Accessibility News September 21,2013 Update

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In this Issue

*Delivering Access Podcast, Episode 8 with Michael Hingson of the Hingson Group
*Fedora Outlier: Wednesday Roundup For September 18, 2013
*New Voting System Gives Blind and Low Vision Voters More Choice
*Prevent Blindness America Launches New Educational Program, “Living Well with Low Vision”
*Control Center, New In iOS 7
*Huronia Regional Centre Lawsuit Alleges Abuse, Seeks $1B
*Dean Moran: Be Aware Of AODA Apocalypses

Delivering Access Podcast, Episode 8 with Michael Hingson of the Hingson Group

“Who would have ever thought?” is a question Michael Hingson thinks about and discusses in every speech he delivers. Michael Hingson’s life changed dramatically on September 11, 2001 when he and his guide dog, Roselle, escaped from the 78th floor of Tower One in the World Trade Center moments before it collapsed. Soon after, Michael and Roselle were thrust into the international limelight where Michael began to share his unique survival story and 9-11 lessons of trust, courage, heroism, and teamwork.

Editors Note: Pay attention to what he has to say about Diversity and Accessibility and how the disabled are always left out of the conversation when it comes to inclusion.

Read more at
http://www.fedoraoutlier.com/delivering-access-podcast-episode-8-with-michael-hingson-of-the-hingson-group/

Fedora Outlier: Wednesday Roundup For September 18, 2013

Using your finger as a speaker…sounds a little futuristic, doesn’t it? Well, it is a real “now” research. It can also be used with multiple people as long as they are touching. One person holds a device. That person puts a finger to the ear of the person at the other side. Sounds like the old game “gossip”

Read more at
http://www.fedoraoutlier.com/wednesday-roundup-for-september-18-2013/

New Voting System Gives Blind and Low Vision Voters More Choice

By Andrew Devenish-Meares

While the Federal Parliament hasn’t provided as expansive a solution as NSW, this year’s Federal election will let Blind and Low Vision electors vote via phone from any location. First, you must call to register before noon on September 7. The staff will locate you on the electoral roll, and you must state that you are blind or have low vision and can’t fill in a ballot yourself. You need to choose a six digit PIN and the AEC will send you via mail, email and/or SMS, an eight digit registration number.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/new-voting-system-gives-blind-and-low-vision-voters-more-choice/

Prevent Blindness America Launches New Educational Program, “Living Well with Low Vision”

New Web Resource Designed to Serve Millions of Americans with Low Vision

To directly address the needs of those with low vision and their caregivers, Prevent Blindness America has launched a new online resource: “Living Well with Low Vision,” http://lowvision.preventblindness.org. The goal of the new website is to make it as easy as possible for people to educate themselves about loss of vision, to meet the daily challenges resulting from it, and to continue to have a high quality of life.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/prevent-blindness-america-launches-new-educational-program-living-well-with-low-vision/

Control Center, New In iOS 7

Have you ever gone into settings to turn wifi or blue tooth on or off? How about locking or unlocking orientation, or adjusting the screen brightness? Well, in iOS7, Apple has made these and some other tasks easier by creating a place we can get to from the home screen. They have named this area the control center. Quite appropriate, actually, since there are a number of things you can control within this area.

Read more at
http://www.fedoraoutlier.com/control-center-new-in-ios-7/

Huronia Regional Centre Lawsuit Alleges Abuse, Seeks $1B

The Canadian Press Posted: Sep 15, 2013 12:46 PM ET| Last Updated: Sep 16, 2013 7:12 AM ET

Patricia Seth, left, and Marie Slark, former Huronia Regional Centre residents and plaintiffs in the class action proceeding against the Ontario government, are shown in Toronto on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. (Galit Rodan/Canadian Press)

See also Huronia Regional Centre lawsuit ends in $35M settlement

Humiliation and abuse were doled out almost daily at an Ontario institution for the developmentally disabled, punishment for infractions as minor as speaking out of turn, former residents allege in a class-action lawsuit against the provincial government.

Dean Moran: Be Aware Of AODA Apocalypses

By Victor Schwartzman  

4.         The Productivity Apocalypse: one worker with a disability is okay.  Everyone feels better and it makes it much easier to never hire other people with disabilities.  If AODA succeeds, however, there will be more than one person with a disability in a workplace.  That would be unsettling, leading to staff having discussions and new thoughts and maybe even monthly book groups.  Corporations must be focused on what pays, and they see no profit in access rights.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/dean-moran-be-aware-of-aoda-apocalypses/

Accessibility News September 14,2013 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

Workplace Accommodations: Low Cost, High Impact

The study results consistently showed that the benefits employers receive from making workplace accommodations far outweigh the low cost. Employers reported that providing accommodations resulted in such benefits as retaining valuable employees, improving productivity and morale, reducing workers’ compensation and training costs, and improving company diversity. These benefits were obtained with little investment. The employers in the study reported that a high percentage (58%) of accommodations cost absolutely nothing to make, while the rest typically cost only $500.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/workplace-accommodations-low-cost-high-impact/