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Senators Urge DOJ to Weigh in On ADA Impact on Websites

A pair of U.S. senators from Iowa say it’s unclear whether the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act transcends the physical world into the cyber realm.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/senators-urge-doj-to-weigh-in-on-ada-impact-on-websites/

David Onley Independent Review of Ontario’s Disabilities Act Cancels Its Thunder Bay Public Hearings Due to Poor Enrollment, After the Review Poorly Publicized these Hearings – Northern Ontario Deserves Better

Here is the latest concern regarding the Third Independent Review of the implementation and enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act which is now being conducted by David Onley. According to the David Onley AODA Independent Review’s website, its scheduled September 13, 2018 Thunder Bay public hearing was cancelled “due to low registration”.

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https://aoda.ca/david-onley-independent-review-of-ontarios-disabilities-act-cancels-its-thunder-bay-public-hearings-due-to-poor-enrollment-after-the-review-poorly-publicized-these-hearings-northern-ontario-deser/

Talking Gloves, Tactile Windows: New Tech Helps the Disabled

Hadeel Ayoub slips a black glove onto her hand before beginning the swish of sign language that is meaningless to the untrained observer. Then she pushes a button on her wrist, and a small speaker relays the message drawn in the air: “Let’s Dance!”

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/talking-gloves-tactile-windows-new-tech-helps-the-disabled/

Thunder Bay Bird Observatory Now Wheelchair Accessible

McKellar Island Bird Observatory director John Woodcock, said paving the trail to the field station makes it accessible to people who use wheelchairs and to all people who struggle to walk through wet, muddy trails.

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https://aoda.ca/thunder-bay-bird-observatory-now-wheelchair-accessible/

The AODA Alliance Sends the David Onley AODA Independent Review a Letter Giving Preliminary Submissions On Problems with the Disabilities Act’s Implementation and Raises Concerns with the Independent Review’s Public Consultations

On September 11, 2018, the AODA Alliance wrote David Onley, whom the previous Ontario Government appointed to conduct the mandatory Independent Review of the implementation and enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Under the AODA, the Government must appoint an Independent Review every few years, on a schedule that the law spells out. The Independent Review must take our collective temperature, and see whether Ontario is progressing quickly enough towards the AODA’s mandatory goal of becoming fully accessible to 1.9 million Ontarians with disabilities by 2025. It must recommend any changes to ensure that we reach that goal on time.

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https://aoda.ca/the-aoda-alliance-sends-the-david-onley-aoda-independent-review-a-letter-giving-preliminary-submissions-on-problems-with-the-disabilities-acts-implementation-and-raises-concerns-with-the-independent/

IWSCC Announces RBC as First Founding Member to Support Disabled Owned and Veteran Owned Businesses in Canada

IWSCC is dedicated to helping Veterans and differently-abled entrepreneurs by creating conditions for equal access and opportunity, and highlighting the opportunities and value of relationships with these companies. Efforts include Inclusive Workplace programs and Diverse Supplier Certification. This formal designation assures organizations that procurement opportunities are going to businesses that have been pre-certified as at least 51% owned and operated by veterans or persons with disabilities.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/iwscc-announces-rbc-as-first-founding-member-to-support-disabled-owned-and-veteran-owned-businesses-in-canada/

The David Onley AODA Independent Review Schedules Two More Public Hearings, in Toronto and London, With Insufficient Publicity and No Outreach to the AODA Alliance to Help Publicize Them

We have learned via the grapevine that the David Onley Independent Review of the implementation and enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act has scheduled two more public hearings, to get input from the public. These will be held in Toronto On Wednesday September 12, 2018 from 1 to 3 pm, and on Friday September 21, 2018 in London from 1 to 3 pm. Back on August 24, 2018, we also let you know that the AODA Independent Review had scheduled a public hearing in Thunder Bay on September 13, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 4 pm. Below we set out the announcement on the Independent Review’s website.

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https://aoda.ca/the-david-onley-aoda-independent-review-schedules-two-more-public-hearings-in-toronto-and-london-with-insufficient-publicity-and-no-outreach-to-the-aoda-alliance-to-help-publicize-them/

Lawyer Says Niagara Transit Changes Violate Disabilities Act

A Toronto lawyer specializing in accessibility issues says abrupt changes to Niagara specialized transit services that have negatively impacted passengers during the past few weeks, fly in the face of the purpose behind the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

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https://aoda.ca/lawyer-says-niagara-transit-changes-violate-disabilities-act/

There’s a Business Case for Accessibility Legislation

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

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

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

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

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