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 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.


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.


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.


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

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April 16, 2013

“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.


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

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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.


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.


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.


Accessibility News April 13,2013 Update

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In this Issue

*Ten Reasons to Caption your Web Videos:
*Enforcing the IASR Transportation Standards: Where do we go for help?
*Texthelp Releases iReadWrite iPad App for Struggling Readers and Writers
*Federal Judge Rules New Yorkers with Disabilities can Challenge Taxi of Tomorrow in Lawsuit Seeking Accessible Taxis
*Remembering Former Ontario Labour Minister Dr. Robert Elgie, a Hero to Ontarians With Disabilities Who Spearheaded Amendments to the Ontario Human Rights Code to Make it ILLEGAL TO Discriminate Based on a Person’s Disability

Ten Reasons to Caption your 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.


Enforcing the IASR Transportation Standards: Where do we go for help?

There was a recent post on the Enforcement Blog about Barrie Transit and how people with disabilities are asked to move from the seating area designated for people with disabilities if someone with a stroller or grocery cart enters the vehicle.