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In this Issue
*Amazing Media Coverage of More Toronto Restaurants Refusing Blind Customers with Guide Dogs Shows Toronto Is Not Ready to Host 2015 Pan/ParaPan American Games
*Town Learns About Alternative to Public Transit System
*Improving Online Accessibility for Students a Major Issue for Schools
*As ADA Turns 25, Places of Public Accommodation Must Consider Accessible Technology
*Tips on Barrier Removal
*Disability Advocates Question Toronto Parapan Am Games Readiness
*Government Reinstates Disabled Worker Paper-Shredding Jobs
*Fake Service Dog ID Brought to Heel by Proposed B.C. Law
*Ontario Government Considers How To Sell Access Law
*Call the New Ontario Government Toll-Free Line to Report AODA Violations We Campaigned Over Two Years to Win This Toll-Free Number!
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Amazing Media Coverage of More Toronto Restaurants Refusing Blind Customers with Guide Dogs Shows Toronto Is Not Ready to Host 2015 Pan/ParaPan American Games
Wynne Government Still Wont Strengthen, Not Weaken, Enforcement of Disabilities Act Even Though 2015 Toronto Games Are Fast Approaching
Town Learns About Alternative to Public Transit System
With just a handful of days remaining before the end of the public transit system, a Bracebridge man showed town council a successful alternative.
Cameron Hoffman of Bracebridge Taxi talked about the on-demand accessible transportation service he started two years ago for those with disabilities.
Improving Online Accessibility for Students a Major Issue for Schools
Getting schools onboard with accessible learning is a struggle that Kara Zirkle is all too familiar with. As IT accessibility coordinator at George Mason
University in Fairfax, Va., she says resistance to change particularly in the cultural senseis fairly natural and tends to stand in the way of even the best intentions on the assistive learning front.
As ADA Turns 25, Places of Public Accommodation Must Consider Accessible Technology
Another front burner issue also involving accessible technology is the adoption of touchscreen devices, predominantly for use at the point of sale (POS).
Similar to the website accessibility context, specific federal regulations governing the accessibility of such devices do not currently exist.
Tips on Barrier Removal
Accessible Water Closets
Can you reach the grab bars and/or toilet paper?
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Disability Advocates Question Toronto Parapan Am Games Readiness
We are not ready to ensure that these folks will have a place to eat, or even go to the washroom, or assured public transit to get around, said David
Lepofsky, Chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance.
Government Reinstates Disabled Worker Paper-Shredding Jobs
Aside from anger at the apparent callous way the workers were treated, much of the public outrage has been around that lowly equivalent payment of $1.15 an hour.
An Ontario government announcement mid-week that the provincial minimum wage will be increased to $11.25 in the fall only served to emphasize what many critics see as an inequity.
Fake Service Dog ID Brought to Heel by Proposed B.C. Law
Fake ID is going to the dogs rather too much, as it turns out. But a proposed B.C. law aims to stop people labelling dogs without proper training as service dogs, by creating government issued dog ID and a provincial registry.
Ontario Government Considers How To Sell Access Law
By Victor Schwartzman
Announcing the Governments slogan Access Is A Competitive Advantage, the Minister said Obviously, our position is that business people do not care
about people, human rights or the law. They only care about money. So we have to sell access as a competitive advantage.
Call the New Ontario Government Toll-Free Line to Report AODA Violations We Campaigned Over Two Years to Win This Toll-Free Number!
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