New Federal Budget Commits 2 Million Dollars to Federal Government Consultation on the Promised Canadians with Disabilities Act in 2016-17

New Federal Budget is Another Important Step on the Road to the Promised Canadians with Disabilities Act

In its first budget, which Finance Minister Morneau announced in Parliament on March 22, 2016, the Justin Trudeau Government repeated its 2015 election pledge to enact the Canadians with Disabilities Act. It specifically committed 2 million dollars for the Government’s consultation on the development of this legislation, in 2016 and 2017. The Budget included:

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and Barrier-Free BC Holds Its Major Kick-Off Event in British Columbia on April 6, 2016

Come to the April 12, 2016 Mississauga Accessibility Public Forum to Help Our Grassroots Effort to Kick-Start Sluggish Ontario Government Action on Accessibility

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Web Accessibility for People Living with a Hearing Disability

One might believe that people living with a hearing disability don’t really suffer from web accessibility problems since they can see the images, use a mouse, navigate the site, and read the content on the web page just fine, right?

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Invitation to official launch of Barrier-Free BC – April 6, 2016

The following is circulated as a public service on behalf of Barrier-Free BC. Responses, questions or comments regarding the enclosed should be directed to the Barrier-Free BC Steering Committee at barrierfreebc@gmail.com

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Federal Budget Commits to Creating a Canadians With Disabilities Act

The federal budget unveiled this week includes a promise to eliminate barriers for Canadians living with disabilities by introducing a national disabilities act a document advocates have long said is needed.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/federal-budget-commits-to-creating-a-canadians-with-disabilities-act-2/

Digging Deeper ‘It’s Like Playing Russian Roulette:’ The Fight for Accessibility in Regina

Accessibility and tolerance for those living with disabilities in the Queen City was thrust into the spotlight this week after a man who is legally blind was denied a ride by two cab companies because of his service dog.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/digging-deeper-its-like-playing-russian-roulette-the-fight-for-accessibility-in-regina/

Judgment for Blind Plaintiff in Website Disability Case

A California Judge has granted summary judgment to a visually-impaired plaintiff who was unable to access the website of luggage retailer Colorado Bag’n & Baggage.

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Accessibility News March 26,2016 Update

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In this Issue

*Federal Budget Commits to Creating a Canadians With Disabilities Act
*Facebook Taps Artificial Intelligence for Users With Disabilities
*Blind Man Says He Was Tackled, Arrested After White Cane Mistaken for Weapon
*Federal Communication Commission(FCC) Strengthens Captioning Rules to Enhance Accessibility to Video Programming on TV
*Ontario Government Hypocritical on Mental Health: Brown
*Yes, She’s Really Disabled: Woman Harassed for Using Parking Spot
*More Businesses Face Lawsuits Challenging Website Accessibility

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Federal Budget Commits to Creating a Canadians With Disabilities Act

The federal budget unveiled this week includes a promise to eliminate barriers for Canadians living with disabilities by introducing a national disabilities act a document advocates have long said is needed.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/federal-budget-commits-to-creating-a-canadians-with-disabilities-act/

Facebook Taps Artificial Intelligence for Users With Disabilities

MENLO PARK, Calif. Matt King, a software engineer who has been blind since college, came to Facebook last summer with a mission: to make websites and mobile apps friendlier for people like him with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/facebook-taps-artificial-intelligence-for-users-with-disabilities/

Blind Man Says He Was Tackled, Arrested After White Cane Mistaken for Weapon

Steven Stairs is legally blind. He says he feared he was being kidnapped when police tackled him to the ground without warning on Monday night.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/blind-man-says-he-was-tackled-arrested-after-white-cane-mistaken-for-weapon/

Federal Communication Commission(FCC) Strengthens Captioning Rules to Enhance Accessibility to Video Programming on TV

Closed captioning is crucial for ensuring that our televised media are fully accessible to people who are deaf and hard of hearing. The provision of closed captioning depends upon the coordination of both video programmers and video programming distributors (VPDs) to both generate and deliver high quality
caption content to viewers. To date, however, only VPDs have been directly subject to the Commissions closed captioning rules, leaving half of the responsible parties unaccountable for the quality of their captioning.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/federal-communication-commissionfcc-strengthens-captioning-rules-to-enhance-accessibility-to-video-programming-on-tv/

Ontario Government Hypocritical on Mental Health: Brown

For all the hand-wringing we do about treating mental illness as just that a sickness, not a crime, youd think wed do better when we put actions to those words.

Barrie teen Shania Paige attempted suicide by cop. Its only thanks to the quick-thinking police officer who responded that shes alive today.

As reported in the Toronto Sun on Sunday, what happened to Paige, who suffers from bipolar disorder, makes a mockery of everything we talk about when it comes to mental health.

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http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/ontario-government-hypocritical-on-mental-health-brown/

Yes, Shes Really Disabled: Woman Harassed for Using Parking Spot

In the mere minutes between when Amber Gillett pulled into an accessible parking spot in front of a Clyde Avenue shop and when she walked back to her Volkswagen Golf, a stranger made an assumption about her.

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http://www.aoda.ca/yes-shes-really-disabled-woman-harassed-for-using-parking-spot/

More Businesses Face Lawsuits Challenging Website Accessibility

Despite the recent explosion of lawsuits challenging the accessibility of websites under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that it will not publish proposed revisions to the Title III regulations to address website accessibility until 2018.

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Federal Budget Commits to Creating a Canadians With Disabilities Act

The federal budget unveiled this week includes a promise to eliminate barriers for Canadians living with disabilities by introducing a national disabilities act a document advocates have long said is needed.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/federal-budget-commits-to-creating-a-canadians-with-disabilities-act/

Facebook Taps Artificial Intelligence for Users With Disabilities

MENLO PARK, Calif. – Matt King, a software engineer who has been blind since college, came to Facebook last summer with a mission: to make websites and mobile apps friendlier for people like him with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/facebook-taps-artificial-intelligence-for-users-with-disabilities/