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UK CAA Tighten Information Rules For Disabled Passengers

Content should be presented in a clear and easy to understand way and accessible for passengers with impairments such as blindness or low vision, deafness or hearing loss, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, restricted movement, photosensitivity or any combination of these. The design of your websites should take into consideration existing international guidelines on website accessibility.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/uk-caa-tighten-information-rules-for-disabled-passengers/

Toronto Star Reports that Metrolinx Designed Underground Eglinton LRT Stations with Troubling and Preventable Barriers to Disability Accessibility and Safety

Metrolinx Refuses to Change These plans Despite the AODA, the Human Rights Code, the Charter of Rights, the Government Ten-Year Infrastructure Plan’s Accessibility Guarantees, and Premier Wynne’s Election Pledge Not to Use Public Money to Create New Accessibility Barriers

August 19, 2014

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE UPDATE
UNITED FOR A BARRIER-FREE ONTARIO

SUMMARY

Minister Duguid Forces Pollyanna To Kafka

By Victor Schwartzman, with Pollyanna and Franz Kafka
August 18, 2014

POLLYANNA: I went to Franz’s place even though the last time we met he wished I would wake up the next morning as a giant cockroach. But he was the only person who could help me.

KAFKA: I had never seen Pollyanna so…anxious. I liked that. It was a good response to life. Finally! I welcomed her in.

AODA Alliance Writes New Minister Responsible for Implementing and Enforcing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act to Urge Priorities for Prompt Action

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE UPDATE UNITED FOR A BARRIER-FREE ONTARIO
August 14, 2014

SUMMARY

On August 14, 2014, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance wrote Mr. Brad Duguid, the new Ontario Minister for Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure. He is the new Ontario cabinet minister with lead responsibility for implementing and enforcing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

Doing Business in Ontario: New Employment Laws Are Overwhelming Small Businesses

By Doug MacLeod,
August 12, 2014 9:41 am

On August 13, 2014 I am scheduled to tape an episode of Rogers TVs Business Fix which is hosted by Brian Brennan and David Rubin. To obtain a schedule for Business Fix, follow the link below.

I will be discussing two obligations that are imposed on Ontario employers; that is:

(i) Mandatory training under the Accessibility for Ontarians for Disabilities Act (AODA); and the Occupational Health & Safety Act (OHSA)

Pollyanna and Kafka Debate The B.C. Accessibility Summit

By Victor Schwartzman, with Pollyanna and Franz Kafka
August 11, 2014

POLLYANNA: I volunteered for this because Premier Christy Clarke is so like me. We both have sunny personalities. We both are can-do people. And we both do not like public school very much (although perhaps for different reasons, although I expect we both do not like tests!)

KAFKA: Why is anyone reading this when there is no point?

National Federation of the Blind Endorses Online Ballot Marking

Accessible Online Ballot Marking Provided by Everyone Counts Gives Visually Impaired Voters Ability to Cast Secure, Secret Ballot

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/national-federation-of-the-blind-endorses-online-ballot-marking/

Not Yet Disability Clock Is Ticking!

By Victor Schwartzman
August 6, 2014

The last we heard of keeping track of implementing AODA and Ontario becoming accessible by 2025 was last December, when then Premier Wynne (who is still Premier Wynne) announced that Ontario would shorten the International Day on Disabilities by one hour a year until it ceased to exist. We now have the same Premier Wynne (except she is Obi Wynne Kenobi, all powerful because she has won a majority.)

Employers Weary From Avoiding AODA To Get Free Energy Bars

By Victor Schwartzman
Aug 1, 2014

A recent Financial Post article, “No Rest for the Weary: More AODA Compliance Required in January 2015,” expressed concern over the difficulties faced by weary Ontario businesses already struggling to recover from avoiding previous AODA requirements and deadlines.

Avoiding the law can be wearying! “It is horrible,” said I.M.A. Badperson, who was not quoted in the article. “Every day takes so much effort to do nothing. We only have so much energy to fill out forms, and I was concerned filling out AODA forms would use up all my form-filling energy, which I have to reserve for Government subsidies and tax credits.”

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Updating New York’s Accessibility Signage and Logos

One of the largest concerns is that existing signage and language emphasizes the disability itself, rather than the person. The current universal symbol for a person with a disability represents an individual with a wheelchair, which will be updated on all new signage to portray a more active image (view here). Additionally, the word “handicapped” will be removed from signs, or any other communication, now using only the word “accessible.”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/governor-cuomo-signs-legislation-updating-new-yorks-accessibility-signage-and-logos/

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