How Does the Refreshed Section 508 Rule Affect Your Agency?

A part of The Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 508 requires that government agencies provide individuals with disabilities equal access to their programs, services and activities. Specifically, Section 508 deals with electronic and services, including web page content, PDF documents and audio and video content and specifies requirements to ensure that all web content is accessible to people with disabilities. The latest update to Section 508, known as “the refresh,” went into effect March 21, 2017.


Remember to Catch Tomorrow’s Online Conference on What Canada’s Promised National Accessibility Law Should Include

More Media Coverage on Accessibility Triggered by Wonderful Grassroots Ontario Accessibility Advocates

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities Twitter: @aodaalliance

August 21, 2017


1. A Great Chance to Learn from Amazing Speakers from Around the World on What the Promised Canadians with Disabilities Act Should Include

Remember to log in to watch tomorrow’s online policy experts’ conference on what the Federal Government should include in the promised national accessibility law. It will be streamed live on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. It will later be posted online as a permanent video. ASL and CART will be available tomorrow.

Three Day Event to Help Calgarians with Disabilities

Not-for-profit organization creating specialized solutions for disabilities in 72 hour makeathon event

The Tikkun Olam Makers:Calgary run by Kadima Dynamics, is excited to announce their third makeathon event where local engineers and designers, termed ‘Makers’, work with people with a disability, or ‘Need-Knowers’, to create solutions for their everyday challenges.


Accessibility News August 19,2017 Update

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In this Issue

Invictus Games are an Opportunity to Advocate for Disability Rights

The Invictus Games will be a tremendous moment to celebrate our veterans and their sacrifices. The Games can also be a chance to apply pressure on our elected leadership to follow through with action on the promises they made for disability advocacy.


Legislation Would ‘Move the Needle’ on Accessibility in N.L.: Advocate

Provincial government committed to making it happen, says consultations will happen in the next year

Barrier-Free Newfoundland and Labrador is a new group whose sole purpose is to lobby for accessibility legislation.

The conversation about accessibility in our communities has been going on for decades, and it’s time for action through legislation, some advocates say.


Toronto Couple with Service Dog Barred From Prince Edward County B&B

A Toronto couple were shocked when they were forced to leave a Prince Edward County bed and breakfast that wouldn’t accept their service dog.

David Greenwood is visually-impaired and relies on Romy, his black Labrador, to get him around. “She’s basically my eyes,” he told CBC Toronto.

Prominent lawyer and accessibility advocate says that’s against the law


Teen with Cerebral Palsy Faces One Last Hurdle on Difficult Road to University

Benjamin Williamson, 18, left ‘toxic’ home life behind to realize dream of attending university By Ashley Burke, CBC News
Posted: Aug 16, 2017

Benjamin Williamson says a university education is his dream, but the reality is he can’t afford it.

A teen with a disability, who made his own way out of a homeless shelter and into university, is now up against a new challenge: he can’t afford the student life.

Benjamin Williamson says he’s short $5,000 to cover his remaining tuition and residence costs at Carleton University, plus thousands more for living expenses.

‘It’s frustrating, it’s exhausting, it’s complicated.’

Williamson, who has cerebral palsy, says the system is failing him, and says he feels like he’s drowning.

NASA Paves A Way for People Who are Blind to Experience A Total Solar Eclipse

But what about those who will not be able to “see” this event NASA now has a solution. The Eclipse Soundscapes Project by NASA’s Heliophysics Education Consortium will help deliver a multisensory experience of this celestial event.


Helping Retailers in Ontario Improve Accessibility

Retail Council of Canada launching retail-specific training Workshop and Webinar Series to make it easier for retailers to comply with Ontario’s accessibility laws.