Accessibility News March 12,2016 Update

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In this Issue

*20 European NGOs Tell EU Ministers No One Should Be Left Behind
*AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky Files Appeal to the Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner
*Justice Department Settles Disability-Based Housing Discrimination Lawsuit with Owners and Developers of 71 Apartment Complexes in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee
*Leader Patrick Brown Urges the Premier to Properly Fund Mental Health
*Wearable Mobility Device for the Blind and Visually Impaired Being Developed by Toyota
*Surfing the Web Should be Easier for the Blind

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ARTICLES:

20 European NGOs Tell EU Ministers No One Should Be Left Behind

The European Blind Union (EBU) and several other European NGOs published an open letter warning the 28 EU Ministers in charge of Digital Affairs that their current plans for the web accessibility directive could deny millions of disabled and older citizens equal access to the digital world, exclude them from
full participation in society and create unacceptable digital barriers to employment.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/20-european-ngos-tell-eu-ministers-no-one-should-be-left-behind/

AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky Files Appeal to the Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner

to Contest the Economic Development Ministrys $4,250 Fee to Fully Answer His June 4, 2015 Freedom of Information Application, Which Sought Updated Information on the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Acts Implementation and Enforcement

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/

Justice Department Settles Disability-Based Housing Discrimination Lawsuit with Owners and Developers of 71 Apartment Complexes in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee

The Justice Department announced today that the owners and developers of 71 multi-family housing complexes in four states with more than 2,500 ground-floor units have agreed to pay $350,000 to settle claims that they violated the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act by building apartment complexes that were inaccessible to persons with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/justice-department-settles-disability-based-housing-discrimination-lawsuit-with-owners-and-developers-of-71-apartment-complexes-in-alabama-georgia-north-carolina-and-tennessee/

Leader Patrick Brown Urges the Premier to Properly Fund Mental Health

QUEENS PARK After touring the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Center (ROMHC) this past weekend, Leader of the Official Opposition Patrick Brown used Question Period to ask the Acting Premier and her Liberal Government to make mental health care a priority.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/leader-patrick-brown-urges-the-premier-to-properly-fund-mental-health/

Wearable Mobility Device for the Blind and Visually Impaired Being Developed by Toyota

Mobility is empowering. Thats why Toyota is working to develop a wearable device for the blind and visually impaired that will help them do more with greater freedom, independence and confidence. Called Project BLAID, it reflects the companys commitment to enrich lives by advancing the freedom of mobility for all.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/wearable-mobility-device-for-the-blind-and-visually-impaired-being-developed-by-toyota/

Surfing the Web Should be Easier for the Blind

Since 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act has ensured access to places and opportunities for all Americans regardless of their physical limitations. The World Wide Web was first programmed that same year. But since then, the Internet has evolved rapidly while rules to make it more accessible have lagged
behind. In fact, guidelines added to the Workforce Rehabilitation Act in 2001 often take precedence over the ADA.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/surfing-the-web-should-be-easier-for-the-blind/

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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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