Computer Game Could Improve Sight of Visually Impaired Children

24th April 2013, 10:33am

Visually impaired children could benefit from a revolutionary new computer game being developed by a team of neuroscientists and game designers.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/computer-game-could-improve-sight-of-visually-impaired-children/

Accessibility News April 27,2013 Update

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In this Issue

*Removing Barriers Goal of New Legislation
*Toronto Restaurant Incident with Hearing Ear Dog Shows Need for the Ontario Government to Keep Its Promise to Effectively Enforce the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
*Canada: AODA’s Workplace Emergency Response Information Requirements Already In Force: Are You In Compliance?
*Lift People With Disabilities Out of Poverty, Says OPSEU Members at ODSP Lobby
*EEOC Sues Wal-Mart for Sexual Harassment, Retaliation and Disability Discrimination
*Spring Rolls Apologizes for Treatment of Hearing-Impaired Man with Service Dog
*Dim or Brighter Prospects for Welfare Reform?: Fiorito

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ARTICLES:

Removing Barriers Goal of New Legislation

Manitoba Improving accessibility for disabled will be the norm

THE provincial government is introducing legislation today it says will improve accessibility for people with disabilities to buildings, services and jobs.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/removing-barriers-goal-of-new-legislation/

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Toronto Restaurant Incident with Hearing Ear Dog Shows Need for the Ontario Government to Keep Its Promise to Effectively Enforce the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act requires Ontario to become fully accessible to over 1.7 million Ontarians with disabilities by 2025. The Ontario Government has pledged for years to effectively enforce this law. Recent reports in the Toronto Star highlight the need for the Ontario Government to keep its word.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/toronto-restaurant-incident-with-hearing-ear-dog-shows-need-for-the-ontario-government-to-keep-its-promise-to-effectively-enforce-the-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities-act/

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Canada: AODA’s Workplace Emergency Response Information Requirements Already In Force: Are You In Compliance?

Since January 1, 2012, Ontario employers have been obligated to provide “individualized workplace emergency response information to employees who have a disability, if the disability is such that the individualized information is necessary and the employer is aware of the need for accommodation due to the employee’s disability.”

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/canada-aodas-workplace-emergency-response-information-requirements-already-in-force-are-you-in-compliance/

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Lift People With Disabilities Out of Poverty, Says OPSEU Members at ODSP Lobby

People with disabilities and the front line staff who work with them joined forces on April 10 to tell Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs): improve disability benefits, but not in the ways recommended by a provincial commission.

Read more at

Lift People With Disabilities Out of Poverty, Says OPSEU Members at ODSP Lobby

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EEOC Sues Wal-Mart for Sexual Harassment, Retaliation and Disability Discrimination

CLEVELAND Wal-Mart Stores East, L.P. violated federal law by allowing a male employee at an Akron Walmart store to subject a developmentally disabled female co-worker to sexually inappropriate conduct and then retaliating against her for her opposition to the sexual misconduct, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it announced today.

Read more at

EEOC Sues Wal-Mart for Sexual Harassment, Retaliation and Disability Discrimination

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Spring Rolls Apologizes for Treatment of Hearing-Impaired Man with Service Dog

The restaurant chain says their franchisees won’t restrict where the man and his Hearing Ear dog sit.

But after hearing that Hopgood had a similar incident with little support from the chain, Stelmacovich said, “This is clearly not an isolated incident . . . This is a little bit concerning now; it sounds more like a systemic problem.”

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/spring-rolls-apologizes-for-treatment-of-hearing-impaired-man-with-service-dog/

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Dim or Brighter Prospects for Welfare Reform?: Fiorito

The report on welfare reform in Ontario does not go far enough.

Ted McMeekin is not a flashy man; he was, at one time, the minister of agriculture in Ontario. But he has a pretty good understanding of social issues, and he is a committed volunteer, and now he is the minister of community and social services.

Read more at

Dim or Brighter Prospects for Welfare Reform?: Fiorito

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AODA Enforcement

Having an Accessibility issue that isn’t being resolved because of lack of Enforcement?

Perhaps your solution is at enforcement.aoda.ca .

* Specialized versus Subsidized Transportation: Are class based transit systems in the future for Ontario?
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/specialized-versus-subsidized-transportation-are-class-based-transit-systems-in-the-future-for-ontario/
* Enforcing the IASR Transportation Standards: Where do we go for help?
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/enforcing-the-iasr-transportation-standards-where-do-we-go-for-help/

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Removing Barriers Goal of New Legislation

Manitoba – Improving accessibility for disabled will be the norm
By: Larry Kusch
Posted: 04/24/2013

THE provincial government is introducing legislation today it says will improve accessibility for people with disabilities to buildings, services and jobs.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/removing-barriers-goal-of-new-legislation/

Toronto Restaurant Incident with Hearing Ear Dog Shows Need for the Ontario Government to Keep Its Promise to Effectively Enforce the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act requires Ontario to become fully accessible to over 1.7 million Ontarians with disabilities by 2025. The Ontario Government has pledged for years to effectively enforce this law. Recent reports in the Toronto Star highlight the need for the Ontario Government to keep its word.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/toronto-restaurant-incident-with-hearing-ear-dog-shows-need-for-the-ontario-government-to-keep-its-promise-to-effectively-enforce-the-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities-act/

Canada: AODA’s Workplace Emergency Response Information Requirements Already In Force: Are You In Compliance?

Since January 1, 2012, Ontario employers have been obligated to provide “individualized workplace emergency response information to employees who have a disability, if the disability is such that the individualized information is necessary and the employer is aware of the need for accommodation due to the employee’s disability.”

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/canada-aodas-workplace-emergency-response-information-requirements-already-in-force-are-you-in-compliance/

Lift People With Disabilities Out of Poverty, Says OPSEU Members at ODSP Lobby

“The main reason we’re here today is to tell the politicians we want everyone lifted out of poverty,” said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
Toronto (22 April 2013)

People with disabilities and the front line staff who work with them joined forces on April 10 to tell Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs): improve disability benefits, but not in the ways recommended by a provincial commission.

EEOC Sues Wal-Mart for Sexual Harassment, Retaliation and Disability Discrimination

4-10-13

CLEVELAND – Wal-Mart Stores East, L.P. violated federal law by allowing a male employee at an Akron Walmart store to subject a developmentally disabled female co-worker to sexually inappropriate conduct and then retaliating against her for her opposition to the sexual misconduct, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it announced today.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/eeoc-sues-wal-mart-for-sexual-harassment-retaliation-and-disability-discrimination/

Spring Rolls Apologizes for Treatment of Hearing-Impaired Man with Service Dog

The restaurant chain says their franchisees won’t restrict where the man and his Hearing Ear dog sit.

But after hearing that Hopgood had a similar incident with little support from the chain, Stelmacovich said, “This is clearly not an isolated incident . . . This is a little bit concerning now; it sounds more like a systemic problem.”

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/spring-rolls-apologizes-for-treatment-of-hearing-impaired-man-with-service-dog/

Dim or Brighter Prospects for Welfare Reform?: Fiorito

The report on welfare reform in Ontario does not go far enough.

By: Joe Fiorito Columnist, Published on Fri Apr 19 2013

Ted McMeekin is not a flashy man; he was, at one time, the minister of agriculture in Ontario. But he has a pretty good understanding of social issues, and he is a committed volunteer, and now he is the minister of community and social services.

Accessibility News April 20,2013 Update

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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.

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In this Issue

*Blind taxpayers sue H&R Block over web site accessibility
*Toronto Cab Companies Agree to Stop Illegal Extra Charges for Wheelchair Passengers
*Attend the Toronto Transit Commissions May 9 2013 Accessible Transit Public Forum to Let TTC Know About Ongoing Public Transit Barriers
*Press Release: Fedora Outlier LLC Launches The Old Hat Guide to iPhone Accessibility
*Documentary: Disability Activist Fights for Right to Manage His Own Care
*Please Tell the Wynne Government if You Support Our New Brief on Proposed Accessibility Reforms to the Ontario Building Code *Outback Steakhouse to Pay $65,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit
*Big Pharma made $711 billion Overcharging Seniors and Disabled

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ARTICLES:

Blind taxpayers sue H&R Block over web site accessibility

A lawsuit says the tax preparation firm denies the blind of online services.

H&R Block Inc. says on its web site HRBlock.com that “personalized help is available no matter how you want to work with us.” The National Federation of the Blind and two individual taxpayers strongly disagree, and last week filed a federal lawsuit charging the tax preparation company with “systematically violating” federal law by denying blind people the ability to use the same online services it provides to people with sight.

Read more at
http://www.fedoraoutlier.com/blind-taxpayers-sue-hr-block-over-web-site-accessibility/

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Toronto Cab Companies Agree to Stop Illegal Extra Charges for Wheelchair Passengers

Four Toronto cab companies have agreed to discipline drivers who charge wheelchair passengers more than the metered fare.

Alessia Di Virgilio’s human-rights complaint has spurred cab companies to change their rules surrounding rates for wheelchair passengers.
By: Patty Winsa News reporter, Published on Tue Apr 16 2013

Human rights advocates are lauding a decision by some of the city’s biggest cab companies to crack down on drivers who illegally charge wheelchair passengers more than the metered rate.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/toronto-cab-companies-agree-to-stop-illegal-extra-charges-for-wheelchair-passengers/

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Attend the Toronto Transit Commissions May 9 2013 Accessible Transit Public Forum to Let TTC Know About Ongoing Public Transit Barriers

We encourage everyone in or near the greater Toronto area to attend the TTC’s May 9, 2013 Public Forum on Accessible Transit. We obtained this information on this event from the blog posting of Toronto City Council member Michael Layton.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/attend-the-toronto-transit-commissions-may-9-2013-accessible-transit-public-forum-to-let-ttc-know-about-ongoing-public-transit-barriers/

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Press Release: Fedora Outlier LLC Launches The Old Hat Guide to iPhone Accessibility

Purchase your copy Today!!

“The Old Hat Guide to iPhone Accessibility” chronicles the most common challenges a new user faces when picking up Apple’s revolutionary, accessible technologies for the very first time. But as our guide will demonstrate once conquered, blind and low vision users will unlock a limitless number of possibilities on the job, in the classroom and at play.

Read more at
http://www.fedoraoutlier.com/press-release-fedora-outlier-llc-launches-the-old-hat-guide-to-iphone-accessibility/

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Documentary: Disability Activist Fights for Right to Manage His Own Care

He will tell anyone that most politicians and health care bureaucrats are from “planet clueless”, when it comes to the rights of people with disabilities, and that it’s time to do something about it.

Read more at

Documentary: Disability Activist Fights for Right to Manage His Own Care

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Please Tell the Wynne Government if You Support Our New Brief on Proposed Accessibility Reforms to the Ontario Building Code

The same Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing was in substance asking the public about the same accessibility barriers in the built environment over a decade ago. That the Ontario Government is still so far behind on this issue is a matter of deep and abiding concern. That its 2012 proposals for reform fall so far short, and come only after so many years of inexcusable delays, is even more troubling.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/please-tell-the-wynne-government-if-you-support-our-new-brief-on-proposed-accessibility-reforms-to-the-ontario-building-code/

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Outback Steakhouse to Pay $65,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Phoenix Restaurant Fired Server Because of His Traumatic Brain Injury, Federal Agency Charged

PHOENIX Outback Steakhouse will pay $65,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today.

Read more at

Outback Steakhouse to Pay $65,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

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Big Pharma made $711 billion Overcharging Seniors and Disabled

The 11 largest drug companies have made $711 billion in profits in just a decade, largely due to overcharging Medicare, which does not seek out competitive prices and uses taxpayer funds to support Big Pharma.

Read more at

Big Pharma made $711 billion Overcharging Seniors and Disabled

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AODA Enforcement
Having an Accessibility issue that isn’t being resolved because of lack of Enforcement?

Perhaps your solution is at enforcement.aoda.ca .

* Specialized versus Subsidized Transportation: Are class based transit systems in the future for Ontario?
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/specialized-versus-subsidized-transportation-are-class-based-transit-systems-in-the-future-for-ontario/
* Enforcing the IASR Transportation Standards: Where do we go for help?
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/enforcing-the-iasr-transportation-standards-where-do-we-go-for-help/

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*MSS invites you to a peer support discussion about TRUST
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1240
*Call for Submissions to Mad Pride Toronto 2013 PLEASE SHARE WIDELY
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