Accessibility News May 27,2023 Update

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In this Issue

*Wheel-Trans Users Say They’re Being Forced to ‘Prove’ Their Disability Under New Rules
*Canada: Accessibility Compliance Milestone Coming June 1
*Much Work Remains for N.S. to Hit 2030 Accessibility Targets, Report Says
*AFB Calls on Congress and Government to Move Swiftly toward Making the Internet Accessible for All
*Rishi Sunak Alt Text Tweet Criticised for Misusing Accessibility Feature
*Recruitment for Accessibility Standards Canada’s Board of directors
*AODA Alliance Updates(3)

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Press Releases:

* eSSENTIAL Accessibility and Level Access Complete Next Step of Merger: Unifying Identity Under the Level Access Name
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/essential-accessibility-level-access-complete-135500831.html * Section 508 Compliance: Don’t Make These 6 Mistakes
https://www.levelaccess.com/blog/section-508-compliance/
* CVAA Compliance: The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act https://www.levelaccess.com/blog/cvaa-compliance/

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ARTICLES:

Wheel-Trans Users Say They’re Being Forced to ‘Prove’ Their Disability Under New Rules

For the past 15 years, Maayan Ziv has used Wheel-Trans to get to work meetings, medical appointments, and anywhere not within “wheeling distance” or a direct streetcar ride. As a full-time power wheelchair user, she’s long made use of the TTC’s paratransit service, which provides door-to-door taxi service at the cost of a subway ride.

That’s why Ziv was “gutted” when she received an email from the transit agency a few weeks ago, after being told she had to reregister for Wheel-Trans, informing her she had been assessed and was no longer eligible for door-to-door rides outside of rush hour.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/wheel-trans-users-say-theyre-being-forced-to-prove-their-disability-under-new-rules/

Canada: Accessibility Compliance Milestone Coming June 1

Many federally regulated businesses in Canada with at least 100 employees must publish an accessibility plan by June 1 detailing how they will remove barriers for employees and members of the public with disabilities.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/canada-accessibility-compliance-milestone-coming-june-1/

Much Work Remains for N.S. to Hit 2030 Accessibility Targets, Report Says This was the 1st review of Accessibility Act since it was passed in 2017

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/much-work-remains-for-n-s-to-hit-2030-accessibility-targets-report-says/

AFB Calls on Congress and Government to Move Swiftly toward Making the Internet Accessible for All

In April 2023, AFB released a new report examining barriers to digital inclusion. The study uncovered concerning data on the prevalent barriers that consumers who are blind run into when trying to complete basic tasks online. The study found that 21% of web and 28% of mobile app users who were blind, deafblind, or had low vision experienced daily obstacles online. To compound the issue, over 80% of web and mobile app users had issues with completing everyday tasks like ordering food, online shopping, online dating, college coursework, monitoring a child’s education, or booking bus, train, and air travel. Similar frustrations also surfaced with searching and applying for work.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/afb-calls-on-congress-and-government-to-move-swiftly-toward-making-the-internet-accessible-for-all/

Rishi Sunak Alt Text Tweet Criticised for Misusing Accessibility Feature

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has been criticised for misusing alt text on social media – weeks after big brands were called out for doing it.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/rishi-sunak-alt-text-tweet-criticised-for-misusing-accessibility-feature/

Recruitment for Accessibility Standards Canada’s Board of directors

The Government of Canada is seeking applications from diverse and talented Canadians to fill the positions of Chair and up to six directors for the Board of Directors of Accessibility Standards Canada. These positions are part-time Governor in Council (GIC) appointments.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/recruitment-for-accessibility-standards-canadas-board-of-directors/

AODA Alliance Updates:

Globe and Mail News Report Says the Trudeau Government Has Not Yet Decided if it Will Vote to Ratify the Senate’s Helpful Amendments to Bill C-22, the Canada Disability Benefit Act

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/globe-and-mail-news-report-says-the-trudeau-government-has-not-yet-decided-if-it-will-vote-to-ratify-the-senates-helpful-amendments-to-bill-c-22-the-canada-disability-benefit-act/

AODA Alliance Seeks Community Organizations and Groups to Co-Sign an Open Letter to the House of Commons that Calls for Immediate Ratification of the Senate’s Amendments to Bill C-22 (the Canada Disability Benefit Act)

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/aoda-alliance-seeks-community-organizations-and-groups-to-co-sign-an-open-letter-to-the-house-of-commons-that-calls-for-immediate-ratification-of-the-senates-amendments-to-bill-c-22-the-canada-disa/

Send Us Your Feedback on the Draft AODA Alliance Brief to Phase 2 of the Rich Donovan Independent Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act – What Recommendations Should the Donovan Review Present to the Ontario Government?

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/send-us-your-feedback-on-the-draft-aoda-alliance-brief-to-phase-2-of-the-rich-donovan-independent-review-of-the-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities-act-what-recommendations-should-the-dono/

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