Ontario Deaf Students Fighting for Better Education

Deaf students say they are receiving an inferior education at provincially run schools, where teachers and principals won’t — or can’t communicate using sign language.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-deaf-students-fighting-for-better-education/

Accessibility News August 30,2014 Update

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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 with an Accessibility Audit.

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In this Issue

*KNFB Reader: Access to Print Text on the Go for Blind and Visually Impaired
*Elections Canada Announces Accessibility Improvements
*One Full Year to the Day After the Wynne Government Unveiled Its Planned Legacy for the 2015 Toronto Pan/ParaPan American Games, Where is the Comprehensive Plan for a Strong and Lasting Legacy of Improved Disability Accessibility?
*AODA Alliance Chair Resorts to Freedom of Information Application to Unearth the Story on How and Why Metrolinx Designed the New Eglinton Subway with Barriers to Disability Accessibility and Safety
*Purple Communications Introduces Next-Generation SmartVP 2.0 Videophone

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ARTICLES:

KNFB Reader: Access to Print Text on the Go for Blind and Visually Impaired

The wait is finally over. The highly anticipated KNFB Reader iOS app that provides access to print text on the go, was presented at the 74th Annual Convention of the National Federation of the Blind to enthusiastic cheers and applause. Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/knfb-reader-access-to-print-text-on-the-go-for-blind-and-visually-impaired/

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Elections Canada Announces Accessibility Improvements

As part of Elections Canadas commitment to accessibility to all Canadian voters, Elections Canada and Matthew Wozenilek, a Guelph accessibility advocate,
are pleased to announce that in the next federal election all polling sites in Canada will feature either power assisted door openers or dedicated staff to assist door openings.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/elections-canada-announces-accessibility-improvements/

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One Full Year to the Day After the Wynne Government Unveiled Its Planned Legacy for the 2015 Toronto Pan/ParaPan American Games, Where is the Comprehensive Plan for a Strong and Lasting Legacy of Improved Disability Accessibility?

This is an important anniversary on the road to a fully accessible Ontario, but not a happy one. Today marks one full year since the Wynne Government held a carefully-staged news conference to make public its plans for the longterm legacy of the 2015 Toronto Pan/ParaPan American Games. The Ontario Government Minister speaking that day said not one word about a legacy of improved disability accessibility. The Games legacy is the long-term benefits to Ontario that will be left behind from the huge public investment in the 2015 Games.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=4685

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AODA Alliance Chair Resorts to Freedom of Information Application to Unearth the Story on How and Why Metrolinx Designed the New Eglinton Subway with Barriers to Disability Accessibility and Safety

On August 22, 2014, David Lepofsky, who serves as the chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance, resorted to submitting a Freedom of Information application to Metrolinx. The key part of that application is set out below. In it, he asks Metrolinx to make public important information and documents concerning Metrolinxs controversial decision to design several public transit stations on Torontos new Eglinton subway line with barriers to disability accessibility and safety.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-chair-resorts-to-freedom-of-information-application-to-unearth-the-story-on-how-and-why-metrolinx-designed-the-new-eglinton-subway-with-barriers-to-disability-accessibility-and-safety/

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Purple Communications Introduces Next-Generation SmartVP 2.0 Videophone

Purple Communications, Inc. today announced the availability of the SmartVP 2.0 videophone specifically designed for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. The next generation of SmartVP features upgraded hardware and software, supported by new and powerful video platform to provide a seamless communication experience.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/purple-communications-introduces-next-generation-smartvp-2-0-videophone/

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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.

In the Spotlight
*Waters Edge Restaurant
http://www.amenu.ca/waters-edge-restaurant/
*Wildfire Steakhouse & Wine Bar
http://www.amenu.ca/wildfire-steakhouse-wine-bar/
*Pizza Pizza
http://www.amenu.ca/pizza-pizza/
*The Eaton Chelsea Hotel Market Garden + express|o
http://www.amenu.ca/the-eaton-chelsea-hotel-market-garden-expresso-coffee-bar/

KNFB Reader: Access to Print Text on the Go for Blind and Visually Impaired

The wait is finally over. The highly anticipated KNFB Reader iOS app that provides access to print text on the go, was presented at the 74th Annual Convention of the National Federation of the Blind to enthusiastic cheers and applause. Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/knfb-reader-access-to-print-text-on-the-go-for-blind-and-visually-impaired/

Elections Canada Announces Accessibility Improvements

As part of Elections Canada’s commitment to accessibility to all Canadian voters, Elections Canada and Matthew Wozenilek, a Guelph accessibility advocate,
are pleased to announce that in the next federal election all polling sites in Canada will feature either power assisted door openers or dedicated staff to assist door openings.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/elections-canada-announces-accessibility-improvements/

One Full Year to the Day After the Wynne Government Unveiled Its Planned Legacy for the 2015 Toronto Pan/ParaPan American Games, Where is the Comprehensive Plan for a Strong and Lasting Legacy of Improved Disability Accessibility?

This is an important anniversary on the road to a fully accessible Ontario, but not a happy one. Today marks one full year since the Wynne Government held a carefully-staged news conference to make public its plans for the longterm legacy of the 2015 Toronto Pan/ParaPan American Games. The Ontario Government Minister speaking that day said not one word about a legacy of improved disability accessibility. The Games’ legacy is the long-term benefits to Ontario that will be left behind from the huge public investment in the 2015 Games.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/one-full-year-to-the-day-after-the-wynne-government-unveiled-its-planned-legacy-for-the-2015-toronto-panparapan-american-games-where-is-the-comprehensive-plan-for-a-strong-and-lasting-legacy-of-im/

AODA Alliance Chair Resorts to Freedom of Information Application to Unearth the Story on How and Why Metrolinx Designed the New Eglinton Subway with Barriers to Disability Accessibility and Safety

On August 22, 2014, David Lepofsky, who serves as the chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance, resorted to submitting a Freedom of Information application to Metrolinx. The key part of that application is set out below. In it, he asks Metrolinx to make public important information and documents concerning Metrolinx’s controversial decision to design several public transit stations on Toronto’s new Eglinton subway line with barriers to disability accessibility and safety.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-chair-resorts-to-freedom-of-information-application-to-unearth-the-story-on-how-and-why-metrolinx-designed-the-new-eglinton-subway-with-barriers-to-disability-accessibility-and-safety/

Purple Communications Introduces Next-Generation SmartVP 2.0 Videophone

Purple Communications, Inc. today announced the availability of the SmartVP 2.0 videophone specifically designed for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. The next generation of SmartVP features upgraded hardware and software, supported by new and powerful video platform to provide a seamless communication experience.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/purple-communications-introduces-next-generation-smartvp-2-0-videophone/

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Accessibility News August 23,2014 Update

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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 with an Accessibility Audit.

Visit http://www.inclusivemedia.ca to find out more.

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In this Issue

*Cloud Computing: Potential, Pitfalls for People with Disabilities
*Baltimore Required to Improve Hiring Policies and Practices to Comply with Disabilities Act
*5 Shocking Ways the Modern World Screws Blind People
*UK CAA Tighten Information Rules For Disabled Passengers
*Toronto Star Reports that Metrolinx Designed Underground Eglinton LRT Stations with Troubling and Preventable Barriers to Disability Accessibility and Safety
*Minister Duguid Forces Pollyanna To Kafka

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For a long term strategy in meeting the AODA and Section 508, Accessibility News recommends Accessibil-IT Inc for all your accessible PDF documentation needs. For more information email them at info@accessibilit.com or visit them on the web at: http://www.accessibilit.com

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ARTICLES:

Cloud Computing: Potential, Pitfalls for People with Disabilities

New research argues that cloud can be an important platform for increasing the independence of people with disabilities but industry and government need a conscious approach to accessibility

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/cloud-computing-potential-pitfalls-for-people-with-disabilities/

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Baltimore Required to Improve Hiring Policies and Practices to Comply with Disabilities Act

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blakes administration settled a discrimination complaint brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, agreeing to ensure that hiring follows rules that forbid asking most job candidates to take medical exams.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/baltimore-required-to-improve-hiring-policies-and-practices-to-comply-with-disabilities-act/

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5 Shocking Ways the Modern World Screws Blind People

Imagine youre blind and a job has opened up in your city, just for you. The work is full-time or part-time, your choice, and they are willing to pick you up from your home and drop you off! Your environment is fully equipped to your needs, and you are paid based on your productivity! Sounds good so far? Now imagine it pays only a quarter an hour.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/5-shocking-ways-the-modern-world-screws-blind-people/

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UK CAA Tighten Information Rules For Disabled Passengers

Content should be presented in a clear and easy to understand way and accessible for passengers with impairments such as blindness or low vision, deafness or hearing loss, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, restricted movement, photosensitivity or any combination of these. The design of your websites should take into consideration existing international guidelines on website accessibility.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/uk-caa-tighten-information-rules-for-disabled-passengers/

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Toronto Star Reports that Metrolinx Designed Underground Eglinton LRT Stations with Troubling and Preventable Barriers to Disability Accessibility and Safety

Metrolinx Refuses to Change These plans Despite the AODA, the Human Rights Code, the Charter of Rights, the Government Ten-Year Infrastructure Plans Accessibility Guarantees, and Premier Wynnes Election Pledge Not to Use Public Money to Create New Accessibility Barriers

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/toronto-star-reports-that-metrolinx-designed-underground-eglinton-lrt-stations-with-troubling-and-preventable-barriers-to-disability-accessibility-and-safety/

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Minister Duguid Forces Pollyanna To Kafka

By Victor Schwartzman, with Pollyanna and Franz Kafka

KAFKA: Well, he acknowledges the Government did not meet the deadline, offers no explanation or apology or even the information itself. His sole reason for not providing the information seems to be that the Alliance ignored the Governments failure and wrote a submission anyway.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/minister-duguid-forces-pollyanna-to-kafka/
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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.

In the Spotlight
*Waters Edge Restaurant
http://www.amenu.ca/waters-edge-restaurant/
*Museum Tavern Restaurant & Bar
http://www.amenu.ca/museum-tavern-restaurant-bar/
*Wildfire Steakhouse & Wine Bar
http://www.amenu.ca/wildfire-steakhouse-wine-bar/ *Pizza Pizza http://www.amenu.ca/pizza-pizza/

Cloud Computing: Potential, Pitfalls for People with Disabilities

New research argues that cloud can be an important platform for increasing the independence of people with disabilities but industry and government need a conscious approach to accessibility

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/cloud-computing-potential-pitfalls-for-people-with-disabilities/