Accessibility News August 24,2013 Update

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In this Issue

*Breaking Their Own Law: Week 12;
*Phone App Could Prevent Thousands Going Blind
*Assistive Technology: How iPhones Help Blind People See
*New Yorkers with Disabilities Neglected In City’s Emergency Planning
*United States Department of Justice Supports New Yorkers with Disabilities who Seek to Vote at Poll Sites on Election Day
*Digital Media Outcasts: Emergency Preparedness for Persons with Disabilities
*Top Ten List Why AODA Has Not Been Implemented
*Op-Ed: Municipalities Should Pay Attention to Workplace Mental Health

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ARTICLES:

Breaking Their Own Law: Week 12;

WYNNE GOVERNMENT HONOURS NATIONAL ACCESS AWARENESS WEEK BY BREACHING THE ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

No matter how frustrated, we soldier on, undeterred. Premier Wynne called me two months ago, warmly offering to work together on making Ontario fully accessible to people with disabilities. Today’s failure to obey the law should be a wake-up call to the government to take the entire accessibility issue off its back burner where it has languished for two years. Let today’s bad news spur our new premier to act decisively, boldly and broadly on accessibility. Let it cause her to restore the swiftness, determination and vigour on this issue that the government commendably demonstrated a decade ago, and to keep all her commitments on accessibility.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/wynne-government-honours-national-access-awareness-week-by-breaching-the-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities-act/

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Phone App Could Prevent Thousands Going Blind

A new smartphone app, developed in the UK could revolutionise the way partially sighted people are treated in developing countries.
The app will treat patients in the most remote locations

Read more at

Phone App Could Prevent Thousands Going Blind

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Assistive Technology: How iPhones Help Blind People See

A key point that Ted Drake made about expectations is that “when truly innovative products come out, it’s because” developers “didn’t really think about pre-conceived ideas. They didn’t say ‘well a blind person can’t use a phone that’s only glass, because there are no tactile buttons. They said here’s a glass surface. Let’s make it accessible ….’ ”

Read more at

Assistive Technology: How iPhones Help Blind People See

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New Yorkers with Disabilities Neglected In City’s Emergency Planning

More than a decade after 9/11, New Yorkers with disabilities continue to face disproportionate risks of catastrophic harm and death when disasters strike, like Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy.

Read more at

New Yorkers with Disabilities Neglected In City’s Emergency Planning

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United States Department of Justice Supports New Yorkers with Disabilities who Seek to Vote at Poll Sites on Election Day

The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, on behalf of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), filed an amicus brief today that supports over 300,000 New Yorkers with vision and mobility impairments who seek to vote in-person at New York City poll sites.

Read more at

United States Department of Justice Supports New Yorkers with Disabilities who Seek to Vote at Poll Sites on Election Day

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Digital Media Outcasts: Emergency Preparedness for Persons with Disabilities

Accessibility accommodations need to be as diverse as humanity itself. Robert Pearson makes a case for accessible Emergency Preparedness for Persons with Disabilities.

Read more at

Digital Media Outcasts: Emergency Preparedness for Persons with Disabilities

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Top Ten List Why AODA Has Not Been Implemented

We are entering the fourth month (or is it the fifth? when you get into months, does it matter?) of a failure by the Ontario Government to fully implement
AODA, including the appointment of a new Independent Review. Such a long delay on such an epic scale has many causes.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/top-ten-list-why-aoda-has-not-been-implemented

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Op-Ed: Municipalities Should Pay Attention to Workplace Mental Health

Next week, municipal politicians and administrative staff from across the province are gathering in Ottawa for the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) annual conference.

We know that every level of government is desperate to contain costs and provide better service. With aging infrastructure across the country, and ratepayers showing little tolerance for increased property taxes, municipalities are under considerable pressure.

Read more at

Op-Ed: Municipalities Should Pay Attention to Workplace Mental Health

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EVENTS

*Mad Students Society invites you to a peer support discussion on “Alternatives to the Medical Model”
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1309
*Vision Quest 2013: Education series for individuals and families living with vision loss
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1305
*2nd Annual Conference March 5 & 6, 2014
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1297
*Celebration of People Call for Nominations!
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1290
*Life as Jamie Knows It Parenting and Educating Children with Disabilities
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1283

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