Accessibility News May 9,2015 Update

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In this Issue

*AODA Alliance Marks Tenth Anniversary of the Legislatures Historic Unanimous Passage of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act by Issuing
a News Release and Official Statement Calling for the Government to Release a Detailed Plan to Ensure Ontario Reaches Full Accessibility by 2025
*Ontario Kids Suffering Mental Illness Must Wait More Than a Year for Treatment
*Apple To Receive AFBs Helen Keller Achievement Award
*UK Political Parties Should Put Web Accessability at the Top of Their Digital Agendas
*Ten New Toronto Paralympic Events
*Wheelchair Users Upset City Council Might Put Taxi Reforms Into Reverse
*Kelsey Le Coure Denied Taxi Ride Because of Service Dog

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ARTICLES:

AODA Alliance Marks Tenth Anniversary of the Legislatures Historic Unanimous Passage of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act by Issuing
a News Release and Official Statement Calling for the Government to Release a Detailed Plan to Ensure Ontario Reaches Full Accessibility by 2025

Two key dates approach. Each marks ten years since the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) was passed. Sunday, May 10, 2015 marks
ten years since the day when the Ontario Legislature finally passed the AODA. June 13, 2015 will mark ten years since the day the Government proclaimed the AODA to go into effect.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-marks-tenth-anniversary-of-the-legislatures-historic-unanimous-passage-of-the-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities-act-by-issuing-a-news-release-and-official-statement-calling-f/

Ontario Kids Suffering Mental Illness Must Wait More Than a Year for Treatment

When it comes right down to it, were talking here about sick kids, says NUPGE National President James Clancy. How can we not do whatever we can to help them?

Its already been well established that our health care system is failing those suffering mental illness, but a new report from Ontario provides a terrible reminder of just how inadequate the system is.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/ontario-kids-suffering-mental-illness-must-wait-more-than-a-year-for-treatment/

Apple To Receive AFBs Helen Keller Achievement Award

Specifically, Apple is being recognized for its implementation of the VoiceOver screen reader on iOS devices:

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/apple-to-receive-afbs-helen-keller-achievement-award/

UK Political Parties Should Put Web Accessability at the Top of Their Digital Agendas

And in this, the most digital election the country has thus far witnessed, it has become evident that disabled people are being denied access to important information and services.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/uk-political-parties-should-put-web-accessability-at-the-top-of-their-digital-agendas/

Ten New Toronto Paralympic Events

By Victor Schwartzman

10. CURB JUMPING. Not every street corner in Toronto has a dip in the curb enabling people in wheelchairs to get beyond the block. The new event will involve
unusual wheelchair stunts, especially to get onto a curb from the street. This competition is dangerous and medical teams will stand by.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ten-new-toronto-paralympic-events/

Wheelchair Users Upset City Council Might Put Taxi Reforms Into Reverse

Blair Williams was encouraged when city council passed sweeping taxi industry reforms that would eventually lead to Torontos entire cab fleet being wheelchair accessible.

Fourteen months later, Williams is not finding it any easier, faster or cheaper to book a metered taxi that can accommodate his wheelchair.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/wheelchair-users-upset-city-council-might-put-taxi-reforms-into-reverse/

Kelsey Le Coure Denied Taxi Ride Because of Service Dog

Peel Regions TransHelp calls incident a black mark against cab company

An Ontario woman wants an apology Thursday after a wheelchair accessible taxi service refused to drive her because of her service dog.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/kelsey-le-coure-denied-taxi-ride-because-of-service-dog/

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– 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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*Frida Restaurant & Bar
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