Phone App Could Prevent Thousands Going Blind

A new smartphone app, developed in the UK could revolutionise the way partially sighted people are treated in developing countries.
The app will treat patients in the most remote locations


Assistive Technology: How iPhones Help Blind People See

A key point that Ted Drake made about expectations is that “when truly innovative products come out, it’s because” developers “didn’t really think about pre-conceived ideas. They didn’t say ‘well a blind person can’t use a phone that’s only glass, because there are no tactile buttons. They said here’s a glass surface. Let’s make it accessible ….’ ”


New Yorkers with Disabilities Neglected In City’s Emergency Planning

More than a decade after 9/11, New Yorkers with disabilities continue to face disproportionate risks of catastrophic harm and death when disasters strike, like Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy.


United States Department of Justice Supports New Yorkers with Disabilities who Seek to Vote at Poll Sites on Election Day

The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, on behalf of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), filed an amicus brief today that supports over 300,000 New Yorkers with vision and mobility impairments who seek to vote in-person at New York City poll sites.


Digital Media Outcasts: Emergency Preparedness for Persons with Disabilities

by Robert Pearson
Accessible Media

Accessibility accommodations need to be as diverse as humanity itself. Robert Pearson makes a case for accessible Emergency Preparedness for Persons with Disabilities.


Top Ten List Why AODA Has Not Been Implemented

By Victor Schwartzman 

We are entering the fourth month (or is it the fifth? when you get into months, does it matter?) of a failure by the Ontario Government to fully implement
AODA, including the appointment of a new Independent Review.  Such a long delay on such an epic scale has many causes.   


Op-Ed: Municipalities Should Pay Attention to Workplace Mental Health

By Camille Quenneville, Ottawa Citizen August 16, 2013

Next week, municipal politicians and administrative staff from across the province are gathering in Ottawa for the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) annual conference.

We know that every level of government is desperate to contain costs and provide better service. With aging infrastructure across the country, and ratepayers showing little tolerance for increased property taxes, municipalities are under considerable pressure.

Accessibility News August 17,2013 Update

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In this Issue

*Breaking Their Own Law: Week 11;
*AODA Alliance Chair Resorts to Freedom of Information Application to Get Access to Ontario Government’s Plans for Enforcing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
*Wheelchair User Demands Better Montreal Metro Access
*Delivering Access Podcast, Episode 4 with Tom Dekker
*“Subsidized Transportation Program” not Accessible for People with Disabilities in County of Brant?
*Accessibility Driving Mobile Technology MarketShare
*“Nostradamus Predicted AODA Delay”

AODA Alliance Chair Resorts to Freedom of Information Application to Get Access to Ontario Government’s Plans for Enforcing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Conservative Party News Release Slams Ontario Government for Violating Disabilities Act –
On August 15, 2013, after much frustration, AODA Alliance chair David Lepofsky has had to resort to filing a Freedom of Information application with the Ontario Government. He did so to get access to information about the Government’s commitment to effectively enforce the AODA.

An extraordinary 203 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.


Wheelchair User Demands Better Montreal Metro Access

Injured woman gets stuck in gate designed for wheelchair access
CBC News Posted: Aug 15, 2013 7:49 PM ET

A Montreal woman is demanding improvements to the metro system after a wheelchair-access gate closed on her as she was wheeling through it at the Lionel-Groulx station.