Canada’s Elderly at High Risk of Suicide, Can’t Afford Mental Health Care: Experts

TORONTO — Studies show that Canada’s elderly are at a much higher risk of suicide than adolescents, and there is growing concern among mental health experts that psychological care may be out of reach for most seniors.


AODA Alliance Makes Public the Disability Accessibility Commitments of Ontario By-election Candidates: NDP Makes All Commitments We Seek – Liberals Make None of them – Conservatives Don’t Answer

In other accessibility news, an unexplained 59 days have passed since the legal deadline for the Ontario Government to appoint an Independent Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The Government is still violating that law. It is thereby continuing to set a terrible example for other organizations that have to obey that law.


Game Changer in Ontario’s By-elections

By Steven Christianson – National Manager, Government Relations
March of Dimes Canada

There’s at least one thing that voters won’t have to ask of the candidates in any of the five by-elections currently underway across southern Ontario. They won’t have to bother asking “is your campaign accessible for volunteers and voters with disabilities?”


Minister Hoskins: “AODA Delayed Because We Have No Balls”

   By Victor Schwartzman  

The Ontario Government has been under fire for not implementing AODA legislation, with critics accusing it of not having the courage to implement AODA. 


FCC Proposes Making TV Menus Accessible to Blind

Federal regulators are unveiling draft rules to make cable and television menus accessible to the blind and visually impaired.
The proposal from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will require that users have an option have onscreen menus read out loud, helping the blind understand what’s playing on different channels.


Accessibility News July 27,2013 Update

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In this Issue

*Breaking Their Own Law: Week 8;
*Conservative disability mailout uses braille that’s unreadable
*Justice Department Settles with Louisiana Tech University Over Inaccessible Course Materials
*Sprint Brings Caption Calling To iOS Devices
*Toronto Star Column Argues in Support of On-Line Voting in Upcoming Ontario By-elections- We Agree!
*Deadlines Loom for Canada’s Web Accessibility Laws
*Lieutenant Governor General Tosses Government On AODA!

Conservative disability mailout uses braille that’s unreadable

An attempt by the Conservative Party to highlight job creation for disabled people fell flat when it sent out flyers with a message printed in
braille lettering that cannot be read by the blind.


Justice Department Settles with Louisiana Tech University Over Inaccessible Course Materials

“Emerging technologies, including internet-based learning platforms, are changing the way we learn, and we need to ensure that people with disabilities are not excluded or left behind,” said Eve L. Hill, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division.


Sprint Brings Caption Calling To iOS Devices

Sprint announced today that its Wireless CapTel service, powered by Raketu, is now available for iOS devices.

The service will greatly benefit those individuals who live with hearing loss.


Toronto Star Column Argues in Support of On-Line Voting in Upcoming Ontario By-elections- We Agree!

But Elections Ontario Doesn’t Get It

An unjustified 181 days have passed since we wrote the Ontario Government to ask for its plans to keep its pledge to effectively enforce the AODA. We have received no substantive public response to that inquiry.