Accessibility News January 2,2016 Update

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In this Issue

*Canadian and American Visually Impaired Research Participants Needed *People, Power, and Pelf
*January 2016 Accessibility Requirements Need Attention Now
*Lawsuits Rise: Blind Plaintiffs Sue Additional Retailers for Website Accessibility/ADA Claims
*EEOC Sues McDonalds for Disability Discrimination

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Canadian and American Visually Impaired Research Participants Needed

You are invited to take part in a study exploring the attitudes of visually impaired people towards seeking psychological services.


People, Power, and Pelf

Throughout my academic career and personal life, I have been concerned when individuals are exploited. Concerning blindness, I was always angered when I encountered educators and rehab workers with low expectations for blind people. This becomes worse when low expectations are embodied in the culture
of agencies and organizations. Pelf is the Middle English word for wealth ill begotten.


January 2016 Accessibility Requirements Need Attention Now

If your organization operates in Ontario, you know about the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and its five broad standards, but are you ready for the new requirements in effect January 1?


Lawsuits Rise: Blind Plaintiffs Sue Additional Retailers for Website Accessibility/ADA Claims

Patagonia, Ace Hardware, Aeropostale, Bed Bath & Beyond and Estee Lauder are the most recent companies sued by blind plaintiffs, alleging that the retailers websites are not accessible to the blind as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


EEOC Sues McDonalds for Disability Discrimination

According to the suit, Ricky Washington, who is deaf, applied online for a job at a McDonalds restaurant in Belton, Mo. in June 2012. Washington indicated on his application that he attended Kansas School for the Deaf. Washington also said he had previous job experience working as a cook and clean-up team member at a McDonalds restaurant in Louisiana in 2009. When the Belton restaurant manager learned Washington needed a sign language interpreter for his job interview, she canceled the interview and never rescheduled it, despite Washingtons sister volunteering to act as the interpreter.


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