AODA Alliance Makes Presentation to Standing Committee of Manitoba Legislature on Need for Strong Accessibility Legislation

I encourage you to learn not only by looking at our legislation, but look at the four-year–the independent review that was conducted on government direction four years after the legislation was passed. We asked for that review to be built into the law so we could learn about how things went and see if any things need to be improved. You, as well as we, could learn from that. And from the website of my coalition, you can tap into all the key developments from the day this law was passed right up to today.


Blind Students Sue Florida State University for Discrimination

With the assistance of the National Federation of the Blind, two blind students-Christopher Shane Toth and Jamie Ann Principato-filed suit today against Florida State University (FSU) and its board of trustees. The suit
alleges that FSU’s Department of Mathematics discriminated against Mr. Toth and Ms. Principato by failing to provide them with proper accommodations so that they could successfully complete required math courses for their
respective degree programs.


Federal Government Website Accessibility – Still a Long Way to Go

Website accessibility is conceptually different from a lot of other types of compliance for people with disabilities, even other technology compliance.

For example, if you design doorways or bathrooms to be accessible for people with disabilities, once they are designed, evaluated and meet the proper regulations, you rarely need to re-check them for compliance. The doorframes don’t change on a monthly basis. Once accessible, they are accessible until they are structurally altered (or regulations for accessibility are changed).


Media Release: Crisis in Care for People With Developmental Disabilities in Hamilton

Agencies, staff doing “all we can to support families’ needs-province must do the same”

HAMILTON, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – June 28, 2011) – Across the province, there are 23,000 people with a developmental disability languishing on waitlists for services – 12,000 of those individuals are waiting for residential supports. 44-year-old Hamilton resident, Akhil Agarwal, is one of them. His 70-year-old father, Naresh Agarwal, is worried that families like theirs have to go into crisis to get the supports and services they need.

Together, Let’s Get People Back to Work!

New Report: “What stops us from working?”

TORONTO, June 29, 2011 /CNW/ – The Ontario Federation of Community Mental Health and Addiction Programs (OFCMHAP) would like to announce the launch of “What stops us from working?” a report produced in partnership by The Dream Team, Houselink Community Homes, and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

A community celebration of the report’s launch will take place at 10:00am on Wednesday June 29 at College Street United Church on 454 College Street West in Toronto. The report acknowledges the need to increase work participation for people living with mental health and addiction issues that are recipients of the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).

Government Cancels Fund to Accommodate Ontario Public Servants With Disabilities in the Workplace – But Restores it When AODA Alliance Challenges its Cancellation

Here is a very troubling recent incident. It shows the need for all of us to keep on our toes, lest we lose ground in the ongoing campaign for a fully accessible Ontario.

For over two decades the Ontario Government has commendably maintained a central fund to pay for the cost of accommodating the workplace needs of Ontario Public Service employees with disabilities. This Employment Accommodation Fund has made a real and positive difference for persons with disabilities seeking jobs in the Ontario Public Service.

We were shocked when we received informal word late last week that the Ontario Government had recently cancelled this Fund. It had not widely publicized the Fund’s cancellation.


Complying with the Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR): Captioning and Describing Web Videos

Now that the Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR) is Law it is time to start implementing an often overlooked aspect of Web Accessibility, Captioning and Describing Web Video.

The good folks at Inclusive Media & Design, Inc. have compiled some Tips for you to consider and also have the solution for implementation.


What’s in a Name?

Editor Note: Add the CNIB to this list.

And all of this is happening because most people still think that it is not respectable to be blind or dyslexic for that matter.


Accessibility News June 25,2011 Update

Inclusive Media and Design Inc

Inclusive is ready to caption and video describe all your video for web, DVD, and computer desktop. They can also assist you in understanding and implementing Ontario’s AODA Integrated Standards’ media requirements.

Visit to find out more.


In this Issue

*The Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR) is Now Law!
*New Program Will Give a “Thumbs Up”
*housing That Works for Everyone
*Greater Political, Public Focus Needed on Poverty
*Ryanair ‘Worst for Web Accessibility’
*Ontario Business Faces Accessibility Laws
*10 Reasons Why It Is Difficult for Person with Dyslexia to Spell Correctly
*Canadian Wireless Providers Scoff at Accessible Hand Set Requirements
*New World Report Shows More Than 1 Billion People With Disabilities Face Substantial Barriers in Their Daily Lives
*Barriers to Improving the Accessibility Game Plan

New Program Will Give a “Thumbs Up”

The Kawartha Lakes Accessibility Advisory Committee (KLAAC) has launched a new Access and Awareness Program that will give a “Thumbs Up” to companies that strive for accessibility.

The Accessibility Committee would like to encourage all companies in the City of Kawartha Lakes that offer goods and services to the public to participate.