Banks, Energy Providers and Public Bodies Should Be Subject to Web Accessibility Rules, Vote MEPs

Banks, energy companies and electronic communication network and service providers are among the businesses that would be subject to new EU rules on website accessibility, under plans backed by MEPs.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/banks-energy-providers-and-public-bodies-should-be-subject-to-web-accessibility-rules-vote-meps/

Sign Up for Public Hearings for Dean Mayo Moran’s Independent Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act’s Implementation and Enforcement in Ottawa, Toronto, London, Thunder Bay and On-Line

The Independent Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act’s implementation and enforcement, conducted by University of Toronto’s Law Dean Mayo Moran, has announced that it will be holding public hearings. These will be in Ottawa (March 18, 2014), Toronto (March 21 and April 29, 2014), London (April 9, 2014) and Thunder Bay (April 15, 2014). It will also be holding on-line consultations on Thursday, April 3, 9am-1pm and Tuesday, April 22, 9am-1pm.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/sign-up-for-public-hearings-for-dean-mayo-morans-independent-review-of-the-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities-acts-implementation-and-enforcement-in-ottawa-toronto-london-thunder-b/

California May Crack Down on Fake Service Dogs

California may crack down on people who are fraudulently passing off their pets as service dogs. The goal is to protect disabled people who legitimately need their canine companions.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/california-may-crack-down-on-fake-service-dogs/

Elections Canada Launches Advisory Group for Disability Issues

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – Elections Canada today is holding the first meeting of its new Advisory Group for Disability Issues.

The group will provide the Agency with accessibility advice on initiatives planned for the 2015 federal general election. It will also help identify the best ways to inform people with disabilities on where and when to register and vote during elections.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/elections-canada-launches-advisory-group-for-disability-issues/

Commentary: Accessibility One Door At A Time

by Linda Saxon

I am ambivalent about the recent Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario decision that both the landlord and tenant violated my right to equal treatment with respect to services and facilities without discrimination because of disability.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/commentary-accessibility-one-door-at-a-time/

FCC Moves to Upgrade TV Closed Captioning Quality

New Standards including Accuracy, Timeliness, and On-Screen Placement of Closed Captions Will Ensure Full Access to TV Programming for Americans Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/fcc-moves-to-upgrade-tv-closed-captioning-quality/

The Eaton Chelsea Hotel Jumps on the Accessible Restaurant Menu Bandwagon!

aMenu is stoked that The Eaton Chelsea Hotel is now participating on this Accessible Menu Directory site by posting not 1 but 5 of their Menus for Clients to access.

From their In-House Room Dining menu to their Monarchs Pub, patrons can access any of the five Menus from each menu in a number of different viewing options and they also offer a couple of their bar menus on iPads making them that much more accessible.

Check them out at
http://www.amenu.ca/in-room-dining-the-eaton-chelsea-hotel/

Technology Helps People With Speech Impairments Sound Like Themselves

Patel, an associate professor of speech language pathology and audiology at Northeastern University in Boston, is changing the lives of people who rely on devices to help them speak, by creating personalized voices for them.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/technology-helps-people-with-speech-impairments-sound-like-themselves/

Franz Kafka Explains AODA Compliance Plan Failure

By Franz Kafka, as told to Victor Schwartzman

First the Ontario Government was forced to reveal a massive failure by businesses to comply with AODA. Then Minister Hoskins promised that maybe 500 businesses (of many thousands) would be held accountable (at some time in the future, perhaps the same future in which AODA will be implemented.)

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/franz-kafka-explains-aoda-compliance-plan-failure/

Accessibility News February 22,2014 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 http://www.inclusivemedia.ca to find out more.

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In this Issue

*Tim Hortons Menu Goes Accessible!
*Ontario Government Sat on A Detailed Plan for Enforcing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act since at Least May 2012, According to a Front Page Story in the Toronto Star that Quotes the AODA Alliance *AODA Legislative Review Now Scheduling Presentations
*Updated: Hearing Society Pleased With Enhanced 911 Service
*Ontario Vows to Enforce Accessibility Law
*Unemployment of People with Intellectual Disabilities More than Twice as High as General Population
*Upcoming Priorities for Community Action on Disability Accessibility and Blizzard of Great Recent Media Coverage *Vote Now To Ostracize Ontario Government Politicians

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ARTICLES:

Tim Hortons Menu Goes Accessible!

aMenu is happy to announce that Tim Hortons can now be found on our Accessible Menu website.

aMenu offers a number of different viewing options and is also Mobile friendly, now you can decide what to order before you even get their.

View their menu at
http://www.amenu.ca/tim-hortons/

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Ontario Government Sat on A Detailed Plan for Enforcing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act since at Least May 2012, According to a Front Page Story in the Toronto Star that Quotes the AODA Alliance

The Toronto Star today reported on its front page that we revealed that the Ontario Government has since at least May 2012 been sitting on a detailed plan, prepared by public servants, for enforcing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Below we set out that Toronto Star report, and a briefing note that details this plan. We forced the Government to reveal this plan through a Freedom of Information Act application last year.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-government-sat-on-a-detailed-plan-for-enforcing-the-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities-act-since-at-least-may-2012-according-to-a-front-page-story-in-the-toronto-star-that-quotes/

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AODA Legislative Review Now Scheduling Presentations

After great anticipation the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act statutory legislative review is now live for scheduling of presentations across Ontario.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/aoda-legislative-review-now-scheduling-presentations/

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Updated: Hearing Society Pleased With Enhanced 911 Service

Halton Regional Police Service and other partners are working on enhancing 911 emergency service for the deaf and hard of hearing in the region.

Working with Police on the project are Halton Hills, Milton, Oakville and Burlington Fire Departments and Halton Regional Paramedic Services, Progress is being made toward enhancing 911 service in the region to include a text with 911? feature for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=4363

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Ontario Vows to Enforce Accessibility Law

As Ontario scrambles to enforce its accessibility legislation for the disabled, government documents show the province had a detailed enforcement plan ready almost two years ago.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-vows-to-enforce-accessibility-law/

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Unemployment of People with Intellectual Disabilities More than Twice as High as General Population

A new survey shows that unemployment among people with intellectual disabilities is more than twice as high as for the general population.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/unemployment-of-people-with-intellectual-disabilities-more-than-twice-as-high-as-general-population/

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Upcoming Priorities for Community Action on Disability Accessibility and Blizzard of Great Recent Media Coverage

Here are upcoming priorities and events that we all need to be ready to address as events unfold over the next weeks.

1. We encourage you to give feedback to the Mayo Moran Independent Review of the AODAs implementation and enforcement.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/upcoming-priorities-for-community-action-on-disability-accessibility-and-blizzard-of-great-recent-media-coverage/

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Vote Now To Ostracize Ontario Government Politicians

By Cleisthenes, as told to Victor Schwartzman

The Liberals response is a disaster for Democracy.

Why? The Government refused to commit to implementing the law. If a Government will not implement its laws, Democracy has fallen apart and darkness grows over your land.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/vote-now-to-ostracize-ontario-government-politicians/

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eSSENTIAL Accessibility: helping organizations reach, serve and empower people with disabilities.

The eSSENTIAL Accessibility assistive technology app gives those who have trouble typing, moving a mouse, or reading a screen due to a variety of conditions – such as stroke, paralysis or arthritis – the tools they need to navigate the Web. The app is free to the end-user and simple to use.

Organizations that feature the app on their websites are committed to making it easier for people with disabilities to access information online. For more info, please visit http://www.essentialaccessibility.com

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aMENU: Accessible Restaurant Menus.
Visit the site at http://www.amenu.ca , Restaurant Owners visit http://www.amenu.ca/create/ and design your own Menu.

New This Week!

*The Eaton Chelsea Hotel- T|Bar
http://www.amenu.ca/the-eaton-chelsea-hotel-tbar/
*The Eaton Chelsea Hotel Bb33 Bistro + Brasserie
http://www.amenu.ca/bb33-bistro-brasserie-at-the-eaton-chelsea-hotel/ *The Eaton Chelsea Hotel In-Room Dining
http://www.amenu.ca/in-room-dining-the-eaton-chelsea-hotel/
*Tim Hortons
http://www.amenu.ca/tim-hortons/