Accessibility News December 10,2016 Update

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In this Issue

*Sobeys Hardware/Software Upgrade Denies Access to Visually Impaired Long-Term Employee
*Media Reports on Our Getting the Wynne Government to Agree to Develop an Education Accessibility Standard
*Elections Report Discriminates Against the Blind!
*PC Bill Defending Stroke Patients Set to Become Law
*Breaking News: Premier Wynne has Just Announced in the Legislature that the Ontario Government Agrees to Develop an Education Accessibility Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
*22 Major Disability Organizations Send Premier Wynne an Open Letter Calling for the Wynne Government to Agree to Develop an Education Accessibility Standard under Ontarios Disabilities Act
*Canada Makes Further Commitment to Support Rights of Persons With Disabilities
*Lindsay Transit Taking Steps Toward Fully Accessible Services

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ARTICLES:

Sobeys Hardware/Software Upgrade Denies Access to Visually Impaired Long-Term Employee

This is an important issue which needs to be widely publicized. It has far-reaching impact on future employment experience for blind, partially-sighted and deaf-blind Canadians.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/sobeys-hardwaresoftware-upgrade-denies-access-to-visually-impaired-long-term-employee/

Media Reports on Our Getting the Wynne Government to Agree to Develop an Education Accessibility Standard

In contrast to all the good news, set out above, on Friday, December 2,2016, the media reported on an announcement that the Rick Hansen Foundation was launching some sort of voluntary private accessibility certification process for buildings. We dont yet know full details about it.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/media-reports-on-our-getting-the-wynne-government-to-agree-to-develop-an-education-accessibility-standard/

Elections Report Discriminates Against the Blind!

The Parliamentary Committee released its report Strengthening Democracy in Canada : Principles, Process and Public Engagement for Electoral Reform last Thursday only in pdf which it knew was unreadable by blind electors.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/elections-report-discriminates-against-the-blind/

PC Bill Defending Stroke Patients Set to Become Law

Today, the Ontario Legislature unanimously passed Bill 9, which improves access to physiotherapy for post stroke recovery patients regardless of age in Ontario.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/pc-bill-defending-stroke-patients-set-to-become-law/

Breaking News: Premier Wynne has Just Announced in the Legislature that the Ontario Government Agrees to Develop an Education Accessibility Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

This news is hot off the presses! In Question Period today, Progressive Conservative MPP Bill Walker asked Premier Wynne to agree to develop an Education
Accessibility Standard to tear down the accessibility barriers impeding hundreds of thousands of students with disabilities in Ontario schools, colleges and universities. Premier Wynne said yes. In fact, she said it twice, after MPP Walker asked her twice. Her final words were:

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/breaking-news-premier-wynne-has-just-announced-in-the-legislature-that-the-ontario-government-agrees-to-develop-an-education-accessibility-standard-under-the-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-d/

22 Major Disability Organizations Send Premier Wynne an Open Letter Calling for the Wynne Government to Agree to Develop an Education Accessibility Standard under Ontarios Disabilities Act

Check out the Open Letter and AODA Alliance News Release and a Toronto Star Article on This

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/22-major-disability-organizations-send-premier-wynne-an-open-letter-calling-for-the-wynne-government-to-agree-to-develop-an-education-accessibility-standard-under-ontarios-disabilities-act/

Canada Makes Further Commitment to Support Rights of Persons With Disabilities

The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, today announced that the Government of Canada has begun a consultation process on Canadas accession to the United Nations Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Optional Protocol).

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/canada-makes-further-commitment-to-support-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities

Lindsay Transit Taking Steps Toward Fully Accessible Services

The new system will comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act to make public transit more accessible to persons with hearing and sight disabilities explains Bryan Robinson, Director of Public Works. The City is committed to providing high quality, accessible services that meet the needs of all our residents.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/lindsay-transit-taking-steps-toward-fully-accessible-services

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