Metrolinx Backs Down!

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

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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.

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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.

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

Accessibility News October 18,2014 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 10 years, 11 weeks, 0 days till a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

Despite Promising to be the Most Open and Transparent Government in Canada, Wynne Government Again Tries Charging a Hefty Fee to Give Answers on Its Promises on Disability Accessibility

Metrolinx Asks AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky to pay $250 Just to Find Out Why Metrolinx Designed Several Stations on the New Eglinton Crosstown Line with Accessibility/Safety Problems

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http://www.aoda.ca/despite-promising-to-be-the-most-open-and-transparent-government-in-canada-wynne-government-again-tries-charging-a-hefty-fee-to-give-answers-on-its-promises-on-disability-accessibility/

Sussex Drive Scotiabank complies with bylaw despite lack of ramp

“If they had a sign out saying women can only go in here certain hours, but men anytime, would we be having this conversation?” said David Lepofsky, a lawyer who volunteers for Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Alliance.

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http://www.aoda.ca/sussex-drive-scotiabank-complies-with-bylaw-despite-lack-of-ramp/

Communication Technology Opens ‘Doors’ for Everyone, Not Only People With Disabilities

Considering that 15 per cent of the world’s population, or over one billion people, have a disability that affects their access to modern communications, the commercial opportunities for mobile service providers, manufacturers and smart phone application developers are consequently substantial.” With so much of our daily lives dependent on mobile devices and the Internet, it is time that we ushered in an “accessible technology renaissance.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/communication-technology-opens-doors-for-everyone-not-only-people-with-disabilities/

Australian Public Service Commission launches video on disability

The Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) has released the first video in its Leading the Way series designed to build education and awareness around disability employment in the Australian Public Service (APS).

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http://www.aoda.ca/australian-public-service-commission-launches-video-on-disability/

Accessibility Claims Expected Over Websites

He says business owners should talk to their website developers about updating sites with accessibility options, such as screen readers.

Under the current law, businesses can be sued for accessibility violations without notice. “Many businesses find out about compliance issues by getting sued,” said Mr. Klein.

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http://www.aoda.ca/accessibility-claims-expected-over-websites/

The Curse of the One Step

10 years, 12 weeks and 2 days.
As of writing this article, that’s how long it will take before Ontario is legally required to be fully accessible under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/the-curse-of-the-one-step/