Accessibility News November 15,2014 Update

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In this Issue
*Online Voting Clicks With Residents in Ajax; Turnout Jumps 17% With GTAs First Paperless Ballot
*KNFB Reader for iOS: Does This App Live up to All the Hype?
*Adoption of One World for Everyone, the Declaration of the Destinations for All World Summit
*Comcast Introduces Talking TV Guide For Visually Impaired
*Tragedy 50 Years in the Making
*The Accessibility Standards Advisory Council Submits Weak, Ineffective and Counter-productive Final Recommendations to the Ontario Government for Proposed Revisions to the Customer Service Accessibility Standard
*The Best in Disability Advertising Awarded to Duracell at ANA Multicultural Marketing & Diversity Conference
*Politician AODA Time Explained
*Still Time to RSVP to Attend Our Friday, November 28, 2014 Queens Park Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Disabilities Act Movement
*The Blind Are Faking it!

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ARTICLES:

Online Voting Clicks With Residents in Ajax; Turnout Jumps 17% With GTAs First Paperless Ballot

Ajax residents had it easy in the latest municipal election. They could simply click and vote. And yet only 30.4 per cent of them did.

At first glance, one could call the election results a disappointment. But Nicole Wellsbury, manager of legislative services and deputy clerk, said the turnout was up significantly from years past.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/online-voting-clicks-with-residents-in-ajax-turnout-jumps-17-with-gtas-first-paperless-ballot/

KNFB Reader for iOS: Does This App Live up to All the Hype?

For several years, many people who are blind or visually impaired have been toting two cell phones: their new Apple or Android smartphoneand their old Nokia, which they kept around for just one reasonto use the KNFB Reader software. The KNFB Reader allows users to scan documents, fliers, work handouts, restaurant menus, and other printed materials on the go and with often startling accuracy. Until now, this software was only available for Nokias Symbian operating system.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/knfb-reader-for-ios-does-this-app-live-up-to-all-the-hype/

Adoption of One World for Everyone, the Declaration of the Destinations for All World Summit

The first Destinations for All World Summit was a huge success. Thirty countries and 300 participants adopted the Declaration One World for Everyone.

The Declaration lists 40 specific measures for implementing -globally and in their respective countries- the World Tourism Organization (WTO) Recommendations on Accessible Tourism.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/adoption-of-one-world-for-everyone-the-declaration-of-the-destinations-for-all-world-summit/

Comcast Introduces Talking TV Guide For Visually Impaired

Fifteen months ago, we told you that Comcast was developing a talking version of its TV listings for use by visually impaired subscribers. Today, the company announced that it will be introducing the feature to users on its X1 platform.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/comcast-introduces-talking-tv-guide-for-visually-impaired/

Tragedy 50 Years in the Making

Community mental health has never been properly funded, says a one-time major player.

For more than 50 years Ontarians with mental illness have fallen through cracks in health care that swallowed the life of a London man, the former head of Canadas biggest psychiatric hospital says.

It goes back more than half a century, said Dr. Paul Garfinkel, a psychiatrist who for 12 years was chief executive of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/tragedy-50-years-in-the-making/

The Accessibility Standards Advisory Council Submits Weak, Ineffective and Counter-productive Final Recommendations to the Ontario Government for Proposed Revisions to the Customer Service Accessibility Standard

ASACs proposals that were just made public are palpably weak, paltry and ineffective. They ignore most if not all of the detailed, constructive input that the AODA Alliance submitted to ASAC earlier this year. ASACs proposals would do nothing significant to improve the accessibility of customer service in Ontario for people with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/the-accessibility-standards-advisory-council-submits-weak-ineffective-and-counter-productive-final-recommendations-to-the-ontario-government-for-proposed-revisions-to-the-customer-service-accessibi/

The Best in Disability Advertising Awarded to Duracell at ANA Multicultural Marketing & Diversity Conference

eSSENTIAL Accessibility Director, Mark Steele, presented the landmark award to winner Duracell for its moving ad Trust your Power. Created by advertising giant Saatchi & Saatchi, Trust your Power was aired for the first time at the 2014 Super Bowl. The ad features the NFLs first legally deaf offensive player, Derrick Coleman of the Seattle Seahawks, and has made waves with its inspirational message since its debut.

Read more at
http://essentialaccessibility.com/pressroom/news/best-disability-advertising-awarded-duracell-ana-multicultural-marketing-diversity

Politician AODA Time Explained

By Victor Schwartzman, with the assistance of Stephen Hawking

Ever notice the clock on the front page of the AODA.ca website? It counts down the days towards the deadline for AODA implementation. This clock is based on regular time, not a politicians time which in this case we will call AODA Savings Time. If you are worried about the slow pace of AODA implementation, that is because you are in real time, not AODA Savings Time.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/politician-aoda-time-explained/

Still Time to RSVP to Attend Our Friday, November 28, 2014 Queens Park Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Disabilities Act Movement

David Onley Appointed the Ontario Governments New Special Advisor on Accessibility

Still Time to RSVP, to Attend Our November 28, 2014 Queens Park Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Birth of the Tenacious Grassroots Movement to Make Ontario Become Fully Accessible to all People with Disabilities

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/still-time-to-rsvp-to-attend-our-friday-november-28-2014-queens-park-celebration-of-the-20th-anniversary-of-the-disabilities-act-movement/

The Blind Are Faking it!

Citizens, hear us well. Our great nation is being undermined by a secret society of individuals who carry deadly white truncheons and lead vicious attack animals in public on a daily basis. These mysterious folk also have a secret means of communication, while shocking new evidence seems to indicate that they may even possess senses superior to those of other humans. Were speaking, of course, of the legions of the so-called blind.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-blind-are-faking-it/

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