Accessibility News September 27,2014 Update

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In this Issue

*Higher Education Websites Unsuitable for Special Needs Students, says Report
*Top Ten Reasons Minister Duguid Is AODA Silent
*Aeroplan Partners with eSSENTIAL Accessibility to Offer App for People with Disabilities
*AODA Alliance Writes Premier Kathleen Wynne to Highlight Major Disability Accessibility Priorities
*Angry Judge Demands Interpreter for Deaf Man
*Guide Dog Users Group launches Innovative Mobile App
*AODA Alliance Writes the Ontario Minister of Education, the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities (who is also the Minister of Research and Innovation) and the Minister of Health to Identify Key Disability Accessibility Priorities for Their Ministries
*New Smartphone App Gives Sight to People With Vision Disabilities

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ARTICLES:

Higher Education Websites Unsuitable for Special Needs Students, says Report

A new study has found that poorly-designed Irish higher education websites could be contributing to significant dropouts among students with particular disabilities because they cannot access certain assignment services.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/higher-education-websites-unsuitable-for-special-needs-students-says-report/

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Top Ten Reasons Minister Duguid Is AODA Silent

By Victor Schwartzman

10. “I can’t talk about it because I’ve never seen Star Wars.” (Minister Duguid confuses AODA with Yoda.)

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/top-ten-reasons-minister-duguid-is-aoda-silent/

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Aeroplan Partners with eSSENTIAL Accessibility to Offer App for People with Disabilities

eSSENTIAL Accessibility is proud to announce its partnership with Aeroplan, Canada’s premier coalition loyalty program. Through the partnership, Aeroplan now offers a desktop app that empowers people with physical disabilities to access aeroplan.com.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/aeroplan-partners-with-essential-accessibility-to-offer-app-for-people-with-disabilities/

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AODA Alliance Writes Premier Kathleen Wynne to Highlight Major Disability Accessibility Priorities

As the Wynne Government sets its priorities for its new term in office, we have now written ten cabinet ministers with key areas of responsibilities to identify major disability accessibility priorities for their ministries. We also capped off this effort, by writing Premier Kathleen Wynne on September 19, 2014. We set out that letter below.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-writes-premier-kathleen-wynne-to-highlight-major-disability-accessibility-priorities/

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Angry Judge Demands Interpreter for Deaf Man

For a month now, Adam George-Ouellet has travelled from jail cell to courtroom to jail cell to courtroom, never once hearing let alone understanding the many things that police and lawyers and other officials say to him and about him.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/angry-judge-demands-interpreter-for-deaf-man/

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Guide Dog Users Group launches Innovative Mobile App

The National Association of Guide dog Users Inc., a division of the National Federation of the Blind and the nation’s leading service animal advocacy organization, announced today that it has release the NAGDU Guide & Service Dog Advocacy & Information app. This new IOS app provides comprehensive information about the rights and responsibilities of service animal users under state and federal law.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/guide-dog-users-group-launches-innovative-mobile-app/

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AODA Alliance Writes the Ontario Minister of Education, the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities (who is also the Minister of Research and Innovation) and the Minister of Health to Identify Key Disability Accessibility Priorities for Their Ministries

With a battery of new cabinet ministers getting up to speed on their new jobs after the 2014 Ontario election, we have written all key Ontario Government ministries to identify important steps they must take to keep the Government’s promises on disability accessibility. This is part of our effort to help ensure that Ontario becomes fully accessible to persons with disabilities on or before 2025, as the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act requires.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-writes-the-ontario-minister-of-education-the-minister-of-training-colleges-and-universities-who-is-also-the-minister-of-research-and-innovation-and-the-minister-of-health-to-identi/

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New Smartphone App Gives Sight to People With Vision Disabilities

The new app that allows people who are blind to listen to an audio read back of printed text is receiving rave reviews after its first day of availability and is being heralded as a life-changer by many people.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/new-smartphone-app-gives-sight-to-people-with-vision-disabilities/

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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
*Museum Tavern Restaurant & Bar
http://www.amenu.ca/museum-tavern-restaurant-bar/
*Wildfire Steakhouse & Wine Bar
http://www.amenu.ca/wildfire-steakhouse-wine-bar/
*Pizza Pizza
http://www.amenu.ca/pizza-pizza/

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EVENTS

*Celebration of People 2014
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/celebration-of-people-2014/
*Vision Quest 2014: Education series for individuals and families living with vision loss
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/vision-quest-2014-education-series-for-individuals-and-families-living-with-vision-loss/

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