Accessibility News December 29,2018 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 6 years, 0 weeks, 4 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

* 4 Reasons to Comply with the AODA and Make Your Website Accessible
* Welcome Mat: Study Finds Accessibility Key in Bathroom Reno Designs
* More Students Join Class Action by Mental Health Coalition against Stanford University
* What is the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR)?
* What is the Information and Communications Standards?
* A Wake Up Call on the Urgent Need to Remove Barriers
* Public Transportation for Everyone in Ontario

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:

4 Reasons to Comply with the AODA and Make Your Website Accessible

There are many reasons why you should be complying with the AODA and removing disability barriers from your website as soon as possible. In fact, we can come up with more than two million reasons because thats approximately how many people in Ontario live with disabilities! To get you started, however,
were presenting you with four important reasons to ensure your website is as accessible as possible

Read more at
https://www.essentialaccessibility.com/blog/aoda-website/

Welcome Mat: Study Finds Accessibility Key in Bathroom Reno Designs

Aging baby boomers whod like to stay in their homes as they grow older are making accessibility a big part of their bathroom renovations plans, making them bigger and adding features like grab bars, according to Houzz.coms new 2018 U.S. Bathroom Trends Study.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/welcome-mat-study-finds-accessibility-key-in-bathroom-reno-designs/

More Students Join Class Action by Mental Health Coalition against Stanford University

Three more students have joined a precedent-setting class action brought by Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) against Stanford University for violating the rights of students with mental health disabilities.

The lawsuit alleges that Stanford routinely responds to student mental health crises by barring students from campus and evicting them from on-campus housing, violating disability laws.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/more-students-join-class-action-by-mental-health-coalition-against-stanford-university/

What is the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR)?

The IASR includes five standards in the areas of:

list of 5 items
1.Information and communication
2.Employment
3.Transportation
4.Design of public spaces
5.Customer service
list end

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/what-is-the-integrated-accessibility-standards-regulation-iasr/

What is the Information and Communications Standards?

The Information and Communications Standards of the AODA lists rules for organizations to create, provide, and receive information and communications that people with disabilities can access. The standard gives all people an equal chance to learn and be active in their communities.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/what-is-the-information-and-communications-standards/

A Wake Up Call on the Urgent Need to Remove Barriers

Canada has received a wake-up call in recent months about the urgent need to remove physical barriers in the built environment and improve accessibility for people of all abilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/a-wake-up-call-on-the-urgent-need-to-remove-barriers/

Public Transportation for Everyone in Ontario

Under the Transportation Standard of the AODA, companies that provide public transportation have to create and implement policies and plans to make their services accessible to passengers with disabilities. Since this law has been enacted, public transit has taken steps to make it easier for everyone to use their services.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/public-transportation-for-everyone-in-ontario/

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

4 Reasons to Comply with the AODA and Make Your Website Accessible

There are many reasons why you should be complying with the AODA and removing disability barriers from your website as soon as possible. In fact, we can come up with more than two million reasons because that’s approximately how many people in Ontario live with disabilities! To get you started, however, we’re presenting you with four important reasons to ensure your website is as accessible as possible

Read more at
https://www.essentialaccessibility.com/blog/aoda-website/

Welcome Mat: Study Finds Accessibility Key in Bathroom Reno Designs

Aging baby boomers who’d like to stay in their homes as they grow older are making accessibility a big part of their bathroom renovations plans, making them bigger and adding features like grab bars, according to Houzz.com’s new 2018 U.S. Bathroom Trends Study.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/welcome-mat-study-finds-accessibility-key-in-bathroom-reno-designs/

More Students Join Class Action by Mental Health Coalition against Stanford University

Three more students have joined a precedent-setting class action brought by Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) against Stanford University for violating the rights of students with mental health disabilities.

The lawsuit alleges that Stanford routinely responds to student mental health crises by barring students from campus and evicting them from on-campus housing, violating disability laws.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/more-students-join-class-action-by-mental-health-coalition-against-stanford-university/

What is the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR)?

The IASR includes five standards in the areas of:

  • 1.Information and communication
  • 2.Employment
  • 3.Transportation
  • 4.Design of public spaces
  • 5.Customer service

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/what-is-the-integrated-accessibility-standards-regulation-iasr/

What is the Information and Communications Standards?

The Information and Communications Standards of the AODA lists rules for organizations to create, provide, and receive information and communications that people with disabilities can access. The standard gives all people an equal chance to learn and be active in their communities.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/what-is-the-information-and-communications-standards/

A Wake Up Call on the Urgent Need to Remove Barriers

Canada has received a wake-up call in recent months about the urgent need to remove physical barriers in the built environment and improve accessibility for people of all abilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/a-wake-up-call-on-the-urgent-need-to-remove-barriers/

Public Transportation for Everyone in Ontario

Under the Transportation Standard of the AODA, companies that provide public transportation have to create and implement policies and plans to make their services accessible to passengers with disabilities. Since this law has been enacted, public transit has taken steps to make it easier for everyone to use their services.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/public-transportation-for-everyone-in-ontario/

Accessibility News December 22,2018 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, 1 week, 4 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

* Advocates Say Accessible Canada Act is too Weak to Be Effective
* What is the Transportation Standard?
* Individual Transportation Plans for Students with Disabilities
* Canada Accedes to the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
* CRTC Mandates Standards for TTY, IP Relay Accessibility Messaging Services
* Mentally Disabled Win Class Status Over Loss of Services at Age 18 in Ontario

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:

Advocates Say Accessible Canada Act is too Weak to Be Effective

The cautious optimism that prevailed in Canada’s disabled community when the federal government tabled historic accessibility legislation earlier this year has given way to widespread concern that the law won’t lead to meaningful change.

Major disability organizations, grassroots advocacy groups and disabled individuals said they’ve raised numerous concerns about the power and scope of the Accessible Canada Act, which the Liberal government first introduced in June.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/advocates-say-accessible-canada-act-is-too-weak-to-be-effective/

What is the Transportation Standard?

The Transportation Standard of the AODA requires transportation service providers to make the features and equipment on routes and vehicles accessible to passengers with disabilities.

The Transportation Standard requires transportation companies to inform the public about accessible equipment and features on their vehicles, routes and services. They must provide this information in accessible formats upon request. Furthermore, when accessible equipment is not working, companies must
find other ways to accommodate passengers. They must also ensure that the equipment is fixed as soon as possible. Moreover, companies must train workers and volunteers to:

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/what-is-the-transportation-standard/

Individual Transportation Plans for Students with Disabilities

Under the Transportation Standard of the AODA, school boards must create and implement individual transportation plans for students with disabilities.

An individual transportation plan is a written plan detailing how a student will travel from home to school and back again. Individual transportation plans make sure each child gets to and from school in the way that is best and most safe.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/individual-transportation-plans-for-students-with-disabilities/

Canada Accedes to the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The Government of Canada is working to create a truly accessible Canada. Today, as part of these efforts, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, along with the ministers of Justice, Foreign Affairs and Canadian Heritage, announced that, with the
support of all provinces and territories, Canada has acceded to the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/canada-accedes-to-the-optional-protocol-to-the-united-nations-convention-on-the-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities/

CRTC Mandates Standards for TTY, IP Relay Accessibility Messaging Services

Individuals who are deaf, hard-of-hearing or deafblind will soon have access to faster, better message relay services

Canada’s telecommunications watchdog has issued a decision mandating standards for message relay services.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/crtc-mandates-standards-for-tty-ip-relay-accessibility-messaging-services/

Mentally Disabled Win Class Status Over Loss of Services at Age 18 in Ontario

TORONTO A lawsuit alleging the Ontario government has been arbitrarily making thousands of mentally disabled people wait indefinitely for provincial government supports after they turn 18 was certified as a class action on Friday.

In his decision, Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba agreed the plaintiff had made a strong enough case to allow the as-yet untested claim to proceed to trial on its merits.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/mentally-disabled-win-class-status-over-loss-of-services-at-age-18-in-ontario/

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

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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

Advocates Say Accessible Canada Act is too Weak to Be Effective

The cautious optimism that prevailed in Canada’s disabled community when the federal government tabled historic accessibility legislation earlier this year has given way to widespread concern that the law won’t lead to meaningful change.

Major disability organizations, grassroots advocacy groups and disabled individuals said they’ve raised numerous concerns about the power and scope of the Accessible Canada Act, which the Liberal government first introduced in June.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/advocates-say-accessible-canada-act-is-too-weak-to-be-effective/