Accessibility News June 25,2011 Update

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In this Issue

*The Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR) is Now Law!
*New Program Will Give a “Thumbs Up”
*housing That Works for Everyone
*Greater Political, Public Focus Needed on Poverty
*Ryanair ‘Worst for Web Accessibility’
*Ontario Business Faces Accessibility Laws
*10 Reasons Why It Is Difficult for Person with Dyslexia to Spell Correctly
*Canadian Wireless Providers Scoff at Accessible Hand Set Requirements
*New World Report Shows More Than 1 Billion People With Disabilities Face Substantial Barriers in Their Daily Lives
*Barriers to Improving the Accessibility Game Plan

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ARTICLES:

The Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR) is Now Law!

Friday, June 3, 2011, just 10 days before the sixth anniversary of the day when the AODA went into effect, the McGuinty Government enacted and made public the new and finalized Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR). It addresses barriers impeding persons with disabilities in information and communication, employment and transportation.

Read more at

Major Development in Our Campaign for a Fully Accessible Ontario – McGuinty Government Enacts Integrated Accessibility Regulation -Addressing Barriers in Information and Communication, Employment and Transportation

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New Program Will Give a “Thumbs Up”

The Kawartha Lakes Accessibility Advisory Committee (KLAAC) has launched a new Access and Awareness Program that will give a “Thumbs Up” to companies that strive for accessibility.

The Accessibility Committee would like to encourage all companies in the City of Kawartha Lakes that offer goods and services to the public to participate.

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=539

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housing That Works for Everyone

“There is no reason why every developer couldn’t do it,” says developer Mark Rollins. “It’s not a financial thing. It’s thinking ahead, planning your design. I see it as a feature that makes perfect sense.”

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housing That Works for Everyone

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Greater Political, Public Focus Needed on Poverty

Less than two months after a whirlwind of a federal election and less than a year after the municipal elections, it is time to start thinking ahead to the October provincial election.

Read more at

Greater Political, Public Focus Needed on Poverty

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Ryanair ‘Worst for Web Accessibility’

Ryanair comes bottom in report looking at how accessible the UK’s top ten travel companies are online.

The report by user experience design agency, Nomensa, identifies Ryanair as the worst travel company for providing their customers online with an accessible experience.

Read more at

Ryanair ‘Worst for Web Accessibility’

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Ontario Business Faces Accessibility Laws

Legislation aside, it’s simply good business for all organizations to commit to full accessibility.

While other provinces are in the process of examining accessibility laws, Ontario is so far the only province that has legislated the removal of all barriers to access in the public and private sectors.

Read more at

Ontario Business Faces Accessibility Laws

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10 Reasons Why It Is Difficult for Person with Dyslexia to Spell Correctly

It is difficult for a person with dyslexia to break words into phonemes/discrete
sounds.

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10 Reasons Why It Is Difficult for Person with Dyslexia to Spell Correctly

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Canadian Wireless Providers Scoff at Accessible Hand Set Requirements

COAT International Friend Neil Squire Society in Canada advised us of a recent government-commissioned report that confirms lack of accessible handsets
in Canada for people with disabilities despite a directive in place for accessibility.

Read more at

Canadian Wireless Providers Scoff at Accessible Hand Set Requirements

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New World Report Shows More Than 1 Billion People With Disabilities Face Substantial Barriers in Their Daily Lives

Governments should step up efforts to enable access to mainstream services and to invest in specialized programmes to unlock the vast potential of people with disabilities

Read more at

New World Report Shows More Than 1 Billion People With Disabilities Face Substantial Barriers in Their Daily Lives

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Barriers to Improving the Accessibility Game Plan

This past March, Jared Smith moderated a session at CSUN titled ” Do We Need To Change the Web Accessibility Game Plan”.

The discussion at and after the session was filled with interesting perspectives. The diversity of viewpoints demonstrates what a complex topic this really is. I’d like to take my stab at addressing this topic, inspired by this blog post by Vlad Alexander
which kicked off the original conversation:

Read more at

Barriers to Improving the Accessibility Game Plan

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