Accessibility News December 1,2018 Update

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In this Issue

* Canada’s House of Commons Unanimously Passes Bill C-81, the Proposed Accessible Canada Act , Sending It to the Senate, But the Federal Liberal Government Blocked Many Key Amendments that Would Have Made It Strong Legislation
* International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), 3 December 2018
* Instagram Improving Accessibility for Users with Visual Impairments
* Individualized Workplace Emergency Response Plan: Part 2
* Individualized Workplace Emergency Response Plan
* Accommodating Workers with Brain Injuries

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ARTICLES:

Canada’s House of Commons Unanimously Passes Bill C-81, the Proposed Accessible Canada Act , Sending It to the Senate, But the Federal Liberal Government Blocked Many Key Amendments that Would Have Made It Strong Legislation

On Tuesday, November 27, 2018, Canada’s House of Commons unanimously voted on Third Reading to pass Bill C-81, the proposed Accessible Canada Act. A number of amendments were made to the bill while it was being debated at the House of Commons’ Standing Committee that held public hearings about the bill in
October. However, the federal Liberals used their majority in the House of Commons to defeat a series of important amendments that the opposition parties had commendably sought on behalf of people with disabilities in Canada, including on behalf of the AODA Alliance among others.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/canadas-house-of-commons-unanimously-passes-bill-c-81-the-proposed-accessible-canada-act-sending-it-to-the-senate-but-the-federal-liberal-government-blocked-many-key-amendments-that-would-have-m/

International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), 3 December 2018

Since 1992, the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been annually observed on 3 December around the world. The theme for this year’s IDPD is “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/international-day-of-persons-with-disabilities-idpd-3-december-2018/

Instagram Improving Accessibility for Users with Visual Impairments

On Wednesday, Instagram announced new features intended to provide a better experience for people with vision impairments.

Instagram is introducing automatic alternative text, which lets you hear descriptions of pictures when using Instagram with a screen reader. The automatic alternative text uses object recognition tech to generate a list of things that may appear in the photo, helping people know what they’re looking at.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/instagram-improving-accessibility-for-users-with-visual-impairments/

Individualized Workplace Emergency Response Plan: Part 2

In Individualized Workplace Emergency Response Plans: Part 1 of this article, we discussed accessible emergency information, defined what an individualized workplace emergency response plan is, and described some arrangements employers can have in place to make their emergency strategies more accessible. Now,
we explore what should be included in an individualized workplace emergency response plan.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/individualized-workplace-emergency-response-plan-part-2/

Individualized Workplace Emergency Response Plan

Under the Employment Standard of the AODA, employers must provide accessible emergency information to workers with disabilities. Employers must also create an individualized workplace emergency response plan for any worker with a disability who needs assistance during an emergency. This requirement may cause
people to wonder: what is accessible emergency information and what is an individualized workplace emergency response plan?

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/individualized-workplace-emergency-response-plan/

Accommodating Workers with Brain Injuries

The Employment Standard under the AODA requires employers to accommodate workers with disabilities. This article will specifically look at accommodating workers with brain injuries and outline the kinds of accommodations workers might need.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/accommodating-workers-with-brain-injuries/

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