Accessibility News December 27,2014 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 10 years, 1 week, 0 days till a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue
*The Next Frontier in ADA Litigation: Website and App Access for the Disabled
*2014 Year-End Retrospective on Our Non-Partisan Campaign for Disability Accessibility And More News from the Accessibility Front Lines
*Nostradamus Refuses To Predict 2015 AODA Implementation
*Court Puts 6-Month Limit on Detentions Under Mental Health Act
*AODA 2014 2015 Upcoming Deadlines and Things to Work on in 2015 for 2016
*Gaming Technology Makes its Way Into Headsets for the Visually Impaired

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ARTICLES:

The Next Frontier in ADA Litigation: Website and App Access for the Disabled

What many retailers might not be aware of is the growing risk of litigation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and derivative state laws arising from websites or mobile apps that allegedly discriminate against disabled individuals.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-next-frontier-in-ada-litigation-website-and-app-access-for-the-disabled/

2014 Year-End Retrospective on Our Non-Partisan Campaign for Disability Accessibility And More News from the Accessibility Front Lines

This is the AODA Alliances final Update for 2014. We thank one and all for reading or skimming our Updates, for passing them on to others, and for being part of our non-stop grassroots campaign to make Ontario fully accessible to over 1.8 million people with disabilities. Every contribution of effort by each one of you to our campaign helps sustain this effort.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/2014-year-end-retrospective-on-our-non-partisan-campaign-for-disability-accessibility-and-more-news-from-the-accessibility-front-lines/

Nostradamus Refuses To Predict 2015 AODA Implementation

By Victor Schwartzman

Nostradamus was contacted by this always truthful journalist on the internet, where nothing ever dies. The seer was asked to make a prediction for the Ontario Governments 2015 Implementation of the AODA access legislation. He refused. His response was:

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/nostradamus-refuses-to-predict-2015-aoda-implementation/

Court Puts 6-Month Limit on Detentions Under Mental Health Act

Deaf, mentally ill man warehoused in maximum-security institution for nearly two decades under Ontarios Mental Health Act

For nearly two decades, a deaf, mentally ill man has sat in an Ontario maximum security psychiatric institution, held under the provinces Mental Health Act a law never intended to permit long-term detention.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/court-puts-6-month-limit-on-detentions-under-mental-health-act/

AODA 2014 2015 Upcoming Deadlines and Things to Work on in 2015 for 2016

As you may be aware, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act contains several obligations that apply at different points in time, depending on whether the organization is a small organization (under 50 employees) or a large organization (50 employees or more), in order to achieve the goal of creating an accessible Ontario.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/aoda-2014-2015-upcoming-deadlines-and-things-to-work-on-in-2015-for-2016/

Gaming Technology Makes its Way Into Headsets for the Visually Impaired

EU researchers have developed a 3D headset that could help visually impaired people move around more safely and easily.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/gaming-technology-makes-its-way-into-headsets-for-the-visually-impaired/

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

Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ea11y or connect with us on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=59891 .

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The Next Frontier in ADA Litigation: Website and App Access for the Disabled

What many retailers might not be aware of is the growing risk of litigation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and derivative state laws arising from websites or mobile apps that allegedly discriminate against disabled individuals.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-next-frontier-in-ada-litigation-website-and-app-access-for-the-disabled/

2014 Year-End Retrospective on Our Non-Partisan Campaign for Disability Accessibility And More News from the Accessibility Front Lines

This is the AODA Alliance’s final Update for 2014. We thank one and all for reading or skimming our Updates, for passing them on to others, and for being part of our non-stop grassroots campaign to make Ontario fully accessible to over 1.8 million people with disabilities. Every contribution of effort by each one of you to our campaign helps sustain this effort.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/2014-year-end-retrospective-on-our-non-partisan-campaign-for-disability-accessibility-and-more-news-from-the-accessibility-front-lines/

Nostradamus Refuses To Predict 2015 AODA Implementation

By Victor Schwartzman

Nostradamus was contacted by this always truthful journalist on the internet, where nothing ever dies. The seer was asked to make a prediction for the Ontario Government’s 2015 Implementation of the AODA access legislation. He refused. His response was:

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/nostradamus-refuses-to-predict-2015-aoda-implementation/

Court Puts 6-Month Limit on Detentions Under Mental Health Act

Deaf, mentally ill man ‘warehoused’ in maximum-security institution for nearly two decades under Ontario’s Mental Health Act OurWindsor.Ca
By Wendy Gillis
December 23, 2014

For nearly two decades, a deaf, mentally ill man has sat in an Ontario maximum security psychiatric institution, held under the province’s Mental Health Act a law never intended to permit long-term detention.

Despite repeated, increasingly adamant recommendations by psychiatrists and mental health experts that he be moved to a less secure facility or even released into the community the man has languished in Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care (formerly known as Penetanguishene) for 19 years.

As one psychiatrist put it, the man, 56, is being “warehoused.”

All the while, the patient a convicted pedophile who can only be identified as P.S. because of a publication ban has had inadequate access to interpretation services, hampering his rehabilitation, the Court of Appeal for Ontario ruled Tuesday.

In a decision lawyers and mental health advocates call “landmark,” the court made a significant change to Ontario’s decades-old Mental Health Act, modifying its wording to prevent other inmates from indefinite detention.

The 1990 legislation allows for a mentally ill person who poses a danger to themselves or others to be detained. Involuntary detention, as its known, is intended to be used in urgent situations where a mentally ill person requires immediate detention.

In the vast majority of cases, the detentions are for only a few days; 80 per cent are for less than a month, according to the latest statistics.

But a small percentage is for detentions longer than six months, and patients can technically be held indefinitely because of a provision allowing the detention to be repeatedly renewed.

In a lengthy decision written on behalf of the court, Justice Robert Sharpe placed a six-month limit on a Mental Health Act detention. A 12-month suspension had been set on the change, giving the provincial government time to respond.

“The court has sent a message that if the Mental Health Act is going to be used for long detentions, there are serious problems,” said Mercedes Perez, of Swadron Associates, who represented P.S. alongside Karen Steward.

The decision was made in part because the MHA board which decides who can be detained under the act does not have sufficient powers to ensure the well-being of someone held for a lengthy period.

For instance, in P.S.’s case, the board repeatedly stated he should be kept in a lower-security institution, but did not have the legal authority to force institutions to care for him; over the years, several low-security institutions declined to accept P.S.

In contrast, the Ontario Review Board, which oversees cases where an inmate has been found not criminally responsible (NCR) for a crime, has the legal authority to force an institution to accept a patient.

According to the judgment, P.S. was the victim of physical and sexual abuse by close relatives as a child, and lived in several foster homes since the age of 3.

His detention began in 1992, when he was sentenced to 45 months in jail for the sexual assault of a 12-year-old boy. He served his sentence at Kingston Penitentiary, receiving no therapy or counselling during his prison term, according to the ruling.

Realizing that P.S. a diagnosed pedophile may be a risk to society, the MHA board decided to detain him when his sentence was completed. He was transferred to the maximum security section at Waypoint Centre.

Year after year, the board decided P.S. should remain detained under the act, but not kept in maximum security.

The board, which includes psychiatrists and lawyers, also often expressed “serious concerns” that he did not have access to qualified signers to assist in assessments and treatment, the ruling notes. In 1998, one doctor said P.S. still had no insight into his illness, or that it was against the law to have sex with children.

“The situation is complicated by the fact that there is a communication problem at this facility, there being no monies available for a signer,” the doctor wrote.

In 2002, noting P.S. may be losing some of his sign language skills, board members said a casual conversation interpreter should come in to converse with P.S. Sharpe notes that did not happen until 2007.

In 2009, after a certified American Sign Language trainer was brought in to work with P.S., mental health workers noticed the man’s skills, engagement and disposition improved.

“Had efforts been made to accommodate him immediately following his committal in 1996 by providing interpretation services during therapeutic, educational and recreational programming, his well-being and overall rehabilitative prospects might have been markedly different,” Sharpe wrote.

Laurene Hilderley, spokesperson for Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, said in an email she couldn’t comment on the care of a specific patient “due to our obligations under privacy legislation.”

“In general, we can say that our patients have individualized treatment and care plans to support their specific needs. We are committed to high quality, patient-centred care and supports,” Hilderley said.

“Our next steps are to review and digest the lengthy decision and understand what it means for our hospital.”

One board member, upon seeing P.S. was being held year after year under the act, noted: “This patient has in effect been given a ‘life sentence,’ which is not permitted.”

The appeal court noted that the indefinite detention and lack of meaningful access to an interpreter constituted “prolonged and serious breaches” to his Charter rights, including freedom and equality.

Sukanya Pillay, executive director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, an intervenor in the case, said the ruling sends a message that Charter rights need to be ardently defended, particularly when the person has a disability.

“It’s probably rare we hope it’s rare that somebody would be detained like this, for 19 years. But even one day of Charter breaches is not something that we want in our society,” she said.

Perez said she will now wait to learn if the decision will be appealed, which will in turn decide what happens next for her client, who remains at Waypoint Centre.

Toronto Star
Reproduced from http://www.mykawartha.com/news-story/5230791-court-puts-6-month-limit-on-detentions-under-mental-health-act/

AODA 2014 – 2015 Upcoming Deadlines and Things to Work on in 2015 for 2016

Yosie Saint-Cyr and Christina Catenacci

As you may be aware, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act contains several obligations that apply at different points in time, depending on whether the organization is a small organization (under 50 employees) or a large organization (50 employees or more), in order to achieve the goal of creating an accessible Ontario.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/aoda-2014-2015-upcoming-deadlines-and-things-to-work-on-in-2015-for-2016/

Gaming Technology Makes its Way Into Headsets for the Visually Impaired

EU researchers have developed a 3D headset that could help visually impaired people move around more safely and easily.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/gaming-technology-makes-its-way-into-headsets-for-the-visually-impaired/

Accessibility News December 20,2014 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.

The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 10 years, 2 weeks, 0 days till a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue
*Intelivote Releases Trends in Electronic Voting for 48 Ontario Municipalities
*Accessible Travel Kiosks Will Remove Barriers and Increase Independence
*The Badeyes WordPress Theme is Now Live and Available for Download!
*Ottawa Residents With Disabilities Laud Provincial Building Code Changes
*The Business of Becoming Accessible in Whitby
*E-Book Legal Restrictions Are Screwing Over Blind People
*I Will Not Be Bullied . . . Bought’; Sudbury Ex-Candidate Says Wynnes Office Hinted He’d Be Rewarded to Stay Out of Race
*Not a niche market’: Accessibility for disabled business travellers takes centre stage
*The Ten Years of AODA Implementation Seasonal Carol

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

ARTICLES:

Intelivote Releases Trends in Electronic Voting for 48 Ontario Municipalities

All the secure electronic voting results were available to the election officials 15 minutes after the last voter completed their voting, after the close of the polls at 8:00 PM, says Dean Smith, President and Founder of Intelivote Systems.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/intelivote-releases-trends-in-electronic-voting-for-48-ontario-municipalities/

Accessible Travel Kiosks Will Remove Barriers and Increase Independence

A new standard in the Canadian Transportation Agencys amended Code of practice: Removing Communication Barriers for Travellers with Disabilities introduces automated self-service travel kiosks designed for people with disabilities at airports, railway and ferry terminals.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/accessible-travel-kiosks-will-remove-barriers-and-increase-independence/

The Badeyes WordPress Theme is Now Live and Available for Download!

This Theme is AODA compliant right out of the box.

It has been a long 4 months of researching code and using checking tools but WordPress has finally approved the Badeyes TwentyFourteen Child Theme and it is now live for anyone to download.

Read more at
http://www.badeyes.com/the-badeyes-wordpress-theme-is-now-live-and-available-for-download/

Ottawa Residents With Disabilities Laud Provincial Building Code Changes

The Ottawa photographer, who has a disability, says changes to the provinces building code that will force contractors to design condos, apartments and public spaces that are more accessible to people with disabilities are a good start, but there is a lot more to be done to make Ottawa an accessible place to live.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ottawa-residents-with-disabilities-laud-provincial-building-code-changes/

The Business of Becoming Accessible in Whitby

Deadline for private and non-profit sectors to submit compliance report to Province is Dec. 31
Organizations that do not comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act could face financial penalties, court enforcement and prosecution.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/the-business-of-becoming-accessible-in-whitby/

E-Book Legal Restrictions Are Screwing Over Blind People

For more than a decade, the visually-impaired have been locked in an excruciatingly slow and circuitous battle against US copyright laws. And its left the visually-impaired with few options but to hack their way around digital barriers just for the simple pleasure of reading a book.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/e-book-legal-restrictions-are-screwing-over-blind-people/

I Will Not Be Bullied . . . Bought’; Sudbury Ex-Candidate Says Wynnes Office Hinted He’d Be Rewarded to Stay Out of Race

Accessibility News Wonders: Is Premier Wynne discriminating against him because he has a Disability?

A former Liberal candidate who hoped to be Ontarios first quadriplegic MPP says Premier Kathleen Wynnes office hinted hed be rewarded for not contesting the upcoming Sudbury byelection.

Andrew Olivier, who finished 980 votes behind the NDPs Joe Cimino in the June 12 election, said Monday that Wynne herself told him she wants a different Liberal flag-bearer in the race to fill Ciminos vacant seat.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/i-will-not-be-bullied-bought-sudbury-ex-candidate-says-wynnes-office-hinted-hed-be-rewarded-to-stay-out-of-race/

Not a niche market’: Accessibility for disabled business travellers takes centre stage

Improved accessibility can be a competitive advantage for businesses, opening up a whole new market of travellers.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/not-a-niche-market-accessibility-for-disabled-business-travellers-takes-centre-stage/

The Ten Years of AODA Implementation Seasonal Carol

By Victor Schwartzman

On the ninth year of implementation
The Government gave to me
Nine fingers down, middle one up

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/the-ten-years-of-aoda-implementation-seasonal-carol/

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

Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ea11y or connect with us on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=59891 .

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Accessibility News, since November 8, 2006

Intelivote Releases Trends in Electronic Voting for 48 Ontario Municipalities

“All the secure electronic voting results were available to the election officials 15 minutes after the last voter completed their voting, after the close of the polls at 8:00 PM,” says Dean Smith, President and Founder of Intelivote Systems.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/intelivote-releases-trends-in-electronic-voting-for-48-ontario-municipalities/

Accessible Travel Kiosks Will Remove Barriers and Increase Independence

A new standard in the Canadian Transportation Agency’s amended Code of practice: Removing Communication Barriers for Travellers with Disabilities introduces automated self-service travel kiosks designed for people with disabilities at airports, railway and ferry terminals.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/accessible-travel-kiosks-will-remove-barriers-and-increase-independence/