Accessibility News March 31,2018 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 6 years, 39 weeks, 4 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

* The Government of Canada Launches Funding Opportunity to Improve Participation of Canadians With Disabilities in Their Communities and the Labour Market
* Tell Us What Disability Barriers Now Impede Students with Disabilities in Ontario’s Education System So We Can Share these with the Education Standards Development Committee
* UC Berkeley furthers commitment to accessibility with Blackboard partnership
* A Disability Accessibility Perspective on the March 28, 2018 Pre-Election Ontario Budget
* Service Animals in the Workplace Are They Allowed?
* Practice Guidelines to Support Disabled People Into Work
* “Over There.”
* Apple Proposes Accessibility Emoji, Including Service Dog

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ARTICLES:

The Government of Canada Launches Funding Opportunity to Improve Participation of Canadians With Disabilities in Their Communities and the Labour Market

Today, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, invited not-for-profit and Indigenous organizations, municipalities and territorial governments to apply for funding for retrofit, renovation or new construction projects of accessible facilities or venues through the 2018 Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) call for concepts (CFC) for mid-sized projects.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-government-of-canada-launches-funding-opportunity-to-improve-participation-of-canadians-with-disabilities-in-their-communities-and-the-labour-market/

Tell Us What Disability Barriers Now Impede Students with Disabilities in Ontario’s Education System So We Can Share these with the Education Standards Development Committee

After years of advocacy by the AODA Alliance, the Wynne Government finally has established two Education Standards Development Committees. One will make recommendations on what the promised Education Accessibility Standard needs to include for students with disabilities between Kindergarten and Grade 12. The other Standards Development Committee will address barriers in Ontario’s post-secondary education system.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/tell-us-what-disability-barriers-now-impede-students-with-disabilities-in-ontarios-education-system-so-we-can-share-these-with-the-education-standards-development-committee/

UC Berkeley furthers commitment to accessibility with Blackboard partnership

Blackboard Ally integrates with an institution’s existing learning management system (LMS) and automatically runs course materials through an accessibility checklist that looks for common accessibility issues. The solution generates a range of more accessible alternatives for the instructor’s original content including Semantic HTML, audio, ePub, and electronic Braille. It provides educators with guidance for improving the accessibility of their course materials, while also supplying comprehensive reporting on the current state of content accessibility at both the course and institutional level.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/uc-berkeley-furthers-commitment-to-accessibility-with-blackboard-partnership/

A Disability Accessibility Perspective on the March 28, 2018 Pre-Election Ontario Budget

Many Missed Opportunities to Ensure 1.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities Equally Share in New and Expanded Programs the Wynne Government’s Budget Announces

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/a-disability-accessibility-perspective-on-the-march-28-2018-pre-election-ontario-budget/

Service Animals in the Workplace Are They Allowed?

Employers have the duty to accommodate persons with disabilities in the workplace. Accommodations range from changing work hours to modifying their workstation, to providing alternative work tasks, to even allowing service animals in the workplace.

What classifies as a service animal? What are your responsibilities as an employer?

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/service-animals-in-the-workplace-are-they-allowed/

Practice Guidelines to Support Disabled People Into Work

The Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni and Minister of Employment Willie Jackson welcome the launch of the new Employment Support Practice Guidelines: How to support disabled people to get the job they want.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/practice-guidelines-to-support-disabled-people-into-work/

“Over There.”

As my guide dog and I stood in line at the checkout of the River City Market at CSUS, I asked the cashier what I considered a simple question.

“Where are the napkins please?”

Her response was hurried, but sincere, “over there.”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/over-there/

Apple Proposes Accessibility Emoji, Including Service Dog

New accessibility emoji could be headed to mobile devices next year.

Apple on Friday proposed a batch of at least nine new accessibility characters, according to Emojipedia. The lot includes two different service dogs, a person with a cane, an ear with a hearing aid, a person in an electric wheelchair, a person in a manual wheelchair, a prosthetic arm, and a prosthetic leg. Another newly proposed emoji has with an index finger on the cheek to represent the American Sign Language gesture for “deaf.”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/apple-proposes-accessibility-emoji-including-service-dog/

eSSENTIAL Accessibility: helping organizations reach, serve and empower people with disabilities.

The eSSENTIAL Accessibility assistive technology app? gives those who have trouble typing, moving a mouse, or reading a screen due to a variety of conditions – such as stroke, paralysis or arthritis – the tools they need to navigate the Web. The app is free to the end-user and simple to use.

Organizations that feature the app on their websites are committed to making it easier for people with disabilities to access information online.

For more info, please visit http://www.essentialaccessibility.com Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/essentia11y or connect with us on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=59891 .

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Bulletin Board

*Canadian Federation Of The Blind Conducting a Six Month Study on Discriptive Video in Canadian Theatres
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/canadian-federation-of-the-blind-conducting-a-six-month-study-on-discriptive-video-in-canadian-theatres/

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The Government of Canada Launches Funding Opportunity to Improve Participation of Canadians With Disabilities in Their Communities and the Labour Market

Today, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, invited not-for-profit and Indigenous organizations, municipalities and territorial governments to apply for funding for retrofit, renovation or new construction projects of accessible facilities or venues through the 2018 Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) call for concepts (CFC) for mid-sized projects.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-government-of-canada-launches-funding-opportunity-to-improve-participation-of-canadians-with-disabilities-in-their-communities-and-the-labour-market/

Tell Us What Disability Barriers Now Impede Students with Disabilities in Ontario’s Education System So We Can Share these with the Education Standards Development Committee

After years of advocacy by the AODA Alliance, the Wynne Government finally has established two Education Standards Development Committees. One will make recommendations on what the promised Education Accessibility Standard needs to include for students with disabilities between Kindergarten and Grade 12. The other Standards Development Committee will address barriers in Ontario’s post-secondary education system.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/tell-us-what-disability-barriers-now-impede-students-with-disabilities-in-ontarios-education-system-so-we-can-share-these-with-the-education-standards-development-committee/

UC Berkeley furthers commitment to accessibility with Blackboard partnership

Blackboard Ally integrates with an institution’s existing learning management system (LMS) and automatically runs course materials through an accessibility checklist that looks for common accessibility issues. The solution generates a range of more accessible alternatives for the instructor’s original content including Semantic HTML, audio, ePub, and electronic Braille. It provides educators with guidance for improving the accessibility of their course materials, while also supplying comprehensive reporting on the current state of content accessibility at both the course and institutional level.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/uc-berkeley-furthers-commitment-to-accessibility-with-blackboard-partnership/

A Disability Accessibility Perspective on the March 28, 2018 Pre-Election Ontario Budget

Many Missed Opportunities to Ensure 1.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities Equally Share in New and Expanded Programs the Wynne Government’s Budget Announces

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/a-disability-accessibility-perspective-on-the-march-28-2018-pre-election-ontario-budget/

Service Animals in the Workplace – Are They Allowed?

Employers have the duty to accommodate persons with disabilities in the workplace. Accommodations range from changing work hours to modifying their workstation, to providing alternative work tasks, to even allowing service animals in the workplace.

What classifies as a service animal? What are your responsibilities as an employer?

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/service-animals-in-the-workplace-are-they-allowed/

Practice Guidelines to Support Disabled People Into Work

The Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni and Minister of Employment Willie Jackson welcome the launch of the new Employment Support Practice Guidelines: How to support disabled people to get the job they want.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/practice-guidelines-to-support-disabled-people-into-work/

“Over There.”

As my guide dog and I stood in line at the checkout of the River City Market at CSUS, I asked the cashier what I considered a simple question.

“Where are the napkins please?”

Her response was hurried, but sincere, “over there.”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/over-there/

Apple Proposes Accessibility Emoji, Including Service Dog

New accessibility emoji could be headed to mobile devices next year.

Apple on Friday proposed a batch of at least nine new accessibility characters, according to Emojipedia. The lot includes two different service dogs, a person with a cane, an ear with a hearing aid, a person in an electric wheelchair, a person in a manual wheelchair, a prosthetic arm, and a prosthetic leg. Another newly proposed emoji has with an index finger on the cheek to represent the American Sign Language gesture for “deaf.”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/apple-proposes-accessibility-emoji-including-service-dog/

Accessibility News March 24,2018 Update

Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/acnewsca

Inclusive Media and Design Inc is a proud supporter of Accessibility News.

Inclusive is ready to caption and video describe all your video for web, DVD, and computer desktop. They can also assist you in understanding and implementing
Ontario’s AODA Integrated Standards’ media requirements. Consider having them check that any of your new web site content is compliant with an Accessibility Audit.

Visit http://www.inclusivemedia.ca to find out more.

The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 6 years, 40 weeks, 4 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

* Who Enforces AODA Accessibility Compliance Requirements?
* WFD and WASLI Statement on Use of Signing Avatars
* Disabled Canadians Experience More Assault
* One Hundred Years Enough for the CNIB
* Airbnb strives for inclusiveness with accessibility-approved Rentals * Paralympics: Disabled People Experience Accessibility Issues * Bill C-49 Empowers Goliath and Takes Away David’s Sling Shot

For a long term strategy in meeting the AODA and Section 508, Accessibility News recommends Accessibil-IT Inc for all your accessible PDF documentation
needs. For more information email them at info@accessibilit.com or visit them on the web at: http://www.accessibilit.com

ARTICLES:

Who Enforces AODA Accessibility Compliance Requirements?

Ontario’s goal of becoming a fully accessible province by 2025 relies on the enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
In the Second Legislative Review of the AODA, reviewer Mayo Moran made recommendations aimed to determine who enforces AODA accessibility compliance requirements.
These included making an enforcement plan, building transparency into the plan, and incorporating feedback into compliance and enforcement.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/who-enforces-aoda-accessibility-compliance/

WFD and WASLI Statement on Use of Signing Avatars

This statement from the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI) is concerned with the way in which decisions on where and when to use signing avatars as a form of access to spoken or written content is being managed by public authorities. The difference
in linguistic quality between humans and avatars is why WFD and WASLI cautions against the use of signing avatars as a replacement for human signers.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/wfd-and-wasli-statement-on-use-of-signing-avatars/

Disabled Canadians Experience More Assault

Canadians with disabilities are about twice as likely to experience violence as their able-bodied peers, with greater instances of victimization taking place at every stage of life, new data from Statistics Canada indicated Thursday.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/disabled-canadians-experience-more-assault/

One Hundred Years Enough for the CNIB

Although the primary mission statement of the CNIB is to “foster the integration of blind Canadians into the mainstream,” the institute fights tooth and nail in direct opposition to its published goal.

The CNIB represents antiquated, paternal, Victorian values forced onto each new generation of blind citizens, and should be relegated to the history books.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/one-hundred-years-enough-for-the-cnib/

Airbnb strives for inclusiveness with accessibility-approved Rentals

Airbnb just took an important step toward inclusiveness by making it easier to find listings that are accessible for people who use wheelchairs.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/airbnb-strives-for-inclusiveness-with-accessibility-approved-rentals/

Paralympics: Disabled People Experience Accessibility Issues

GANGNEUNG, South Korea As the world’s top disabled athletes competed on ice and snow, Erica Mitchell steered through her own obstacle course on Pyeongchang’s narrow and uneven streets.

The 31-year-old from Chicago was one of many people with disabilities who spoke to The Associated Press this week about accessibility problems at the Paralympic
Games in South Korea’s rural east, despite what organizers described as a “perfectly” organized event that provided the “highest level” of access.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/paralympics-disabled-people-experience-accessibility-issues/

Bill C-49 Empowers Goliath and Takes Away David’s Sling Shot

Bill C-49, the Transportation Modernization Act, will make some aspects of Canada’s federally regulated transportation system more inaccessible than it already is for people with disabilities.

Travelers with disabilities routinely encounter accessibility barriers, such as damaged or delayed mobility equipment, kiosks without audio output to make them accessible to blind travelers.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/bill-c-49-empowers-goliath-and-takes-away-davids-sling-shot/

eSSENTIAL Accessibility

eSSENTIAL Accessibility: helping organizations reach, serve and empower people with disabilities.

The eSSENTIAL Accessibility assistive technology app? gives those who have trouble typing, moving a mouse, or reading a screen due to a variety of conditions – such as stroke, paralysis or arthritis – the tools they need to navigate the Web. The app is free to the end-user and simple to use.

Organizations that feature the app on their websites are committed to making it easier for people with disabilities to access information online.

For more info, please visit http://www.essentialaccessibility.com Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/essentia11y or connect with us on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=59891 .

Want to advertise in this spot? Email info@accessibilitynews.ca for more info

Announcement

*Canadian Federation Of The Blind Conducting a Six Month Study on Discriptive Video in Canadian Theatres
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/canadian-federation-of-the-blind-conducting-a-six-month-study-on-discriptive-video-in-canadian-theatres/

To unsubscribe from this Newsletter, send an email to
info@accessibilitynews.ca or just reply to this Update and state your intentions.

The views and opinions expressed throughout Accessibility News do not represent those of the various organizations or associated individuals and are exclusively those of the contributor and/or author of the specific article or commentary.

Accessibility News, since November 8, 2006