Accessibility News June 3,2017 Update

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In this Issue

*Wynne Government to Unveil Its Promised New Strategy to Tackle High Unemployment Facing Ontarians with Disabilities on June 5, 2017 (A Strategy On Which the AODA Alliance Was Not Consulted)
*Canadian Transportation Agency issues What We Heard Summary Report on accessible transportation
*New Report Offers Fresh Perspective on Making Accessibility Accommodations for People with Disabilities
*Wearable System Helps Visually Impaired Users Navigate
*Expecting a Barrier Free Saskatchewan
*Canadas New Accessibility Laws Should Focus on Employment, Inclusive Buildings, Transport
*An Interim Victory for Our Grassroots Campaign Wynne Government at Last Invites Applications to Serve on the Education Standards Development Committee
*Families Seeking Autism Service Dogs Face Years-Long Wait Lists

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ARTICLES:

Wynne Government to Unveil Its Promised New Strategy to Tackle High Unemployment Facing Ontarians with Disabilities on June 5, 2017 (A Strategy On Which the AODA Alliance Was Not Consulted)

AODA Alliance Releases a Backgrounder Documenting Four and One-Third Years of Government Foot-Dragging

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/wynne-government-to-unveil-its-promised-new-strategy-to-tackle-high-unemployment-facing-ontarians-with-disabilities-on-june-5-2017-a-strategy-on-which-the-aoda-alliance-was-not-consulted/

Canadian Transportation Agency issues What We Heard Summary Report on accessible transportation

As part of the Regulatory Modernization Initiative, the Canadian Transportation Agency has issued a What We Heard Summary Report for its first phase of consultations on accessible transportation. The report highlights the key points that have emerged so far, such as the need for a clear, relevant and comprehensive set of rules for all modes of transport, and for those rules to be expressed in mandatory regulations rather than voluntary codes.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/canadian-transportation-agency-issues-what-we-heard-summary-report-on-accessible-transportation/

New Report Offers Fresh Perspective on Making Accessibility Accommodations for People with Disabilities

CTI holds that each person is naturally creative, resourceful and whole, and, that everyone is a leader.

While doors are opening to people with disabilities, traditional approaches to accommodations can fall short when it comes to creating true engagement. Thats among the main findings from the Co-Active Accessibility and Wholeness Project (CAWP) Report released by The Coaching Training Institute (CTI).

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/new-report-offers-fresh-perspective-on-making-accessibility-accommodations-for-people-with-disabilities/

Wearable System Helps Visually Impaired Users Navigate

Researchers from MITs Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a new system that uses a 3-D camera, a belt with separately controllable vibrational motors distributed around it, and an electronically reconfigurable Braille interface to give visually impaired users more information about their environments.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/wearable-system-helps-visually-impaired-users-navigate/

Expecting a Barrier Free Saskatchewan

Barrier Free Saskatchewan (BFSK) has developed fourteen principles to be the foundation of a Saskatchewan Disability and Inclusion Act.

We want the Province of Saskatchewan to pass an Accessibility Act with these principles intact so we can become a barrier free province.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/expecting-a-barrier-free-saskatchewan/

Canadas New Accessibility Laws Should Focus on Employment, Inclusive Buildings, Transport

Carla Qualtrough, the minister tasked with crafting laws to make Canada more accessible to people with disabilities, says employment will be a key focus of her efforts.

Public consultations on Canadas first national law for disabled people have identified high unemployment rates, inaccessible buildings and barriers in transportation as some of the key issues that need to be addressed.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/canadas-new-accessibility-laws-should-focus-on-employment-inclusive-buildings-transport/

An Interim Victory for Our Grassroots Campaign Wynne Government at Last Invites Applications to Serve on the Education Standards Development Committee

Lets celebrate victories, even interim ones! We have just won one.

On Thursday, May 25, 2017, after we waged a 171-day campaign, the Wynne Government has finally started the delayed process of recruiting people to serve on the promised Education Standards Development Committee, to be appointed under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. That Committee will come up with recommendations that it will submit to the Ontario Government on what the promised Education Accessibility Standard should include.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/an-interim-victory-for-our-grassroots-campaign-wynne-government-at-last-invites-applications-to-serve-on-the-education-standards-development-committee/

Families Seeking Autism Service Dogs Face Years-Long Wait Lists

There is a shortage of service dogs across Canada, and an Edmonton organization was forced to close their wait list due to a lack of funds.

Executive director, Dogs with Wings, Doreen Slessor explains the reason behind closing the wait list to families seeking autism dogs.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/families-seeking-autism-service-dogs-face-years-long-wait-lists/

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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