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In this Issue
* Send Us Feedback on the AODA Alliance’s Draft Brief to the David Onley Independent Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
* Accommodating Students With Disabilities on Campus: Moving Beyond Silos
* Accommodating Workers with Mental Illnesses: Part Two
* Accommodating Workers with Mental Illnesses: Part One
* Time for Real Action on Universal Accessibility
* Activision Ignites Rage Over Spyro’s Accessibility Failure
* Uber enlists outside help to improve wheelchair-accessible rides
* Accommodating Workers who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
* The Internet Is An Unwelcoming Place to the Disabled
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Send Us Feedback on the AODA Alliance’s Draft Brief to the David Onley Independent Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
Today we make public a draft of the brief that the AODA Alliance is aiming to submit to the Independent Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, which the Ontario Government appointed the Honourable David Onley to conduct. We are eager for your feedback. Do you have any additional findings that we should suggest to Mr. Onley, or any additional recommendations that we should make?
Accommodating Students With Disabilities on Campus: Moving Beyond Silos
A new study aims to challenge how accessibility and accommodations are understood at postsecondary institutions. Released in October, the Landscape of Accessibility and Accommodation in Post-Secondary Education for Students with Disabilities report says that accessibility remains “silo’ed” within postsecondary education.
Accommodating Workers with Mental Illnesses: Part Two
In Accommodating Workers with Mental Illnesses: Part 1, we defined what a mental illness is, briefly described some common mental health challenges, and explained how some workers with mental illnesses may experience them.
In Part 2, we will explore how employers can create mentally healthy work environments, discuss how workers can disclose that they have mental health impairments, and list accommodations employers can provide for workers who disclose.
Accommodating Workers with Mental Illnesses: Part One
Under the AODA, specifically the Employment Standard, employers are required to accommodate workers with mental illnesses. To do so, employers must become aware of what mental illnesses are. They also need to learn some strategies that will allow people with such illnesses to succeed in the workplace.
Time for Real Action on Universal Accessibility
From October 15th through November 30th, Montreal is holding public consultations on the preliminary version of its Action Plan for Universal Accessibility 2019-2020. We welcome the citys willingness to listen and find ways to act to improve accessibility.
Objectives for making municipal services accessible are certainly commendable. However, the Action Plan remains far too vague when it comes to how businesses and new constructions are to be made accessible.
We have attended a couple of consultation meetings, and the lack of accessibility to businesses was one of concerns most often expressed by participants.
With fully one third of Montrealers living with mild, moderate, or serious incapacities, it is time to take decisive action.
Activision Ignites Rage Over Spyro’s Accessibility Failure
Subtitles go poof
The arrival of Spyro Reignited Trilogy should be an occasion of joy for players, either those coming to the beloved PlayStation platformer for the first time or those seeing one of their childhood gaming icons lovingly remastered in a modern engine.
The trilogy revisits the first three Spyro games developed by Insomniac Games from 1998 to 2000, all of which were made for the PS1. When the trilogy launched last week, however, there was a notable omission: subtitles.
Uber enlists outside help to improve wheelchair-accessible rides
It’s aiming to keep wait times down to 15 minutes or less
Uber has found itself in hot water multiple times over its lack of wheelchair-accessible vehicles (WAVs), and now it’s teaming up with another company in order to better serve passengers with disabilities. It’s partnering with MV Transportation, a company that provides paratransit services across the US and Canada, and is bringing MV Transportation’s WAV fleet to eight cities.
Accommodating Workers who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
The Employment Standard under the AODA requires employers to accommodate workers with disabilities. Employers can make the workplace accessible for workers who are deaf or hard of hearing if they learn about the kinds of accommodations workers might need.
Here we outline some ways that employers and colleagues can communicate with and accommodate workers who are deaf or hard of hearing. Workers will explain the communication methods that work best for them.
The Internet Is An Unwelcoming Place to the Disabled
There’s already a blueprint for a more accessible Internet. If only designers would learn it
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.
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