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UM Study Finds Longstanding Interpretation of Disability Data Incomplete

The findings contradict the long-standing assumption by researchers and policymakers who use HHS disability data that it represents only people with long-term disabilities. The RTC:Rural study clarifies the survey collects information from two important subgroups: those with permanent disability, and those experiencing a temporary disability at the time of the survey.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/um-study-finds-longstanding-interpretation-of-disability-data-incomplete/

Rights of People With Disabilities in Europe: A New Strategy Based on Ability Rather Than Disability

Our focus must be on ability, not disability. Lawmakers should devise laws and policies which offer persons with disabilities a maximum of autonomy, access to information, education and employment. Our new strategy shows the way forward, said Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, ahead of the conference.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/rights-of-people-with-disabilities-in-europe-a-new-strategy-based-on-ability-rather-than-disability/

Concern Over Access to Library Material for Visually Impaired People Raised With Minister

LACA, the Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance, has contacted the Minister responsible for intellectual property, Jo Johnson MP, with concerns that proposed changes to the implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty in Europe will hamper the ability of libraries to serve print disabled people and provide access to works.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/concern-over-access-to-library-material-for-visually-impaired-people-raised-with-minister/

CAPTCHA Be Gone from Accessible Apps Removes Another Barrier to Accessibility

There is one thing, however, that can stop a blind person in his or her tracks more abruptly than just about anything else when it comes to working on the Web, and that is the presence of a graphical image that must be identified before one can proceed any further with a task. The use of these images is known as “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart,” or CAPTCHA. According to a recent Mental Floss article, CAPTCHA was “developed in the early 2000s by engineers at Carnegie Mellon University” who wanted to find a way to “filter out the overwhelming armies of spambots pretending to be people.”

Deli Owner Upset After City Orders Removal of ‘Unsafe Wheelchair Ramp’

Julian Katz’s dream of having his business, Stasis Preserves Deli & Pantry, accessible for everyone is at danger of being taken away.

Three years ago, Katz hired a company, StopGap Foundation, to install a wheelchair ramp at the front of his Roncesvalles deli to make it accessible.

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http://www.aoda.ca/deli-owner-upset-after-city-orders-removal-of-unsafe-wheelchair-ramp/

AODA Alliance Update

With Only One Year Until the 2018 Ontario Election Campaign, the AODA Alliance Asks Accessibility Minister Tracy MacCharles for a Detailed Update on What the Ontario Government is Doing and Plans to Do to Ensure Ontario Reaches Full Accessibility for 1.8 Million Ontarians with Disabilities by 2025

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http://www.aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-update/

Experts Say Rehabilitation Act Refresh Sets New Baseline for Accessibility Standards

Disability rights experts say an update to the Rehabilitation Act creates new expectations for accessibility standards in higher education.

A long-awaited update to a federal rule ups the pressure on colleges and universities to ensure that their information and communication technology services are accessible to students with disabilities, experts say.

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http://www.aoda.ca/experts-say-rehabilitation-act-refresh-sets-new-baseline-for-accessibility-standards/

York Region Residents With Disabilities Demand Better Accessibility

Newmarket Era
Doug Poirier, who has Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and relies on a wheelchair, has been encountering accessibility issues around York Region. For example, justices of the peace and police officers have access to the closest parking spots at the Tannery Mall’s north parking lot in Newmarket, while Poirier has to park farther away.

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http://www.aoda.ca/york-region-residents-with-disabilities-demand-better-accessibility/

Accessibility Services’ Transition Day

University of Toronto’s Accessibility Services team is offering an informative session for educators who work with high school students with disabilities, helping support the transition from high school to university.

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http://www.aoda.ca/accessibility-services-transition-day/

‘Essential Accessibility’ Website Rethinks The Web For People With Disabilities

For many people with disabilities, accessibility doesn’t necessarily equal accommodation. When it comes to using the internet, for instance, computers aren’t usually tailored for people with certain disabilities, like severe visual impairment or upper-body paralysis. But the website Essential Accessibility, a resource that allows people with disabilities (PWD) to use the web with ease so that they can go about their daily lives and focus on more important things, is hoping to change all that.

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http://www.aoda.ca/essential-accessibility-website-rethinks-the-web-for-people-with-disabilities/