's included in the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=114.

Disability Stats Revealing

Date posted to site: May 08, 2007

Next time you hear people say Canadians don't want to foot the bill for making this country accessible, tell them to think again.

When you hear politicians sweep the needs of people with disabilities to the bottom of the heap or cut back funds for kids with special needs, tell them there's a good chance it will cost them at the polls.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/stats_results.php?stats=63.

Economic Impact Of Vision Problems In The U.S. Estimated At $51.4 Billion

Date posted to site: May 08, 2007

Prevent Blindness America today released a new report estimating the costs associated with adult vision problems in the United States at $51.4 billion.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/stats_results.php?stats=64.

Site Check: CFRB 1010 Talk Radio

Date posted to site: May 08, 2007

CFRB has recently launched its newly redesigned website and we gave it a look over. All we can say is "Sigh!".

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/sites/results.php?failspriority1=9.

Web site Has Decorating Advice For The Visually Impaired

Date posted to site: May 07, 2007

Severe vision loss from age-related eye disease affects 6.5 million Americans over the age of 65, the American Foundation for the Blind says. And their experts predict rates of vision loss will double in the coming decades, due to the advancing age of the nation's 78 million baby boomers.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/resources/resources.php?resources=111.

Adventures In AltFormat

Date posted to site: May 07, 2007

In this first of a four part series, Ron Stewart brings us up to speed on the changing face of Altformat provision across the world, starting with the USA.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/education_committee.php?activities-education=112.

Nominations For Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario(CWD-O) Board of Directors

Date posted to site: May 05, 2007

Nominations for the CWD-O Board of Directors are now being accepted, deadline is May 31 st.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/activities.php?activities=110.

MySpace Ignores And Locks Out The Blind, Puts Up "No Blind People Allowed" Sign

Date posted to site: May 04, 2007

There are a number of blind and visually impaired people who have written to me privately and to various e-mail discussion groups concerning the current accessibility challenges with the popular MySpace blogging and social networking web site.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=109.

Lawyer Warns That PDFs Fail On Accessibility

Date posted to site: May 03, 2007

PDF documents on websites and intranets need to be accompanied by accessible HTML or text versions if they are to comply with disability legislation, a leading technology lawyer has claimed.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=108.

The New Mandate Of The Ontario Human Rights Commission

Date posted to site: May 01, 2007

When the Human Rights Code Amendment Act, 2006, comes into effect there will be a number of significant changes in the mandate of the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC).

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/activities.php?activities=105.

MacNeil Overcoming Many Hurdles In Sport

Date posted to site: May 01, 2007

Imagine closing your eyes and running full-tilt at a waist-high barrier, knowing you have to pick the perfect moment to take your last step and jump over it.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/recreational_committee.php?activities-recreational=106.

OC Transpo Told To Ensure Drivers Call Out Stops After Blind Man's Protest

Date posted to site: May 01, 2007

OC Transpo needs ensure all its drivers speak up to consistently call out major stops and those requested by passengers, according to the federal body responsible for ensuring accessibility in public transit.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/transportation_committee.php?activities-transportation=107.

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June

ONTARIO OMBUDSMAN HAS NO CLOTHES!

Date posted to site: June 29, 2007

Note: This letter was sent to the Toronto Star as a "Letter to the Editor".

On Wednesday Andre Marin, Ontario Ombudsman, delivered a scathing report on the sorry state at the provincial government level in achieving accessibility for all Ontarians. Government departments are "over-promising and under-delivering", said Ombudsman Marin.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/activities.php?activities=154.

Olympic Logo Causes Fits

Date posted to site: June 28, 2007

Last week it was reported that the London 2012 Olympics http://www.london2012.com/ team has attracted international ridicule after it was forced to remove an animated version of its controversial new logo because it was causing epileptic seizures.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=151.

Help! I'm Crying Cuz I Can't See The Internet!

Date posted to site: June 28, 2007

By Lisa Ferris

Recently googled searches to my site:

1. "Why do I have to make sites accessible for blind people when they can't see the internet"

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=152.

Google Tests More Accessible Web Search For Visually Impaired

Date posted to site: June 28, 2007

Google Inc. has begun testing a new version of its search system that makes finding information on the Web easier for the blind or visually impaired, its creator said on Wednesday.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=153.

First Nations Communities In Crisis: Report

Date posted to site: June 27, 2007

Members of Canada's First Nations communities are living in conditions comparable to those of developing countries, according to a new report.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/health_committee.php?activities-health=149.

Five Assistive Technologies You Should Be Aware Of

Date posted to site: June 27, 2007

Mouth Or Head Wands

These wands are either held between the teeth, or positioned in the middle of the forehead and held in place by a head band. They are used to activate keys on a keyboard and in rare cases a track-ball mouse.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/resources/resources.php?resources=150.

VoicePrint Interview With Jerry Ford

Date posted to site: June 26, 2007

If you missed the interview on VoicePrint's "Contact" on Sunday June 24 th, then you can go to the link provided below and hear it in it's entirety.

Listen to the interview at http://www.voiceprintcanada.com/component/option,com_mtree/task,viewlink/link_id,4888/Itemid,68/.

If you are on dial-up and have trouble playing the interview Accessibility News suggests the following:

Ontario Human Rights Commission's Consultations on Rental Housing

Date posted to site: June 25, 2007

by Laurie Letheren, Staff Lawyer

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (the Commission) is currently holding a public consultation on human rights in rental housing. Many persons with disabilities face numerous barriers to accessing adequate housing and often experience discrimination in their home and by housing providers.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/housing_committee.php?activities-housing=147.

Disabled Persons Denied Equal / Safe Access to Transportation

Date posted to site: June 23, 2007

Community Advocate, Catherine Gardner says that persons with disabilities are being denied equal and or safe access to transportation and is planning rotating demonstrations on Tuesday June 26th. The first demonstration will take place from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in front of the Lincoln Transit Station (Carling Ave. intersection), followed by the second one at the intersection of Albert and the entrance to the Transitway from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on the same day.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/transportation_committee.php?activities-transportation=146.

Opinion - Everyone Deserves Access To Technology, Online World

Date posted to site: June 21, 2007

Extract "Imagine you're starting to lose your vision. It will happen to many of us as we grow older. Suddenly, that PC or cell phone stops being a useful tool because of your inability to see clearly. Did you know that today, a blind person who buys a $300 personal computer has to then purchase a $1,000 specialized piece of software to make the PC talk for them? Think about it. Blind people need to spend three or four times as much to get a PC that works for them -- and additional money each year for update s to be able to access new applications and Web content. The situation is similar for cell phones."

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=144.

City Councillors Want To Withhold $56.1M From Province

Date posted to site: June 20, 2007

In response to what they feel is inadequate funding from the provincial government and a lack will to fix the problem, some city councillors are contemplating drastic action next week.

It comes in the form of a motion calling on the city to stiff the provincial government out of $56.1 million for 2008 disability support funding.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/activities.php?activities=143.

Site Check: Canadian National Institute For The Blind (CNIB)

Date posted to site: June 20, 2007

The CNIB launched it's new, so called "Accessible online resource" and claims:

Very few websites are this accessible

and

This website conforms to the Priority 2 checkpoints of the Web Accessibility Initiative Web Content Guidelines

Well it just isn't the truth, this site does not meet the standards they claime, check with any online validation tool and you'll findout. Just another example of the CNIB misleading the public.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/sites/results.php?failspriority1=12.

Journalist receives provincial award; Story on Jim Cully inspired judges

Date posted to site: June 19, 2007

The Daily Observer's Anthony Dixon has received a prestigious award presented annually to an Ontario journalist by the provincial association for community living.

The Community Living Ontario media award for 2007 was presented to Mr. Dixon for his story "Jim Cully: A Pioneer of Inclusion."

Mr. Dixon's story, which explored the life and times of a beloved member of the Pembroke community who did not let his disability hinder the achievement of his goals, was chosen from several entries.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=75.

Mentally Ill Youth Neglected; Advocates Say Funding In "Crisis" Mode

Date posted to site: June 19, 2007

Children with mental health challenges are being neglected by government, the head of a local advocacy group says.

Despite a clear need, funding for children's mental health services locally and across the province has remained flat since 1992, said Peter Smith, head of the Advocacy Committee of Lambton County.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/health_committee.php?activities-health=142.

Non-Profits Find Securing Employee Health Benefits Difficult

Date posted to site: June 19, 2007

Toronto, Ontario -- Owen and Associates, a leading Canadian employee benefit consulting firm, has made it their mission to provide employee and group benefit insurance and consulting services to non-profit organizations throughout Canada.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=76.

Child Mental Health Awareness Promoted

Date posted to site: June 18, 2007

Kids matter and so does their mental health.

That's the message organizers of an awareness event held Thursday hope to spread in an effort to increase core funding for children's mental health services.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/health_committee.php?activities-health=141.

RadioShack Announces Point of Sale, Web Site Initiative for Customers with Visual Impairments

Date posted to site: June 18, 2007

In a move praised by state and national blindness organizations, RadioShack today announced it has undertaken a nationwide initiative to improve services for RadioShack's customers with visual impairments. As part of the program, RadioShack will install new point of sale equipment with tactile keypads to protect the privacy and security of visually impaired shoppers and will make improvements to its Web site that will benefit visually impaired shoppers and other customers with disabilities.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/blind_articles.php?blind=74.

The BUILT Network(TM) Gains National Recognition For Its Exemplary Learning Practices From The Canadian Council on Learning

Date posted to site: June 14, 2007

OTTAWA, June 12 /CNW/ - National Network for Mental Health is proud to announce that its BUILT Network Project has been recognized nationally for excellence in learning from the Canadian Council on Learning.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/health_committee.php?activities-health=139.

Proposed CWD-O Board Election Slate

Date posted to site: June 14, 2007

The following people have been nominated for election to the Board of Directors of Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/activities.php?activities=140.

Architects Have To See The Light

Date posted to site: June 12, 2007

The U.S is on the verge of a low-vision epidemic among baby boomers. Architects and designers need to help

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/housing_committee.php?activities-housing=136.

Nearly Half Of Children In Crown Care Are Medicated

Date posted to site: June 12, 2007

Psychotropic drugs are being prescribed to nearly half the Crown wards in a sample of Ontario children's aid societies, kindling fears that the agencies are overusing medication with the province's most vulnerable children.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/health_committee.php?activities-health=137.

Need Access To Mental Health Services, Expert Says

Date posted to site: June 12, 2007

Canadians are concerned about the mental well-being of children, says an adviser to the federal health minister on healthy children and youth.

Parents, experts and health-care providers Dr. Kellie Leitch has met across Canada frequently cite mental health services for children as a top concern. The children themselves have related concerns, she said on a break between meetings in Halifax.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/health_committee.php?activities-health=138.

Accessible Transit Called Unreliable

Date posted to site: June 11, 2007

Users often don't arrive at or leave work on time

People with disabilities may be turned down for jobs because a broken-down, wheelchair-accessible transit system cannot get them to work on time.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/transportation_committee.php?activities-transportation=134.

Canada Makes Its Mark In Wheelchair Tennis

Date posted to site: June 11, 2007

Wheelchair tennis wants you.

It's one of the fastest growing sports in the country, says 23-year-old Joel Dembe, a passionate competitor and promoter of the game. Wheelchair basketball and sledge hockey may be in the limelight, but Dembe, a Brock University sport management graduate, is spending the summer at Tennis Canada's Toronto headquarters spreading the word and gaining converts for the sport that stole his heart at age 14.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/recreational_committee.php?activities-recreational=135.

Community Advocate Wants "Free" OC Transpo Passes for Disabled Reinstated!

Date posted to site: June 07, 2007

Community Advocate Catherine Gardner told a packed room at the Ben Franklin Centre, at Tuesday night's Accessibility Forum that she wants to see the OC Transpo "Free" pass program reinstated for persons with disabilities who use walkers, scooters or wheelchairs.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/transportation_committee.php?activities-transportation=133.

Commentary: They Don't Want Your Money!

Date posted to site: June 07, 2007

Recently Accessibility News did site checks on 2 sites, one by the Toronto Sun www.classifiedextra.ca and the other by the Toronto Star www.shopalot.ca. Neither was accessible as defined by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Accessibility News had suggested that perhaps they didn't consider the Disabled as "buyers" and by not making their sites accessible, they've effectively shut the door on potential customers.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/editorials/commentary.php?geof=50.

Senate Committee Probes Rural Poverty; Kapuskasing Visit Part Of National Study

Date posted to site: June 06, 2007

Lack of government funding and an attitude of ignorance among employers have made many disabled people feel it's impossible to escape poverty, a Senate committee heard Friday in Kapuskasing.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/employment_committee.php?activities-employment=131.

Sports event is special fun

Date posted to site: June 06, 2007

Program pairs disabled and able-bodied kids

WHITBY -- A local arena echoed to happy cries and songs as 1,000 students, half with special needs, spent most of yesterday in special sports and fun events.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/recreational_committee.php?activities-recreational=132.

Rsponse From Ontario Government, Re: Special Needs Transportation

Date posted to site: June 05, 2007

Comments from Jerry Ford:

The message - not our problem, it is up to the municipalities. It is time through this election campaign that we make it their problem, they fund it and need to set some rules of play.
Jerry Ford
Interim Coordinator
Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/transportation_committee.php?activities-transportation=129.

Myths & Facts About Mental Health

Date posted to site: June 05, 2007

Often people are afraid to talk about mental health because there are many misconceptions about mental illnesses. It's important to learn the facts to stop discrimination and to begin treating people with mental illnesses with respect and dignity.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/resources/resources.php?resources=130.

Developing a Web Accessibility Business Case for Your Organization: Overview

Date posted to site: June 04, 2007

The Web is an increasingly important resource in many aspects of life: education, employment, government, commerce, health care, recreation, and more. The Web is used for receiving information as well as providing information and interacting with society. Therefore it is essential that the Web be accessible in order to provide equal access and equal opportunity to people with disabilities. An accessible Web also benefits others, including older people with changing abilities due to aging.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/resources/resources.php?resources=127.

McMeekin To Sponsor Social Assistance Bill

Date posted to site: June 04, 2007

MPP Ted McMeekin has agreed to sponsor a private member's bill calling for the creation of an experts' panel to set social assistance rates.

The idea of creating a non-partisan expert panel to research and recommend rate levels for Ontario Works (OW) and Ontario Disability Support Payments (ODSP) comes from draft legislation prepared by Hamilton poverty lawyer Craig Foye and sent to key legislative leaders last week.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/activities.php?activities=128.

Site Check: Toronto Sun Launches "Extra" Inaccessible Website

Date posted to site: June 01, 2007

Not to be outdone by the Toronto Star, the Toronto Sun launched a new website, www.classifiedextra.ca and all Accessibility News can say is this site is"Extra" inaccessibly aweful!

In their article at http://www.torontosun.com/News/Canada/2007/06/01/4225135-sun.html they write

"No other organization can offer this scope of newspapers, online presence and integration to reach so many buyers," said Stefan St-Laurent, Canoe's general manager for classifieds."

Really? Are the disabled not considered "Buyers"?.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/sites/results.php?failspriority1=11.

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July

New Law: Ending Discrimination For Disabled Air Travellers

Date posted to site: July 31, 2007

European Union expands air-passenger rights

The European Union has hailed rules to help disabled air travellers, highlighting the EU's campaign to expand passenger rights.

As of this week, EU legislation prohibits airlines and tour operators from denying bookings to travellers with disabilities or with "reduced mobility."

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=96.

Congress Moves To Amend The ADA!

Date posted to site: July 30, 2007

Today, on the 17th anniversary of the signing into law of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), key leadership and members of the House and Senate are introducing measures in both chambers to amend the landmark disability civil rights law. The twin pieces of legislation are aimed at "restoring" the ADA's protections for all people with disabilities, protections which have been severely impaired by an array of wrongly-decided Supreme Court cases. These cases, which include rulings with considerable direct impact on people who are blind or visually impaired, essentially hold that employees who are in fact discriminated against on the basis of disability may nevertheless not be deemed by the courts to be disabled enough to sue their employers for such discrimination.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=95.

Site Check: Dalton.ca

Date posted to site: July 27, 2007

Mr McGuinty was in the news this week apologizing through the media about his Party's wrongdoings, perhaps he should also apologize for this website.

He should apologize because it has 2 versions and both versions are not accessible , or perhaps he should apologize because he gives one site for those who can view Flash and the other is just a plain print version, talk about segragation.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/sites/results.php?failspriority1=18.

Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Ordered to Call Out Bus Stops

Date posted to site: July 27, 2007

Read the report from the Human Rights Tribunal on this ruling.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/blind_articles.php?blind=94.

Human Rights Commission Settles Claim With Respect To The Exhibition Of Closed Captioned Movies

Date posted to site: July 25, 2007

TORONTO, July 24 /CNW/ - The Ontario Human Rights Commission today announced a settlement in the complaints between Nancy Barker, Gary Malkowski and Scott Simser, and movie exhibitors Alliance Atlantis Cinemas partnership, AMC Entertainment International Inc., Cineplex Entertainment LP and Rainbow Centre Cinemas Inc.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/deaf_articles.php?deaf=93.

Yahoo Continues To Employ CAPTCHA Without Accessible Alternative

Date posted to site: July 24, 2007

If somebody says the word "CAPTCHA" , many people do not recognize it. However, when those same people go on-line and use a web site where they submit something to the site, then are asked to verify that the user is human by typing in the distorted text in a picture, they know what that is, but don't know what it is called.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/blind_articles.php?blind=91.

P.E.I. Law Needed To Protect Disabled During Fire Evacuations

Date posted to site: July 24, 2007

Man in wheelchair left behind after fire alarm sounds in Charlottetown

Charlottetown (10 July 2007) - The Prince Edward Island Council of the Disabled says the province needs laws requiring evacuation plans for people with disabilities in the event of fire.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=92.

Accessibility Issues Cause Of Concern For Local Resident

Date posted to site: July 20, 2007

Linda Saxon expresses her views before town council

AMHERSTBURG - The Town of Amherstburg must do more to improve accessibility for its residents and employees according to a local resident.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=90.

Site Check: AccessOn.ca, Provincial Government Site

Date posted to site: July 20, 2007

This Provincial site was launched a while bac and as far as Accessibility News is concerned should be renamed, AccessOff.ca

This is a perfect example of a site passing all of the manual checkpoints but not accessible.

Whoever creates these sites should actually read the W3C guidelines for web accessibility because the Ontario disability community deserves better.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/sites/results.php?failspriority1=17.

Queen's, Providence Care sign Deal For More Metis Service

Date posted to site: July 19, 2007

The Metis Nation of Ontario has signed an agreement with Queen's University and Providence Care to expand the mental health services available to the Metis people.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=89.

Accessibility And Adventure Keys To Green Trails Alliance Recent Direction

Date posted to site: July 18, 2007

Members of the Kawartha Green Trails Alliance are now almost two kilometres closer to seeing even more people enjoy what the local trails have to offer.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=88.

Accessible Design Needs Good Foundations

Date posted to site: July 18, 2007

In the web development arena, accessibility is very strongly associated with meeting checkpoints and in particular, with meeting the single-A to triple-A targets set out in the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) guidelines. Guidelines and checkpoints enable companies to benchmark websites in terms of their accessibility for a wide range of people with different disabilities, who may use very different technologies to interact with the Web.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=87.

Computing In The Dark

Date posted to site: July 17, 2007

Perception is the key to a great many things and nothing will alter your perception quite like losing your sight. The World exists in vivid, glorious technicolour, a tumult of a thousand subtle shades and nowhere is this better exemplified that on the Internet. How harsh, then, to lose that perception, to be suddenly cloaked in darkness. The World, with no sight, exists in monochrome, swirling shades of black and grey and nowhere is this harder to contend with than on the Internet.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=86.

Autism joins the campaign trail

Date posted to site: July 16, 2007

Premier Bob Rae's re-election bid was dogged by social-contract-hating protesters.

Giant flip-flops followed Liberal Lyn McLeod around during the 1995 campaign to spotlight same-sex rights.

Mike Harris was swarmed by Kraft Dinner-throwing poverty protesters in 1999.

Now, Premier Dalton McGuinty can expect to find his election steps haunted by a group of parents who intend to make autism front and centre in the coming provincial campaign, which gets officially underway on Sept. 10.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=85.

Site Check: City Of London Ontario

Date posted to site: July 13, 2007

Accessibility News checked 2 of their sites, the City one and the other the Accessibility Advisory Committee and neither passed the minimum standards for accessibility, although the latter was a little better than the former .

Tips On Making Your Website More Accessible

Date posted to site: July 13, 2007

You've probably made sure that your website content is accessible to search engines. But can site visitors who are visually impaired or color-blind use your site? What about people whose physical limitations make navigating by mouse difficult? Your site may also be less than accessible to some people with hearing or cognitive disabilities.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=84.

Site Check: Go Green Ontario

Date posted to site: July 12, 2007

It is too bad this Government wouldn't spend as much energy on web accessibility as they are on the Environment, or perhaps they're just being energy conscious. This is just another example of their inconsistent designing of websites this year. The only consistency is that each subsequent site is just as inaccessible as the last.

At this rate the air will be cleaned up long before we get a consistently accessible website from this Government. It gets even worse when you consider that the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is coming out with new guidelines in the near future and they can't even meet the old ones.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/sites/results.php?failspriority1=14.

The True Meaning of Accessibility

Date posted to site: July 12, 2007

When people are starting up a new site development project, questions usually come up around the "Accessibility" requirements of what's being built. Does this site need to be accessible to screen readers? Does it need to conform to federal standards of accessibility? What kind of audience will be visiting this site? And so on. All good questions, and questions worth asking.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=83.

Blind People March In Atlanta For Jobs, Education

Date posted to site: July 11, 2007

ATLANTA --At sunrise Tuesday, hundreds of people - most tapping the ground with white canes and a few making the trip on roller blades - marched en masse from a downtown hotel to a city park more than half a mile away to make a point: Blind people can do what other people do.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/blind_articles.php?blind=82.

Buses To Receive Audio Announcement Systems

Date posted to site: July 10, 2007

GPS, satellite-based units will be installed on new trolley and B-Line buses starting in August

Coast Mountain Bus Company will install 250 audio announcement systems on its Greater Vancouver bus fleet as early as August.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/blind_articles.php?blind=80.

Cant Find Your Provincial Politician's Email Address?

Date posted to site: July 10, 2007

For the last 2 and a half months Accessibility News has been trying to access the Provincial Governments web page that contains contact information for all politicians, without any luck, all we get is a "Server to busy" message.

Perhaps we're too cynical, but it seems a little coincidental that we're coming up to a provincial election and the page with their email addresses is down every time Accessibility News tried to access it. We had others try and they got the same message.

Of course it could be that everyone is going to the page at the same time as we did. Not to worry though, if you weren't already aware, Accessibility News put up their email addresses a while back and you can access them here http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/politicians/.

It should be noted that we don't have email addresses for the folowing people who won in the last by-election, Christine Elliott, Lisa MacLeod and Peter Tabuns. If anyone has their email addresses send them our way and we'll add them.

Ontario's Next Lieutenant-governor Says He'll Champion Accessibility Issues

Date posted to site: July 10, 2007

The man poised to become Ontario's next lieutenant-governor said Tuesday his chief goal during his term as the Queen's representative in the province will be to secure rights for the disabled.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=81.

Invisible Disability Accommodations

Date posted to site: July 09, 2007

Anyone you encounter may have an invisible disability. They may not wish to disclose and explain that disability to every single person they meet; sometimes, getting out of the house is hard enough, and it's too exhausting to contemplate spending another and yet another five minutes explaining and defending their (often quite simple) needs. In addition, they have a right to medical privacy. You can do your bit to make their difficult lives a little easier by considering invisible disability access in the various aspects of your life.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=79.

CAD To Pioneer Real-Time Interpretation Services

Date posted to site: July 09, 2007

VLTI Program, A Project of the Canadian Association of the Deaf

OTTAWA - The Canadian Association of the Deaf (CAD) is pleased to announce that it has received funding to pioneer an important new initiative designed to make it possible for members of the Deaf community who use sign language to communicate effectively in face to face situations with those who do not - without having a sign language interpreter accompany them to the meeting.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/deaf_articles.php?deaf=78.

Adventures In Alt Format - Part 2 of 4

Date posted to site: July 05, 2007

Ron Stewart, Vice President for Operations - Dolphin Computer Access Inc.

This is the second, of several, columns on the efforts and endeavors related to Alt Format, Audio Publishing and E-Textproduction in the Dolphin World. Alt Format production is a rapidly advancing and every changing world these days. Just when I think I have a handle on the current state of affairs a new twist is being introduced that sends us off on another promising and interesting tangent.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/education_committee.php?activities-education=161.

Where's The Money?

Date posted to site: July 05, 2007

WATERLOO REGION (Jul 3, 2007)

A plan to build the region's first subsidized supportive housing for seniors has been on hold for almost two years because of lack of provincial money.

"We are anxious to move forward because we see it as a critical project for this area," said Gail Carlin, director of senior services for the region.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/housing_committee.php?activities-housing=162.

Breach Of Blind Man's Rights Spurs $8M Transit PA System

Date posted to site: July 04, 2007

After a finding that OC Transpo drivers not calling out bus stops breached a blind man's human rights, transit officials are instructing drivers to do so and are seeking $8 million to install automated announcement systems.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/transportation_committee.php?activities-transportation=160

Proposed Accessible Transportation Standard

Date posted to site: July 04, 2007

On June 27, 2007, the government announced that the proposed standard on accessible transportation would be posted on the Web for public review and feedback.

The public review process will be open from June 27, 2007 to August 31, 2007.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/transportation_committee.php?activities-transportation=159.

Helping The Disabled Find Work

Date posted to site: July 03, 2007

Toronto network connects employers to job hunters living with disabilities

Plumber Bruce Smith, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, peers down a length of pipe. Through Job Opportunity Information Network(JOIN), Smith has taken training classes to help him in his new job as a plumbing salesperson at a Toronto Home Depot store.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/employment_committee.php?activities-employment=158.

Battle Lines Are Drawn As Councillors Set To Debate Future Of Accessible Cab Licences

Date posted to site: July 03, 2007

In 2004, when Barry McMahon, left, then interim chairman of the Accessibility Advisory Council of Ontario tried out an accessible Blue Line cab driven by Sanjeev Bhandari, hopes were high for the city's policy. However, a Conservative MP has called Ottawa's accessible cab service Canada's 'worst.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/transportation_committee.php?activities-transportation=157.

Accord To Aid Dlind In ATM Use

Date posted to site: July 02, 2007

Technology offering voice guidance due on more machines

The ubiquity of ATMs has made banking easier and more convenient for most consumers. But it's difficult to withdraw cash or complete other transactions if you can't see prompts on a screen.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=155.

Children's Advocate Needed, Doctors Say

Date posted to site: July 02, 2007

Public policy measures designed to promote and protect the health and wellbeing of Canadian children are being implemented in a piecemeal fashion and, as a result, far too many kids are falling through the cracks and suffering sickness and injuries, the Canadian Paediatric Society says.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/health_committee.php?activities-health=156.

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August

Students For Barrier Free Access(SFBA) Launches New Accessible Website

Date posted to site: August 31, 2007

SFBA is a student group on campus that represents the students with disabilities at the University of Toronto. We hope to provide a voice for a constituency that has been under-represented in the past.

Visit them on the web at www.sfba.ca.

CROSSROADS: Education Planning For Families Of Children With Disabilities

Date posted to site: August 29, 2007

Mark Walter - You want the best for your disabled child - and that includes a post-secondary education to give them a strong start in their adult life - so you've probably already started saving for that day down the road when they'll head off to college or university.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/education_committee.php?activities-education=178.

Put politicians On The Hot seat

Date posted to site: August 28, 2007

Will disability support payments go the distance as an election issue this fall?

After years of being ignored, if not wilfully neglected, they are suddenly front and centre as Ontarians get set to go to the polls Oct. 10. That's both good and bad news for people with disabilities struggling to survive on what is literally starvation funding.

The bad news is that the current interest stems not from long-overdue concern over the way in which the Ontario Disability Support Program operates. It relates to the burden imposed on cash-starved municipalities - an eminently worthy cause but a total red herring in terms of disability issues.

The good news is, advocates hope to take advantage of the spotlight to get their message across.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=106.

AODA ALLIANCE SEEKS THREE ONTARIO PARTIES' ELECTION COMMITMENTS ON DISABILITY ACCESSIBILITY ISSUES

Date posted to site: August 28, 2007

The Ontario election campaign is just around the corner. In the past three Ontario elections, Ontario's disability community did a great job of raising disability issues, in a non-partisan way. We're now swinging into action to do it again.

The AODA Alliance has now written the three Ontario political party leaders. We asked them to make specific election commitments on disability accessibility.

Read more at http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/08262007-OntarioParties-ElectionCommitments-DisabilityAccessibility.asp.

Young People Help Their Peers Fight The Stigma Of Mental Illness

Date posted to site: August 27, 2007

Project to give youths courage to seek treatment

The stigma associated with mental illness can be difficult for anyone to bear. For youth, it can be crippling.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/health_committee.php?activities-health=176.

Para Bookings To Trails Denied Again!

Date posted to site: August 27, 2007

Sunday, August 26 th, 2007

Community Advocate, Catherine Gardner is seeing red this morning after being told by Para Transpo Booking staff that they cannot find on the computer the places she wants to go so a booking could not be made!

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/transportation_committee.php?activities-transportation=177.

Five Top Tips To Help Kids Deal With back To School Stress

Date posted to site: August 24, 2007

The Psychology Foundation of Canada & Desjardins Financial Security partner to promote stress management strategies for families.

TORONTO, Aug. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - What better time of year than 'back to school', to address the importance of teaching children to manage stress effectively? Despite what a surprising number of parents may think, the fact is that too many environmental stresses early in a child's life can have some negative physiological effects on his/her overall long-term development.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/resources/resources.php?resources=175.

Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation Research Newsletter

Date posted to site: August 23, 2007

The Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, one of the province's largest funders of neurotrauma research, is launching a free quarterly newsletter for people with acquired brain injury (ABI) and spinal cord injury (SCI), and their family members/caregivers.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=104.

A Second Life For Teen Depression

Date posted to site: August 22, 2007

TRALEE PEARCE
August 21, 2007 at 9:06 AM EDT

By the time she was 16, Sarah had dropped out of high school, was living on the streets of London, Ont., and abusing drugs.

During a hospital stay after an overdose, she learned about a new Web-based program that blends social networking with expert advice on teens' mental-health issues. The program, says Sarah, who asked that her real name not be used, led her to discover that she had been self-medicating her depression with street drugs.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/health_committee.php?activities-health=173.

Where Do Most Canadians With Alcohol And Drug Problems Live? Not Where You Think

Date posted to site: August 21, 2007

CAMH study explores regional differences

If you think the big cities of Toronto and Montreal have the highest rate of alcohol and drug use problems, think again. A new study entitled "Geographical Variation in the Prevalence of Problematic Substance Use in Canada" authored by three researchers from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) discovered that Ontario and Quebec had markedly lower concentrations of people with alcohol and drug problems.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/health_committee.php?activities-health=172.

No Easy Fix' For Wheel-Trans

Date posted to site: August 20, 2007

Wheel-Trans' maintenance workers try to keep the worn-out fleet on the road. Breakdowns are common.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/transportation_committee.php?activities-transportation=169.

Web Standards - Can't You See?

Date posted to site: August 20, 2007

It's surprising to see how many major Web Content Management(WCM) implementations still suffer serious cross-browser compatibility problems. Or completely ignore accessibility standards. I like to browse the web with a multitude of browsers and devices - basically, whatever I have at hand or feel like. I don't particularly enjoy being dictated to run Internet Explorer on a Windows PC because some company decided that's what the majority of users will use. It annoys me - and I'm not even visually impaired.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=170.

Assistive Devices Final Report(incl. exec summary) - June 29 2007

Date posted to site: August 20, 2007

Access to assistive devices is essential for persons with disabilities to participate fully in work, social and community life. Persons with disabilities must be assured availability of a broad range of safe, reliable and affordable assistive devices that meet their individual needs. The ability to make choices in this regard is fundamental to their dignity.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/resources/resources.php?resources=171.

Canada: Not Seeing The Value Of Friendship.

Date posted to site: August 18, 2007

Accessibility News Note: With friends like the CNIB, who needs enemies? Just another reason why we shouldn't have to rely on a Charity to deliver services.

Wayne Sharpe lives in a co-op near Shaw and Dupont. Gord Harders moved in a couple of years ago. Shortly after, the two men struck up a conversation. Gord offered Wayne a cup of coffee and Wayne took him up on it.

Routine, but for this: Gord is blind.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/advocates/cecm/#a13.

Access Denied To NCC Trails

Date posted to site: August 16, 2007

Community Advocate Catherine Gardner says that Persons with Disabilities and Persons without vehicles are being denied access to many of the NCC Nature Trails.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/transportation_committee.php?activities-transportation=167.

Travesty Of Justice'; Comedian Rosato Should Be Committed, Not Tried, Expert Says

Date posted to site: August 16, 2007

The man who helped establish the Ontario Consent and Capacity Board and served as its CEO and chairman for the first seven years of its existence calls the government's prosecution of Tony Rosato "a travesty of justice" and a "profoundly sad situation."

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/health_committee.php?activities-health=166.

What is a Screen Reader?

Date posted to site: August 13, 2007

A screen reader is a software application that enables people with severe visual impairments to use a computer. Screen readers work closely with the computer's Operating System (OS) to provide information about icons, menus, dialogue boxes, files and folders. A screen reader provides access to the entire OS that it works with, including many common applications.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/resources/resources.php?resources=165.

Canada: Rights Ruling Likely To Affect All Canadian Transit

Date posted to site: August 10, 2007

TORONTO - A blind Toronto lawyer's successful battle to have the city's transit system announce each and every stop has set a precedent that will reverberate through public transportation systems across the country, legal experts say.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/transportation_committee.php?activities-transportation=164.

Site Check: County Of Essex

Date posted to site: August 10, 2007

On this website they ask if you have any problems with accessibility you should contact their Accessibility Advisory Committee and let them know what problems you are having.

If all of the accessibility errors were tackled one at a time by way of this kind of input, it would take an awful long time to fix and at enormous cost.

The best thing to do with this site would be to rebuild it from scratch by someone who understands web accessibility.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/sites/results.php?failspriority1=19.

Patients Need An Advocate

Date posted to site: August 08, 2007

We believe that patients across the health-care sector would benefit not only from the Ontario ombudsman's oversight but also from access to independent advocacy services. The ombudsman cannot be a partisan advocate for the individual, unlike an independent patient advocate. Both have a place in our current health-care system.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=102.

Aging With Spinal Cord Injury (SCI): A Focus on Women

Date posted to site: August 07, 2007

Research on persons aging with SCI have been based largely on male, or male-dominated, samples. Significant differences, however, may be found between genders in coping patterns and the overall experience of aging with SCI. An intriguing study by Penland, et al. (2002), found that women feel disenfranchised in their health care experience of aging with SCI. Focus groups and key informant interviews were used to elicit responses among 29 women with SCI living in Ontario, Canada.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility_articles.php?Mobility=100.

A Viceral Push For Better Access

Date posted to site: August 07, 2007

His mobility limited by polio, David Onley had already overcome formidable challenges - so he was not about to be defeated by a bean-bag chair.

Still, it did cross Mr. Onley's mind that he might have difficulty making a dignified exit after CITY-TV executive Moses Znaimer offered him an on-air position at double his previous pay as a radio announcer.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=101.

Commentary: School Daze

Date posted to site: August 06, 2007

The phrase "back to school" might mean that it's time to start shopping for school supplies, but for post-secondary students with psychiatric disabilities, it might mean that it's time to panic.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/editorials/commentary.php?linda=51.

Site Check: Town Of Amherstburg Revisited

Date posted to site: August 03, 2007

Accessibility News was asked to reevaluate the Amherstburg website because of the following publicly available statement sent to us.

The town of Amherstburg's website is now compliant with the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative standards. As there is no official governing body regarding the certification of a website as accessibility compliant it is incumbent upon the town to certify the website as meeting recommended standards as set out by the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative.

It's not much wonder Advocates for accessibility throw up their hands in desparation when they run into this kind of thinking. They quote W3C standards but don't abide by them when presented with evidence to the contrary, but I guess it's easy to find someone who will agree with your position if you don't like the truth.

No matter how much they state to the contrary, their site does not pass the minimum standards for web accessibility and this can be checked by any online validation tool, accessibility News used 3 such tools. Just having valid code, passing 1 or 2 checkpoints, or fooling some tools into passing an automatic checkpoint does not make it W3C compliant.

If it isn't truly accessible then some residents of Amherstburg are being denied equal access to information and it is incumbent on Council to find out the truth and look after their best interests, governing body or not.

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Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/sites/results.php?failspriority1=13.

Elections Ontario Outreach Program

Date posted to site: August 03, 2007

Elections Ontario believes in building strong partnerships and working cooperatively with stakeholders to further our vision of electoral process excellence. A wide range of stakeholders has an interest in the Ontario electoral process, and their opinions and concerns are critically important to us and to our success. For this reason, we introduced an "outreach program" which allows us to have meaningful dialogue and an exchange of information and ideas with special interest groups whose members or constituents have special needs.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=99.

Accessibility Is A Right, Not A Charity, Convenience, Luxury Or Privilege

Date posted to site: August 02, 2007

Blind Access Journal is almost three years old. We will be celebrating our third anniversary of concerted online accessibility evangelism on December 17,2007. Now that we have embarked on our second major CAPTCHA (visual verification) accessibility initiative, I thought it would be a good idea to make the agenda of Blind Access Journal plainly clear to both long time and new readers. The overarching statement we consistently make in the pages of this journal is: "accessibility is a right". Accessibility provides blind and visually impaired people with the opportunity to participate in society on terms of equality with the sighted. Inaccessibility excludes the blind and visually impaired, resulting in exactly the opposite condition. We must have accessibility in the form of "reasonable accomodations" that permit us to participate, in order that we may be afforded the opportunities to live, learn and work in the world around us. Though we greatly appreciate anyone who is willing to work cooperatively with us, we must also keep in mind that full and equal participation of the blind in society ought not, ultimately, be a charity, convenience, luxury or privilege, but rather a human right in just the same way as those earned by women, minorities and other groups of human beings who have found themselves disallowed from full participation in one or more important elements of their society at different times in history.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/blind_articles.php?blind=98.

Start Wearing Sunglasses Early, And They May Help To Preserve Your Sight In Later Life

Date posted to site: August 01, 2007

For decades, doctors have warned about the dangers of going out in the sun. Slap on a hat, slip on a shirt and slop on the suncream to protect your skin from harmful rays and avoid getting cancer, they say.

But what about the eyes? If sunlight burns skin, what does it do to the cornea, lens and retina? Most people wear sunglasses for comfort or to look cool. But perhaps there is a more pressing reason - to save our sight.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/blind_articles.php?blind=97.

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September

Commentary: Elections Ontario Deny Access To Disabled, Update

Date posted to site: September 29, 2007

Accessibility News contacted Elections Ontario regarding this Commentary and got the following response.

Thank you for bringing your concerns to our attention, Elections Ontario's "Am I on the list?" on-line application uses the "captcha" security feature to help ensure the integrity of our voters list, thereby protecting the privacy of all Electors.

Given that you are currently unable to confirm if you are on the list for the 2007 Election and Referendum using our website, you may wish to contact us.

Actually NO!! I want the same access to information as other Ontarians, not 2 tier accessibility. As one reader wrote:

Not surprised at the response and no it doesn't address the issue. One of the primary advantages to the Internet was suppose to be the ability to have access to services and information any time of the day or night when it is convenient and fits into our schedules. Given that our dear governmen offices or the toll free numbers provided aren't 7/24 then there will simply be those individuals who will not be able to effectively exercise their democratic rights.

Once again a response from someone who is simply clueless.

Exactly!! It's not much wonder that accessibility moves at a snails' pace with this kind of thinking at the top.

Read the commentary at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/editorials/commentary.php?geof=52.

Accessibility For Ontarians With Disabilities Act Alliance Update

Date posted to site: September 29, 2007

Latest update from the AODA Alliance
Read more at http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/09272007.asp.

$5,800 Bill For Stats Shocks Researcher; In 2005, Province Suddenly Levied Hefty Charge For Health Information That Used To Be Free

Date posted to site: September 28, 2007

When Don Weitz filed a request to the Ontario Ministry of Health in April 2005 for statistics on electroshock therapy, he had no idea it would trigger a two-year battle to win access to the records and a bill of nearly $6, 000.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/health_committee.php?activities-health=197.

Better Connected, Better Results: Table Headers

Date posted to site: September 27, 2007

One of the most common accessibility problems we find when conducting the Better Connected survey is the lack of marked up headers in data tables. So let's look at why these are important, and how to make sure that tables can be clearly understood.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/resources/resources.php?resources=196.

Premier 'Sorry' About Missing Accessible Debate

Date posted to site: September 27, 2007

Accessibility News note: It's a shame that Mr. McGuinty chose to snub this debate, especially when he brags about his accomplishments on accessibility within the Province, one would think he'd be excited to speak on how proud he is with Bill 118, of course the way things are progressing perhaps not showing up was a good thing for him.

Organizers chose to meet in Ottawa South in hopes McGuinty would show up

Last evening's all-candidates meeting in Ottawa South had full access for disabled people, including French and English sign-language interpreters, interveners for the deaf-blind and assistants for the mobility impaired.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=112.

Disability Advocates Gripe To FCC About IPhone

Date posted to site: September 25, 2007

Accessibility News note: Why is it when Disability groups advocate on issues of discrimination it's called "griping" or "complaining" but when others do it they don't use the same negative terminology?

Hearing loss group says Apple didn't ensure the iPhone works with hearing aids, violating disabilities laws.

A group representing people with a hearing loss filed complaints with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission ( FCC) last month, accusing Apple Inc. of not making its iPhone compatible with hearing aids.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=194.

Dispelling The Myths About ADHD

Date posted to site: September 25, 2007

Centre for ADHD Advocacy in Canada (CADDAC) calls for more support in Ontario classrooms

TORONTO, Sept. 24 /CNW/ - While a new school year is well underway, the stress and anxiety levels of many parents and students faced with the challenges of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has only just begun. In a week that marks the launch of its first ever Awareness Campaign, the Centre for ADHD Advocacy in Canada (CADDAC) is working hard to promote understanding, dispel myths and stimulate advocacy and support for families dealing with ADHD.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/health_committee.php?activities-health=195.

Join Protest If You Give A DAMN

Date posted to site: September 24, 2007

DAMN.

There's a new group in town ready to move disability issues to the front of the political agenda where they belong.

Disability Action Movement Now is gearing up for a strong showing at this Wednesday's day of action to combat poverty. It's time to get out and show the flag.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=193.

Accessibility For Ontarians With Disabilities Act Alliance Update

Date posted to site: September 21, 2007

To learn all about the disability accessibility issues in Ontario's current provincial election, about the parties' commitment on these, and how you can get involved and raise these issues, check out the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance's new Election Action Kit. Visit http://www.aodaalliance.org/election2007/actionkit.asp

You can download the AODA Alliance's one-page leaflet on the election's disability accessibility issues and read lots more about this topic at: http://www.aodaalliance.org/election2007/default.asp

You can listen to a recent CBC Radio interview by the AODA Alliance's David Lepofsky by visiting http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/default.asp

Can Medication Cure All Ills?

Date posted to site: September 21, 2007

Maybe not - Dr. Chesnie Cooper focuses on remediation

TORONTO, ONTARIO, MEDIA RELEASE--(Marketwire - Sept. 20, 2007) - Attention Deficit Disorder, or as it's currently known, Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder, is a medical condition affecting approximately three to five per cent of the population according to the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH).

However, many more children are being medically treated for AD/HD than this statistic implies.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/health_committee.php?activities-health=192.

Chicago Airports Introducing New Communication Devices For Disabled People

Date posted to site: September 21, 2007

Extract: "Eight more kiosks at O'Hare and two at Midway airport are expected to be installed by early 2008. Authorities are trying to make them accessible for travelers who are blind and visually impaired, as well. "We also recognized that people maybe have poor vision and may not necessarily be blind, but services such as audio services are available, and we're pursuing that aggressively to make available services to all of our customers," said Smith.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/transportation_committee.php?activities-transportation=191.

New Local Radio Station Pioneers New Technology

Date posted to site: September 20, 2007

Whistler FM has system for visually impaired to work in radio

Whistler's new local FM station, Whistler FM, officially launches Saturday (Sept.1) and is blazing a trail for more than tourism information - it's also creating a system to make working in radio more accessible to the visually impaired and the blind.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/employment_committee.php?activities-employment=190.

Scheme Opens World Wide Web To Visually Impaired

Date posted to site: September 20, 2007

A project launched by the Visually Impaired Culture and Unity Association (GÖRBIR) and the Turkish Employment Organization (ISKUR) has enabled visually impaired individuals in Agri to integrate with the world around them via the Internet.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/education_committee.php?activities-education=189.

Where's The Compassion?

Date posted to site: September 17, 2007

A Brock University student has filed an appeal regarding the denial of accommodations requested. The student met the responsibilities articulated in the school's policy - the disability was documented and the disability related needs were noted.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/editorials/commentary.php?linda=54.

Better Connected, Better Results: Alt Text

Date posted to site: September 17, 2007

The first commandment of Web Accessibility is to Provide a text equivalent for every non-text element.

Unfortunately, this is more often easier said than done, with inappropriate alt text often being the cause of many sites failing to reach even Single-A.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/resources/resources.php?resources=187.

City To Host Canadian Open for Visually Impaired

Date posted to site: September 17, 2007

Glenn Babcock stepped to the tee at Cambridge Golf Club on Tuesday and bounced a shot about 20 yards.

It was one of the few times the former member of Team Canada for the Nation's Cup had seen one of his drives. Usually they are straight and 250 yards down the fairway. That's way out of Babcock's visual range.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/recreational_committee.php?activities-recreational=188.

Web Accessibility For Screen Magnifier Users

Date posted to site: September 14, 2007

The needs of screen magnifier users are overlooked when implementing web accessibility on to a website. Screen magnifiers are used by partially sighted web users to increase the size of on-screen elements. Some users will magnify the screen so that only three to four words are able to appear on the screen at any one time.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/resources/resources.php?resources=186.

Consultation By The Ontario Citizens' Assembly On Electoral Reform

Date posted to site: September 13, 2007

"If casting one's vote is indeed the most important act a citizen performs in any democracy, then it is time for the process to become more inclusive for all citizens." - Excerpt from the written submission of the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=185.

Province Seeks Leave To Appeal Class Action Certification

Date posted to site: September 12, 2007

The Ministry of the Attorney General is seeking leave to appeal a judge's recent decision to certify a class action over the practice of jailing mentally ill accused persons while they wait for medical assessments, Law Times has learned.

The government has been told jailing mentally ill accused persons awaiting court ordered medical assessments is unconstitutional, but the practice continues, says Joseph Obagi. The class potentially includes more than 2,000 people in Ontario. A court may order an assessment under s. 672.11 of the Criminal Code, if it has reasonable grounds to believe an assessment is necessary to determine. For instance, if accused persons are unfit to stand trial or not criminally responsible for their actions.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/health_committee.php?activities-health=184.

Companies, Courts Debate Whether ADA Applies To Web Sites

Date posted to site: September 10, 2007

Advocates for the disabled are pressing companies to make their Web sites more accessible

Does the Americans with Disabilities Act apply in cyberspace? Without clear guidance from the courts, companies are deciding for themselves. Pressured by advocacy groups, some businesses have already taken steps to make their Web sites more accessible to the disabled. But other companies have said that while they'll voluntarily alter their sites, they aren't required to do so by the ADA.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=182.

Commentary: Mere Words Are Not Enough

Date posted to site: September 10, 2007

Onley makes appeal for 'a helping hand and an open mind' Sept. 6

While the installation of David Onley as Ontario's new lieutenant-governor is symbolically important, bringing Ontarians with disabilities into the mainstream will take far more than "a helping hand and an open mind."

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/editorials/commentary.php?john=53.

Screen Readers: A Web Developer Failure

Date posted to site: September 07, 2007

The story of screen reader development is littered with people who couldn't give a damn, and wouldn't live up to their responsibilities. Some of the problems of today are the responsibility vendors like Freedom Scientific and GW Micro, but tracing the roots back through history, they had close to zero support from the web development community.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=181.

Incoming Lieutenant-Governor Llans To Smooth Path For All

Date posted to site: September 05, 2007

The path to the Ontario Legislature is paved with more than good intentions these days. It got a makeover this summer so the province's next lieutenant-governor can make a dignified entrance in preparation for his formal installation on Wednesday.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=109.

Testing with Screen Readers: Questions and Answers

Date posted to site: September 04, 2007

Listening to your web content rather than looking at it can be an "eye-opening" experience (pardon the pun) that takes sighted users out of their normal comfort zone. It gives sighted users a chance to evaluate their content from an entirely different perspective: from the perspective of a blind person.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/resources/resources.php?resources=180.

Mental Illness Focus Of New Strategy

Date posted to site: September 04, 2007

Harper names experts to commission to lead a national campaign to erase the stigma'

OTTAWA-Canada needs a new approach to diagnosing and treating mental disorders and illness, says one of the people who will bring his ideas to the newly formed Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/health_committee.php?activities-health=179.

CWD-O Response to AODA Transportation Standard

Date posted to site: September 03, 2007

Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario (CWD-O) is an organization representing 2,100 people with various types of disabilities. As such, the time frame provided to prepare a response has been inadequate for us to prepare as complete a response as we would have liked. Nevertheless, we believe it is important to participate in the consultation, and have provided the comments we could in each section.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/transportation_committee.php?activities-transportation=174.

Accessibility For Ontarians With Disabilities Act Alliance Updates

Date posted to site: September 03, 2007

ONTARIO GOVERNMENT EXTENDS TIME FOR GIVING FEEDBACK ON WEAK PROPOSED TRANSPORTATION ACCESSIBILITY STANDARD AS COMMUNITY CRITICISM OF THAT PROPOSED STANDARD MOUNTS

Read more updates at:

Proposed Transportation Accessibility Standards A Setback For Ontarians With Disabilities

Date posted to site: September 03, 2007

Toronto - The Ontario Human Rights Commission has made a submission to the Transportation Accessibility Standards Development Committee of the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario. The Committee is charged with developing the Initial Proposed Transportation Accessibility Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA).

The Commission is concerned that the proposed standard falls short of human rights requirements in a number of significant areas.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility_articles.php?Mobility=108.

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October

Tackling The Gridiron With Blind Ambition

Date posted to site: October 31, 2007

Caption: Blind bantam football player Kyle McDonald beat the odds and scored his first touchdown the day before his 13th birthday.

Nothing has come easy to Kyle McDonald in his 13 years, so he isn't about to let being declared legally blind keep him off the field The Silver Raiders didn't win a championship this year, falling to the Chargers in Sunday's semifinal at Clarke Park, but theirs is a smaller, better story.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/recreational_committee.php?activities-recreational=222.

Human Rights Settlements Reached With Ontario Gaming And Lottery Corporation On Disability Policy

Date posted to site: October 31, 2007

TORONTO, Oct. 29 /CNW/ - The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has reached settlements in related complaints against the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) and two of its gaming operations.

The complaints were filed by employees who alleged managers at Woodbine Racetrack Slots and Casino Sault Ste. Marie violated Human Rights Code provisions regarding employer duty to accommodate staff experiencing disability. The employees alleged that they were required to return to work before their doctor recommended, return to activities not advised by their doctor, and produce a doctor's note dated the same date as their absence due to medical disability.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/employment_committee.php?activities-employment=221.

October/November Website Rankings Of 100 Retailers

Date posted to site: October 30, 2007

Accessibility News Note: These stats could just as easily apply to Retail websites here in Canada, especially music download sites which we've had experience with.

"In the US Target.com now faces a class action lawsuit because of its inaccessibility to blind people. More such actions are inevitable on both sides of the pond."

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=124.

Assessing Accessibility

Date posted to site: October 29, 2007

As part of a third-year alternative media class project, Katy Swailes and Mark J. DeMontis, media and public interest students, started Western Chirps. It is a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of implementing audio signals (or chirps) for visually impaired students at on-campus intersections.

As it stands, intersections on campus are flooded with students rushing to class, cyclists, buses, cars and taxis, which can make it difficult for the visually impaired to cross the road safely.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/blind_articles.php?blind=122.

Canada Needs Independent Blind Advocates (CNIBA)

Date posted to site: October 29, 2007

This organization is a new website forum for advocates to use in holding the CNIB Accountable (CNIB A).

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/advocates/cniba.

Companies Team Up For Online Captioning

Date posted to site: October 26, 2007

In an effort to overcome technology and production barriers, the leading providers of Web-based video have joined with media access pioneer WGBH/Boston to develop solutions that will increase the amount of online video accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/deaf_articles.php?deaf=121.

Ontario Transit Services Expected To Announce All Transit Stops

Date posted to site: October 26, 2007

TORONTO, Oct. 25 /CNW/ - Following up on several key developments in the area of accessible transit, Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall has written to transit services across the province asking them to remove barriers faced by riders with disabilities.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/transportation_committee.php?activities-transportation=219.

ODSP Changes Could Be Looming

Date posted to site: October 26, 2007

A local organic farmer who has claimed the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) is unconstitutional could find out within the next few weeks if his argument will result in changes to the controversial program.

Still, that's too long for Dave Thomasson, who presented his case to a closed-door tribunal Wednesday afternoon at the Cornwall Civic Complex.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/activities.php?activities=220.

Three Cheers For Target For Fighting Accessibility

Date posted to site: October 25, 2007

In March this year I wrote an article about accessibility law suits going through the American courts. One of the cases was against Target, one of the largest retailers in the US. The claim being that the Target website was not accessible to a blind person.

If Target had been sensible they would have cried 'mea culpa', promised to improve the web-site, made a small pay-out and the whole story would have disappeared without a trace. Instead Target's attorneys decided to fight the case at every turn.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=218.

Accessible To Whom?

Date posted to site: October 24, 2007

In my last blog I discussed the case against Target. It generated a lively discussion with a number of readers. One of these comments was so serious that I decided I should start a new thread. The comment was "It sounds ugly to say, but how disabled does a person have to be before designing a website to accommodate them is considered unreasonable and a web designer is not legally responsible to accommodate them? Blind? Deaf? Limbless? What if they are mentally retarded?".

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=217.

JRC Project Improves Mobility For The Blind At Lake Maggiore, Italy

Date posted to site: October 24, 2007

Blind and partially sighted people can now safely stroll along a path along the shore of Lake Maggiore in northern Italy, thanks to an initiative from the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the town of Laveno Mombello.

The two-kilometre prototype path, which runs from the railway station to the old ceramic factory and through the ferry station before winding along the lake shore, is a product of the SESAMONET (Secure and Safe Mobility Network)

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/recreational_committee.php?activities-recreational=216.

Completely Automated Program Telling Computers And Humans Apart(CAPTCHAs) For Social Good? (features GroZi)

Date posted to site: October 23, 2007

Accessibility News Note: Elections Ontario should read the last paragraph of this article carefully.

Researchers at the University of California at San Diego have a plan to meld the brains of Internet users into a vast human grid that would make use of the seconds wasted on solving CAPTCHAs (define) to enact social change.

Likely familiar to any frequent Web user, CAPTCHAs are those difficult-to-see images comprised of squiggly letters and lines designed to confound blog spam bots and the like. Blogs and online forums typically use codes hidden in CAPTCHAs to prove that a poster is a human, rather than an automated program; ideally, a human user can see and enter a CAPTCHA's hidden code, while an automated program cannot.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=215.

THINKING BIG: Simply Audiobooks

Date posted to site: October 23, 2007

By Ellen Roseman, Business Columnist
The Toronto Star, Canada
Monday, October 22, 2007

Blockbuster of books

Sean Neville was driving to class one day, listening to an audio version of his securities course textbook, when the idea hit.

With all those commuters zipping around him on the highway, there must be a market in audiobook rentals, he thought.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=214.

The Turbine On The Bus Goes Purr Purr Purr

Date posted to site: October 22, 2007

Accessibility News Note" This is not good for the blind community, first we had quiet cars and now this, see http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/blind_articles.php?blind=57 and http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/blind_articles.php?blind=2.

Shhhh! People are riding here!

If you happen to get on a new hybrid bus that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is testing on 42nd Street this week, you may be tempted to shush your fellow passengers, as though the bus were a library.

It's that quiet.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/blind_articles.php?blind=120.

Alabama Industries For The Blind(AIB) Said To Celebrate National Disability Employment Month Every Day

Date posted to site: October 20, 2007

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. For Alabama Industries for the Blind, it is celebrated every day.

Billy Sparkman, the executive director of AIB, said that there is a 70-percent unemployment rate for people who are legally blind.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/blind_articles.php?blind=119.

75 Million Will Be Blind Worldwide By 2020 - Minister

Date posted to site: October 19, 2007

The Minister of Health, Prof. Adenike Grange has said that the current global magnitude of blindness of 45 million is likely to increase to 75 million by the year 2020 if efforts are not intensified to control the problem.

The minister disclosed this yesterday at the ministerial press briefing on the occasion of world sight day celebration.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/stats_results.php?stats=118.

News From the Canadian Transportation Agency, Passenger Terminal Accessibility

Date posted to site: October 19, 2007

On June 18, 2007, the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) released two new products aimed at improving the accessibility of air, rail and marine terminals at TRANSED in Montreal.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/resources/resources.php?resources=213.

Accessibility For Ontarians With Disabilities Act Alliance Updates

Date posted to site: October 18, 2007

Bits And Pieces Of News On The Accessibility Front, In The Aftermath Of Last Weeks Ontario Election

We have even more concrete proof that there is a pressing need to reform Ontario's election process to make it fully accessible to voters with disabilities.

See http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/10172007.asp

Ontario's New Lieutenant Governor Challenges All Ontarians To Take Strong, Effective Action To Make Ontario Barrier-Free for People With Disabilities

When Ontario's new Lieutenant Governor David Onley was sworn in on September 5, 2007, his inaugural speech laid down a powerful challenge to all Ontarians, including Ontario's Government, to take strong, effective action to make Ontario a fully accessible province for over 1.5 Ontarians with disabilities.

See http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/10162007.asp

Education Key To Surviving Mental Illness

Date posted to site: October 17, 2007

The searing pain of loss is clear just below the surface whenever Allan Fiedtkou speaks of his son who died in 2006.

When recalling the often tumultuous relationship with his son, the 59-year-old visibly sags with grief - his voice trails off, eyes water and shoulders slowly slump.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/health_committee.php?activities-health=212.

Study Questions Long-term Use Of Alzheimer's Drugs

Date posted to site: October 16, 2007

Important to monitor effects, researcher says

As the main class of drugs licensed to treat Alzheimer's disease in Canada, they have limited impact on the devastating illness at the best of times. Now a troubling new study suggests that cholinesterase inhibitors may often be prescribed long after they can do any good, potentially exposing patients to unpleasant side effects for no real reason and burdening taxpayer-funded drug plans.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/health_committee.php?activities-health=211.

Bringing The Internet To Everyone

Date posted to site: October 16, 2007

Contest challenged developers to build Web sites for local nonprofits and government organizations

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=210.

International Expert on the Impact of Culture on Mental Health joins CAMH

Date posted to site: October 12, 2007

October 10 is World Mental Health Day

TORONTO, Oct. 9 /CNW/ - Isn't mental illness the same for people the world over? Not at all. Appropriately, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has chosen World Mental Health Day with its theme of The Impact of Culture on Mental Health to proudly welcome the arrival of its newest senior staff member, the world-renowned expert on Transcultural psychiatry Dr. Kwame McKenzie.

"My specific interest in coming to CAMH from the UK is in meeting the challenges of a multi-cultural population," Dr. McKenzie said today.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/health_committee.php?activities-health=209.

Accessibility For Ontarians With Disabilities Act Alliance Update

Date posted to site: October 12, 2007

Re-elected Ontario Government Makes Important Commitments To Ontarians With Disabilities

Ontarians have elected the McGuinty Liberals to a second term in office as a majority government. This was the fourth Ontario general election when persons with disabilities and their supporters at the grass-roots raised important disability issues across Ontario during the campaign. We thank and congratulate all who helped with our non-partisan effort.

Read more at http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/10102007.asp

It's A 'Different World' For Disabled Students

Date posted to site: October 11, 2007

EDMONTON - To the untrained ear, the digital voice streaming from Wade Brown's laptop sounds like synthesized gobbledygook.

But this is how Brown studies for an exam.

Read more at http://www.sfba.ca/sfba/news/news.php?news=22.

Web Accessibility Law In Canada

Date posted to site: October 10, 2007

This article is intended to offer general comments on legal developments of concern to individuals, business and legal professionals and is not intended to provide legal opinions. Readers should seek legal advice on the particular issues that concern them. © Gil Zvulony March 2005.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=207.

Disabled' Doesn't Mean "Unskilled"

Date posted to site: October 09, 2007

Did you know that blindness is the third-most feared thing in this country after AIDS and cancer, and keeps employment of the visually impaired limited to 26 percent of those ages 21 to 64?

I don't know about you, but I find that really appalling. It doesn't have to be, and shouldn't be that way at all.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/employment_committee.php?activities-employment=205.

Better Traffic Information For The Blind

Date posted to site: October 09, 2007

The Norwegian Highway Department and the SINTEF research Group are hoping to introduce a new real time traffic information system for the blind and sight impaired.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/transportation_committee.php?activities-transportation=206.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Blind Employees But Were Reluctant to Ask

Date posted to site: October 08, 2007

Summary: These candid questions about employment of people who are blind or visually impaired often go unasked -- and, therefore, are generally unanswered. Here are some straight answers.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/resources/resources.php?resources=204.

Court Rules Against Target in Web Site Accessibility Lawsuits

Date posted to site: October 05, 2007

A judge rules that the retailer needs to stand trial for having a Web site that is insufficiently accessible.

When a federal court judge issued rulings Oct. 2 that the $60 billion retailer Target needed to stand trial on charges that its Web site is not sufficiently accessible to visually-impaired shoppers, it sent a strong signal to much of the e-commerce space. Target has long been the most prominent opponent of forcing e-commerce site executives to adhere to accessibility rules designed for their brick-and-mortar counterparts.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=202.

It Takes Ingenuity And Persistence To Succeed, Disabled Workers Say

Date posted to site: October 05, 2007

But people are selective about how much they tell their bosses, new survey by Ryerson and the Royal Bank reveals

A new report on the realities of working life for disabled employees talks about how hard they must work to succeed, how their conditions often attract "the stare" from co-workers and how managers sometimes put bottom-line considerations ahead of accommodation.

Read more at http://www.sfba.ca/sfba/news/news.php?news=19.

Election Debate Proves Inaccessible To Disabled

Date posted to site: October 04, 2007

David Lepofsky

In most election campaigns, pundits are preoccupied with just a few issues, such as private school funding this year. You hear less about parallel grassroots election campaigns on other issues important to many. Here's one.

Lieutenant-Governor David Onley challenged all Ontarians to act now to make Ontario fully accessible to more than 1.5 million persons with disabilities. The party leaders all applauded. But what will they do if elected?

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=113.

Face It. Mental Illness Concerns Us All

Date posted to site: October 04, 2007

Face-to-face with mental illness

Carl Hiehn, Features/Opinions Editor

When I think about mental illness, what often comes to mind is an image of my brother - a snarky, hermitty sort of man who spends most of his days watching Star Wars, Transformers and bizarre low-budget films he found in a 2-for-1 bin at Zellers.

My brother suffers from a list of "illnesses" longer than my last phone bill. The broadest way to describe my brother's mental ailments is to say that he suffers from psychotic-waves of mental unbalance. These psychotic intervals are accompanied and exacerbated by a stunted brain that has caused his reading, writing and mathematics skills to be similar to that of an eight- or nine-year-old.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/health_committee.php?activities-health=200.

Canada's New Government Supports Library and Archives Canada's Initiative For Equitable Library Access

Date posted to site: October 04, 2007

Canada's New Government Supports Library and Archives Canada's Initiative For Equitable Library Access

OTTAWA, October 2, 2007 - The Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, today announced funding for Library and Archives Canada (LAC) to support access by Canadians with print disabilities to library collections.

Funding of $3 million will support the Initiative for Equitable Library Access (IELA) to assist Canadians who are unable to read standard printed material.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/activities.php?activities=201.

Accessibility For Ontarians With Disabilities Act Alliance Update(s)

Date posted to site: October 02, 2007

Read an issue by issue comparison of what the three political parties have committed in this election campaign regarding the key disability accessibility issues. This is based on the letters which Dalton McGuinty, John Tory and Howard Hampton sent to the AODA Alliance, setting out their commitments to us.

Read more at http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/10012007.asp.

AODA Alliance Writes Elections Ontario In Pursuit Of Barrier-Free Election

As part of the AODA Alliance's campaign for fully accessible elections in Ontario, we have written to the Chief Elections Officer. See our October 1, 2007 letter at http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/10042007.asp.

The Medcan Clinic Launches First Pharmacogenomics Service In Ontario

Date posted to site: October 02, 2007

Personalizing Medications is Expected to Help People with Mental Illness

TORONTO, Oct. 1 /CNW/ - The Medcan Clinic unveiled its leading-edge Pharmacogenomics services today in recognition of Mental Illness Awareness Week. By using a simple blood test, Medcan's genetic experts will work with patients and doctors to choose the most appropriate therapy to match a patient's unique genetic make-up. Pharmacogenomics studies how specific genetic variants can affect an individual's ability to metabolize medications. For patients taking anti-depressants and anti-psychotic medications, this will help identify which medications will be effective, what dose is best to start at, and what medications to try to avoid. Using this information, the goal is to reduce side effects and improve medication compliance leading to a better quality of life.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/health_committee.php?activities-health=199.

Mental Health Report Shows Disturbing Trend

Date posted to site: October 01, 2007

Quebec children in youth protection services are extremely damaged, warned an author of a report showing nearly 40 per cent are prescribed drugs for psychiatric problems.

Children as young as six years old are medicated to control hyperactivity, aggression, depression and suicidal tendencies, said Pierre Charest, head professional services at Centre jeunesse de Montreal.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/health_committee.php?activities-health=198.

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November

The Information And Communications Standards Development Committee's (IC-SDC) Initial Draft

Date posted to site: November 30, 2007

The IC-SDC is seeking input and comment on its initial draft proposed standard while continuing to further develop the draft Standard for public consultations as mandated by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) likely in mid to late 2008.

The proposed Accessible Information and Communications Standard is available for your review and feedback at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/archive/files/ic-sdc_draft.zip (zzipped document, 73.7 kb).

Friendly Shelburne Accessible To Local Disabled Woman

Date posted to site: November 29, 2007

Photo/MARNI WALSH MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS has affected the body, but certainly not the spirit, of Shelburne resident Debra Ellis.

"The definition of accessibility is that which enables someone to achieve their potential" says broadcaster, author, advocate for the disabled, and now Ontario's 28th Lieutenant Governor, David Onley.

Although the disabled have received legislative concessions with the Disabilities Act of 2001 and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 - setting standards requiring workplaces to be more accessible - Mr. Onley has said, that the employment prospects for Canadians with disabilities have hardly improved in the past two decades.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=248.

What Does Accessibility mean?

Date posted to site: November 28, 2007

By Jonathan Snook

If you were to ask people that question, I suspect most would say that accessibility is about making sure something - in our context, a web site or web application - that works for those who are physically disabled. Maybe they're blind or maybe they're a quadriplegic and unable to use a keyboard or mouse in the traditional sense.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/resources/resources.php?resources=246.

Mentally Ill Pose Unique Police Problem

Date posted to site: November 27, 2007

Taser death of schizophrenic points to dilemma

A 45-year-old Dartmouth man dies 30 hours after a Taser is used on him in a Halifax jail.

A 19-year-old girl hangs herself in an Ontario prison after several years of being shuttled from one institution to another.

What do they have in common? Both were mentally ill.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/health_committee.php?activities-health=245.

Rowe Breaks Record At Birmingham Nationals

Date posted to site: November 26, 2007

National wheelchair tennis veteran Phil Rowe of Langley, BC set a new record Saturday when he and partner Lee Carter of Winnipeg won the men's wheelchair doubles national final. Rowe, 56, broke the record for national doubles championships with his tenth win at the 2007 Birmingham National Wheelchair Tennis Championships in Whistler, BC. Meanwhile, it was Carter's first national title.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/recreational_committee.php?activities-recreational=244.

AEBC'S TOP PRIORITY

Date posted to site: November 26, 2007

By John Rae

When the National Action Plan focusing on Building an Inclusive and Accessible Canada, was presented at the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill on Thursday, November 22, 2007, each supporting national organization had up to two minutes to express its endorsement and indicate its top priority. Here are my notes for that presentation:

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/editorials/commentary.php?john=56.

Next Stop For TTC: Sensitivity

Date posted to site: November 24, 2007

Rights tribunal orders commission to focus on accessibility, following ruling on calling out stops

TTC commissioners have been ordered back to school to learn about their human rights obligations as part of a damning final decision by the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/transportation_committee.php?activities-transportation=243.

Stefanie Reid Named Paralympics Ontario Top Female Athlete Of The Year

Date posted to site: November 23, 2007

OTTAWA - Stefanie Reid of Thornhill, ON was named Paralympics Ontario top female athlete of the year at the Ontario Para Sports Awards. The award presentation took place in Toronto on November 17.

During the 2007 season Stefanie broke the Canadian long jump record in the F44 class (single, below knee amputation), a record which has stood since 1988. She would later better the mark on two occasions and closed out the season with a new Personal Best and Canadian Record of 4.78 metres.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/recreational_committee.php?activities-recreational=242.

Waste Of Public Funds To Oppose Accessibility

Date posted to site: November 23, 2007

Using the Freedom of Information Act, I've unearthed how much of your money the TTC spent on lawyers, opposing my effort to get crews to announce subway, bus and streetcar stops. We blind people need stops announced to know when we reach our destinations. In 2005, I won a human rights ruling ordering TTC crews to announce all subway stops. Despite this, the TTC refused to direct bus drivers to announce all stops. I had to sue again.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/transportation_committee.php?activities-transportation=241.

Commentary: Doorbells Do Not Open Doors

Date posted to site: November 23, 2007

By Linda Saxon

An accessibility checklist can be a useful tool, but not if it encourages less than the minimum standard.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/editorials/commentary.php?linda=55.

Kitchener Prison Video May Reveal Final Moments Of Ashley Smith

Date posted to site: November 22, 2007

Kitchener - An advocacy group for women in prison wants to see all records about the time Ashley Smith spent in custody, including any videotape of her final moments.

"We don't know how much exists on videotape," Kim Pate of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies said yesterday. "But we know that in all of the areas she was held throughout her time in prison, there would have been static video cameras in her cell and from time to time hand-held video cameras."

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/health_committee.php?activities-health=240.

Blind spot

Date posted to site: November 20, 2007

Why The Accessible Channel's vision is impaired
BY Geof Collis

In April, a new Canadian specialty channel will make its debut. The Accessible Channel won't look any different from the others, but it will sound different to some. The Accessible Channel, developed for the blind and visually impaired, will feature shows accompanied by narration describing what's happening on screen. The CRTC, which approved the channel in July, calls this a significant advancement. I call it discriminatory.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=238.

ICE Campaign - "In Case of Emergency"

Date posted to site: November 20, 2007

We all carry our mobile phones with names & numbers stored in its memory but nobody, other than ourselves, knows which of these numbers belong to our closest family or friends.

If we were to be involved in an accident or were taken ill, the people attending us would have our mobile phone but wouldn't know who to call. Yes, there are hundreds of numbers stored but which one is the contact person in case of an emergency? Hence this "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) Campaign

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/activities.php?activities=239.

Diversity Ideal Excludes Disabled

Date posted to site: November 19, 2007

There's an ironic disconnect developing around the terms "diversity" and "inclusion." Somewhere along the way, we have shrunk the meaning of both words.

Diversity should include all people who look and think and communicate and move in ways that distinguish them from the majority. These days the term is used almost exclusively to refer to skin colour and ethnicity.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=237.

Peel Proclaims International Day Of Disabled Persons

Date posted to site: November 16, 2007

BRAMPTON, ON (Nov. 15, 2007) - Peel Regional Council has proclaimed Dec. 3 as the International Day of Disabled Persons (IDDP) in the Region of Peel at today's Regional Council meeting. Peel's IDDP coincides with the United Nations IDDP, which is aimed at mobilizing support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. The theme for this year is Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities, which highlights opportunities and initiatives for the economic integration of persons with disabilities.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=127.

Disabled: 'Not Allowed To Book With Web Site'

Date posted to site: November 15, 2007

By Press Release: NZPA

"You're Not Allowed To Book With Our Web Site", Pacific Blue Tells Disabled

While many New Zealanders applaud the cheaper airfares resulting from Pacific Blue's arrival this week, disabled people are wondering how it's possible, or legal, for the airline to treat them as second class citizens in 2007.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=236.

Technology Talks The Talk'

Date posted to site: November 15, 2007

Two very dissimilar applications - one in machinery, the other in medicine - are both being solved by relying on spoken rather than written information. Printed instructions are said to be meaningless to around 20% of the European Population. This, combined with the 8 million blind and partially sighted people in Europe, contributes to nearly 200,000 deaths a year in the EU due to mis-dose and non-compliance of prescribed medication.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/health_committee.php?activities-health=235.

Passenger Train Group Seeks Federal Attention

Date posted to site: November 14, 2007

On November 13, 2007 Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) sent an assessment of CN's Algoma Central Railway (ACR) passenger train to Transport Canada Minister Lawrence Cannon.

With federal support, CN replaced the aging passenger train coaches and baggage cars with newer equipment last spring, but the replacement equipment has critical deficiencies in wheelchair accessibility, safety, baggage capacity and the service has been decreased to a point that it is seriously discouraging ridership.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/transportation_committee.php?activities-transportation=234.

"Education For All"? Not If You Are Deaf

Date posted to site: November 13, 2007

During the provincial election campaign earlier this fall, the Ministry of Education was making promises that the Liberal party's priority is "Education for All" but do these promises have any substance?

In the case of Deaf education the answer is no. The new Regulation 258/07 made under the Education Act attempts to appease persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing with empty promises of access to American Sign Language in our local schools. Once again, the government had an opportunity to do the right thing and chose not to.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/deaf_articles.php?deaf=125.

Microsoft And Novell Celebrate One Year Of Progress And Bring Accessibility To The Forefront Of Collaboration

Date posted to site: November 13, 2007

I volunteered at a local hospice for a few years while I was in school. During that time, in addition to some administrative support at the main office, I spent a significant amount of time with a young teenager who had been diagnosed with Duchenne 's muscular dystrophy. If you don't know the disease here is a brief synopsis: It is genetic. It is degenerative. And it is, unfortunately, always fatal. The young man with whom I spent time had been diagnosed with the disease in early childhood and at the time of our first meeting - was bed-ridden and could only move his fingers.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=126.

Navigating The Student Loan System In Ontario For Students With Disabilities

Date posted to site: November 13, 2007

This article is intended as a general resource for college and university students with disabilities who experience financial difficulties during and after the completion of their studies. Reviewed below are some of the available financial resources to students, and a brief survey of particular aspects of the Ontario Student Assistance Program ("OSAP") and the Canada Student Loan Program ("CSLP"), including: OSAP loan overpayment policies, medical loan forgiveness, and available resources.

Read more at http://sfba.ca/sfba/news/news.php?news=29.

Just Because It's In Your Head Doesn't Make It Any Less Real!

Date posted to site: November 09, 2007

Canadian Institutes Of Health Research(CIHR) Experts Examine The Latest Research In Mental Health

OTTAWA, Nov. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - We've all heard the expression - "it's just in your head". But, Canadians are beginning to realize that mental health problems are every bit as real as other diseases such as breast cancer or arthritis. One-in-five Canadians will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives and poor mental health is costing Canadian employers billions of dollars in lost productivity each year.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/health_committee.php?activities-health=232.

Yahoo Acknowledges Inaccessible Content, Yet Still Fails To Innovate

Date posted to site: November 09, 2007

Well, if this doesn't take the cake.

I have posted on Access Ability previously about Yahoo's inaccessible CAPTCHA, those distorted letters and numbers that appear in a graphic and require the user to type them into an edit field to prove there is a human on their end of the computer and not some spam robot. Screen readers like the one I use, JAWS, do not recognize these images and Yahoo has been unwilling to present an accessible solution, of which several varieties already exist on different web sites.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=231.

Site Check: Ministry Of Community And Social Services

Date posted to site: November 09, 2007

This is one shoddy piece of work from a Government that claims to be championing accessibility, it doesn't even pass the minimum standards for web accessibility.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/sites/results.php?failspriority1=20.

Group Home Bylaws Discriminate Against Disabled: Advocates

Date posted to site: November 09, 2007

Bylaws that limit the number and density of group homes in some municipalities discriminate against the disabled, advocates in eastern Ontario say.

The Human Rights Code makes it illegal to discriminate on the basis of disability, said Linda Tranter, a lawyer at the Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Legal Clinic, who is working with a group pushing municipalities to change bylaws such as those requiring group homes to be separated from each other by a certain distance, such as 800 metres.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/housing_committee.php?activities-housing=233.

Students for Barrier Free Access Information Update

Date posted to site: November 08, 2007

What's New?

Read more at http://www.sfba.ca/sfba/news/news.php?news-sfba=26.

'Autistics': We Don't Want A Cure

Date posted to site: November 07, 2007

People stared from the moment they entered the drugstore: There's a brat with a bad mother, the looks said. Six-year-old Griffin Lambert insisted on going down every aisle, touching each item on the shelf, opening jars and breaking seals. His mom, Andrea Bradford-Lambert, tried to distract him in a quiet voice, but she knew he was tired from school.

At the checkout, Griffin was pushing the soap across the scanner too quickly for the price to register, and the frustrated cashier yelled at him. Griffin started screaming. "Once he's started a meltdown," his mother sighs, "there's no going back."

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/health_committee.php?activities-health=229.

Disabled To Solve Skills Shortage: Features Law Professor Ron McCallum

Date posted to site: November 07, 2007

DECEMBER 3 marks the International Day of Disabled Persons and this year's theme is "decent work for persons with disability".

Almost 1.2 million people in NSW have a disability and when it comes to disability discrimination, the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission receives more complaints about employment than any other area.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/employment_committee.php?activities-employment=230.

Renovation Not Required To Be Barrier-free

Date posted to site: November 06, 2007

Jerry Ford went downtown this week to buy a present for a loved one, but he couldn't - not because the store was closed, but because it is not wheelchair accessible.

"I went there to buy some chocolate for my wife," Mr. Ford said.

The staff of The Nutty Chocolatier, a new business located in the ground floor of The Balmoral (the former Empire Plaza Hotel) on the corner immediately west of Victoria Hall, were too busy to see he was on the sidewalk outside, unable to get in, but a customer said that soon there would be accessible entrance at the rear.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=228.

Mental Health Becoming Huge Challenge In Canada's Prisons

Date posted to site: November 05, 2007

Canada's corrections system is struggling to meet the needs of offenders with mental illnesses, the head of Correctional Services Canada said Thursday.

His remarks came as Waterloo Regional Police laid criminal negligence charges against a fourth prison employee in the death of a 19 year-old woman who died while in custody.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/health_committee.php?activities-health=227.

Intranet Dillusions

Date posted to site: November 05, 2007

Accessibility News Note: Pass this on to your Information Technology(IT) department if you have one.

Every business can benefit from some form of intranet whether it is a collection of online tools or a large corporate system. The problem is that many organisations make fundamental mistakes in how they approach their intranet. I want to address 5 of these mistakes.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=226.

First-ever Guidelines For Frontlines To manage Teen Depression

Date posted to site: November 02, 2007

Primary care clinicians often feel inadequately trained and supported to manage adolescent depression

TORONTO, ONTARIO, MEDIA RELEASE--(Marketwire - Nov. 1, 2007) - For the first time ever, frontline healthcare workers in North America will have clear guidelines and a toolkit for the management of adolescent depression.

Recognizing a gap in clinical guidance for primary care providers in the management of adolescent depression, a group of psychiatric researchers in North America, led by Sunnybrook's Dr. Amy Cheung, collaborated to establish the Guidelines for Adolescent Depression in Primary Care (GLAD-PC), for the management of adolescent depression in the primary care setting.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/health_committee.php?activities-health=225.

Students Welcome New Minister And Government Focus

Date posted to site: November 01, 2007

TORONTO, Oct. 30 /CNW/ - This afternoon Premier Dalton McGuinty and his cabinet were sworn in with a focus on bringing equality and fairness to all Ontarians. The second majority mandate for the liberals will focus on the anti-poverty agenda and bringing our underrepresented and most vulnerable peoples into the fold, says the College Student Alliance (CSA).

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/education_committee.php?activities-education=224.

CAPTCHA - If Your Name's Not Down You're Not Coming In

Date posted to site: November 01, 2007

Accessibility News Note: Another article that Elections Ontario should have a long hard look at when they talk about our privacy being protected.

CAPTCHA's and accessibility have been hotly debated in newsgroups, the press and also recently brought up on this blog. Many people are feeling marginalised by their use and frustrated at not being able to access the online services they want. Facebook, for example, has in the past made heavy use of CAPTCHA even once you're logged in (and it is rumoured to be reinstated). Google also uses CAPTCHA although they have looked into providing audio alternatives to the visual CAPTCHA (at the time of writing however two people have reported that the audio has not been working). These are two of the fastest growing Internet companies on the web today who are setting precedents of how web pages are delivered.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=223.

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December

Technology Hails The Recently Issued Draft Legislative Measure

Date posted to site: December 28, 2007

The"Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act" As A Dramatic And Comprehensive Step Forward For Consumers With Disabilities.

Released yesterday, the draft would amend the Communications Act - the statute that impacts the telephone and video programming industries - to add new consumer protections that will ensure people with disabilities do not get left out or left behind as telephones and television programming increasingly rely on digital and Internet Protocol (IP) technologies. The proposals will allow greater numbers of people with disabilities to become independent and productive members of society, as well as to enjoy all the new electronic gadgets and devices that everyone else takes for granted.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=276.

Odd Allergy

Date posted to site: December 28, 2007

Diagnosis controversial, but a Canadian researcher is 'totally convinced'

EDMONTON - Without warning, Walter Nadrofsky falls to his kitchen floor, a seizure stiffening his body and restricting his throat so much that he gasps for air. He squeaks out a request for his wife, Simona, to turn off the furnace.

Walter sits up weakly, his face red, his eyes teary.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/health_committee.php?activities-health=277.

Snow Double Challenge For The Blind

Date posted to site: December 28, 2007

He has been blind for only two years, so venturing out onto Montreal's snow-clogged streets recently has been especially daunting. But Peter Nikolantonakis has done it anyway. Each trip brings him closer, he says, to becoming "a fully functioning member of society again."

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/transportation_committee.php?activities-transportation=278.

The Fallacy Of Too Much Accessibility

Date posted to site: December 27, 2007

There is no such thing as too much (or overdoing accessibility at http://www.456bereastreet.com/archive/200712/overdoing_accessibility/), and its ludicrous to suggest that too much accessibility actually reduces the accessibility of a site. The second statement is an obvious contradiction, making a site accessible does not mean making it less accessible.

What we are seeing is a non-understanding of web accessibility, which is leading to results that don't improve the accessibility of the site.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=275.

A Different Kind Of Holiday Magic

Date posted to site: December 26, 2007

With every Christmas season comes a sensory circus of brilliant colours, happy music, the smells of gingerbread and pine and the excited voices of children eager to curl up on Santa's lap.

But in a Waterloo group home, the spirit of the season is one of darkness and silence as three young men with limited hearing and sight try to comprehend what is happening around them.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/deaf_articles.php?deaf=135.

Public Communication - Health Canada Endorsed Important Safety Information On ALERTEC(R) (Modafinil)

Date posted to site: December 25, 2007

Subject: New safety warnings regarding ALERTEC(R)(*) (modafinil) and serious rash, allergic reactions, and mental problems

MONTREAL, Dec. 21 /CNW/ - Alertec(R) (modafinil) is used to relieve excessive sleepiness due to medical conditions called narcolepsy (uncontrollable, brief episodes of daytime sleepiness), obstructive sleep apnea/hypopnea syndrome (breathing abnormalities during sleep) and shift work sleep disorder. Shire Canada Inc., in consultation with Health Canada, would like to inform you of new safety information regarding Alertec(R):

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/health_committee.php?activities-health=272.

Rx Label Enable: Calling For Accessible Medication Labels

Date posted to site: December 25, 2007

We're lucky to live in an age where we have access to medications that treat everything from the common cold to more serious conditions like high blood pressure. While it's great to have access to a wide variety of medications, I'm sure you would agree that it's crucial to ensure that all consumers have a safe, effective system for organizing and identifying prescription and over-the-counter medications-what they are, what's the prescribed or recommended dosage, how often you need to take them, and what sid e effects might occur as a result of taking the medication. Those of us with vision loss face a problem when taking medication because of the lack of accessible medication label information. The print on labels and package inserts is typically very small, making it difficult or impossible for those of us with vision loss to read important medication information. This poses a serious public health threat for the nearly 20 million Americans currently experiencing vision loss.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=273.

Reading Habits Of Blind And Physically Handicapped Defy National Trend

Date posted to site: December 25, 2007

Book Consumption Rates Seven Times Higher for National Library Service Patrons Than Average Sighted Readers

WASHINGTON /PRNewswire/ -- This summer, when Americans catch up on their favorite reading, they will also be enjoying a beloved American pastime that research shows is waning. According to a study by the National Endowment for the Arts, Americans of every age are consistently reading less. The study revealed an overall decline of 10 percent in literary reading between 1982 and 2002, totaling an overall loss of 20 million readers. Conversely, participants in the Talking Book program, a free library service provided by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, read more than the general population by a significant amount. The average NLS patron, an individual with a visual or physical impairment, reads seven times more than most sighted readers, or approximately 35 books a year.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/recreational_committee.php?activities-recreational=274.

Site Check:Canadian Association Of Independent Living Centres(CAILC)

Date posted to site: December 21, 2007

Accessibility News checked out their new site www.cailc.ca and ran into one of its pet peeves, a claim that the site was Triple A compliant when it is clearly not. This kind of claim gives a false impression on what to expect from an accessible website and will only lead to retrofits later.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/sites/results.php?failspriority1=22.

Visually Impaired Skier To Compete In World Cup Cross-Country Skiing Championships

Date posted to site: December 21, 2007

Burnaby Now, Canada
Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Pair make alpine headlines

Courtney Knight of Burnaby will be heading to Europe to compete in the International Paralympic Committee World Cup cross-country skiing championships in January.

The former medal-winning Paralympic track and field athlete was named to Canada's national team Dec. 13, following time trials at Lake Louise and the Canmore nordic centre in November.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/recreational_committee.php?activities-recreational=271.

Duty To Accommodate Mental Health Disability Upheld By Landmark Ontario Human Rights Decision

Date posted to site: December 20, 2007

TORONTO, Dec. 18 /CNW/ - A recent Ontario Human Rights Tribunal decision in the case of Lane v. ADGA Group Consultants Inc. of Ottawa has upheld the right of persons with a mental health disability to be appropriately accommodated in the workplace under Ontario's Human Rights Code.

The Ontario Human Rights Commission investigated and litigated the complaint filed by Mr. Lane regarding his dismissal from ADGA Group Consultants Inc., a company involved in contract government information technology services.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/employment_committee.php?activities-employment=270.

Overdoing Accessibility

Date posted to site: December 19, 2007

Sometimes when people first learn about Web accessibility they look for quick ways of improving the sites they build. This often leads to misuse or overuse of certain HTML features that are meant to aid accessibility, but when used wrongly have no effect and can actually have the opposite effect by making the page less accessible and less usable.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=269.

Elderly People And Disabled People Have Different Accessibility Requirements

Date posted to site: December 19, 2007

When I write about accessibility I always make it clear that the issue is becoming more important because of the growing number of old people in the population. As the population ages there are more people with failing sight, loss of hearing, limited dexterity and reduced mental acuity. Hence if we provide accessible solutions for people with disabilities we will be helping the elderly.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=268.

Accessibility Requirements Become Law Next Year

Date posted to site: December 18, 2007

Public organizations to comply by 2010

On Jan. 1, 2008, Ontario will take another step toward barrier-free living. That's when the first in a series of regulations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act becomes law.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=267.

Goal Is Confidence In This League

Date posted to site: December 17, 2007

Face intent, hair and wheels flying, Alex McLean breaks away, stickhandling toward the net, going in for the goal.

If you think electric wheelchair hockey isn't intense, think again.

McLean, who celebrated his 14th birthday Thursday, is a member of the Toronto Power Wheelchair Hockey League's junior division, which plays Sunday afternoons at Sunny View Public School.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/recreational_committee.php?activities-recreational=265

Local Website Provides Online Community For The Disabled

Date posted to site: December 17, 2007

LONDON, ON. - In only one year, SoulfulEncounters.com has evolved from a Web-based dating connection into a life-asserting online community. With chat rooms, personal profiles, and photo albums, it is best described as a cross between My Space, Face Book, and a dating site but with a twist. It is niched for those who are physically or medically disabled - and there is nothing else like it online.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/activities.php?activities=264

Passive Accessibility

Date posted to site: December 17, 2007

Your visitors may not even notice and that's sort of the point to it all.

A cornerstone of web usability is passivity. In other words, web interface elements should be found where expected and must work as expected. Accessibility, like usability, should also be passive. As said of usability, web interface elements should be found where expected and must work as expected, but I wish to offer this addendum: to everyone! People have said accessibility is essentially usability for the disabled. It's an interesting perspective - one I won't dispute. I know accessibility and usability are so closely joined, discerning one from the other is often difficult due to the sometimes indistinct boundaries. I, for one, happen to think they're actually codependent in most instances.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=266

Why Accessibility? Because It's Our Job!

Date posted to site: December 15, 2007

by brothercake

I go through phases of complacency and disbelief when thinking about web accessibility.

Working at SitePoint HQ, I'm fairly lucky in that everybody here is on the same page when it comes to accessibility; we spend time making sure our sites are accessible, that our applications degrade gracefully, that our JavaScript doesn't create barriers for screenreader users. We do this ad-hoc, without even a firm sense of whether our target demographic ultimately requires it. And for no reason other than it's our job. In the books, articles and other content we publish, best practice is right at the top of the priorities list.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=263.

Site Check: Virtual Independent Living Resource(VILR)

Date posted to site: December 14, 2007

OTTAWA, Nov. 26 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Independent Living Centres (CAILC) and TD Bank Financial Group today announced the launch of the Virtual Independent Living Resource and TD Bank Financial Group Employment Web Portal at http://www.vilrc.ca.
Taken from http://www.tabinc.org/blog/archives/2007/11/new_canadian_we.html

This site gets Accessibility News' nod as the worst "New launch" of 2007. Not only did it failed to meet the minimum standards for web accessibility, it was also very unuseable and difficult to navigate.

At a time when web accessibility is getting a lot of press it is frustrating to see this kind of website launched. The Disability community deserves better!

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/sites/results.php?failspriority1=21.

Residents With Disabilities Put New Hospital To The Test

Date posted to site: December 13, 2007

BRAMPTON - Yvonne Gaudet can get into the new Brampton Civic Hospital, she just can't get out. The wheelchair-bound Gaudet can't reach all of the buttons on the automatic pay machine where parking stubs are inserted, money is paid, and the stubs are then spit out again and used at the gate to the parking garage to allow exit.

"I normally travel on my own," she pointed out. "That means I have to stay at the hospital."

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=262.

Address Shameful Disparity In Services

Date posted to site: December 13, 2007

How did the situation get this dire?

Niagara is typically underserviced when it comes to various health-care services, but the shortfalls in services for children with mental-health afflictions are shameful.

According to local experts, 80 per cent of Niagara children suffering from a mental illness, roughly 16,000 of them, aren't getting the treatment they need.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/health_committee.php?activities-health=261.

Alberta Cabbies Refuse To Take Woman, Guide Dog

Date posted to site: December 12, 2007

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. (CP) - The co-ordinator of an Alberta council representing the disabled says she was left with a sour taste in her mouth after being refused a ride by a line of taxis in Fort McMurray because she was accompanied by her guide dog.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/transportation_committee.php?activities-transportation=260.

Call For Review: WCAG 2.0 Last Call Working Draft

Date posted to site: December 12, 2007

Call For Review: WCAG 2.0 Last Call Working Draft

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Working Group invites you to review the second WCAG 2.0 Last Call Working Draft published on 11 December 2007. WCAG 2.0 explains how to make Web sites, applications, and other content accessible to people with disabilities.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=133.

Special Courts For The Mentally Ill Make Sense

Date posted to site: December 11, 2007

This spring, Quebec will create specialized courts for mentally ill people who find themselves in trouble with the law. There are already at least 120 such courts across the United States, and in Canada, there are courts for the mentally ill in Ottawa, Waterloo and Toronto in Ontario. Nova Scotia plans to set one up soon, and now Quebec has proposed creating one for three years.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/health_committee.php?activities-health=259.

City Hall: The Blind Fighting The Blind

Date posted to site: December 10, 2007

By now most people have likely heard the story of David Lepofsky, the blind lawyer who took the TTC to task for failing to make The Better Way accessible to the visually impaired. The most incredible thing about this story is how the TTC fought Lepofsky every step of the way - how it first spent $450,000 on private lawyers to oppose the announcement of stops on subways, and then, even after having been found to be in violation of human rights by Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, spent another $180,000 to fight Lepofsky in court yet again when he then demanded that all stops also be called out on streetcars and buses.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/transportation_committee.php?activities-transportation=258.

Blind People Are Scandalously Under-employed

Date posted to site: December 10, 2007

BLIND and partially sighted people's talents are being wasted because of discrimination in the workplace, says a prominent Euro MP.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/employment_committee.php?activities-employment=257.

Blind Applicants Confront A Harsh Job Market

Date posted to site: December 10, 2007

In the past year and a half, Tim Vernon has been on more than 50 job interviews. He's left many of them feeling confident that the four years he spent in college working toward a degree in public relations may finally pay off. But in spite of all that bodes well for him, he faces an obstacle that he believes stands in the way of his being hired.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/employment_committee.php?activities-employment=256.

Disabilities No Longer Hidden

Date posted to site: December 08, 2007

More than 750,000 Canadians have joined the ranks of the disabled in the past five years, according to newly released data from Statistics Canada.

There are now an estimated 4.4 million people - one in seven Canadians - reporting a physical, psychiatric or developmental disability, and every indication that those numbers will continue to grow.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/stats_results.php?stats=132.

Badeyes.com Launches Another Accessible Website!

Date posted to site: December 08, 2007

Badeyes Design and Consulting launched another industry leading accessible website this week at www.pirma.ca.

In traditional Badeyes fashion, this site gives the user the option of choosing between 7 different Cascading Style Sheets(CSS) for their own particular viewing preferences and complies with todays "Best Practices and Standards".

The Clients' site will now be accessible to a wider audience than its competition as well as ranking higher in the major Search Engines.

To see more of Badeyes work visit www.badeyes.com/beyes/portfolio/.

Fake Canvasser Sought In Plind Charity Scam

Date posted to site: December 07, 2007

York police have asked the public to be on the lookout for a man who is suspected of being a false canvasser for the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians(AEBC).

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/blind_articles.php?blind=131.

Disabled People Still Left Out

Date posted to site: December 06, 2007

When Randy Dickinson went to the University of New Brunswick last week to speak to kinesiology students about disabilities, the classroom and its stage weren't wheelchair accessible.

The executive director of the Premier's Council on the Status of Disabled Persons uses a motorized wheelchair.

He said Monday that's a perfect example of why the province needs a tougher building code.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/housing_committee.php?activities-housing=255.

Many Leading Websites Are Unworkable For The Disabled

Date posted to site: December 06, 2007

85% fail standards of accessibility, and government sites the best, study says

Most of the leading websites in Quebec are unusable by people with disabilities, a scathing new report shows.

Eighty-five per cent of the 200 most popular sites for Quebec francophones fail standards of accessibility, the study from AccessibilitéWeb and the Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille for the blind found.

This chasm prevents disabled people from obtaining information and participating in society as able-bodied people can, despite the technologies available to aid them.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=254.

Technology Breaking Down Barriers In Employment For The Disabled, Says BMO

Date posted to site: December 05, 2007

Role models are finally taking centre stage - Ontario Lieutenant Governor David Onley, Order of Ontario, joins BMO Financial Group in recognizing United Nations' International Day for Disabled Persons.

TORONTO, Dec. 3 /CNW/ - On a day that the United Nations has set aside to highlight issues of equity and access for people of disabilities, BMO Financial Group told members of its own diversity councils that Canadian businesses and BMO in particular, are making encouraging strides towards building inclusive workplaces for people with disabilities.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/employment_committee.php?activities-employment=253.

Challenges Of Autism 'Massive Mountain' To Climb

Date posted to site: December 04, 2007

Parents really need all the help they can get

As parents, we all want the best for our children. My husband and I have three wonderful children. The youngest, our 12 1�2-year-old son, has severe autism, a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects a person's communication and social skills. They may exude repetitive behaviour and at times, appear to be in a "world of their own."

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/health_committee.php?activities-health=252.

Learning To Cope With Autism

Date posted to site: December 04, 2007

By Susan Sherring -- Sun Media

Looking deeper into autism

The headline screams out - Fighting for My Autistic Son.

And there, on the front of a recent People magazine, is the beautiful and blond Jenny McCarthy, promising to tell readers about her son Evan's surprising breakthrough and how funnyman Jim Carrey helped her heal. Heady, eye-catching stuff.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/health_committee.php?activities-health=251.

Decent Jobs Lead To Decent Lives

Date posted to site: December 03, 2007

STATEMENT FROM THE ONTARIO FEDERATION OF LABOUR FOR DECEMBER 3 - THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR DISABLED PERSONS

ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 30, 2007) - The International Day for Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992 by the United Nations to commemorate the anniversary of the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons. The Programme of Action was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1982. The aim of this observance is to "promote an understanding" of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/employment_committee.php?activities-employment=250.

EC Seeks To Bridge Digital Divide

Date posted to site: December 03, 2007

By Leo Cendrowicz
Dec 1, 2007

BRUSSELS -- New measures to help people left behind by new-media technologies have been unveiled by the European Commission in a bid to combat what is seen as a widening "digital divide."

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=130.

Free Online Test To Help Assess Vision Loss After Stroke Or Traumatic Brain Injury(TBI)

Date posted to site: December 01, 2007

Boca Raton, Fla. - November 29, 2007 - NovaVision, Inc. today launched a free online vision test for stroke and brain injury survivors who wish to learn if a vision deficit exists as a result of their injuries. The interactive test, available at www.helpforvisionloss.com/nvlt4 provides immediate results to people who want to learn more about their visual acuity.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cwdo/activities/accessibility_committee.php?activities-accessibility=249.

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