Accessibility News October 31,2020 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 4 years, 8 weeks, 6 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue
*New Report Reveals Corporate Lobbyists Feeding Frenzy At City Hall to Pressure Toronto City Council to Lift Ban on Electric Scooters That Endanger People with Disabilities
*Taking a Few Moments to Reflect Back Today on Some Important Milestones in the Campaign for Accessibility for People with Disabilities
*Ford Government Admits It Sent Out An Inaccessible Broadcast Email Yesterday to Announce Its Upcoming Announcement on Accessibility
*Fewer Veterans Have Applied for Disability During COVID-19, Sparking Accessibility Concerns
*In A Cruel Irony, the Ford Government Sends an Inaccessible Invitation to an Upcoming Announcement on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities *Ottawa Inventor Sees Rising Interest in Hands-Free Elevator-hailing App

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ARTICLES:

New Report Reveals Corporate Lobbyists Feeding Frenzy At City Hall to Pressure Toronto City Council to Lift Ban on Electric Scooters That Endanger People with Disabilities

Today, a new report by the non-partisan grassroots AODA Alliance pulls back the curtain to reveal the stunning behind-the-scenes high-price feeding frenzy of back-room pressure that corporate lobbyists for electric scooter (e-scooter) rental companies have flooded City Hall with for months.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/new-report-reveals-corporate-lobbyists-feeding-frenzy-at-city-hall-to-pressure-toronto-city-council-to-lift-ban-on-electric-scooters-that-endanger-people-with-disabilities/

Taking a Few Moments to Reflect Back Today on Some Important Milestones in the Campaign for Accessibility for People with Disabilities

While the COVID-19 pandemic is still swirling around us, it would be nice to take a moment to reflect back on important events in the decades-long campaign for accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities in our society.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/taking-a-few-moments-to-reflect-back-today-on-some-important-milestones-in-the-campaign-for-accessibility-for-people-with-disabilities/

Ford Government Admits It Sent Out An Inaccessible Broadcast Email Yesterday to Announce Its Upcoming Announcement on Accessibility

Claiming a “Clerical Error” Even Though Ministers’ Announcements Are Carefully Screened In Advance

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/ford-government-admits-it-sent-out-an-inaccessible-broadcast-email-yesterday-to-announce-its-upcoming-announcement-on-accessibility/

Fewer Veterans Have Applied for Disability During COVID-19, Sparking Accessibility Concerns

The federal government is being criticized for not doing enough to help disabled veterans as new figures appear to confirm fears COVID-19 is making it more difficult for them to apply for assistance.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/fewer-veterans-have-applied-for-disability-during-covid-19-sparking-accessibility-concerns/

In A Cruel Irony, the Ford Government Sends an Inaccessible Invitation to an Upcoming Announcement on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities

Hard as it may be to believe, the Ford Government today sent out an inaccessible email invitation to an upcoming Government announcement on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities, to be made on October 29, 2020 by the Minister of Accessibility. Ontario’s Accessibility Minister, Raymond Cho sent this invitation to AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky, well-known to be totally blind. He could not read the invitation using his computer’s screen-reading software.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/in-a-cruel-irony-the-ford-government-sends-an-inaccessible-invitation-to-an-upcoming-announcement-on-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities/

Ottawa Inventor Sees Rising Interest in Hands-Free Elevator-hailing App

Before the pandemic struck, Ke Wang had devoted the better part of the last two years to developing a smartphone app that would allow people with disabilities like himself to open doors and call elevators without touching any handles or buttons.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/ottawa-inventor-sees-rising-interest-in-hands-free-elevator-hailing-app/

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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.

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Accessibility News, since November 8, 2006

New Report Reveals Corporate Lobbyists Feeding Frenzy At City Hall to Pressure Toronto City Council to Lift Ban on Electric Scooters That Endanger People with Disabilities

Today, a new report by the non-partisan grassroots AODA Alliance pulls back the curtain to reveal the stunning behind-the-scenes high-price feeding frenzy of back-room pressure that corporate lobbyists for electric scooter (e-scooter) rental companies have flooded City Hall with for months.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/new-report-reveals-corporate-lobbyists-feeding-frenzy-at-city-hall-to-pressure-toronto-city-council-to-lift-ban-on-electric-scooters-that-endanger-people-with-disabilities/

Taking a Few Moments to Reflect Back Today on Some Important Milestones in the Campaign for Accessibility for People with Disabilities

While the COVID-19 pandemic is still swirling around us, it would be nice to take a moment to reflect back on important events in the decades-long campaign for accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities in our society.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/taking-a-few-moments-to-reflect-back-today-on-some-important-milestones-in-the-campaign-for-accessibility-for-people-with-disabilities/

Ford Government Admits It Sent Out An Inaccessible Broadcast Email Yesterday to Announce Its Upcoming Announcement on Accessibility

Claiming a “Clerical Error” Even Though Ministers’ Announcements Are Carefully Screened In Advance

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/ford-government-admits-it-sent-out-an-inaccessible-broadcast-email-yesterday-to-announce-its-upcoming-announcement-on-accessibility/

Fewer Veterans Have Applied for Disability During COVID-19, Sparking Accessibility Concerns

The federal government is being criticized for not doing enough to help disabled veterans as new figures appear to confirm fears COVID-19 is making it more difficult for them to apply for assistance.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/fewer-veterans-have-applied-for-disability-during-covid-19-sparking-accessibility-concerns/

In A Cruel Irony, the Ford Government Sends an Inaccessible Invitation to an Upcoming Announcement on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities

Hard as it may be to believe, the Ford Government today sent out an inaccessible email invitation to an upcoming Government announcement on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities, to be made on October 29, 2020 by the Minister of Accessibility. Ontario’s Accessibility Minister, Raymond Cho sent this invitation to AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky, well-known to be totally blind. He could not read the invitation using his computer’s screen-reading software.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/in-a-cruel-irony-the-ford-government-sends-an-inaccessible-invitation-to-an-upcoming-announcement-on-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities/

Ottawa Inventor Sees Rising Interest in Hands-Free Elevator-hailing App

Before the pandemic struck, Ke Wang had devoted the better part of the last two years to developing a smartphone app that would allow people with disabilities like himself to open doors and call elevators without touching any handles or buttons.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/ottawa-inventor-sees-rising-interest-in-hands-free-elevator-hailing-app/

Accessibility News October 24,2020 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 4 years, 9 weeks, 6 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

*Voters With Disabilities Disappointed, Frustrated By B.C. Election Campaign
*Former Lawyers File Human Rights Complaints, Allege Accessibility Issues in Manitoba Courts
*AODA Alliance Update: Check Out Two New Captioned Online Videos
*Report Highlights Issues With Sask. Assured Income for Disabilities Program
*Councillor Vows to Highlight Second Resignation From Pandemic-Halted Advisory Committee
*NDP Leader Singh Accuses Liberals Of Failing to Support Canadians Living with Disabilities During Pandemic

eSSENTIAL Accessibility is an Accessibility-as-a-Service platform. It helps organizations deliver inclusive web, mobile, and product experiences in compliance with legal requirements to ensure that no one with a disability is left behind.

To learn more, visit http://www.essentialaccessibility.com.

ARTICLES:

Voters With Disabilities Disappointed, Frustrated By B.C. Election Campaign

Albert Ruel is tired.

The blind advocate has been fighting for improved access, inclusion and human rights protection for people with disabilities for the past 30 years. And he’s frustrated that the B.C. election campaign hasn’t shone a light on many of the issues that matter to voters with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/voters-with-disabilities-disappointed-frustrated-by-b-c-election-campaign/

Former Lawyers File Human Rights Complaints, Allege Accessibility Issues in Manitoba Courts

“I’ve had multiple judges apologize to me for how inaccessible the courtroom is,” says Mike Reimer

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/former-lawyers-file-human-rights-complaints-allege-accessibility-issues-in-manitoba-courts/

AODA Alliance Update: Check Out Two New Captioned Online Videos

A Guide to Parents Advocating for A Child with Disabilities in the School system – and – AODA 101 – An Introduction to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-update-check-out-two-new-captioned-online-videos/

Report Highlights Issues With Sask. Assured Income for Disabilities Program

Nelson said the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) replacing a minimum wage workers’ income at $2,000 a month demonstrated how much people should be getting.

“Isn’t it interesting that those people, most of them, do not have an ongoing and serious disability which has this extra cost,” Nelson said. “The way that people are treated is not the way that it should be, nor the way that it kind of started out.”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/report-highlights-issues-with-sask-assured-income-for-disabilities-program/

Councillor Vows to Highlight Second Resignation From Pandemic-Halted Advisory Committee

The longest-serving member of a volunteer accessibility committee at city hall has quit, marking the second resignation in two months as the group’s meetings remain stalled at city hall amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/councillor-vows-to-highlight-second-resignation-from-pandemic-halted-advisory-committee/

NDP Leader Singh Accuses Liberals Of Failing to Support Canadians Living with Disabilities During Pandemic

Speaking on Newstalk 580 CFRA’s “The Goods with Dahlia Kurtz”, Singh said the Liberal government, in its effort to keep benefits such as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) from being accessed by people who don’t need the help, designed a program that excludes the most vulnerable.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/ndp-leader-singh-accuses-liberals-of-failing-to-support-canadians-living-with-disabilities-during-pandemic/

Past Newsletters

View past issues of the Newsletter at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/category/accessibility-news-weekly-newsletter/

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.

Want to advertise in this spot or make an Announcement? Email info@accessibilitynews.ca for more info

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

Voters With Disabilities Disappointed, Frustrated By B.C. Election Campaign

Albert Ruel is tired.

The blind advocate has been fighting for improved access, inclusion and human rights protection for people with disabilities for the past 30 years. And he’s frustrated that the B.C. election campaign hasn’t shone a light on many of the issues that matter to voters with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/voters-with-disabilities-disappointed-frustrated-by-b-c-election-campaign/

Former Lawyers File Human Rights Complaints, Allege Accessibility Issues in Manitoba Courts

‘I’ve had multiple judges apologize to me for how inaccessible the courtroom is,’ says Mike Reimer

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/former-lawyers-file-human-rights-complaints-allege-accessibility-issues-in-manitoba-courts/