Accessibility News September 13,2014 Update

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In this Issue

*AODA Alliance Writes New Ontario Government Services Minister to Urge Action to Make the Ontario Public Service a Fully Accessible Workplace and Provider of Public Services
*Uber Sued for Allegedly Refusing Rides to the Blind and Putting a Dog in the Trunk
*The World Of Duguidcraft: A Brief Walkthrough
*Where Do Mayoral Candidates Stand on Accessible Transit?
*Campaign on TTC Accessibility
*New iBooks® Textbook Helps Visually Impaired Visit the Stars Through Touch, Sound
*On the 20th Anniversary of the Launch of the Public Battle to Get TTC to Announce all Subway Stops, the AODA Alliance Calls on Voters with Disabilities Across Ontario to Seek Strong Accessibility Commitments from Candidates for Mayor, City Council and School Board, in the Lead-Up to the October 27, 2014 Ontario Municipal Elections
*For blind bus riders, a new app boosts independence

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ARTICLES:

AODA Alliance Writes New Ontario Government Services Minister to Urge Action to Make the Ontario Public Service a Fully Accessible Workplace and Provider of Public Services

On September 12, 2014, the AODA Alliance wrote Ontarios new Minister of Government and Consumer Services, David Orazietti. (Letter set out below.) He is the minister responsible for the Ontario Public Service as an employer and as a provider of public services.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-writes-new-ontario-government-services-minister-to-urge-action-to-make-the-ontario-public-service-a-fully-accessible-workplace-and-provider-of-public-services —-

Uber Sued for Allegedly Refusing Rides to the Blind and Putting a Dog in the Trunk

An advocacy group for the blind is suing the app-based ride-sharing service Uber, alleging the company discriminates against passengers with service dogs.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/uber-sued-for-allegedly-refusing-rides-to-the-blind-and-putting-a-dog-in-the-trunk/

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The World Of Duguidcraft: A Brief Walkthrough

By Victor Schwartzman

The World of Duguidcraft, a new online game, is a lot of fun! This walkthrough will give gamers the basics. Anyone who avoids many games because of the emphasis on violence will love The World of Duguidcraft. Not only is there no violence, you score points as a politician by avoiding the other players, who are all advocates.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/the-world-of-duguidcraft-a-brief-walkthrough/

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Where Do Mayoral Candidates Stand on Accessible Transit?

Sadly, this spring the TTC reneged on its commitment to full accessibility. The TTC revealed it intends to contravene the law. It has no intention of making all stations accessible. Its current plan leaves 17 stations inaccessible in 2025, and provides no commitment that these stations will ever be accessible. After 35 years the job will not be done.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/where-do-mayoral-candidates-stand-on-accessible-transit/

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Campaign on TTC Accessibility

In 1990 the TTC set a goal to make all subway stations accessible. Eventually the TTC committed to full station accessibility by 2020. Subsequently it introduced a new target of 2024.

Three years ago, the TTC revealed it would only achieve subway/RT accessibility by 2025, the year mandated by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2005).

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/campaign-on-ttc-accessibility/

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New iBooks® Textbook Helps Visually Impaired Visit the Stars Through Touch, Sound

Ed Summers spearheaded the development of the iBooks Textbook, leading a team of programmers, graphic artists and accessibility specialists. The software engineer and Senior Manager of Accessibility and Applied Assistive Technology at SAS, himself blind, emphasizes that Reach for the Stars is not solely for blind children.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/new-ibooks-textbook-helps-visually-impaired-visit-the-stars-through-touch-sound/

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On the 20th Anniversary of the Launch of the Public Battle to Get TTC to Announce all Subway Stops, the AODA Alliance Calls on Voters with Disabilities Across Ontario to Seek Strong Accessibility Commitments from Candidates for Mayor, City Council and School Board, in the Lead-Up to the October 27, 2014 Ontario Municipal Elections

The grassroots campaign to make Ontario fully accessible to persons with disabilities gets a new focus today. All eligible Ontario voters have a great chance to help speed up efforts on disability accessibility during the October 27, 2014 municipal elections. Wherever you are in Ontario, please press candidates for mayor, municipal councillor or school board in your community to make strong commitments to ensure your municipality and school board become fully accessible to all persons with disabilities no later than 2025.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/on-the-20th-anniversary-of-the-launch-of-the-public-battle-to-get-ttc-to-announce-all-subway-stops-the-aoda-alliance-calls-on-voters-with-disabilities-across-ontario-to-seek-strong-accessibility-c/

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For blind bus riders, a new app boosts independence

When a user wants detailed information about a transit stop, he or she touches a button and the system displays details, such as where the stop is in relation to street intersections, whether there is a bench and trash can, what the shape of the sign pole is . . . This information can be read out loud for blind users of the phone, using VoiceOver mode, explained Alan Borning in email to Reuters Health.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/for-blind-bus-riders-a-new-app-boosts-independence/
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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. For more info, please visit http://www.essentialaccessibility.com

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aMENU: Accessible Restaurant Menus.

Visit the site at http://www.amenu.ca , Restaurant Owners visit http://www.amenu.ca/create/ and design your own Menu.

In the Spotlight

*Tim Hortons
http://www.amenu.ca/tim-hortons/
*Frida Restaurant & Bar
http://www.amenu.ca/frida-restaurant/
*Quinns Steakhouse & Irish Bar
http://www.amenu.ca/quinns-steakhouse-irish-bar/