Committee Calls for Greater Accessibility

The City of Sault Ste. Marie’s Accessibility Advisory Committee made a formal proposal to the Sault Police Board Thursday that would require all taxi cab companies in city to have at least one accessible vehicle for the mobility disabled. Currently there are none. Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=625

Town to Continue Public Transportation Beyond November 17

After lengthy discussion at its October 7 meeting, council agreed to keep the service beyond the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) compliance deadline of November 17, while it works on implementing a compliant service.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/town-to-continue-public-transportation-beyond-november-17/

EEOC Sues The Lash Group for Disability Discrimination

BALTIMORE – The Lash Group, a Charlotte, N.C.-based consulting company, refused to provide a reasonable accommodation to an employee with post-partum depression and instead fired her because of her disability in violation of federal law, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it announced today.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/eeoc-sues-the-lash-group-for-disability-discrimination/

To Siri, With Love

Apple’s personal assistant offers patience and companionship to an autistic boy, helping him learn social cues and enunciation, among other things.

A 13-year-old is autistic, and Siri, Apple’s intelligent personal assistant, is currently his BFF, showing how technology has seemingly changed the interface of childhood imaginary friends.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/to-siri-with-love/

The Varsity: The State of the Clubhouse

Watson said that accessibility issues sometimes hinder service-users from accessing the SEC office. “It is incredibly frustrating when people with disabilities are not able to access our office,” Watson said.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/the-varsity-the-state-of-the-clubhouse/

Former Lieutenant Governor to Champion Accessibility in Ontario

Ontario has appointed The Honourable David C. Onley as a special advisor on accessibility to champion opportunities for people of all abilities in the public and private sectors.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/former-lieutenant-governor-to-champion-accessibility-in-ontario/

Accessibility News October 25,2014 Update

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In this Issue

*Join us at Queens Park Friday November 28, 2014 to Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Birth of the Grassroots Movement in Ontario for a Strong Disability Accessibility Law
*User-Friendly Electronic Eyecane Enhances Navigational Abilities for Blind
*Centre Wellington Accessibility Report Endorsed
*Metrolinx Backs Down!
*A Failed Game Changer: Post-Secondary Education and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
*Greater Victoria Bus Driver Defies Policy on Announcing Stops

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Join us at Queens Park Friday November 28, 2014 to Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Birth of the Grassroots Movement in Ontario for a Strong Disability Accessibility Law

RSVP IS NECESSARY!

Below we give you more background on that important day twenty years ago, when about twenty people ended up in a room at Queens Park, determined to fight for new legislation to make Ontario fully accessible to all people with disabilities. They could not have known that day how the next twenty years would turn out.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/join-us-at-queens-park-friday-november-28-2014-to-celebrate-the-20th-anniversary-of-the-birth-of-the-grassroots-movement-in-ontario-for-a-strong-disability-accessibility-law/

User-Friendly Electronic Eyecane Enhances Navigational Abilities for Blind

One of the key results we show here is that even after less than five minutes of training, participants were able to complete the tasks successfully, says Prof. Amedi. This short training requirement is very significant, as it make the device much more user friendly. Every one of our blind users wanted to take the device home with them after the experiment, and felt they could immediately contribute to their everyday lives, adds Maidenbaum.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/user-friendly-electronic-eyecane-enhances-navigational-abilities-for-blind/

Centre Wellington Accessibility Report Endorsed

ELORA Centre Wellington is adopting the multi-year accessibility plan submitted by the manager of legislative services/municipal clerk Kerri OKane dated Oct. 20.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/centre-wellington-accessibility-report-endorsed/

Metrolinx Backs Down!

It Waives Its Proposed $250 Fee for Answering the AODA Alliance Chairs Freedom of Information Application Regarding the Creation of New Accessibility/Safety Barriers on the Eglinton Crosstown Subway Within Two Hours of Our Publicizing Metrolinxs Attempt to Extract That Fee And A Week of Great Media on Accessibility Issues Coverage on Accessibility

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/metrolinx-backs-down/

A Failed Game Changer: Post-Secondary Education and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

For the post-secondary education sector, these standard were expected to bring about significant changes and to improve access to education for persons with disabilities. The AODA has not, however, lived up to this potential.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/a-failed-game-changer-post-secondary-education-and-the-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities-act/

Greater Victoria Bus Driver Defies Policy on Announcing Stops

Veteran B.C. Transit driver Joe Hronek expects to be disciplined one of these days for refusing to call out each of the estimated 500 stops on his daily routes as required by the company to serve visually impaired passengers.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/greater-victoria-bus-driver-defies-policy-on-announcing-stops/

eSSENTIAL Accessibility

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.

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Join us at Queen’s Park Friday November 28, 2014 to Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Birth of the Grassroots Movement in Ontario for a Strong Disability Accessibility Law

RSVP IS NECESSARY!

Below we give you more background on that important day twenty years ago, when about twenty people ended up in a room at Queen’s Park, determined to fight for new legislation to make Ontario fully accessible to all people with disabilities. They could not have known that day how the next twenty years would turn out.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/join-us-at-queens-park-friday-november-28-2014-to-celebrate-the-20th-anniversary-of-the-birth-of-the-grassroots-movement-in-ontario-for-a-strong-disability-accessibility-law/

User-Friendly Electronic ‘Eyecane’ Enhances Navigational Abilities for Blind

“One of the key results we show here is that even after less than five minutes of training, participants were able to complete the tasks successfully,” says Prof. Amedi. “This short training requirement is very significant, as it make the device much more user friendly. Every one of our blind users wanted to take the device home with them after the experiment, and felt they could immediately contribute to their everyday lives,” adds Maidenbaum.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/user-friendly-electronic-eyecane-enhances-navigational-abilities-for-blind/

Centre Wellington Accessibility Report Endorsed

ELORA – Centre Wellington is adopting the multi-year accessibility plan submitted by the manager of legislative services/municipal clerk Kerri O’Kane dated Oct. 20.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/centre-wellington-accessibility-report-endorsed/