Web Accessibility Guidelines for Audio

A new AODA requirement for Ontario websites will come into force on January 1st, 2021. Under the Information and Communications Standards, organizations must make their websites and web-based apps accessible. Organizations must do so by making their websites compliant with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, Level AA. This international standard gives web developers guidelines on how to make their webpages accessible to computer users with disabilities. Some of these guidelines outline how to make web-based audio content accessible to a variety of users. Here we will describe a few of these web accessibility guidelines for audio.

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https://aoda.ca/web-accessibility-guidelines-for-audio/

Access and Engagement to Education Survey

Editors Note: This is from the American Foundation for the Blind but Canadians are also encouraged to take it.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/access-and-engagement-to-education-survey/

Saskatoon’s Council Chambers Sees Significant Renovation

This past fall, council chambers underwent renovations to improve its function and accessibility, the city said in a news release.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/#google_vignette

Smiths Falls Accessibility Advocate Applauds Beckwith Street Improvements

For Lucie Bingley, the redevelopment of Beckwith Street isn’t just about esthetics, it’s about an improvement in accessibility downtown.

The wider sidewalks and curbless design employed as part of Beckwith Street’s redevelopment means she can move around easier downtown.

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https://aoda.ca/smiths-falls-accessibility-advocate-applauds-beckwith-street-improvements/

BC Human Rights Tribunal Upholds Complaint That Victoria Bike Lanes Discriminate Against the Blind

The dispute began in 2018, after the Canadian Federation of the Blind (CFB) submitted a complaint centred around the perceived dangers of crossing the bike lanes to access floating bus stops along Pandora Street, between Cook Street and Store Street, and on Wharf Street.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/bc-human-rights-tribunal-upholds-complaint-that-victoria-bike-lanes-discriminate-against-the-blind/

Accessibility News November 14,2020 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

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

Ontario Human Rights Commission Corroborates that the Ford Government withdrew the Government’s Widely-Condemned Critical Medical Care Triage Protocol

But as COVID-19 Infections Sky-Rocket, the Government Continues to Conceal Its Plans for Critical Care Triage

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https://aoda.ca/ontario-human-rights-commission-corroborates-that-the-ford-government-withdrew-the-governments-widely-condemned-critical-medical-care-triage-protocol/

Web Accessibility Guidelines for Making Content Visible

A new AODA requirement for Ontario websites will come into force on January 1st, 2021. Under the Information and Communications Standards, organizations must make their websites and web-based apps accessible. Organizations must do so by making their websites compliant with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, Level AA. This international standard gives web developers guidelines on how to make their webpages accessible to computer users with disabilities.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/web-accessibility-guidelines-for-making-content-visible/

Disability Advocates Say Assisted Dying Bill Fails to Protect Vulnerable Canadians

The House of Commons justice committee heard today from opponents of the federal government’s plan to change the rules for medical assistance in dying.

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Software Programs that Support Web Accessibility

A new AODA requirement for Ontario websites will come into force on January 1st, 2021. Under the Information and Communications Standards, organizations must make their websites and web-based apps accessible. Moreover, accessible websites must be compatible with hardware and software that make computers and other smart devices accessible. Here we outline some software programs that support web accessibility.

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https://aoda.ca/software-programs-that-support-web-accessibility/