Accessibility News December 22,2012 Update

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In this Issue

*Improving Accessibility Can Close Digital Divide
*A clear EU accessibility law proposed? At what cost?
*AODA: 2013 Compliance, Happy New Year!
*Ontario Accessibility Standards: What Comes After the December 31, 2012 Reporting Deadline?
*Govt Not Complying With Its Own Web Standards
*County of Brant “Celebrates” International Human Rights Day with Resignation of Two More Members of the Accessibility Advisory Committee

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ARTICLES:

Improving Accessibility Can Close Digital Divide

In an increasingly interconnected world in which more and more services are being delivered online, it is imperative that people with disabilities are not left behind, writes Microsoft’s chief accessibility officer

Read more at

Improving Accessibility Can Close Digital Divide

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A clear EU accessibility law proposed? At what cost?

So what does this proposed directive mean for developers, disabled & older people, and website owners in the UK?

Is it going to get disabled and older people the benefits they want, without burdening website owners with unreasonable costs that prevent them implementing it?

Read more at
http://www.hassellinclusion.com/2012/12/clear-eu-accessibility-law/?goback=%2Egde_41800_member_198257621

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AODA: 2013 Compliance, Happy New Year!

As of January 1, 2013 obligated organizations in Ontario have compliance requirements to meet in the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR) under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA).

Read more at

AODA: 2013 Compliance, Happy New Year!

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Ontario Accessibility Standards: What Comes After the December 31, 2012 Reporting Deadline?

General and specific requirements under the three standards will be phased in between 2012 and 2025. Deadlines vary widely depending on the specific duty in question, as well as the type and size of employer.

Read more at

Ontario Accessibility Standards: What Comes After the December 31, 2012 Reporting Deadline?

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Govt Not Complying With Its Own Web Standards

Not one government website complies fully with web standards laid down by the government itself in 2003, says a monitoring report released this month on New Zealand’s compliance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.

Read more at

Govt Not Complying With Its Own Web Standards

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County of Brant “Celebrates” International Human Rights Day with Resignation of Two More Members of the Accessibility Advisory Committee

On December 10, 2013, the United Nations International Human Rights Day, two more members of the Accessibility Advisory Committee for the County of Brant resigned due to the systemic discrimination and lack of dignity and respect toward people with disabilities. This brings the total number to three members who have resigned in the last month including the Chair of the committee for the same reason.

Read more at
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/county-of-brant-celebrates-international-human-rights-day-with-resignation-of-two-more-members-of-the-accessibility-advisory-committee/

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AODA Enforcement
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Perhaps your solution is at enforcement.aoda.ca .

* County of Brant “Celebrates” International Human Rights Day with Resignation of Two More Members of the Accessibility Advisory Committee
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/county-of-brant-celebrates-international-human-rights-day-with-resignation-of-two-more-members-of-the-accessibility-advisory-committee/
* Hamilton Turns an “Oops” into a HUGE Mess!
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/hamilton-turns-an-oops-into-a-huge-mess/
* Resignation from County of Brant AAC Over Systemic Discrimination/Para Transit Scheme
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/resignation-from-county-of-brant-aac-over-systemic-discriminaitonpara-transit-scheme/
* Hamilton Council Decision Highlights the Need for Clearer Standards Language
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/hamilton-council-decision-highlights-the-need-for-clearer-standards-language/
* “If an Ontario Human Rights Complaint is filed, we will stop providing Para transit” County of Brant
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/if-an-ontario-human-rights-complaint-is-filed-we-will-stop-providing-para-transit-county-of-brant/

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In the Spotlight
*CN Tower, La Tour CN 360 Restaurant Accessible Winter Menu

360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower

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EVENT

*2013 AIM Conference
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1166

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