Accessibility News May 3,2014 Update

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In this Issue

*Viewing the May 1, 2014 Ontario Budget Through A Disability Accessibility Lens Chock-Full of Missed Opportunities to Ensure Ontario Becomes Fully Accessible to People with Disabilities by 2025 *AODA Alliance Writes Economic Development, Trade and Employment Minister to Request Specific Details on Government Action to Implement and Enforce the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
*Class Action Suit Claims Apple Store POS System Discriminates Against Visually Impaired
*Revel Systems Launches New iPad POS Accessibility Bundle for the Visually Impaired *TTC Enhancing Accessibility With Blue Priority Seating
*Special Needs Kids Often Told to Stay Home From School, Says People for Education Report *Meet the Company That Wants to be the Netflix for Blind People

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ARTICLES:

Viewing the May 1, 2014 Ontario Budget Through A Disability Accessibility Lens Chock-Full of Missed Opportunities to Ensure Ontario Becomes Fully Accessible to People with Disabilities by 2025

With a real possibility of a spring 2014 Ontario general election in the air, the Ontario Government unveiled its 2014 Ontario Budget in the Legislature on May 1, 2014. How does this Ontario Budget look when viewed through a disability accessibility lens? We regret that this is yet another glaring example of opportunities missed.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/viewing-the-may-1-2014-ontario-budget-through-a-disability-accessibility-lens-chock-full-of-missed-opportunities-to-ensure-ontario-becomes-fully-accessible-to-people-with-disabilities-by-2025/

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AODA Alliance Writes Economic Development, Trade and Employment Minister to Request Specific Details on Government Action to Implement and Enforce the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

On May 2, 2014, the AODA Alliance wrote Dr. Eric Hoskins, the Ontario Government cabinet minister with lead responsibility for implementing and enforcing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. See the text of that letter, below.

To help us prepare our written brief that we will submit to the Independent Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Acts implementation and enforcement, we asked the Minister for specific information that he has readily available to him on:

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=4467

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Class Action Suit Claims Apple Store POS System Discriminates Against Visually Impaired

A class action lawsuit filed last week asserts Apples point of sale system discriminates against visually impaired customers as the specialized iPod touch-based equipment is impossible to operate without help from a staff member.

Read more at
http://www.amenu.ca/class-action-suit-claims-apple-store-pos-system-discriminates-against-visually-impaired/

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Revel Systems Launches New iPad POS Accessibility Bundle for the Visually Impaired

Revels new accessibility bundle allows its merchants and customers of restaurants, grocery stores, retailers and quick-serve establishments, to easily use Revels award winning platform.

Read more at
http://www.amenu.ca/revel-systems-launches-new-ipad-pos-accessibility-bundle-for-the-visually-impaired/

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TTC Enhancing Accessibility With Blue Priority Seating

The Toronto Transit Commission is enhancing accessibility with blue seats that clearly identify priority seating areas on its vehicles for persons with disabilities, the elderly and expectant mothers.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ttc-enhancing-accessibility-with-blue-priority-seating/

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Special Needs Kids Often Told to Stay Home From School, Says People for Education Report

A new survey of Ontario schools finds many principals ask special education students to stay home because of lack of resources, reports People for Education.

Jen Charron with son Reid, 7, outside Adam Beck Public School, where Reid in in Grade 2. Reid, who has Aspergers syndrome, is one of more than a dozen kids with autism at the school who are served by the equivalent of 1.5 assistants. A report being released Monday has found that schools dont have enough support for special needs students.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=4463

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Meet the Company That Wants to be the Netflix for Blind People

For years, advocates have been trying to make mainstream television more accessible to the visually impaired. TalkingFlix may be on the verge of doing just that.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/meet-the-company-that-wants-to-be-the-netflix-for-blind-people/

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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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aMENU: Accessible Restaurant Menus.

Visit the site at http://www.amenu.ca , Restaurant Owners visit http://www.amenu.ca/create/ and design your own Menu.

In the Spotlight
*Wildfire Steakhouse & Wine Bar
http://www.amenu.ca/wildfire-steakhouse-wine-bar/
*Pizza Pizza
http://www.amenu.ca/pizza-pizza/
*The Eaton Chelsea Hotel- Market Garden + expresso Coffee Bar http://www.amenu.ca/the-eaton-chelsea-hotel-market-garden-expresso-coffee-bar/