Accessibility News May 13,2017 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 7 years, 33 weeks, 3 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

Reliable Elevators Act Passes Second Reading

During second reading, Minister of Government and Consumer Services Tracy MacCharles said she agreed that more should be done, pointing to existing obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Those obligations include posting notices when elevators go out of service and putting in place documented accommodation plans.

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http://www.aoda.ca/reliable-elevators-act-passes-second-reading/

AMC Theaters Agrees to Improve Services for Blind Movie-Goers

AMC Theaters (AMC) has reached an agreement with several blind individuals, the California Council of the Blind (CCB), and the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco (LightHouse) to ensure blind customers have reliable access to audio description services at AMC movie theaters nationwide.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/amc-theaters-agrees-to-improve-services-for-blind-movie-goers/

Voters With Mental Disabilities Deserve a Say at Polls, advocates Say

Alexander Magnussen is a man with autism who is voting in his first provincial election. He is also an advocate with I Am Voting, a campaign encouraging voters with intellectual disabilities to participate and exercise their rights.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/voters-with-mental-disabilities-deserve-a-say-at-polls-advocates-say/

Visually Impaired Voters in B.C. Given Option to Phone it In

In the last federal election, staff at his polling station told him they didn’t have any braille ballots; he was later told some officials just didn’t know where they were.

In contrast, Mr. Poynter, who has been blind since he was a child, was able to vote in advance of Tuesday’s B.C. election simply by picking up the phone as part of an Elections BC pilot program that allows people with disabilities to vote from home.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/visually-impaired-voters-in-b-c-given-option-to-phone-it-in/

Center for Real Life Design launches with an emphasis on universal design and sustainability

The Universal Design Kitchen features design principles and appliances intended to accommodate people with a range of physical and cognitive abilities.

Muted colors and matte finishes create a soothing environment for children with autism. A slate-gray cooking surface on a cream porcelain countertop provides contrast for those with impaired vision. And a low, shallow sink eases kitchen work from a wheelchair.

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http://www.aoda.ca/center-for-real-life-design-launches-with-an-emphasis-on-universal-design-and-sustainability/

School District Eyes Resolution Agreement for Website-Accessibility Complaint

Palo Alto school district staff are asking the board to waive their two-meeting rule for approval and enter into a voluntary resolution agreement with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights in response to a complaint alleging the district’s website is inaccessible to individuals with disabilities.

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Accessibility News May 6,2017 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 7 years, 34 weeks, 3 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

Festival Showcases Disability and Deaf Cultures

People with disabilities will be in the spotlight at Toronto’s second annual ReelAbilities Film Festival (RAFFTO).

The event, which runs from May 10 to 18, will screen 17 films that will showcase disability and deaf cultures.

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http://www.aoda.ca/festival-showcases-disability-and-deaf-cultures/

Raise Disability Accessibility Issues in the June 1, 2017 Sault Ste. Marie Ontario By-election

On May 3, 2017, the Ontario Government called an Ontario by-election for June 1, 2017 in the Sault Ste. Marie riding. We urge anyone in or near that riding to raise disability accessibility issues with the candidates. Press them to make accessibility pledges.
This by-election comes just one year before the June 7, 2018 Ontario general election. This new by-election gives us a great opportunity to raise disability issues, and to start gearing up to do so with all candidates across Ontario, one year from now.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/raise-disability-accessibility-issues-in-the-june-1-2017-sault-ste-marie-ontario-by-election/