Canada’s House of Commons Unanimously Passes Bill C-81, the Proposed Accessible Canada Act , Sending It to the Senate, But the Federal Liberal Government Blocked Many Key Amendments that Would Have Made It Strong Legislation

On Tuesday, November 27, 2018, Canada’s House of Commons unanimously voted on Third Reading to pass Bill C-81, the proposed Accessible Canada Act. A number of amendments were made to the bill while it was being debated at the House of Commons’ Standing Committee that held public hearings about the bill in October. However, the federal Liberals used their majority in the House of Commons to defeat a series of important amendments that the opposition parties had commendably sought on behalf of people with disabilities in Canada, including on behalf of the AODA Alliance among others.

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https://aoda.ca/canadas-house-of-commons-unanimously-passes-bill-c-81-the-proposed-accessible-canada-act-sending-it-to-the-senate-but-the-federal-liberal-government-blocked-many-key-amendments-that-would-have-m/

International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), 3 December 2018

Since 1992, the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been annually observed on 3 December around the world. The theme for this year’s IDPD is “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/international-day-of-persons-with-disabilities-idpd-3-december-2018/

Instagram Improving Accessibility for Users with Visual Impairments

On Wednesday, Instagram announced new features intended to provide a better experience for people with vision impairments.

Instagram is introducing automatic alternative text, which lets you hear descriptions of pictures when using Instagram with a screen reader. The automatic alternative text uses object recognition tech to generate a list of things that may appear in the photo, helping people know what they’re looking at.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/instagram-improving-accessibility-for-users-with-visual-impairments/

Individualized Workplace Emergency Response Plan: Part 2

In Individualized Workplace Emergency Response Plans: Part 1 of this article, we discussed accessible emergency information, defined what an individualized workplace emergency response plan is, and described some arrangements employers can have in place to make their emergency strategies more accessible. Now, we explore what should be included in an individualized workplace emergency response plan.

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https://aoda.ca/individualized-workplace-emergency-response-plan-part-2/

Individualized Workplace Emergency Response Plan

Under the Employment Standard of the AODA, employers must provide accessible emergency information to workers with disabilities. Employers must also create an individualized workplace emergency response plan for any worker with a disability who needs assistance during an emergency. This requirement may cause people to wonder: what is accessible emergency information and what is an individualized workplace emergency response plan?

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https://aoda.ca/individualized-workplace-emergency-response-plan/

Accommodating Workers with Brain Injuries

The Employment Standard under the AODA requires employers to accommodate workers with disabilities. This article will specifically look at accommodating workers with brain injuries and outline the kinds of accommodations workers might need.

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https://aoda.ca/accommodating-workers-with-brain-injuries/

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 6 years, 5 weeks, 4 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

* Send Us Feedback on the AODA Alliance’s Draft Brief to the David Onley Independent Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
* Accommodating Students With Disabilities on Campus: Moving Beyond Silos
* Accommodating Workers with Mental Illnesses: Part Two
* Accommodating Workers with Mental Illnesses: Part One
* Time for Real Action on Universal Accessibility
* Activision Ignites Rage Over Spyro’s Accessibility Failure
* Uber enlists outside help to improve wheelchair-accessible rides
* Accommodating Workers who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
* The Internet Is An Unwelcoming Place to the Disabled

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Send Us Feedback on the AODA Alliance’s Draft Brief to the David Onley Independent Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Today we make public a draft of the brief that the AODA Alliance is aiming to submit to the Independent Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, which the Ontario Government appointed the Honourable David Onley to conduct. We are eager for your feedback. Do you have any additional findings that we should suggest to Mr. Onley, or any additional recommendations that we should make?

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/send-us-feedback-on-the-aoda-alliances-draft-brief-to-the-david-onley-independent-review-of-the-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities-act/

Accommodating Students With Disabilities on Campus: Moving Beyond Silos

A new study aims to challenge how accessibility and accommodations are understood at postsecondary institutions. Released in October, the Landscape of Accessibility and Accommodation in Post-Secondary Education for Students with Disabilities report says that accessibility remains “silo’ed” within postsecondary education.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/accommodating-students-with-disabilities-on-campus-moving-beyond-silos/

Accommodating Workers with Mental Illnesses: Part Two

In Accommodating Workers with Mental Illnesses: Part 1, we defined what a mental illness is, briefly described some common mental health challenges, and explained how some workers with mental illnesses may experience them.

In Part 2, we will explore how employers can create mentally healthy work environments, discuss how workers can disclose that they have mental health impairments, and list accommodations employers can provide for workers who disclose.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/accommodating-workers-with-mental-illnesses-part-two/

Accommodating Workers with Mental Illnesses: Part One

Under the AODA, specifically the Employment Standard, employers are required to accommodate workers with mental illnesses. To do so, employers must become aware of what mental illnesses are. They also need to learn some strategies that will allow people with such illnesses to succeed in the workplace.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/accommodating-workers-with-mental-illnesses-part-one/

Time for Real Action on Universal Accessibility

From October 15th through November 30th, Montreal is holding public consultations on the preliminary version of its Action Plan for Universal Accessibility 2019-2020. We welcome the citys willingness to listen and find ways to act to improve accessibility.

Objectives for making municipal services accessible are certainly commendable. However, the Action Plan remains far too vague when it comes to how businesses and new constructions are to be made accessible.

We have attended a couple of consultation meetings, and the lack of accessibility to businesses was one of concerns most often expressed by participants.
With fully one third of Montrealers living with mild, moderate, or serious incapacities, it is time to take decisive action.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/time-for-real-action-on-universal-accessibility/

Activision Ignites Rage Over Spyro’s Accessibility Failure

Subtitles go poof

The arrival of Spyro Reignited Trilogy should be an occasion of joy for players, either those coming to the beloved PlayStation platformer for the first time or those seeing one of their childhood gaming icons lovingly remastered in a modern engine.

The trilogy revisits the first three Spyro games developed by Insomniac Games from 1998 to 2000, all of which were made for the PS1. When the trilogy launched last week, however, there was a notable omission: subtitles.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/activision-ignites-rage-over-spyros-accessibility-failure/

Uber enlists outside help to improve wheelchair-accessible rides

It’s aiming to keep wait times down to 15 minutes or less

Uber has found itself in hot water multiple times over its lack of wheelchair-accessible vehicles (WAVs), and now it’s teaming up with another company in order to better serve passengers with disabilities. It’s partnering with MV Transportation, a company that provides paratransit services across the US and Canada, and is bringing MV Transportation’s WAV fleet to eight cities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/uber-enlists-outside-help-to-improve-wheelchair-accessible-rides/

Accommodating Workers who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

The Employment Standard under the AODA requires employers to accommodate workers with disabilities. Employers can make the workplace accessible for workers who are deaf or hard of hearing if they learn about the kinds of accommodations workers might need.

Here we outline some ways that employers and colleagues can communicate with and accommodate workers who are deaf or hard of hearing. Workers will explain the communication methods that work best for them.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/accommodating-workers-who-are-deaf-or-hard-of-hearing/

The Internet Is An Unwelcoming Place to the Disabled

There’s already a blueprint for a more accessible Internet. If only designers would learn it

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-internet-is-an-unwelcoming-place-to-the-disabled/

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

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Send Us Feedback on the AODA Alliance’s Draft Brief to the David Onley Independent Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Today we make public a draft of the brief that the AODA Alliance is aiming to submit to the Independent Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, which the Ontario Government appointed the Honourable David Onley to conduct. We are eager for your feedback. Do you have any additional findings that we should suggest to Mr. Onley, or any additional recommendations that we should make?

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/send-us-feedback-on-the-aoda-alliances-draft-brief-to-the-david-onley-independent-review-of-the-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities-act/

Accommodating Students With Disabilities on Campus: Moving Beyond Silos

A new study aims to challenge how accessibility and accommodations are understood at postsecondary institutions. Released in October, the Landscape of Accessibility and Accommodation in Post-Secondary Education for Students with Disabilities report says that accessibility remains “silo’ed” within postsecondary education.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/accommodating-students-with-disabilities-on-campus-moving-beyond-silos/

Accommodating Workers with Mental Illnesses: Part Two

In Accommodating Workers with Mental Illnesses: Part 1, we defined what a mental illness is, briefly described some common mental health challenges, and explained how some workers with mental illnesses may experience them.

In Part 2, we will explore how employers can create mentally healthy work environments, discuss how workers can disclose that they have mental health impairments, and list accommodations employers can provide for workers who disclose.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/accommodating-workers-with-mental-illnesses-part-two/