Deadlines Loom for Canada’s Web Accessibility Laws

The bottom line is that based on the global accessibility trends, all Canadian organizations should look to get ahead of the legislation by making sites compliant with WCAG 2 AA from now on.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/deadlines-loom-for-canadas-web-accessibility-laws/

Lieutenant Governor General Tosses Government On AODA!

By Victor Schwartzman

A delegation of community advocates who pushed the Government to create AODA met with the Lieutenant Governor General for Ontario, the Honourable David Charles Onley. The advocates petitioned Onley to dismiss the current Government.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/lieutenant-governor-general-tosses-government-on-aoda/

Accessibility News July 20,2013 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. Consider having them check that any of your new web site content is compliant well before the new year deadline with an Accessibility Audit.

Visit www.inclusivemedia.ca to find out more.

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In this Issue

*Breaking Their Own Law: Week 7;
*Here’s Some Crumbs and a Pat on the Head Now be Thankful You Disabled and Go Away!
*The Blind Community’s Fight for a More Accessible Web
*Our Campaign for An Education Accessibility Standard Gets another Important boost
*McMaster University Faces Discrimination Claim From PhD Student
*The Neglect of the Visually Impaired in Local Council Web Design
*Government: Cocky and Getting Hard on AODA

Here’s Some Crumbs and a Pat on the Head Now be Thankful You Disabled and Go Away!

But the Disabled deserve the whole loaf of bread, not just the crumbs
by Geof Collis

There is a problem of attitude in this Province and I suspect worldwide when it comes to implementing accessibility for the Disabled, too many Politicians, Business types, Burocrats, Charities and even everyday people tend to look down upon the disabled, they let their personal feelings and agendas decide policy or how quickly they are willing to move on them.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/heres-some-crumbs-and-a-pat-on-the-head-now-be-thankful-you-disabled-and-go-away/

The Blind Community’s Fight for a More Accessible Web

Imagine being a small business owner who manages a company almost entirely online. You communicate with clients, process payments, and organize meetings all through the Internet. Think about just how many steps would really be involved. There’d be countless login screens and dropdown menus to be navigated. And searching for the right Web pages in the first place could even be a challenge.

Now imagine doing all that while wearing a blindfold.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-blind-communitys-fight-for-a-more-accessible-web/

Our Campaign for An Education Accessibility Standard Gets another Important boost

Public School Elementary Teachers’ Union Endorses Our Call for the Ontario Government to Develop an Education Accessibility Standard

Our campaign to get the Ontario Government to agree to develop an Education Accessibility Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act has received another important boost. The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), representing over 76,000 teachers, occasional teachers and educational workers in the front line of Ontario’s public schools, has written Ontario’s Economic Development, Trade and Employment Minister, Dr. Eric Hoskins, to support our call for the Government to develop an Education Accessibility Standard.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/our-campaign-for-an-education-accessibility-standard-gets-another-important-boost/

McMaster University Faces Discrimination Claim From PhD Student

On Friday, July 19 2013 the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario will begin hearing the disability discrimination claim brought against McMaster University by former PhD student, Jason Tang.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/mcmaster-university-faces-discrimination-claim-from-phd-student/

The Neglect of the Visually Impaired in Local Council Web Design

For most web developers it seems any consideration of accessibility is still a peripheral issue despite worthy initiatives like Global Accessibility Awareness Day (9th May), which this year celebrated its second anniversary.

Read more at
http://www.badeyes.com/the-neglect-of-the-visually-impaired-in-local-council-web-design/#more-461

Government: Cocky and Getting Hard on AODA

By Victor Schwartzman 
July 15, 2013

News from the Government on AODA! 

Minister Eric Hoskins held a media conference this week and opened by telling journalists that “Our media conferences have failed to communicate our plans on AODA effectively. 

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/government-cocky-and-getting-hard-on-aoda/

Accessibility News July 13,2013 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. Consider having them check that any of your new web site content is compliant well before the new year deadline with an Accessibility Audit.

Visit www.inclusivemedia.ca to find out more.

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In this Issue

*WYNNE GOVERNMENT HONOURS NATIONAL ACCESS AWARENESS WEEK BY BREACHING THE ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT
*TTC Suspends Use of Wheel-Trans Security Camera Footage to Weed Out Ineligible Users
*Action Kit On How to Raise Disability Accessibility Issues in Five August 1, 2013 Ontario By-Elections
*Taxi Accessibility Rule is the Right Tradeoff: James
*The Digital Silver Lining for Technology Inclusivity
*AODA Forms Are Government Collectables