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In this Issue
* At Public Hearings, The AODA Alliance Urges Parliament’s Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities to Strengthen the Weak Bill C-81, the Proposed Accessible Canada Act
* What is the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR)?
* What is the Information and Communications Standards?
* What are Accessible Formats?
* Sydney Woman With Disabilities Said She Was Carried on Air Canada Jet
* The New York City Subway’s Accessibility Problem
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At Public Hearings, The AODA Alliance Urges Parliament’s Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities to Strengthen the Weak Bill C-81, the Proposed Accessible Canada Act
and The Work of Two of Five Ontario Standards Development Committees Appear to Be Unfrozen While Three Others Inexplicably Still Remain Frozen
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What is the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR)?
The IASR includes five standards in the areas of:
1.Information and communication
4.Design of public spaces
What is the Information and Communications Standards?
The Information and Communications Standards of the AODA lists rules for organizations to create, provide, and receive information and communications that people with disabilities can access. The standard gives all people an equal chance to learn and be active in their communities.
What are Accessible Formats?
The Information and Communications Standards under the AODA states that organizations must create, provide, and receive information in accessible formats. This requirement may leave people asking: what are accessible formats?
Accessible formats, sometimes called alternate formats, are ways of presenting printed, written, or visual material so that people who do not read print can access it. People who do not read print may:
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Sydney Woman With Disabilities Said She Was Carried on Air Canada Jet
A Sydney woman said she recently took the jet as a start to an exciting vacation but because they had no proper means of boarding a passenger with disabilities she was carried aboard, which was humiliating and dangerous.
The New York City Subway’s Accessibility Problem
Broken elevators, muffled announcements, a lack of Braille the transit system can be commuting chaos for riders with disabilities
With 472 stations in total, the New York City subway is one of the largest rapid transit systems in the world. It’s also one of the least accessible: Only 25 percent of the stations are designated wheelchair accessible, the lowest rate of wheelchair accessibility for any heavy rail system in the U.S.
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