Accessibility News June 30,2012 Update

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In this Issue

*What is the Latest Word on Progress That the Ontario Government has Made Towards Implementing the AODA, Across the Board and in the Area of Information Technology?
*What is Essential When it Relates to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)?
*Learning Disabled Role is World First for Academia
*Federal District Court in Massachusetts First in Country to Hold that the Americans with Disabilities Act Applies to Website-Only Businesses
*Wheelchair Passenger Safety on Buses
*County Continues to Upgrade its Facilities

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ARTICLES:

What is the Latest Word on Progress That the Ontario Government has Made Towards Implementing the AODA, Across the Board and in the Area of Information Technology?

Ms. Waxman stated that 100%of public sector organizations were reporting compliance with the Customer Service Accessibility Standard. At first, this information sounds very encouraging. However, on a closer look, it is far less compelling. All it means is that all public sector organizations have filed reports with the Ontario Government saying that they are in compliance with that Customer Service Accessibility Standard. An organization self-declaring that they are in compliance with that standard does not independently confirm that that organization has in fact fully complied with that standard.

Read more at

What is the Latest Word on Progress That the Ontario Government has Made Towards Implementing the AODA, Across the Board and in the Area of Information Technology?

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What is Essential When it Relates to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)?

By Geof Collis

After reading a Press Release and reviewing another website of an organization in the Province of Ontario making claims of accessibility after adding Essential Accessibility to their site, I felt compelled to write this article, especially in light of the response from a letter I wrote to Minister Milloy.

Read more at

What is Essential When it Relates to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)?

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Learning Disabled Role is World First for Academia

Dr Chapman said: “As an inclusive group of researchers at The University of Manchester, we are pleased whenever we see research with and by people with learning disabilities rather than on people with learning disabilities.

Read more at

Learning Disabled Role is World First for Academia

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Federal District Court in Massachusetts First in Country to Hold that the Americans with Disabilities Act Applies to Website-Only Businesses

The underlying lawsuit alleges that Netflix violates the ADA by failing to provide closed captioning on most of its “Watch Instantly” programming streamed on the Internet, thereby denying equal access to the deaf and hard of hearing community.

Read more at

Federal District Court in Massachusetts First in Country to Hold that the Americans with Disabilities Act Applies to Website-Only Businesses

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Wheelchair Passenger Safety on Buses

It’s important to point out that the biggest problem has to do with the lack of practice and the lack of a thorough education to explain the significance of each of those straps for wheelchair passengers to safely ride in the bus. The drivers and often the passengers don’t realize that the chair, not the person, must be secured to the floor of the bus by law. The seat belt around the waist and/or over the shoulder is meant for an entirely different purpose.

Read more at

Wheelchair Passenger Safety on Buses

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County Continues to Upgrade its Facilities

SIMCOE Norfolk County will become a tiny bit more accessible following the announcement Saturday that Simcoe’s indoor pool will get a new lift to help the disabled get in and out of the water.

Read more at

County Continues to Upgrade its Facilities

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aMENU: Accessible Restaurant Menus.

Visit the site at www.amenu.ca , Restaurant Owners visit www.amenu.ca/presentation/

In the Spotlight
*CN Tower, La Tour CN 360 Restaurant Accessible Menu

360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower


*Mandarin Chinese Buffet Restaurant Southern Ontario Accessible Menu

Mandarin Chinese Buffet Restaurant Southern Ontario


*The Pickle Barrel (Yonge/Eglinton) Accessible Restaurant Menu

The Pickle Barrel (Yonge/Eglinton)

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EVENTS

*Stop the ODSP Income Clawback! Public Rally June 13 Ottawa Ontario
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1109

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What is the Latest Word on Progress That the Ontario Government has Made Towards Implementing the AODA, Across the Board and in the Area of Information Technology?

Ms. Waxman stated that 100%of public sector organizations were reporting compliance with the Customer Service Accessibility Standard. At first, this information sounds very encouraging. However, on a closer look, it is far less compelling. All it means is that all public sector organizations have filed reports with the Ontario Government saying that they are in compliance with that Customer Service Accessibility Standard. An organization self-declaring that they are in compliance with that standard does not independently confirm that that organization has in fact fully complied with that standard.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1858

Learning Disabled Role is World First for Academia

Dr Chapman said: “As an inclusive group of researchers at The University of Manchester, we are pleased whenever we see research with and by people with learning disabilities rather than on people with learning disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2710

Federal District Court in Massachusetts First in Country to Hold that the Americans with Disabilities Act Applies to Website-Only Businesses

The underlying lawsuit alleges that Netflix violates the ADA by failing to provide closed captioning on most of its “Watch Instantly” programming streamed on the Internet, thereby denying equal access to the deaf and hard of hearing community.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2708

Wheelchair Passenger Safety on Buses

It’s important to point out that the biggest problem has to do with the lack of practice and the lack of a thorough education to explain the significance of each of those straps for wheelchair passengers to safely ride in the bus. The drivers and often the passengers don’t realize that the chair, not the person, must be secured to the floor of the bus by law. The seat belt around the waist and/or over the shoulder is meant for an entirely different purpose.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1847

County Continues to Upgrade its Facilities

SIMCOE – Norfolk County will become a tiny bit more accessible following the announcement Saturday that Simcoe’s indoor pool will get a new lift to help the disabled get in and out of the water.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1845

Accessibility News June 23,2012 Update

Inclusive Media and Design Inc is a proud supporter of Accessibility News.

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 www.inclusivemedia.ca to find out more.

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In this Issue

*Restaurant Owners: Get Listed on Google’s First Page with an Accessible Menu
*An Obese Father’s Loss of His Children Should Alarm Us All
*Government of Canada Launches Call for Proposals to Support People With Disabilities
*Government Websites: Where Is The Canadian Human Rights Commission?
*Why Website Accessibility Matters
*discrimination, Assault and battery Because a Veteran Who is Disabled Uses a Service Dog
*New Device to Translate Sign Language into Audible Words
*Specialized Transportation Service and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

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For a long term strategy in meeting the AODA and Section 508, Accessibility News recommends Accessibil-IT Inc for all your accessible PDF documentation needs. For more information email them at info@accessibilit.com or visit them on the web at: www.accessibilit.com

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ARTICLES:

Restaurant Owners: Get Listed on Google’s First Page with an Accessible Menu

Getting your Restaurant ranked high in a search engine will undoubtedly increase your customer base and after all, in this digital age of
accessibility getting your Restaurant in the top 10 is not only good for business, you are also
complying with the AODA.

Read more at

Restaurant Owners: Get Listed on Google’s First Page with an Accessible Menu

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An Obese Father’s Loss of His Children Should Alarm Us All

Most Canadians will never find themselves in a situation like Ms. Palisoc and Mr. Wilton, who chose to have a child even though they were both disabled from the outset. But, as Mr. Beachell correctly pointed out, none of us are immune from finding ourselves in a situation comparable to the Ottawa father, where a court finds that our own personal medical needs mean we cannot continue to parent children we already have had for years. A parent can be suddenly crippled, perhaps permanently, by accident or disease. “All of us are one slip away from having a court ruling on our fitness to continue being parents, not just become parents,” Mr. Beachell said.

Read more at

An Obese Father’s Loss of His Children Should Alarm Us All

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Government of Canada Launches Call for Proposals to Support People With Disabilities

The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today invited not-for-profit organizations to apply for funding for projects that support the Government’s commitments under the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Read more at

Government of Canada Launches Call for Proposals to Support People With Disabilities

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Government Websites: Where Is The Canadian Human Rights Commission?

By Victor Schwartzman

A recent article in Accessibility NewsToronto Woman Wins Second Victory Ordering Government Websites Accessible to Blind
illustrates the depth of the problems blind people look at.

If that last phrase was a bad joke, the Government’s actions are worse.

Read more at

Government Websites: Where Is The Canadian Human Rights Commission?

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Why Website Accessibility Matters

Courts may consider this decision a precedent beyond the federal government. Organizations in Ontario (under the AODA)and across the country should think about these factors

Read more at

Why Website Accessibility Matters

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discrimination, Assault and battery Because a Veteran Who is Disabled Uses a Service Dog

By Robert C. Taylor

The National Park Service has violated my Civil Rights, caused physical injury, pain, suffering. They have cause both my wife and me embarrassment, humiliation and ruined our vacation.

Read more at

discrimination, Assault and battery Because a Veteran Who is Disabled Uses a Service Dog

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New Device to Translate Sign Language into Audible Words

Sign language translation technology MyVoice may finally eliminate the communication barrier between those who can hear and those who can’t

Read more at

New Device to Translate Sign Language into Audible Words

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Specialized Transportation Service and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

by Karen McCall

In a recent flurry of activity in the County of Brant over the specialized transportation service which has been operating without a contract for about a year, several issues related to the Integrated Accessibility Standards Part IV Transportation came to light.

The specialized transportation service in the County of Brant is taxi-based. The municipality is too small in population for a fixed route transit system and the municipality covers a large distance. Taxi-based Para Transit or specialized transportation service is more cost-effective, or at least it was.

Read more at

Specialized Transportation Service and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

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aMENU: Accessible Restaurant Menus.
Visit the site at www.amenu.ca , Restaurant Owners visit www.amenu.ca/presentation/

In the Spotlight
*CN Tower, La Tour CN 360 Restaurant Accessible Menu

360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower


*Mandarin Chinese Buffet Restaurant Southern Ontario Accessible Menu

Mandarin Chinese Buffet Restaurant Southern Ontario

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EVENTS
*Stop the ODSP Income Clawback! Public Rally June 13 Ottawa Ontario
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1109
*Mad Pride Toronto 2012: A Celebration of Madness
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1102
*International thought leaders on digital inclusion to converge at OCAD University
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1095

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Note: The thoughts and opinions expressed throughout Accessibility News are not necessarily shared by the various organizations and individuals and are solely those of the author of the specific article or commentary.

Accessibility News, since November 8, 2006

An Obese Father’s Loss of His Children Should Alarm Us All

Most Canadians will never find themselves in a situation like Ms. Palisoc and Mr. Wilton, who chose to have a child even though they were both disabled from the outset. But, as Mr. Beachell correctly pointed out, none of us are immune from finding ourselves in a situation comparable to the Ottawa father, where a court finds that our own personal medical needs mean we cannot continue to parent children we already have had for years. A parent can be suddenly crippled, perhaps permanently, by accident or disease. “All of us are one slip away from having a court ruling on our fitness to continue being parents, not just become parents,” Mr. Beachell said.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2706

Government of Canada Launches Call for Proposals to Support People With Disabilities

The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today invited not-for-profit organizations to apply for funding for projects that support the Government’s commitments under the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2704

Government Websites: Where Is The Canadian Human Rights Commission?

By Victor Schwartzman

A recent article in Accessibility News—Toronto Woman Wins Second Victory Ordering Government Websites Accessible to Blind
illustrates the depth of the problems blind people look at.

If that last phrase was a bad joke, the Government’s actions are worse.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2697