People with Disabilities Have Lousy Access at State Websites, Including Covered California

California law has required state government websites to be accessible by people with disabilities since 2003. According to the California State Auditor, that’s also how long state websites have not followed the law.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/people-with-disabilities-have-lousy-access-at-state-websites-including-covered-california/

Tribunal Hears Transit Issues

Louise Bark, a former Kingston resident, is involved in an Ontario Human Rights Tribunal case against the City of Kingston over public transit accessibility issues. Bark was in Kingston with her service dog Bruce on Wednesday.

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http://www.aoda.ca/tribunal-hears-transit-issues/

Deafblind Australian Makes Historic Call with Breakthrough Braille Phone

Hundreds of thousands of deafblind Australians will now be able to make phone calls easily with a world first trial of a caption-braille phone

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/deafblind-australian-makes-historic-call-with-breakthrough-braille-phone/

AODA Alliance Chair Files New Freedom of Information Application with the Ontario Government Ministry Responsible for Implementing and Enforcing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

We need to be vigilant to ensure that the Government promptly and fully implements its Action Plan. We also need to continue to advocate for additional action on accessibility which that Plan did not include.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-chair-files-new-freedom-of-information-application-with-the-ontario-government-ministry-responsible-for-implementing-and-enforcing-the-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities-ac/

National Survey Demonstrates That People with Disabilities are Striving to Work and Overcoming Barriers

Americans with disabilities are striving to work and overcoming barriers to employment. This is a key finding of the 2015 Kessler Foundation National Employment and Disability Survey, the first nationally representative survey on the workplace experiences of Americans with disabilities, presented by experts today on Capitol Hill.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/national-survey-demonstrates-that-people-with-disabilities-are-striving-to-work-and-overcoming-barriers/

New Ontario Access Action Plan: George Orwell Comments

By Victor Schwartzman and George Orwell

You weigh how serious a Government is by how much it spends: in this instance, peanuts.

The peanuts are to feed the elephant in the room, to prevent a nasty trumpeting.

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http://www.aoda.ca/new-ontario-access-action-plan-george-orwell-comments/

More and More Media Coverage of Our Accessibility Campaign During National Access Awareness Week

What a National Access Awareness Week we’ve had!

1. A Barrage of Great Media Coverage of Disability Accessibility Issues We Could Not Have Expected!

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http://www.aoda.ca/more-and-more-media-coverage-of-our-accessibility-campaign-during-national-access-awareness-week/

Accessibility News June 6,2015 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 9 years, 30 weeks, 1 day till a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

NDP MPP Percy Hatfield Introduces a Private Members Bill into the Ontario Legislature to Make it Easier for Businesses to Make Their Premises Accessible to Customers and Employees with Disabilities

We are delighted that at the AODA Alliance’s request, NDP MPP Percy Hatfield today introduced a Private Member’s Bill into the Ontario Legislature for First Reading. This bill, set out below, would make it easier for businesses to take action to make their premises accessible to people with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ndp-mpp-percy-hatfield-introduces-a-private-members-bill-into-the-ontario-legislature-to-make-it-easier-for-businesses-to-make-their-premises-accessible-to-customers-and-employees-with-disabilities/

Ontario Government Announces Measures to Implement Recommendations of 2014 Moran AODA Independent Review

Government Commits to Some Helpful Measures Including Increased Enforcement, But Much More Is Still Needed

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-government-announces-measures-to-implement-recommendations-of-2014-moran-aoda-independent-review/