Accessibility News September 14,2013 Update

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In this Issue

*Workplace Accommodations: Low Cost, High Impact
*New Map Makes Hamilton CBD More Accessible
*Wednesday Roundup For September 11, 2013
*After Violating Ontario’s Disabilities Act for 102 Days, the Ontario Government Appoints Dean Mayo Moran of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law to Conduct Independent Review of Ontario’s Disability Accessibility Legislation
*FCC Requires Mobile Phone Manufacturers and Service Providers to Make Internet Browsers Accessible to the Blind and Visually Impaired by October 2013
*Top Ten Occurrences BEFORE AODA Is Fully Implemented

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ARTICLES:

Workplace Accommodations: Low Cost, High Impact

The study results consistently showed that the benefits employers receive from making workplace accommodations far outweigh the low cost. Employers reported that providing accommodations resulted in such benefits as retaining valuable employees, improving productivity and morale, reducing workers’ compensation and training costs, and improving company diversity. These benefits were obtained with little investment. The employers in the study reported that a high percentage (58%) of accommodations cost absolutely nothing to make, while the rest typically cost only $500.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/workplace-accommodations-low-cost-high-impact/

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New Map Makes Hamilton CBD More Accessible

New Zealand: A new map developed by Hamilton City Council will help people with disabilities find their way around the CBD more easily.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/new-map-makes-hamilton-cbd-more-accessible/

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Wednesday Roundup For September 11, 2013

Hi out there all you gals and guys. Welcome to the Wednesday Roundup for September 11, 2013 brought to you by Fedora Outlier, LLC. This week’s stories include more rumors about the next generation iPhone, a bicycle for the blind (yes, you heard me right), technology to help people who are color blind, Com Cast and talking program menus, and stories of people who have triumphed over blindness. So, let’s get comfy, grab that favorite beverage (sweet iced tea for me), and settle in for some exciting news from the web.

Read more at
http://www.fedoraoutlier.com/wednesday-roundup-for-september-11-2013/

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After Violating Ontario’s Disabilities Act for 102 Days, the Ontario Government Appoints Dean Mayo Moran of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law to Conduct Independent Review of Ontario’s Disability Accessibility Legislation

The Government has never publicly explained its 102-day delay in obeying its own accessibility legislati
on, or the poor example it sets for other organizations by its flagrant violation of the AODA. Well in advance, the AODA Alliance had reminded the Ontario Government of its obligation to meet the May 31, 2013 mandatory legal deadline for appointing this Independent Review.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/after-violating-ontarios-disabilities-act-for-102-days-the-ontario-government-appoints-dean-mayo-moran-of-the-university-of-torontos-faculty-of-law-to-conduct-independent-review-of/

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FCC Requires Mobile Phone Manufacturers and Service Providers to Make Internet Browsers Accessible to the Blind and Visually Impaired by October 2013

The accessibility requirements for ACS pursuant to Section 716 and for mobile phone Internet browsers pursuant to Section 718 are both effective on October 8, 2013. However, the FCC determined that the recordkeeping obligations of Section 717 of the Communications Act apply to entities covered by Section 718 and those obligations were effective as of January 30, 2013.

Read more at

FCC Requires Mobile Phone Manufacturers and Service Providers to Make Internet Browsers Accessible to the Blind and Visually Impaired by October 2013

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Top Ten Occurrences BEFORE AODA Is Fully Implemented

By Victor Schwartzman

4. Your father-in-law asks for your advice. Your mother-in-law tells you no one else could be a better match for her child. Your children think you actually know something.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/top-ten-occurrences-before-aoda-is-fully-implemented/

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Pre-Order Today: The Old Hat Guide To iPhone Accessibility, iOS7 Edition

In celebration of the upcoming release of iOS 7 Fedora Outlier LLC has updated its “the Old Hat Guide to iPhone Accessibility” to reflect the new changes
and are thrilled to offer it to you for $4.99 when you pre-order on or before October 15!

In this updated edition you will find lots more videos, iOS7 specific tips and tricks and more!

Dont waste another minute, follow the link below and get your hands on a copy of The Old Hat Guide To iPhone Accessibility, iOS7 Edition and pay only $4.99
when you pre-order on or before October 15!

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AODA Enforcement
Having an Accessibility issue that isn’t being resolved because of lack of Enforcement?

Perhaps your solution is at enforcement.aoda.ca .

* Activist Launches Accessibility Audit of Businesses; Posts Results Online
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/activist-launches-accessibility-audit-of-businesses-posts-results-online/
* Government Not Enforcing Disabilities Act, Says Advocate
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/government-not-enforcing-disabilities-act-says-advocate/

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EVENTS
*Vision Quest 2013: Education series for individuals and families living with vision loss
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1305
*2nd Annual Conference March 5 & 6, 2014
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1297

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