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Laws Alone Aren’t The Answer for Improving Disability Access, Expert at Ottawa Summit Says

When it comes to accessibility, casinos lead the way.

“They started accommodation long before the ADA because they saw it’s the little things, McCannell said, referring to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/laws-alone-arent-the-answer-for-improving-disability-access-expert-at-ottawa-summit-says/

Feds Cutting Program That Employs Dozens with Developmental Disabilities

Workers with developmental disabilities say they are planning to protest on Parliament Hill if the government doesn’t reverse its plan to shut the federal program that employs them.

For nearly four decades, they have sorted and shredded papers for Library and Archives Canada. Now, they’ve learned — for the second time in four years — that the program is being cut.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/feds-cutting-program-that-employs-dozens-with-developmental-disabilities/

Media Release: Senate Committee Corrects Some Weaknesses in Bill C-81

With the Accessible Canada Act, Bill C-81, the federal government introduced measures that will help bring Canada into compliance with the commitments that it made when it ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in 2010.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/media-release-senate-committee-corrects-some-weaknesses-in-bill-c-81/

New Toronto Star Guest Column by AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky Shows How and Why the Senate Should Strengthen Bill C-81, the Proposed Accessible Canada Act, Before Passing it this Spring

Just three days before the Senate’s Standing Committee on Social Affairs will meet on May 2, 2019 to decide what amendments to make to Bill C-81, the proposed Accessible Canada Act, the Toronto Star online ran a guest column by AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky, set out below. It shows why five million people with disabilities in Canada need the Senate to strengthen Bill C-81 before the Senate passes it.

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https://aoda.ca/new-toronto-star-guest-column-by-aoda-alliance-chair-david-lepofsky-shows-how-and-why-the-senate-should-strengthen-bill-c-81-the-proposed-accessible-canada-act-before-passing-it-this-spring/

Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2019-67

Call for comments on an amendment proposed by Bell Media Inc., Corus Entertainment Inc. and Rogers Media Inc. to their condition of licence that requires prime time programming to be broadcast with described video.

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https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2019/2019-67.htm

The Coming Web Crack-Up

Remember the bumper stickers that read, If You Can Read This, You’re Too Close? Yeah, danger ahead. Well, as America races down the cyber-highway, we should be on the lookout for a pile-up, because despite warning signs (as in a blizzard of web-accessibility lawsuits, up almost 200% last year from 2017) everywhere, people with disabilities just aren’t going to be able to move past the many obstacles heedless developers and designers are putting in their way.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-coming-web-crack-up/

eSchool News: 3 Steps to a More Accessible Classroom

“Turn on the subtitles, Ms. Olague!”
I clicked on the “CC” button underneath the YouTube video, and the closed-captioning appeared at the bottom of the screen. Suddenly, all my students were looking at the screen with wide eyes, eager to watch the video.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/eschool-news-3-steps-to-a-more-accessible-classroom/

eSchool News: 5 Steps to Ensure Accessibility

Rockville, MD: If we want to help every child reach his or her potential, we need to take the appropriate steps

While the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was last reauthorized in 2004, with amendments in 2015, and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) updated back in 2008, the demand for accessibility and equality in education continues to grow. Administrators and teachers, who want to help every child reach their potential, can’t afford to wait for new laws and policies. To ensure accessibility, educators need to constantly evaluate the effectiveness of accessibility initiatives, advocate for resources for their students, and anticipate where they need to go next.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/eschool-news-5-steps-to-ensure-accessibility/

Innovators Challenged to Design Products for Homes to Win Investment Fund and Help Disabled People Live Independently

Now in its fifth year, Design Council Spark is putting a new focus on driving accessible home innovation; Design Council Spark: The Home Innovation Challenge is aiming to deliver major impact, both financially and socially, for people with reduced mobility or disabilities.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/innovators-challenged-to-design-products-for-homes-to-win-investment-fund-and-help-disabled-people-live-independently/

Customers with Invisible Disabilities

Under the Customer Service Standards of the AODA, service providers must make their goods, services, and facilities accessible to customers with disabilities. The term “disability” often brings to mind visible disabilities. In other words, providers can tell that a customer has a disability if they use an assistive device or a service animal. However, many people with disabilities do not use assistive devices or service animals. Instead, their disabilities are invisible. Nonetheless, providers must offer accessible service to customers with invisible disabilities. In this article, we describe some invisible disabilities and outline how providers must serve customers who have them.

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https://aoda.ca/customers-with-invisible-disabilities/