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In this Issue
*eSchool News: 5 Steps to Ensure Accessibility
*Providing Accessible Customer Service in Person
*Innovators Challenged to Design Products for Homes to Win Investment Fund and Help Disabled People Live Independently
*AODA Alliance to Present to Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs Thursday April 11, 2019 on the Weak Bill C-81, the Proposed Accessible Canada Act
*Legal Battle Over Captioning Continues
*Customers with Invisible Disabilities
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eSchool News: 5 Steps to Ensure Accessibility
Rockville, MD: If we want to help every child reach his or her potential, we need to take the appropriate steps
While the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was last reauthorized in 2004, with amendments in 2015, and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) updated back in 2008, the demand for accessibility and equality in education continues to grow. Administrators and teachers, who want
to help every child reach their potential, can’t afford to wait for new laws and policies. To ensure accessibility, educators need to constantly evaluate the effectiveness of accessibility initiatives, advocate for resources for their students, and anticipate where they need to go next.
Providing Accessible Customer Service in Person
Staff providing accessible customer service in person should be comfortable communicating with customers in a variety of ways. Providers can serve customers in American Sign Language (ASL) if they hire some staff who sign. Customers may also communicate by:
Innovators Challenged to Design Products for Homes to Win Investment Fund and Help Disabled People Live Independently
Now in its fifth year, Design Council Spark is putting a new focus on driving accessible home innovation; Design Council Spark: The Home Innovation Challenge is aiming to deliver major impact, both financially and socially, for people with reduced mobility or disabilities.
AODA Alliance to Present to Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs Thursday April 11, 2019 on the Weak Bill C-81, the Proposed Accessible Canada Act
Here are the Specific Amendments We will Ask the Senate to Make to the Bill
Legal Battle Over Captioning Continues
A legal dispute over video captions continues after court rejects requests by MIT and Harvard University to dismiss lawsuits accusing them of discriminating against deaf people.
Customers with Invisible Disabilities
Under the Customer Service Standards of the AODA, service providers must make their goods, services, and facilities accessible to customers with disabilities. The term “disability” often brings to mind visible disabilities. In other words, providers can tell that a customer has a disability if they use an assistive device or a service animal. However, many people with disabilities do not use assistive devices or service animals. Instead, their disabilities are invisible. Nonetheless, providers must offer accessible service to customers with invisible disabilities. In this article, we describe some invisible disabilities and outline how providers must serve customers who have them.
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Organizations that feature the app on their websites are committed to making it easier for people with disabilities to access information online.
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