Accessibility News June 17,2017 Update

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In this Issue

*Before July 14, 2017 Please Fill Out the Ontario Governments Survey of Disability Accessibility Barriers that Hurt Students with Disabilities in Ontarios Education System Here Are Great Tips to Help You
*Supreme Court Rules on the Application of Human Rights Protections to Persons with Addictions Disabilities in Safety-Sensitive Employment Contexts
*Invitation to give your input at public hearings into reforming & revitalizing our public hospital services
*Big Win for Blind Shopper in First U.S. ADA Web Accessibility Trial
*The Wynne Government Posts Details for Applying to Serve on the Education Standards Development Committee
*The Federal Government Releases Report of Its Public Consultation on What the Promised Canadians with Disabilities Act Should Include Lots of Good Content But Some Areas Where The Federal Report Falls Short
*Is your Companys Website Accessible to the Disabled? You’d Better Hope So
*More Canadians Seeking Disability Benefits Have Denials Overturned on Appeal
*Social Robots Improving the Lives of People with Autism

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Before July 14, 2017 Please Fill Out the Ontario Governments Survey of Disability Accessibility Barriers that Hurt Students with Disabilities in Ontarios Education System Here Are Great Tips to Help You

We strongly encourage you to fill out the Wynne Governments online survey on accessibility barriers facing students with disabilities in Ontarios education
system, by the July 14, 2017 deadline. Please fill it out whether you are now or have ever been a student with a disability in Ontario, a parent or friend of a student with a disability, a teacher or other staff member in Ontarios education system, a disability professional who has worked with students with disabilities, or if you have in any way have knowledge about the disability accessibility barriers that students with disabilities face in Ontarios education system.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/before-july-14-2017-please-fill-out-the-ontario-governments-survey-of-disability-accessibility-barriers-that-hurt-students-with-disabilities-in-ontarios-education-system-here-are-great-tips-t/

Supreme Court Rules on the Application of Human Rights Protections to Persons with Addictions Disabilities in Safety-Sensitive Employment Contexts

CCD/EC made submissions regarding the barriers in the workplace faced by persons with addictions disabilities including the challenges of disclosing their disability-related needs for accommodation. CCD/EC also made arguments regarding the scope of the employers duty to accommodate including in circumstances
where the employees failure to disclose their disability is itself disability-related.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/supreme-court-rules-on-the-application-of-human-rights-protections-to-persons-with-addictions-disabilities-in-safety-sensitive-employment-contexts/

Invitation to give your input at public hearings into reforming & revitalizing our public hospital services

Organizations and individuals are invited to attend and submit oral or written submissions on reforming Ontarios hospitals in the public interest.

We are holding public hearings across Ontario to gather input which will be used to help create a report and recommendations to be released across the province in the fall. We will use the recommendations from the hearings to advocate for improvements in public hospital care and funding. Leading into next springs provincial election, we will measure the political parties health care plans against our recommendations, based on your input.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/invitation-to-give-your-input-at-public-hearings-into-reforming-revitalizing-our-public-hospital-services/

Big Win for Blind Shopper in First U.S. ADA Web Accessibility Trial

On June 12, a judge in the federal District Court in South Florida made history. That history came in the form of a court order in a lawsuit filed by blind Florida resident Juan Carlos Gil against regional grocer Winn-Dixie.

The lawsuit argued that the Winn-Dixie website wasnt accessible. Mr Gil could not read the stores online coupons using his screen reader or use other features on the site.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/big-win-for-blind-shopper-in-first-u-s-ada-web-accessibility-trial/

The Wynne Government Posts Details for Applying to Serve on the Education Standards Development Committee

Applications Must Be Submitted by July 31, 2017

On June 12, 2017, the Wynne Government at last circulated more specific information on how to apply to serve on the forthcoming Education Standards Development Committee. That Committee will make recommendations on what the Wynne Government should include in the promised Education Accessibility Standard. The Education
Accessibility Standard is needed to tear down the many accessibility barriers that impede students with disabilities in Ontario from fully benefitting from and being fully included in education in Ontario, at all levels of Ontarios education system.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/the-wynne-government-posts-details-for-applying-to-serve-on-the-education-standards-development-committee/

The Federal Government Releases Report of Its Public Consultation on What the Promised Canadians with Disabilities Act Should Include Lots of Good Content But Some Areas Where The Federal Report Falls Short

On May 29, 2017, the Federal Government released a detailed 63-page report on what its promised Canadians with Disabilities Act should include, according to the feedback the Federal Government received during its public consultation. It held public forums and roundtables across Canada, and an online survey,
from the 2016 summer through the 2017 winter. According to this report, the Federal Government heard from many people and organizations, including from many people with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-federal-government-releases-report-of-its-public-consultation-on-what-the-promised-canadians-with-disabilities-act-should-include-lots-of-good-content-but-some-areas-where-the-federal-report-fal/

Is your Companys Website Accessible to the Disabled? You’d Better Hope So

The Americans With Disabilities Act produced tangible benefits. Signed into law by President George H. W. Bush in 1990, the ADA banned employment discrimination against the disabled and eliminated unnecessary physical barriers to commercial and government buildings. But in the quarter-century since it was enacted, the law has also had countless unintended consequences mutating definitions of what constitutes a physical or mental disability, senseless mandates, astronomical
compliance costs for business owners and, perhaps most damaging of all, waves of abusive litigation.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/is-your-companys-website-accessible-to-the-disabled-youd-better-hope-so/

More Canadians Seeking Disability Benefits Have Denials Overturned on Appeal

OTTAWA Nearly half the Canadians who seek to have decisions denying them access to Canada Pension Plan disability benefits are successfully appealing the rulings a statistic that is giving experts cause for concern.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/more-canadians-seeking-disability-benefits-have-denials-overturned-on-appeal/

Social Robots Improving the Lives of People with Autism

Enter the social robota companion robot designed to help adults with autism navigate the social river of the workplace. The robot companion will tell essentially translate for people with autism whether or not there is sarcasm or an implied meaning, whether the person they met appears to like them or not, whether
an instruction was literal or a joke, what the emotions on someones face convey. The idea is that this will benefit them in the workplace, but could go further into the outside world.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/social-robots-improving-the-lives-of-people-with-autism/

eSSENTIAL Accessibility: helping organizations reach, serve and empower people with disabilities.

The eSSENTIAL Accessibility assistive technology app gives those who have trouble typing, moving a mouse, or reading a screen due to a variety of conditions – such as stroke, paralysis or arthritis – the tools they need to navigate the Web. The app is free to the end-user and simple to use.

Organizations that feature the app on their websites are committed to making it easier for people with disabilities to access information online. For more info, please visit http://www.essentialaccessibility.com

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