Accessibility News March 5,2011 Update

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In this Issue

1) Message Board
2)Articles
*The McGuinty Watch
*Mobile Accessibility: Code Factory Goes Android!
*Some Businesses Could Become More Accessible
*Accessibility Must Happen
*AODA Alliance: Send Us Your Feedback on Our Draft Brief on the McGuinty Government’s Draft Integrated Accessibility Regulation
*Participants of Epilepsy Action Day at Queen’s Park Address Issues Facing Ontario’s Epilepsy Community
*Computers catching up to Captcha
*New Act Knocks Down Barriers
*Halton Told to Fix Special-Needs Backlog
*Former student alleges abuse at W. Ross MacDonald School
*Achilles Canada and OBSA Partner for “Shared Vision” Project
*Inaccessibility of Missouri Town’s Dinner Train Violates ADA, Advocates Say
*Sick Welfare Recipients to Have Harder Time Accessing Diet Allowance
3) Classifieds, Events, Surveys
4)Thanks for Your Support

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MESSAGE BOARD:

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We’ve added a new Category to Accessibility Classifieds, check it out below under “Surveys”.

ARTICLES:
The McGuinty Watch

To make it easier for you to see how the McGuinty Government has treated the Disabled Community over it’s Terms we’ve compiled some relevant articles for you to view

As they become available we’ll post more so check back once in a while before Election time.

Read more at

McGuinty Watch

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Mobile Accessibility: Code Factory Goes Android!

Features Touchscreen Navigation, Speech Recognition, Web and Email Access, and Nuance’s Vocalizer® Text-to-Speech

Today, Code Factory is delighted to introduce Mobile Accessibility, a screen-access application that allows people who are blind or have low vision to use an Android phone in an intuitive, easy and simple way.

Read more at

Mobile Accessibility: Code Factory Goes Android!

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Some Businesses Could Become More Accessible

However, the downfall of government-mandated accessibility comes in the form of token gestures — gestures made by businesses or services that believe that accessibility can be achieved simply by putting in a homemade ramp at the back of their building or installing electric door openers at heights unreachable by someone using a wheelchair.

Read more at

Some Businesses Could Become More Accessible

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Accessibility Must Happen

Making our city accessible to everyone is not a frill or a luxury. It is the right thing to do.

It is apparent already that all citizens in our community should be treated the same way, regardless of ability. That will become increasingly critical
in coming decades, given the high number of baby boomers who are aging, many of them likely with mobility issues.

Read more at

Accessibility Must Happen

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AODA Alliance: Send Us Your Feedback on Our Draft Brief on the McGuinty Government’s Draft Integrated Accessibility Regulation

We are now circulating for your input a draft brief to the Ontario Government on its proposal for an Integrated Accessibility Regulation to be enacted under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. We are eager to get your feedback on our draft brief so we can finalize this brief and submit it
to the Government.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1036

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Participants of Epilepsy Action Day at Queen’s Park Address Issues Facing Ontario’s Epilepsy Community

TORONTO, March 2 /CNW/ – Today, epilepsy organizations across Ontario, led by Epilepsy Ontario and Epilepsy Cure Initiative, launched Epilepsy Awareness Month by hosting Epilepsy Action Day at Queen’s Park. Members from the epilepsy community met with MPPs to discuss key challenges facing the 140,000 Ontarians living with the disorder.

Read more at

Participants of Epilepsy Action Day at Queen’s Park Address Issues Facing Ontario’s Epilepsy Community

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Computers catching up to Captcha

Squiggly-letter test used to tell humans, computers apart getting harder as machines catch on

Tell me if this sounds familiar: you’re online, ready to buy some concert tickets or to sign up for a new email account. But before you’re allowed to
proceed, you have to prove you’re a human being by deciphering a mess of distorted, squiggly letters and numbers, then typing them into a text box.
This is what’s called a Captcha, or completely automated public Turing test to tell computers and humans apart.

Read more at

Computers catching up to Captcha

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New Act Knocks Down Barriers

On the business side, former Ontario cabinet minister Marie Bountrogianni told the thinly attended seminar the background studies that went into creating the new Ontario law showed similar legislation in the United States brought an additional $12 billion in revenue into the hotel and restaurant industry from the new customers who gained access to buildings.

Read more at

New Act Knocks Down Barriers

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Halton Told to Fix Special-Needs Backlog

Halton’s public school board must treat its special education students fairly and fix its two-year wait list for assessment, says Ontario’s education minister.

Read more at

Halton Told to Fix Special-Needs Backlog

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Former student alleges abuse at W. Ross MacDonald School

Student attended school in several years ago

Work has begun on a proposed class action relating to alleged abuse of former students of the W. Ross MacDonald School for the Visually Impaired and Deafblind in Brantford.

Read more at

Former student alleges abuse at W. Ross MacDonald School

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Achilles Canada and OBSA Partner for “Shared Vision” Project

Achilles Canada, in partnership with Ontario Blind Sports Association (OBSA), is promoting the “Shared Vision” project, based on the inclusion
among the world of athletics, the education system, and community vision health agencies.

Read more at

Achilles Canada and OBSA Partner for “Shared Vision” Project

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Inaccessibility of Missouri Town’s Dinner Train Violates ADA, Advocates Say

CENTRALIA, Mo. – Columbia city leaders responded Friday to complaints that the new Columbia dinner train was supported with taxpayer money, even though the train is not handicapped accessible.

Read more at

Inaccessibility of Missouri Town’s Dinner Train Violates ADA, Advocates Say

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Sick Welfare Recipients to Have Harder Time Accessing Diet Allowance

New rules coming into effect April 1 will make it harder for welfare recipients to access public funding for food.

Read more at

Sick Welfare Recipients to Have Harder Time Accessing Diet Allowance

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CLASSIFIEDS
No New Listings for this Week

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EVENTS

*$20,000 Scholarship – Open House – March 18, 2011
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=882

SURVEYS

*University survey of people with hearing loss and their tourism experiences and needs
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=869

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