Accessibility News May 20,2017 Update

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In this Issue

*MS Student McCarthy Enhances Campus Accessibility Through New Web App
*The Mortgage Industrys Next Headache: Website Accessibility Requirements
*Students with Reading Disorders Sue Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) for Failing to Educate Them
*Mobility Device Charging Stations Set to Be Showcased at Provincial Conference
*Two-Thirds of Councils Pass Web Accessibility Test
*Environmental and Personal Factors Still Create Barriers for People With Disabilities, Despite Assistive Tech
*Minister Qualtrough Announces National AccessAbility Week
*Nova Scotia Accessibility Act Received Royal Assent

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MS Student McCarthy Enhances Campus Accessibility Through New Web App

The University of Illinois has long been a leader in accessibility for persons with disabilities. This tradition continues with a new web app called Access Illinois created by MS student Mark McCarthy and his team members Matt Arensdorf (undergraduate student, computer science) and Emily Chen (PhD student, computational linguistics). The app earned the team first place in HackCulture, a humanities-focused hackathon held at the University Library from April 8-23.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ms-student-mccarthy-enhances-campus-accessibility-through-new-web-app/

The Mortgage Industrys Next Headache: Website Accessibility Requirements

If past behavior is a good predictor of the future, mortgage lenders (as well as mortgage brokers, settlement services providers and real estate brokers, for that matter) should brace themselves: A new regulatory compliance shoe is about to fall, with private litigation leading the way.

The focus is website accessibility a catch-all phrase that means making websites and other digital platforms and files accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-mortgage-industrys-next-headache-website-accessibility-requirements/

Students with Reading Disorders Sue Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) for Failing to Educate Them

Despite the availability of effective teaching methods, BUSD refused to alter its policies and practices, leaving students of all ages who have reading disorders without the basic tool of literacy

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/students-with-reading-disorders-sue-berkeley-unified-school-district-busd-for-failing-to-educate-them/

Mobility Device Charging Stations Set to Be Showcased at Provincial Conference

The City of Sarnia and the County of Lambton are being recognized provincially for installing mobility device charging stations at public spaces in Sarnia and Point Edward.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/mobility-device-charging-stations-set-to-be-showcased-at-provincial-conference/

Two-Thirds of Councils Pass Web Accessibility Test

It said that in a recent survey covering a mix of counties, districts, metropolitan authorities and unitaries throughout the UK, 134 of 195 passed the test for their sites to be used by people with disabilities. This amounted to 69%, but the figure for last year was 77%.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/two-thirds-of-councils-pass-web-accessibility-test/

Environmental and Personal Factors Still Create Barriers for People With Disabilities, Despite Assistive Tech

Assistive products and technologies such as wheelchairs, upper-limb prostheses, and hearing and speech devices hold promise for partially or fully mitigating the effects of impairments and enabling people with disabilities to work, but in some cases environmental and personal factors create additional barriers to employment, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/environmental-and-personal-factors-still-create-barriers-for-people-with-disabilities-despite-assistive-tech/

Minister Qualtrough Announces National AccessAbility Week

Promoting accessibility every day, everywhere in Canada

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, today issued the following statement:

As Canadas first Minister responsible for Persons with Disabilities, I believe that our countrys diversity is our strength and when we include people with disabilities, we create a stronger Canada for everyone.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/minister-qualtrough-announces-national-accessability-week/

Nova Scotia Accessibility Act Received Royal Assent

Nova Scotias Accessibility Act received Royal Assent on April 27, 2017. Nova Scotia becomes the third Canadian province to enact accessibility legislation. The Nova Scotia Accessibility legislation aims to achieve accessibility in the whole province by 2030.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/nova-scotia-accessibility-act-received-royal-assent/

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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