Accessibility News August 21,2021 Update

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In this Issue

*Another Media Report on Huge Problems with the Rick Hansen Foundation Private Accessibility “Certification” Program
*Twitter is Redesigning Its Redesign After Users Complain of Headaches and Eyestrain
*Ford Government Belatedly Extended to September 13, 2021 the Deadline for Sending Feedback on Recommendations to Remove Disability Barriers from Ontario’s Health Care System
*Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health Announces 2021 Champions of Mental Health
*People With a Disability Still Struggle to Find Work – Under Half are Employed
*Accessible Transportation in Healthcare
*Nova Scotia Election Candidates Need to Step Up and Make Province More Accessible

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ARTICLES:

Another Media Report on Huge Problems with the Rick Hansen Foundation Private Accessibility “Certification” Program

RHF Concedes Its Training for Its Accessibility Assessors Does Not Make Them Experts in Accessibility

Read more at
https://www.aoda.ca/another-media-report-on-huge-problems-with-the-rick-hansen-foundation-private-accessibility-certification-program/

Twitter is Redesigning Its Redesign After Users Complain of Headaches and Eyestrain

Twitter rolled out its updated app and website last week, introducing “higher color contrast of buttons, links, focus [and] easier reading with left-aligned text and more space between text.” It also added a custom-designed font called Chirp.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/twitter-is-redesigning-its-redesign-after-users-complain-of-headaches-and-eyestrain/

Ford Government Belatedly Extended to September 13, 2021 the Deadline for Sending Feedback on Recommendations to Remove Disability Barriers from Ontario’s Health Care System

Read more at
https://www.aoda.ca/ford-government-belatedly-extended-to-september-13-2021-the-deadline-for-sending-feedback-on-recommendations-to-remove-disability-barriers-from-ontarios-health-care-system/

Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health Announces 2021 Champions of Mental Health

The annual awards campaign recognizes seven exceptional Canadians who have worked to advance the mental health agenda in Canada.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/canadian-alliance-on-mental-illness-and-mental-health-announces-2021-champions-of-mental-health/

People With a Disability Still Struggle to Find Work – Under Half are Employed

Unemployment remained high for people with a disability, with only 42.5 per cent of working age disabled people in work in the three months ended June, Stats NZ said on Wednesday.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/people-with-a-disability-still-struggle-to-find-work-under-half-are-employed/

Accessible Transportation in Healthcare

The COVID-19 pandemic shows us how important healthcare is for every person in Ontario and around the world. In addition, the pandemic has emphasized the many barriers that already exist in the Ontario healthcare system for patients with disabilities. AODA healthcare standards could prevent and remove these barriers, and ensure that all Ontarians access the care they need. For instance, AODA guidelines for accessible transportation in healthcare could prevent or remove some of the barriers Ontario patients face.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/accessible-transportation-in-healthcare/

Nova Scotia Election Candidates Need to Step Up and Make Province More Accessible

In 2013, the incumbent Nova Scotia government committed to a ten-year plan for equality, making the province fully accessible for all persons living with disabilities by 2023. But Disability Rights Coalition is doubtful about that promise.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/nova-scotia-election-candidates-need-to-step-up-and-make-province-more-accessible/

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