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Accessible Technology Program

The new Accessible Technology Program will co-fund innovative projects led by the private sector, not-for-profit organizations and research institutes to develop new assistive and adaptive digital devices and technologies.

It will invest $22.3 million over 5 years, starting in 2017-18 to make it easier for Canadians with disabilities to more fully participate in the digital economy.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/accessible-technology-program/

Bard’s on Market Square and The Hub earns the 2017 accessible business award from Stratfords accessibility advisory committee

There’s a common refrain Peter Zein hears from business owners when it comes to improving accessibility.

“They can’t do it, it’s an older building,” said Zein, a member of Stratford’s accessibility advisory committee. “Get that all the time.”

Kevin Larson has proven that notion wrong, and the public has noticed. When the committee put out a call for nominations for this year’s accessible business award, one name kept coming up.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/bards-on-market-square-and-the-hub-earns-the-2017-accessible-business-award-from-stratfords-accessibility-advisory-committee/

Accessibility Awareness Remains Low as Deadline Approaches

Beginning Jan. 18, 2018, government agencies across the U.S. will be required by law to make their websites accessible to the more than 60 million Americans with visual, hearing or other disabilities. Yet more than 87 percent of 430+ local government respondents to Vision’s 2017 What’s Next Survey said they have moderate, weak or no knowledge of federal web accessibility requirements.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/accessibility-awareness-remains-low-as-deadline-approaches/

W3C Releases Video Introducing Web Accessibility and W3C Standards

The four-minute video highlights why accessibility is the right thing to do, how it is essential for people with disabilities and useful for all.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/w3c-releases-video-introducing-web-accessibility-and-w3c-standards/

Making Digital Technologies More Accessible to Canadians With Disabilities

As a result of a new $22.3-million program, more Canadians with disabilities will have access to the digital tools they need to fully participate in society and get access to the well-paying jobs of today and tomorrow.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/making-digital-technologies-more-accessible-to-canadians-with-disabilities/

Woman Upset Via Wouldn’t Let Her Take Service Dogs on Train

A Windsor, Ont., woman who uses a service dog for her anxiety and other issues is upset that Via Rail would not allow her to board a train with two service dogs.

Emily Sadowski says she was blindsided when she was told she couldn’t take the dogs to Toronto. One of them is hers and the other is one she had trained and was planning to deliver to its new owner.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/woman-upset-via-wouldnt-let-her-take-service-dogs-on-train/

After Months of AODA Alliance Advocacy Efforts, the Wynne Government Announces the Chairs of the Education Standards Development Committee

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Year-End Report on Efforts in 2017 of Ontario’s Grassroots Non-Partisan Accessibility Campaign

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/after-months-of-aoda-alliance-advocacy-efforts-the-wynne-government-announces-the-chairs-of-the-education-standards-development-committee/

Government of Canada: Call for Proposal – Accessibility

Exciting news! We have just released a letter of interest for our Accessibility Procurement Pilot(Gov. of Canada – Call for Proposal –
Accessibility , looking for better digital solutions to improve the accessibility of our Public Service Commission of Canada’s online recruitment system.

We would love to receive feedback from the industry regarding the requirements and the procurement strategy we created in order to improve the call for proposals that will be launched soon.

You have until December 12th to send your comments, ideas and suggestions to TPSGC.paouvertpardefaut-apopenbydefault.PWGSC@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca .

Do not hesitate to share this exciting news within your circle!

The Open Government Team, Chief of Information Officer Branch, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Elections Ontario Invites Ontarians to Provide Feedback on Accessibility of Proposed Voting Locations for the 2018 General Election

Today marks the first day of a month-long public consultation process on the accessibility of proposed voting locations for the 2018 General Election.

Public consultation will run online from December 5 to January 5, 2018

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/elections-ontario-invites-ontarians-to-provide-feedback-on-accessibility-of-proposed-voting-locations-for-the-2018-general-election/

New Year, New AODA Rules – Is Your Business Accessible ?

January 1st, 2018 brings a brand new set of requirements for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (“AODA”)

If you are not familiar with AODA, it’s comprised of a series of rules and regulations designed to make Ontario fully accessible within the next decade (with a goal of 2025). The rules are being implemented in phases, in order to give both small and large workplaces time to acclimatize to the changes and adjust both their physical spaces, as well as their policies.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/new-year-new-aoda-rules-%c2%97-is-your-business-accessible/