People, Power, and Pelf

Throughout my academic career and personal life, I have been concerned when individuals are exploited. Concerning blindness, I was always angered when I encountered educators and rehab workers with low expectations for blind people. This becomes worse when low expectations are embodied in the culture of agencies and organizations. Pelf is the Middle English word for wealth ill begotten.

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January 2016 Accessibility Requirements Need Attention Now

If your organization operates in Ontario, you know about the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and its five broad standards, but are you ready for the new requirements in effect January 1?

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http://www.aoda.ca/january-2016-accessibility-requirements-need-attention-now/

Lawsuits Rise: Blind Plaintiffs Sue Additional Retailers for Website Accessibility/ADA Claims

Patagonia, Ace Hardware, Aeropostale, Bed Bath & Beyond and Estee Lauder are the most recent companies sued by blind plaintiffs, alleging that the retailers’ websites are not accessible to the blind as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/lawsuits-rise-blind-plaintiffs-sue-additional-retailers-for-website-accessibilityada-claims/

EEOC Sues McDonald’s for Disability Discrimination

According to the suit, Ricky Washington, who is deaf, applied online for a job at a McDonald’s restaurant in Belton, Mo. in June 2012. Washington indicated on his application that he attended Kansas School for the Deaf. Washington also said he had previous job experience working as a cook and clean-up team member at a McDonald’s restaurant in Louisiana in 2009. When the Belton restaurant manager learned Washington needed a sign language interpreter for his job interview, she canceled the interview and never rescheduled it, despite Washington’s sister volunteering to act as the interpreter.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/eeoc-sues-mcdonalds-for-disability-discrimination/

Accessibility News December 26,2015 Update

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In this Issue

*Universal Washroom Standards
*CCD Chairpersons Update November December 2015
*Is the Companys Website Accessible to Individuals With Disabilities?
*Hearing Aid Compatibility for Wireless Voice Technology
*Why Some Disability Advocates are Worried About A National Disability Act

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Universal Washroom Standards

One of the current priorities of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), is the New Accessibility Amendments made to Ontarios Building Code. These new requirements have been set in place in order to help establish a more accessible Ontario. The Ontario Government plans to build an accessible Ontario by 2025.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/universal-washroom-standards/

CCD Chairpersons Update November December 2015

Most recently, CCD convened a consultation on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and helped the Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities bring the community together to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which had as its theme, Inclusion Matters.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/ccd-chairpersons-update-november-december-2015/

Is the Companys Website Accessible to Individuals With Disabilities?

There are increasing demands by plaintiffs lawyers on businesses to ensure their websites are accessible to individuals with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or face a lawsuit.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/is-the-companys-website-accessible-to-individuals-with-disabilities/

Hearing Aid Compatibility for Wireless Voice Technology

FCC agreement between consumer advocates and industry associations as pathway to 100% compatibility for wireless devices.

Recognizing that wireless voice communications increasingly operate via alternative technologies, the Commission has expanded the rules to cover IP-based communications services like Wi-Fi Calling and Voice-over-LTE.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/hearing-aid-compatibility-for-wireless-voice-technology/

Why Some Disability Advocates are Worried About A National Disability Act

Now, the new Liberal government has made a national disability act a priority. They say the new bill will fill gaps in the patchwork of legislation concerning people with disabilities in Canada.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/why-some-disability-advocates-are-worried-about-a-national-disability-act/

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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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Universal Washroom Standards

One of the current priorities of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), is the New Accessibility Amendments made to Ontario’s Building Code. These new requirements have been set in place in order to help establish a more accessible Ontario. The Ontario Government plans to build an accessible Ontario by 2025.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/universal-washroom-standards/

CCD Chairperson’s Update – November – December 2015

Most recently, CCD convened a consultation on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and helped the Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities bring the community together to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which had as its theme, Inclusion Matters.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/ccd-chairpersons-update-november-december-2015/

Is the Company’s Website Accessible to Individuals With Disabilities?

There are increasing demands by plaintiffs’ lawyers on businesses to ensure their websites are accessible to individuals with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or face a lawsuit.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/is-the-companys-website-accessible-to-individuals-with-disabilities/

Hearing Aid Compatibility for Wireless Voice Technology

FCC agreement between consumer advocates and industry associations as pathway to 100% compatibility for wireless devices.

“Recognizing that wireless voice communications increasingly operate via alternative technologies, the Commission has expanded the rules to cover IP-based communications services like Wi-Fi Calling and Voice-over-LTE.”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/hearing-aid-compatibility-for-wireless-voice-technology/

Why Some Disability Advocates are Worried About A National Disability Act

Now, the new Liberal government has made a national disability act a priority. They say the new bill will fill gaps in the patchwork of legislation concerning people with disabilities in Canada.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/why-some-disability-advocates-are-worried-about-a-national-disability-act/