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In this Issue
*2014 Year-End Retrospective on Our Non-Partisan Campaign for Disability Accessibility And More News from the Accessibility Front Lines
*Google Can Now Tell You’re Not a Robot With Just One Click
*Equal Access Movement 20 Years Old
*1.8 Million Ontarians with Disabilities Still Waiting for Justice
*Canadian Innovations Take Dis Out of Disability
*Making Niagara the Accessible Destination of Choice
*Minister Duguid Is A Nice Guy and His Dog Agrees
*While the Ontario Government Continues Multi-Year Dithering on Accessibility Rather than Keeping Its Promise to Effectively Enforce Ontarios Accessibility Legislation, the City of Toronto Wrongly Orders a Downtown Restaurant to Remove Its Wheelchair Ramp
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2014 Year-End Retrospective on Our Non-Partisan Campaign for Disability Accessibility And More News from the Accessibility Front Lines
This is the AODA Alliances final Update for 2014. We thank one and all for reading or skimming our Updates, for passing them on to others, and for being part of our non-stop grassroots campaign to make Ontario fully accessible to over 1.8 million people with disabilities. Every contribution of effort by each one of you to our campaign helps sustain this effort.
Google Can Now Tell Youre Not a Robot With Just One Click
On Wednesday, Google announced that many of its Captchasthe squiggled text tests designed to weed out automated spambots will be reduced to nothing more than a single checkbox next to the statement Im not a robot. No more typing in distorted words or numbers; Google says it can, in many cases, tell the difference between a person or an automated program simply by tracking clues that dont involve any user interaction. Read more at
Equal Access Movement 20 Years Old
by Linda Saxon
The adjudicator noted, It is obvious that the landlord does not appreciate its obligations under the Code with respect to making its facilities accessible to people with disabilities.
Mr. Rota did not comply with the training requirement by June 1, nor did he respond to my July 21, 2014 letter reminding him of his obligation.
1.8 Million Ontarians with Disabilities Still Waiting for Justice
However, it was over 10 months ago that Ontarians learned the shocking news from the front page of the Toronto Star newspaper that the Ontario government had known for months of massive violations of the Disabilities Act among private sector organizations and that it has failed to enforce this law.
Canadian Innovations Take Dis Out of Disability
Dec. 3 is International Day for Persons with Disabilities
With so many walls tumbling down as a result of Canadian adaptive technologies, employers can lead the charge in dismantling one of the last remaining barriers for Canadians with disabilities decent employment opportunities. Its time we all see the ability in disability.
Making Niagara the Accessible Destination of Choice
Accessibility improvements in 2014 included updating the agencys websites to meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
The design standard makes web content more accessible to people with disabilities.
Minister Duguid Is A Nice Guy and His Dog Agrees
By Victor Schwartzman
But the criticism has become personal. As a politician youre in the public eye. These days especially, with the internet, you read all sorts of vicious attacks. Attacks which I know are unfair because I know what the attackers dont know, and if you knew what I knew, you would know what I know which is that that they do not know.
While the Ontario Government Continues Multi-Year Dithering on Accessibility Rather than Keeping Its Promise to Effectively Enforce Ontarios Accessibility Legislation, the City of Toronto Wrongly Orders a Downtown Restaurant to Remove Its Wheelchair Ramp
If Only the Ontario Government Enforced Accessibility As Swiftly and Vigorously as the City of Toronto Enforces Inaccessibility!
At the same time as the Ontario Government under Premier Kathleen Wynne continues to break its promise to effectively enforce the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, the City of Toronto is busy trying to force a downtown restaurant to remove a wheelchair ramp to its front door. There is something very wrong with this picture.
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