Accessibility News April 26,2014 Update

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In this Issue

*Accessibility Spreading Like Wildfire!
*Does Your Website Have to Comply With AODA? The Answer is: Probably *AccessiGate: Canadian Banks Clarify Why Sites Not Accessible *Traveling Poses a Unique Set of Challenges for People with Blindness
*City of Toronto Offers Voters with Disabilities Scythes Solutions for Internet and Telephone Voting
*CRTC Announces That Canadians Who Are Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Speech Impaired Will Have Access to a New Telecommunications Service *Canadian Airlines Told To Allow Free Attendant Fare
*Turkish Scientists Create Talking Hands for Deaf

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ARTICLES:

Accessibility Spreading Like Wildfire!

Wildfire Steakhouse & Wine Bar is the latest Restaurant to join aMENU, the Accessible and Mobile friendly Directory for Restaurant menus.

Read their menu at
http://www.amenu.ca/wildfire-steakhouse-wine-bar/

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Does Your Website Have to Comply With AODA? The Answer is: Probably

Among the most important issues which organizations face under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is the requirement to change websites.

The new AODA requirements for websites kicked-in for government entities in 2012, but for large (50 employees or more) private organizations (including not-for-profit organizations), the obligations started on January 1, 2014. What are those duties?

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/does-your-website-have-to-comply-with-aoda-the-answer-is-probably/

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AccessiGate: Canadian Banks Clarify Why Sites Not Accessible

By Victor Schwartzman

Minister Hoskins nodded. If people could easily access their own money, it might give them ideas. Not on different ways to spend their own money. We make sure their pension and employment programmes dont allow them to have enough money to have different ways to spend it.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/accessigate-canadian-banks-clarify-why-sites-not-accessible/

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Traveling Poses a Unique Set of Challenges for People with Blindness

Getting from here to there can be challenging and require patience from most everyone. But for people with blindness or visual impairment, overcoming mobility challenges often takes more than just patience it takes planning, flexibility and, at times, courage particularly given the publics lack of awareness and compliance with safety and anti-discrimination laws.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/traveling-poses-a-unique-set-of-challenges-for-people-with-blindness/

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City of Toronto Offers Voters with Disabilities Scytls Solutions for Internet and Telephone Voting

Scytl, the worldwide leader in secure online voting and election modernization, has been awarded a contract by the City of Toronto, Canada to provide improved accessibility for persons with disabilities via Scytls secure Online Voting and Scytls secure Phone Voting in the October 2014 election.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/city-of-toronto-offers-voters-with-disabilities-scytls-solutions-for-internet-and-telephone-voting/

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CRTC Announces That Canadians Who Are Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Speech Impaired Will Have Access to a New Telecommunications Service

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today announced that video relay service will be made available in Canada for users of American Sign Language (ASL) and Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ).

When it launches, the service will facilitate conversations between people who are Deaf, hard of hearing and speech impaired and other Canadians, and vice versa.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/crtc-announces-that-canadians-who-are-deaf-hard-of-hearing-or-speech-impaired-will-have-access-to-a-new-telecommunications-service/

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Canadian Airlines Told To Allow Free Attendant Fare

Given a year to implement free attendant fares for severely disabled, how did Canadian airlines do?

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/canadian-airlines-told-to-allow-free-attendant-fare/
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Turkish Scientists Create Talking Hands for Deaf

Two young Turkish scientists have built a prototype of talking gloves that translate sign language into vocal language, helping people with hearing and speech impairments make their voices heard.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/turkish-scientists-create-talking-hands-for-deaf/

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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

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aMENU: Accessible Restaurant Menus.

Visit the site at http://www.amenu.ca , Restaurant Owners visit http://www.amenu.ca/create/ and design your own Menu.

Featured Menus:

*Wildfire Steakhouse & Wine Bar
http://www.amenu.ca/wildfire-steakhouse-wine-bar/
*The Eaton Chelsea Hotel Bb33 Bistro + Brasserie
http://www.amenu.ca/bb33-bistro-brasserie-at-the-eaton-chelsea-hotel/ *Irish Embassy Pub & Grill (Toronto)
http://www.amenu.ca/irish-embassy-pub-grill-toronto