Accessibility News May 30,2015 Update

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In this Issue

*Advocates Calling for Official Government ID for Service Dogs
*How the Ontario Government Should Mark the 10th Anniversary of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
*Ontario Moving Forward with Accessibility Certification Program
*Alert: Websites as Places of Public Accommodation: DOJ Settlement May Extend Accessibility Requirements to Virtual Space
*Global Accessibility Awareness Day: Minister Duguid Stumped
*Accessible Ramp to be Installed at Meaford Hall
*Is Your Restaurant Pan Am or Para Pan Am Games Ready?
*How Technological Developments Are Improving The Lives Of The Disabled
*Province Must Spend More to Show Manitobans With Disabilities Where the Heart is: At Home

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ARTICLES:

Advocates Calling for Official Government ID for Service Dogs

Advocates are calling for official government ID for service dogs. They say itll cut down on fraud and help. those who legitimately need the dog.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/advocates-calling-for-official-government-id-for-service-dogs/

How the Ontario Government Should Mark the 10th Anniversary of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Watch AMI-TVs Canada in Perspective on Sunday, May 31, 2015, or Afterward Online, Addressing Barriers to Accessible Public Transit

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/how-the-ontario-government-should-mark-the-10th-anniversary-of-the-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities-act/

Ontario Moving Forward with Accessibility Certification Program

Editors Note: Is Mr. Duguid living in a fantasy world when it comes to the truth about their progress?

With the passage of the AODA, Ontario became an accessibility leader, establishing standards in five key areas of daily life and implementing them within clear timeframes.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-moving-forward-with-accessibility-certification-program/

Alert: Websites as Places of Public Accommodation: DOJ Settlement May Extend Accessibility Requirements to Virtual Space

DOJs settlement with edX should put online education providers on notice: Any private entity that provides online learning, whether for-profit or non-profit
and regardless of whether the education is free or for credit or leading toward a degree, needs to consider whether its content is accessible under the standards of Title III.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/alert-websites-as-places-of-public-accommodation-doj-settlement-may-extend-accessibility-requirements-to-virtual-space/

Global Accessibility Awareness Day: Minister Duguid Stumped

By Victor Schwartzman

Minister Brad Duguid, responsible for access in Ontario, boasts his Province is a world leader in access. We assumed it was a given he would host a GAAD
event. Or, certainly make a speech, using GAAD to draw attention to what access is all about. As a politician, he understands these things! Yet he hosted no event nor made any public comment during GAAD.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/global-accessibility-awareness-day-minister-duguid-stumped/

Accessible Ramp to be Installed at Meaford Hall

Accessibility projects like this will become more and more common in the coming years. The provincial Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act
(AODA) was first introduced in 2005, and all public sector organizations must be in compliance this year for a new construction or substantial renovations.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/accessible-ramp-to-be-installed-at-meaford-hall/

Is Your Restaurant Pan Am or Para Pan Am Games Ready?

Unlike the Olympics in Vancouver BC or London England, the Government has no comprehensive plan in place to ensure that we have adequate accessible restaurants,
public transit, hotels and other tourism and hospitality services to meet the needs of an influx of tourists with disabilities at this major international sporting event.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/is-your-restaurant-pan-am-or-para-pan-am-games-ready/

How Technological Developments Are Improving The Lives Of The Disabled

Technology exists to make our lives easier. Whether its the extending of our horizons via personal transport, the allowance of the sharing of information
via the internet, or the extension of the human lifespan through medical advancement, technology and humanity have become completely inseparable. Unfortunately
though, for some people, technological progress has not affected them as much as it has average individual. The disabled make up a proportion of this population,
however as technology becomes more sophisticated this deficit is being addressed, with amazing, life-changing results.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/how-technological-developments-are-improving-the-lives-of-the-disabled/

Province Must Spend More to Show Manitobans With Disabilities Where the Heart is: At Home

Care homes are great for those who are too old to take care of themselves properly, or for those who dont have the mental capacity to live on their own.
But in order for my life to reach its full potential, Winnipegosis resident Alex Lytwyn says he cant live in a home.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/province-must-spend-more-to-show-manitobans-with-disabilities-where-the-heart-is-at-home/

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Advocates Calling for Official Government ID for Service Dogs

Advocates are calling for official government ID for service dogs. They say it’ll cut down on fraud and help those who legitimately need the dog. Christina Stevens reports.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/advocates-calling-for-official-government-id-for-service-dogs/

How the Ontario Government Should Mark the 10th Anniversary of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Watch AMI-TV’s “Canada in Perspective” on Sunday, May 31, 2015, or Afterward Online, Addressing Barriers to Accessible Public Transit

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/how-the-ontario-government-should-mark-the-10th-anniversary-of-the-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities-act/

Ontario Moving Forward with Accessibility Certification Program

Editors Note: Is Mr. Duguid living in a fantasy world when it comes to the truth about their progress?

With the passage of the AODA, Ontario became an accessibility leader, establishing standards in five key areas of daily life and implementing them within clear timeframes.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-moving-forward-with-accessibility-certification-program/

Alert: Websites as Places of Public Accommodation: DOJ Settlement May Extend Accessibility Requirements to Virtual Space

DOJ’s settlement with edX should put online education providers on notice: Any private entity that provides online learning, whether for-profit or non-profit and regardless of whether the education is free or for credit or leading toward a degree, needs to consider whether its content is accessible under the standards of Title III.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/alert-websites-as-places-of-public-accommodation-doj-settlement-may-extend-accessibility-requirements-to-virtual-space/

Global Accessibility Awareness Day: Minister Duguid Stumped

By Victor Schwartzman

Minister Brad Duguid, responsible for access in Ontario, boasts his Province is a “world leader” in access. We assumed it was a given he would host a GAAD event. Or, certainly make a speech, using GAAD to draw attention to what access is all about. As a politician, he understands these things! Yet he hosted no event nor made any public comment during GAAD.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/global-accessibility-awareness-day-minister-duguid-stumped/

Accessible Ramp to be Installed at Meaford Hall

Accessibility projects like this will become more and more common in the coming years. The provincial Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act (AODA) was first introduced in 2005, and all public sector organizations must be in compliance this year for a new construction or substantial renovations.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/accessible-ramp-to-be-installed-at-meaford-hall/

Is Your Restaurant Pan Am or Para Pan Am Games Ready?

“Unlike the Olympics in Vancouver BC or London England, the Government has no comprehensive plan in place to ensure that we have adequate accessible restaurants, public transit, hotels and other tourism and hospitality services to meet the needs of an influx of tourists with disabilities at this major international sporting event.”

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/is-your-restaurant-pan-am-or-para-pan-am-games-ready/

How Technological Developments Are Improving The Lives Of The Disabled

bionic hand

Technology exists to make our lives easier. Whether it’s the extending of our horizons via personal transport, the allowance of the sharing of information via the internet, or the extension of the human lifespan through medical advancement, technology and humanity have become completely inseparable. Unfortunately though, for some people, technological progress has not affected them as much as it has average individual. The disabled make up a proportion of this population, however as technology becomes more sophisticated this deficit is being addressed, with amazing, life-changing results.

Google’s Glass concept device is a perfect example of devices being produced that could potentially have life-altering effects for disabled people. The Glass has already had apps developed for it that can perform real-time object recognition – incredibly useful for the blind or partially-sighted – and the facial recognition abilities of the device could potentially help those with emotional disabilities such as Asperger’s sufferers, describing emotions and aiding in interpersonal communication.

Given the eye-tracking feature that many headset ‘wearables’ come fitted with, those unable to move – people suffering from motor neurone disease, for instance – could surf the net, compose emails and even play games, all simply through the use of their eye. Disabled people could finally enjoy the comforts and entertainments healthy people currently enjoy, playing a few games on Spin Palace whilst travelling or downloading music from iTunes.

Alas, since Google pulled the Glass in for redevelopment, it’s unlikely we’ll see a widespread roll-out of these disabled-friendly products very soon, however there are other ways that the disabled can get the most out of the newest tech products. Mobile device apps such as Augie AAC and Speak for Yourself now allow people to improve their speech abilities and work with speech therapists, whilst voice control systems such as Nuance allow those with learning disabilities to convey their thoughts and understand the written word. Applications such as these could be the key to unlocking the potential of disabled people, changing lives and providing hope.

There’s no technology more life-changing than that of bionics, however. For those disabled by injury, the loss of a limb is often devastating, but thanks to advancements in medical and digital technology, although still in the trail stages of development, doctors can now re-construct nerves, attaching these to muscles which then are attached to a prosthetic hand that can literally be controlled via the mind. Patients then go through a rigorous training regime to get used to their new means of control, but afterwards can enjoy normal movement, boosting their quality of life.

Technology is moving forward at a drastic pace, and soon even the above developments will look old-fashioned and basic. We are truly on the cusp of boosting the quality of live for millions of people, and it’s all thanks to technology!

Province Must Spend More to Show Manitobans With Disabilities Where the Heart is: At Home

Care homes are great for those who are too old to take care of themselves properly, or for those who don’t have the mental capacity to live on their own. But in order for my life to reach its full potential, Winnipegosis resident Alex Lytwyn says he can’t live in a home.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/province-must-spend-more-to-show-manitobans-with-disabilities-where-the-heart-is-at-home/