Accessibility News October 8,2022 Update

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In this Issue

*New Captioned Video Gives a Helpful Blueprint and Roadmap on How to Make Education in Kindergarten to Grade 12 Schools Barrier-Free, Accessible and Inclusive for All Students with Disabilities
*Ontario Marks National Disability Employment Awareness Month
*Apple, Google Among Tech Giants Committing To Improve Accessibility
*More Public Transit Disability Barriers – and – Accessibility Minister Glowingly Praises AODA Alliance Chair at Same Time as He’s Precluded from Applying to Sit on New Standards Development Committee Under the Disabilities Act
*Deaf, Hard of Hearing Individuals May Face Barriers at the Polls
*What is ParaTransit and Why is It Important?
*Should You Have An Accommodation Policy?

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Press Releases:

* Level Access and eSSENTIAL Accessibility Complete Merger
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/level-access-and-essential-accessibility-complete-merger-301608027.html
* eSSENTIAL Accessibility Launches Design Evaluations Based on First-Ever Design-Focused WCAG Rule Library
https://www.yahoo.com/now/essential-accessibility-launches-design-evaluations-130000029.html

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ARTICLES:

New Captioned Video Gives a Helpful Blueprint and Roadmap on How to Make Education in Kindergarten to Grade 12 Schools Barrier-Free, Accessible and Inclusive for All Students with Disabilities

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/new-captioned-video-gives-a-helpful-blueprint-and-roadmap-on-how-to-make-education-in-kindergarten-to-grade-12-schools-barrier-free-accessible-and-inclusive-for-all-students-with-disabilities/

Ontario Marks National Disability Employment Awareness Month

This year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month comes at a time when many employers in Ontario and across Canada are in a fierce competition to secure the best talent.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/ontario-marks-national-disability-employment-awareness-month/

Apple, Google Among Tech Giants Committing To Improve Accessibility

Currently, voice assistants like Siri and Alexa and translation tools don’t always understand individuals with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other conditions that may impact speech patterns. Using artificial intelligence and machine learning, the new effort is looking to address that disparity.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/apple-google-among-tech-giants-committing-to-improve-accessibility/

More Public Transit Disability Barriers – and – Accessibility Minister Glowingly Praises AODA Alliance Chair at Same Time as He’s Precluded from Applying to Sit on New Standards Development Committee Under the Disabilities Act

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/more-public-transit-disability-barriers-%c2%96-and-%c2%96-accessibility-minister-glowingly-praises-aoda-alliance-chair-at-same-time-as-he%c2%92s-precluded-from-applying-to-sit-on-new-standards/

Deaf, Hard of Hearing Individuals May Face Barriers at the Polls

Prepared poll workers can help make voting a positive experience for deaf and hard of hearing voters, said an expert from the Harkin Institute.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/deaf-hard-of-hearing-individuals-may-face-barriers-at-the-polls/

What is ParaTransit and Why is It Important?

Providing assisted rides in an aging world means taking a hard look at what’s currently in place and how it can be better

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/what-is-paratransit-and-why-is-it-important/

Should You Have An Accommodation Policy?

Employers in Canada have many legal obligations when it comes to employing workers, including the requirement to establish certain workplace policies. In addition to those that are legally required, many employers choose to implement other policies to help govern their workplace, such as an attendance and absenteeism policy.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/should-you-have-an-accommodation-policy/

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