Accessibility News February 27,2016 Update

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In this Issue

*AODA Alliance Action Kit: Picture Our Barriers Action Kit
*Braille Maps for Blind and Visually Impaired Created with 3-D Printing Technology at Rutgers
*Halton Hills, Its Time To Walk the Talk
*Innovative IDeAs Wanted for Making Ontario More Accessible
*Accessible Demands
*Class Action Lawsuit Challenges AMC’s Discrimination Against Blind Movie-Goers

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AODA Alliance Action Kit: Picture Our Barriers Action Kit

The Ontario Governments effort to make Ontario fully accessible to over 1.8 million people with disabilities has slowed to a crawl, mired in lethargy and bureaucracy. A widely-respected Independent Review that the Ontario Government appointed reported, over a year ago, that Ontario lags behind schedule
for full accessibility for people with disabilities and that, after ten years on the books, Ontarios accessibility law has not made a significant difference in the lives of people with disabilities.


Braille Maps for Blind and Visually Impaired Created with 3-D Printing Technology at Rutgers

Using a high-tech 3-D printer, a Rutgers undergraduate and his professor created sophisticated braille maps to help blind and visually impaired people navigate a local training center.


Halton Hills, Its Time To Walk the Talk

The Americans with Disabilities Act was established by the U.S. Congress in 1988 and signed into law at the White House in July of 1990, more than 25 years ago. This was the culmination of decades of the disability rights movement that saw both advocates and activists in the United States demanding equal access to societal institutions, programs, and places without discrimination based on a persons disability.

This grassroots movement used many of the American Civil Rights activism methods to bring the issue of discrimination against people with disabilities to government and force a change in policy.


Innovative IDeAs Wanted for Making Ontario More Accessible

A competition run by the Council of Ontario UniversitiesYork University students, along with students from other Ontario universities, are being challenged to put their creative minds to work to develop solutions that will make the world more accessible for persons with disabilities, including new ideas for devices, software, architectural design, awareness campaigns or policies.


Accessible Demands

In spite of new stringent accessibility regulations, roadblocks keep piling up for wheelchair users like Wade Watts, who says compliance moves at a snails pace across the Quinte region.


Class Action Lawsuit Challenges AMCs Discrimination Against Blind Movie-Goers

The lawsuit alleges that AMC movie theatres are failing to provide properly functioning audio description technology. When properly working, audio description technology enables people who are blind or low vision to participate in and enjoy the experience of going to the movies. This technology lets these movie-goers
know what is happening in scenes without dialogue or scenes with significant visual elements.


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