Politicians Quick to Embrace the Rights of the Homosexual Community but Drag Their Feet When it Comes to the Disabled

by Geof Collis

It is encouraging to see such a show of support, no group should be discriminated in todays Global Community!

Now for a reality check!!

We have a Lesbian Premier whose Government has been discriminating against another Community, the Disabled!

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/politicians-quick-to-embrace-the-rights-of-the-homosexual-community-but-drag-their-feet-when-it-comes-to-the-disabled/

DOJ Shifts Position on Web Access

What a difference five years makes. In September 2010, the Justice Department (DOJ) announced in an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) that it would issue new regulations under Title III of the ADA to address the accessibility of public accommodations websites.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/doj-shifts-position-on-w eb-access/

The Wave of Action on Disability Accessibility Gradually Spreads Across Canada

But Still Lots To Do to Get All Governments to Take Needed Action

What is happening across Canada on the accessibility front for people with disabilities? That is the focus of our last AODA Alliance Update before a summer break.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/the-wave-of-action-on-disability-accessibility-gradually-spreads-across-canada/

AODA Failures: Hay Fever or Summer Vacations?

By Victor Schwartzman

Recently my columns have been more scathing than usual. The Ontario Government was ridiculing for hiring Uncle Scrooge as the reason it has not spent $60 million budgeted for access. $4 million touted for small businesses turned out to be loans, not grants. And $4 million offered to help high school students who have a disability more easily enter college? Is that enough to even pay for their text books?

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/aoda-failures-hayfever-or-summer-vacations/

Accessibility News June 27,2015 Update

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There are 9 years, 27 weeks, 1 day till a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

*The Life-Changing Impact of Autism Service Dogs
*Dysfunction of Function, Accessibility and Inclusion
*Ontario to Invest $6 Million in Accessibility Programs
*Two Preventable Accessibility Problems Facing Tourists with Disabilities Already Surfaced for the Toronto 2015 Pan/ParaPan American Games
*Mike Hammer Solves Mystery of No Access Spending
*Pan Am Games App Deemed Failure by Advocates for People With Disabilities(PWDs)

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The Life-Changing Impact of Autism Service Dogs

A boy walks through the crowded halls of his school tethered to a dog who helps him remain calm in the crowd, find the correct classroom, and get settled in his seat before class starts.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-life-changing-impact-of-autism-service-dogs/

Dysfunction of Function, Accessibility and Inclusion

accessibilityAt this point in time, after having seen the release of the Mayo Moran review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act(AODA),
it is important to center our focus on how accessibility is created within a market place.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/dysfunction-of-function-accessibility-and-inclusion/

Ontario to Invest $6 Million in Accessibility Programs

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, Reza Moridi, came to McMaster this afternoon to announce an additional $6-million investment in accessibility programs at Ontario Universities.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-to-invest-6-million-in-accessibility-programs/

Two Preventable Accessibility Problems Facing Tourists with Disabilities Already Surfaced for the Toronto 2015 Pan/ParaPan American Games

The Toronto 2015 Smart Phone app for Apple devices like the iPhone was released with preventable barriers. These made key parts of the app inaccessible to blind or dyslexic people who use Apples free VoiceOver screen-reader.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/two-preventable-accessibility-problems-facing-tourists-with-disabilities-already-surfaced-for-the-toronto-2015-panparapan-american-games/

Mike Hammer Solves Mystery of No Access Spending

By Victor Schwartzman, with Mike Hammer

My throat was dry and the streets were wet. Toronto hadnt changed and neither had I: we were both nice on the outside but there was something nasty underneath.
Mike Hammers the name, solving mysteries is no game. This time it was no mystery at all but Ill give you the puzzler anyway. See if you can guess who the suspect is before the big reveal.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/mike-hammer-solves-mystery-of-no-access-spending/

Pan Am Games App Deemed Failure by Advocates for People With Disabilities(PWDs)

The Toronto 2015 app has been deemed a failure by advocates for people with disabilities. They say the App for the Panam/Parapan Am Games is not accessible to those who are visually impaired. Christina Stevens reports

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/pan-am-games-app-deemed-failure-by-advocates-for-people-with-disabilitiespwds/

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The Life-Changing Impact of Autism Service Dogs

A boy walks through the crowded halls of his school tethered to a dog who helps him remain calm in the crowd, find the correct classroom, and get settled in his seat before class starts.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-life-changing-impact-of-autism-service-dogs/

Dysfunction of Function, Accessibility and Inclusion

accessibilityAt this point in time, after having seen the release of the Mayo Moran review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act(AODA), it is important to center our focus on how accessibility is created within a market place.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/dysfunction-of-function-accessibility-and-inclusion/

Ontario to Invest $6 Million in Accessibility Programs

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, Reza Moridi, came to McMaster this afternoon to announce an additional $6-million investment in accessibility programs at Ontario Universities.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-to-invest-6-million-in-accessibility-programs/

Two Preventable Accessibility Problems Facing Tourists with Disabilities Already Surfaced for the Toronto 2015 Pan/ParaPan American Games

The Toronto 2015 Smart Phone app for Apple devices like the iPhone was released with preventable barriers. These made key parts of the app inaccessible to blind or dyslexic people who use Apple’s free VoiceOver screen-reader.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/two-preventable-accessibility-problems-facing-tourists-with-disabilities-already-surfaced-for-the-toronto-2015-panparapan-american-games/

Mike Hammer Solves Mystery of No Access Spending

By Victor Schwartzman, with Mike Hammer

My throat was dry and the streets were wet. Toronto hadn’t changed and neither had I: we were both nice on the outside but there was something nasty underneath. Mike Hammer’s the name, solving mysteries is no game. This time it was no mystery at all but I’ll give you the puzzler anyway. See if you can guess who the suspect is before the big reveal.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/mike-hammer-solves-mystery-of-no-access-spending/