News Release: FEMA and National Public Radio Work Together to Increase Emergency Alert Preparedness for People Who Are Deaf

WASHINGTON —The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced a cooperative pilot project with National Public Radio’s (NPR’s) technology research and development group, NPR Labs, to demonstrate the delivery of the first-ever, real-time emergency alert messages to people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing in five Gulf states.

The Not-So-Hidden Cause Behind the A.D.H.D. Epidemic

Hinshaw compared the rollout of these school policies with incidences of A.D.H.D., he found that when a state passed laws punishing or rewarding schools for their standardized-test scores, A.D.H.D. diagnoses in that state would increase not long afterward.


Top Ten Halloween AODA/Ontario Disability Trick And Treats Played On People With Disabilities!

By Victor Schwartzman

Halloween and AODA: have a holiday and the implementation of a law ever matched so perfectly? Both are scary. Both are reminders of how hopes can haunt us. But they match mostly because with AODA the Government played on the community a reverse trick or treat.


Accessibility News October 19,2013 Update

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In this Issue

NIH Funds Development of Novel Robots to Assist People With Disabilities, aid doctors

Robots enhance mobility for visually and physically impaired, improve treatment for atrial fibrillation


Complying with the Integrated Accessibility Standards (IAS): Captioning and Describing Web Videos

Now that the Integrated Accessibility Standards (IAS) are Law it is time to start implementing an often overlooked aspect of Web Accessibility, Captioning and Describing Web Video.

The good folks at Inclusive Media & Design, Inc. have compiled some Tips for you to consider and also have the solution for implementation.


UN Survey Shows Needs of Persons With Disabilities Largely Ignored During Disasters

The results show that people living with disabilities across the world are rarely consulted about their needs in times of disasters. In cases where they need to evacuate such as during floods or earthquakes, only 20 per cent of respondents said they could evacuate immediately without difficulty, 6 per cent said they would not be able to evacuate at all and the remainder said they would be able to evacuate with a degree of difficulty.


Ontario Universities Uniting to Help Faculty Identify and Help Students Struggling with Mental Health Issues, Improve Accessibility for All

Ontario universities have worked collaboratively to help faculty identify students in distress as a result of anxiety and other mental health issues, and provide information on removing barriers from every aspect of campus life through a resource-rich website called


Holiday Special!  Top Ten Things About AODA To Be Thankful For After Thanksgiving

By Victor Schwartzman  

Thanksgiving is now over, and now that the turkey is a memory, you may be asking, have I really been given the bird this year?  Given AODA?  What exactly do I have to be thankful for in the past year, and what about the coming year? 

Good questions!  Since you are asking, we have prepared the Top Ten Things About AODA To Be Thankful For After Thanksgiving  


By Tricking the Brain, Disney’s Bringing Digital Sight to the Blind

the aspiring magician Mickey Mouse now has a nifty trick of its own: bringing digital sight to the blind.

New technologies being developed and studied by Walt Disney Co. (DIS) are expected to add new dimensions — literally — to touchscreens.