911 Staff Will Text Message With Deaf Canadians

Users must register 1st, as texting alone still won’t reach emergency services

Canadians who have hearing or speech problems will soon be able to send text messages to 911 services.

Other Canadians, however, must continue to communicate with 911 services over the phone, says Canada’s telecommunications regulator.


Blind Pedestrians Hail ‘Good First Step’ on Traffic

Jeff Outhit
Record staff Tue Jan 29 2013

WATERLOO REGION — Visually impaired pedestrians will get yellow paint, textured asphalt and noisemaking signals to help them cross our busiest streets, but not everywhere and not right away.


Older people with sight loss face major disadvantages not being online

The report reveals that the primary reason given for not being online was eyesight (82 per cent); suggesting that the majority of blind and partially sighted older people mistakenly believe sight loss precludes the use of the internet.


Air Carrier Access Act – Web Accessibility Requirements

U.S. and foreign air carriers operating flights to or selling tickets to the U.S. public are required to ensure that the public-facing content of websites that they own or control conforms to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level A and Level AA. If enacted, the proposed requirements will not just apply to U.S. air carriers’ public-facing pages; they will also apply to foreign carriers’ public-facing pages that are used to advertise or sell to the U.S. public for air transportation that begins or ends in the U.S.


AODA Alliance Issues News Release on Ontario Premier-Designate Kathleen Wynne’s Important Commitments to Ontarians With Disabilities

We have just made public a news release, set out below that highlights Ms. Kathleen Wynne’s recent commitments to Ontarians with disabilities. Yesterday, the Ontario Liberal Party selected Ms. Kathleen Wynne as its new leader. She will replace Dalton McGuinty as Ontario’s Premier.


Accessibility News January 26,2013 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.


In this Issue

Does the New Accessibility Coordinator for the County of Brant have a Conflict of Interest?

Apparently although not able to fund the specialized transportation service, County Council quickly “found” the money to fund an Accessibility coordinator and now has one (hired internally).


Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan Makes Landmark Public Declaration That Public Money Should Never Be Used to Create or Perpetuate Barriers Against People With Disabilities

On January 22, 2013, Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan gave an important speech at the prestigious Canadian Club. In his update on Ontario’s economy and provincial budget, he made a landmark declaration, which all governments across Canada should follow. He declared: “Public money used for capital infrastructure or procurement of goods and services should never be used to create or perpetuate barriers against persons with disabilities.” See the key passage of his speech, set out below.


Disabled Canadians Form Significant and Untapped Labour Pool

It’s not enough for the federal government to merely issue a report on the fact that labour-starved companies are overlooking a talented pool of disabled workers, says the head of a disabled advocacy group.
“It’s positive with respect with what employers have to say,” said Bruce Uditsky, CEO of Alberta Association for Community Living. “What’s disappointing is that there’s no actions following from the federal government with respect to what can be done to further promote and ensure greater employment of people with developmental and other disabilities.


McWynnety Government Update, Month 10: Where’s the Enforcement?

Note: The AODA Alliance has yet to get a response from this request.

AODA Alliance Presses McGuinty Government for Specifics on How It Plans to Keep Its Oft-Repeated Election Pledge to Effectively Enforce the Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act

On January 22, 2013, the AODA Alliance wrote Community and Social Services Minister John Milloy, who has lead responsibility for implementing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. We asked the minister for specific details on the Government’s plans to keep its promise to effectively enforce the AODA. This letter is set out below.