Accessibility News February 16,2013 Update

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In this Issue

*Ontario Government Enacts New Accessibility Regulations Setting Standards for Accessibility of Public Spaces
*Deadline to Prepare Accessibility Policies Approaching
*County of Brant “Inaccessibility in Motion” Scheme: Everything old is new again!
*HHS enforces equal access for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in New York and DC
*University of York student develops 3D crossword puzzles for gamers with vision disabilities
*Ontario Funding for Intensive Autism Therapy Flatlining

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ARTICLES:

Ontario Government Enacts New Accessibility Regulations Setting Standards for Accessibility of Public Spaces

A new accessibility standard has been enacted under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. In December 2012, the Ontario Government enacted the Public Spaces Accessibility Regulation. It establishes requirements for identifying removing and preventing barriers, principally physical and information barriers, in such public spaces as newly constructed or significantly renovated sidewalks, public recreational trails, public playgrounds public parking lots and public seating areas.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ontarrio-government-enacts-new-accessibility-regulations-setting-standards-for-accessibility-of-public-spaces/

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Deadline to Prepare Accessibility Policies Approaching

Adam Gorley

In January, I wrote about how large organizations in Ontario must prepare multi-year accessibility plans to comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (by January 1, 2014).

Well, those obligated private sector organizations (50+ employees) must also develop and implement relevant policies, practices and procedures under their general obligation and under each accessibility standard

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/deadline-to-prepare-accessibility-policies-approaching/

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County of Brant “Inaccessibility in Motion” Scheme: Everything old is new again!

At the County Council meeting on February 5, 2013, Council voted to extend the existing Para transit service (now that they found an additional $100,000 for 2013) and stated that they were going to hold two (yes only 2) public meetings to get input from the community. In addition elected officials stated with the motion, that staff would gather what was said at the two public meetings and come up with a report for March 5, 2013.

Read more at
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/county-of-brant-inaccessibility-in-motion-scheme-everything-old-is-new-again/

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HHS enforces equal access for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in New York and DC

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has taken two important enforcement actions to ensure deaf and hard of hearing individuals living in New York and Washington, D.C., have equal access to programs and services provided by local government agencies.

Read more at

HHS enforces equal access for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in New York and DC

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University of York student develops 3D crossword puzzles for gamers with vision disabilities

A University of York student has successfully completed a challenge that will allow people who are blind or low vision to complete 3D crosswords.

Read more at

University of York student develops 3D crossword puzzles for gamers with vision disabilities

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Ontario Funding for Intensive Autism Therapy Flatlining

While provincial funding for autism has more than quadrupled since 2003, funding for intensive, one-on-one therapy to help treat the disorder has flatlined in recent years, CBC News has learned.

Read more at

Ontario Funding for Intensive Autism Therapy Flatlining

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