Accessibility News June 30,2018 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 6 years, 26 weeks, 4 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

* Retrospective On Progress from October 2003 to June 2018 on Disability Accessibility Under the Ontario Liberal Government of Premiers Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne
* U of T Approves Policy That Could Place Students With Mental Health Issues on Leave
* ‘Disappointing and Frustrating’: Air Travel Accessibility Highlighted at Winnipeg Passenger Rights Meeting
* ‘Handicapped’ Removed From P.E.I. Legislation, Thanks to Hannah MacLellan
* Breaking Down Barriers at the Heritage Railway and Carousel Company
* Funding is Available to Improve Accessibility and Safety in Your Workplace
* Pickering hopes to Better Define ‘Service Animals’

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:

Retrospective On Progress from October 2003 to June 2018 on Disability Accessibility Under the Ontario Liberal Government of Premiers Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne

Today, Friday, June 29, 2018, Ontario Premier Doug Ford and his new Progressive Conservative Government’s Cabinet will be sworn in. We should then know who will be the new Cabinet minister with lead responsibility for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act’s (AODA) implementation and enforcement.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/retrospective-on-progress-from-october-2003-to-june-2018-on-disability-accessibility-under-the-ontario-liberal-government-of-premiers-dalton-mcguinty-and-kathleen-wynne/

U of T Approves Policy That Could Place Students With Mental Health Issues on Leave

Policy has been criticized by student groups as well as the Ontario Human Rights Commission

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/u-of-t-approves-policy-that-could-place-students-with-mental-health-issues-on-leave/

‘Disappointing and Frustrating’: Air Travel Accessibility Highlighted at Winnipeg Passenger Rights Meeting

Jesse Turner, who uses a wheelchair, says she loves to travel but hasn’t flown for months because of concern following severe damage to her chair during a flight last summer.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/disappointing-and-frustrating-air-travel-accessibility-highlighted-at-winnipeg-passenger-rights-meeting/

‘Handicapped’ Removed From P.E.I. Legislation, Thanks to Hannah MacLellan

The P.E.I. government has removed the word handicapped from five major pieces of legislation, as a result of lobbying by former Easter Seals ambassador, Hannah MacLellan.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/handicapped-removed-from-p-e-i-legislation-thanks-to-hannah-maclellan/

Breaking Down Barriers at the Heritage Railway and Carousel Company

The North Bay Heritage Railway and Carousel Company now has a wheelchair accessible train coach.

It was officially launched Sunday, much to the delight of residents who have been waiting years to ride the miniature train at the North Bay waterfront, but were unable to because of their wheelchair.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/breaking-down-barriers-at-the-heritage-railway-and-carousel-company/

Funding is Available to Improve Accessibility and Safety in Your Workplace

A new funding opportunity under the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) has been announced. Your business or organization could receive a grant of up to $100,000 through the EAF program to improve accessibility and safety in your workplace for current or future employees with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/funding-is-available-to-improve-accessibility-and-safety-in-your-workplace/

Pickering hopes to Better Define ‘Service Animals’

“We have umpteen documents that say it’s the law, but it’s the practices of a law that is very flawed,” he said.

He said the human rights protections in Canada for people with a service animal are very vague.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/pickering-hopes-to-better-define-service-animals/

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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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

Retrospective On Progress from October 2003 to June 2018 on Disability Accessibility Under the Ontario Liberal Government of Premiers Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne

Today, Friday, June 29, 2018, Ontario Premier Doug Ford and his new Progressive Conservative Government’s Cabinet will be sworn in. We should then know who will be the new Cabinet minister with lead responsibility for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act’s (AODA) implementation and enforcement.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/retrospective-on-progress-from-october-2003-to-june-2018-on-disability-accessibility-under-the-ontario-liberal-government-of-premiers-dalton-mcguinty-and-kathleen-wynne/

U of T Approves Policy That Could Place Students With Mental Health Issues on Leave

Policy has been criticized by student groups as well as the Ontario Human Rights Commission

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/u-of-t-approves-policy-that-could-place-students-with-mental-health-issues-on-leave/

‘Disappointing and Frustrating’: Air Travel Accessibility Highlighted at Winnipeg Passenger Rights Meeting

Jesse Turner, who uses a wheelchair, says she loves to travel but hasn’t flown for months because of concern following severe damage to her chair during a flight last summer.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/disappointing-and-frustrating-air-travel-accessibility-highlighted-at-winnipeg-passenger-rights-meeting/

‘Handicapped’ Removed From P.E.I. Legislation, Thanks to Hannah MacLellan

The P.E.I. government has removed the word handicapped from five major pieces of legislation, as a result of lobbying by former Easter Seals ambassador, Hannah MacLellan.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/handicapped-removed-from-p-e-i-legislation-thanks-to-hannah-maclellan/

Breaking Down Barriers at the Heritage Railway and Carousel Company

The North Bay Heritage Railway and Carousel Company now has a wheelchair accessible train coach.

It was officially launched Sunday, much to the delight of residents who have been waiting years to ride the miniature train at the North Bay waterfront, but were unable to because of their wheelchair.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/breaking-down-barriers-at-the-heritage-railway-and-carousel-company/

Funding is Available to Improve Accessibility and Safety in Your Workplace

A new funding opportunity under the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) has been announced. Your business or organization could receive a grant of up to $100,000 through the EAF program to improve accessibility and safety in your workplace for current or future employees with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/funding-is-available-to-improve-accessibility-and-safety-in-your-workplace/

Pickering hopes to Better Define ‘Service Animals’

“We have umpteen documents that say it’s the law, but it’s the practices of a law that is very flawed,” he said.

He said the human rights protections in Canada for people with a service animal are very vague.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/pickering-hopes-to-better-define-service-animals/

Accessibility News June 23,2018 Update

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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, 27 weeks, 4 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

* Media Coverage of the AODA Alliance’s Preliminary Analysis of bill C-81, the Federal Government’s Proposed Accessible Canada Act
* AODA Alliance Releases Its Preliminary Analysis of the Trudeau Government’s Bill C-81, the Proposed Accessible Canada Act
* Generation Z: Waiting Often Months to Get Mental Health Help
* Minister Duncan Introduces the Proposed Accessible Canada Act
* Canada’s First National Accessibility Law Tabled in Ottawa
* An Historic Step On the Road to a Barrier-Free Canada for 4 Million Canadians with Disabilities Today the Trudeau Government Just Introduced in Parliament for First Reading “An Act to Ensure a Barrier-Free Canada” Disability Advocates Rushing Now to Size it Up
* Federal Government Announces Its Intent to Introduce Into Parliament, As Early As This Week, “An Act to Ensure a Barrier-Free Canada” Will History Be Made This Week?
* With the National Accessibility Law Promised to Be Introduced into Parliament This Spring, the AODA Alliance Makes Public an Introductory Guide On The Process That a Bill Goes Through At Canadas Parliament
* Uber Driver Allegedly Leaves With Visually Impaired Man’s Cane Following Dispute

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:

Media Coverage of the AODA Alliance’s Preliminary Analysis of bill C-81, the Federal Government’s Proposed Accessible Canada Act

And Helpful Federal Government Plain Language Guide to Bill C-81

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/media-coverage-of-the-aoda-alliances-preliminary-analysis-of-bill-c-81-the-federal-governments-proposed-accessible-canada-act/

AODA Alliance Releases Its Preliminary Analysis of the Trudeau Government’s Bill C-81, the Proposed Accessible Canada Act

A Good Start With Helpful Ingredients, But It Needs Substantial Improvements to Be a Good Law

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-releases-its-preliminary-analysis-of-the-trudeau-governments-bill-c-81-the-proposed-accessible-canada-act/

Generation Z: Waiting Often Months to Get Mental Health Help

Shailee Korrane was still in high school when she had her first panic attack.

Eventually, she decided to seek help. “I was obviously very afraid,” she tells Global News. “It was actually a friend who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder who kind of sat me down and said, ‘I’m really worried about your health and you remind me of me before I sought care.'”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/generation-z-waiting-often-months-to-get-mental-health-help/

Minister Duncan Introduces the Proposed Accessible Canada Act

Today, following the most inclusive and accessible consultation with Canadians with disabilities and with the disability community, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, introduced the proposed Accessible Canada Act to Parliament. This historic
legislation would enable the Government of Canada to take a proactive approach to end systemic discrimination of people with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/minister-duncan-introduces-the-proposed-accessible-canada-act/

Canada’s First National Accessibility Law Tabled in Ottawa

Canadians with disabilities felt a surge of tempered optimism on Wednesday as they watched Canada table its first piece of federal legislation aimed at improving accessibility for people with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/canadas-first-national-accessibility-law-tabled-in-ottawa/

An Historic Step On the Road to a Barrier-Free Canada for 4 Million Canadians with Disabilities Today the Trudeau Government Just Introduced in Parliament for First Reading “An Act to Ensure a Barrier-Free Canada” Disability Advocates Rushing Now to Size it Up

In a major step forward in the national grassroots campaign to make Canada become accessible to four million people with disabilities in this country, the Trudeau Government just introduced in Parliament for First Reading its promised new Canadian accessibility law, called “An Act to Ensure a Barrier-Free Canada”. This law was promised in the 2015 federal election at the request of Canadians with disabilities, to ensure that Canada becomes fully accessible to four million people with a physical, sensory, mental, intellectual, learning, communication or other disabilities.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/an-historic-step-on-the-road-to-a-barrier-free-canada-for-4-million-canadians-with-disabilities-today-the-trudeau-government-just-introduced-in-parliament-for-first-reading-an-act-to-ensure-a-b/

Federal Government Announces Its Intent to Introduce Into Parliament, As Early As This Week, “An Act to Ensure a Barrier-Free Canada” Will History Be Made This Week?

In a major step forward in the national grassroots campaign to make Canada become accessible to four million people with disabilities in this country, the Trudeau Government just gave formal notice that as early as this week, it plans to introduce into Parliament a new law. This law was promised in the 2015 federal election at the request of Canadians with disabilities, to ensure that Canada becomes fully accessible to four million people with disabilities.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/federal-government-announces-its-intent-to-introduce-into-parliament-as-early-as-this-week-an-act-to-ensure-a-barrier-free-canada-will-history-be-made-this-week/

With the National Accessibility Law Promised to Be Introduced into Parliament This Spring, the AODA Alliance Makes Public an Introductory Guide On The Process That a Bill Goes Through At Canadas Parliament

These are exciting times. In the 2015 election, the federal Liberals promised to enact a national accessibility law. Last year, the Canadian Government committed to introduce new national accessibility legislation this spring. This spring ends this Thursday. We are waiting with anticipation to see if the
Federal Government keeps its word on the timing of this legislation. We are poised to be ready to provide an analysis of the bill, once we get a chance to read it, and to offer suggestions, if needed, on how it can be improved.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/with-the-national-accessibility-law-promised-to-be-introduced-into-parliament-this-spring-the-aoda-alliance-makes-public-an-introductory-guide-on-the-process-that-a-bill-goes-through-at-canadas-pa/

Uber Driver Allegedly Leaves With Visually Impaired Man’s Cane Following Dispute

A Toronto man who is visually impaired is calling on Uber to return his mobility cane after a driver allegedly left with it following a dispute about the ride.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/uber-driver-allegedly-leaves-with-visually-impaired-mans-cane-following-dispute/

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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Media Coverage of the AODA Alliance’s Preliminary Analysis of bill C-81, the Federal Government’s Proposed Accessible Canada Act

And – Helpful Federal Government Plain Language Guide to Bill C-81

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/media-coverage-of-the-aoda-alliances-preliminary-analysis-of-bill-c-81-the-federal-governments-proposed-accessible-canada-act/