Accessibility News December 26,2015 Update

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In this Issue

*Universal Washroom Standards
*CCD Chairpersons Update November December 2015
*Is the Companys Website Accessible to Individuals With Disabilities?
*Hearing Aid Compatibility for Wireless Voice Technology
*Why Some Disability Advocates are Worried About A National Disability Act

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Universal Washroom Standards

One of the current priorities of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), is the New Accessibility Amendments made to Ontarios Building Code. These new requirements have been set in place in order to help establish a more accessible Ontario. The Ontario Government plans to build an accessible Ontario by 2025.


CCD Chairpersons Update November December 2015

Most recently, CCD convened a consultation on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and helped the Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities bring the community together to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which had as its theme, Inclusion Matters.


Is the Companys Website Accessible to Individuals With Disabilities?

There are increasing demands by plaintiffs lawyers on businesses to ensure their websites are accessible to individuals with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or face a lawsuit.


Hearing Aid Compatibility for Wireless Voice Technology

FCC agreement between consumer advocates and industry associations as pathway to 100% compatibility for wireless devices.

Recognizing that wireless voice communications increasingly operate via alternative technologies, the Commission has expanded the rules to cover IP-based communications services like Wi-Fi Calling and Voice-over-LTE.


Why Some Disability Advocates are Worried About A National Disability Act

Now, the new Liberal government has made a national disability act a priority. They say the new bill will fill gaps in the patchwork of legislation concerning people with disabilities in Canada.


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