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Miami University Reaches Justice Department Consent Decree to Improve Technology Access for Students With Disabilities

By Karen Farkas,
on October 18, 2016 at 10:10 AM

OXFORD, Ohio – Miami University, which settled a lawsuit filed by a blind student, has reached a proposed consent decree with the U.S. Justice Department to resolve allegations that it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by using inaccessible classroom and other technologies.

Under the consent decree, which is pending court approval, the university will make significant improvements to ensure that technologies across all its campuses are accessible to individuals with disabilities, the federal department said in a release.

Come to Upcoming Accessibility Forums in St. Johns Newfoundland (Nov4), Burlington Ontario (Nov. 6) and Whitby Ontario (Nov. 7)

Let the AODA Alliance Know of Any Accessibility Barriers You Face when Using Public Transportation in Ontario

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities

October 19, 2016


1. Come to Upcoming Accessibility Public Forums in St. John’s Newfoundland (November 4), Burlington (November 6), and Whitby (November 12)

Bell Media’s Flagship Radio Station NewsTalk 1010 Newly Redesigned Website Demonstrates Why We Need Enforcement!

After visiting their new site it was clear they didn’t know anything about website accessibility or even the AODA.

It has been a long time since I’ve Audited a site with so many errors, the W3C Validator has a whopping 545 errors alone (Validator Results)

I also used my favourite Automated Tool for checking, Total Validator and it also came back with 382 errors (Total Validator Report, Word document(.docx)(, 249kb).

WCAG 2.1 Under Exploration, Comments Requested by 1 November

Oct 13, 2016

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group announces a plan to develop WCAG 2.1, which builds on but does not supersede WCAG 2.0. The group would like input from stakeholders on this plan.

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 became a W3C Recommendation on 11 December 2008. It has been one of the major resources for making web content accessible to users with disabilities, referenced by accessibility policies of many countries and organizations, translated into twenty languages, and it has become an ISO standard (ISO/IEC 40500:2012). Supporting these references, WCAG 2.0 was structured to be a stable resource, and technology-specific implementation guidance was provided separately (in the Techniques and Understanding supporting documents) and updated as web technologies evolve.

Blue Jays Strike Out with Service Dog

Human rights complaint says team won’t let him buy accessible seats online. By Hina AlamStaff Reporter
Mon., Oct. 10, 2016

A lawyer is crying foul about the Blue Jays’ ticket sales, complaining to the province’s Human Rights Tribunal that the club unlike the city’s other pro teams won’t let him buy handicapped seats online.

People who need accessible seating can’t buy it via the ballclub’s website or Ticketmaster’s but instead must do so via phone, and Andrew Sprague, who identifies himself as an “experienced accessibility advocate,” says that’s discriminatory.

Sunny Ways? More Accessibility Legislation Coming

Blog Canadian Labour and Employment Law
Baker & McKenzie
Jonathan D. Cocker.
Canada October 3 2016

True to their October 2015 campaign promise, the federal government has recently commenced a cross-country consultation process with Canadians aimed at developing national accessibility legislation.

Targeting Barriers from Sea to Sea to SeaThese federal sessions are tasked with the laudable goal of targeting barriers impacting Canadians ability to fully participate in daily activities, such as:

  • physical and architectural barriers that impede the ability to move freely in the built environment, use public transportation, access information or use technology;

New Website Answers ‘Where’s My Bus?’

By GORD YOUNG, The Nugget
Friday, September 30, 2016 8:56:40 EDT AM

There will be no more uncertainty at the bus stop for North Bay transit users who may be wondering if they missed their ride.

The city launched a real-time bus tracking website Thursday that will put an end to the guessing game for those who rely on city transit.

‘Just do it now:’ doctors encouraged to make offices accessible

Pending changes in Ontario may force accessibility standards for health care, but why wait? CBC News Posted: Sep 26, 2016

It seems logical that doctors’ offices would be barrier-free, yet many patients face obstacles visiting their physician.

Doctors’ offices and clinics ought to make their facilities more accessible for Canadians with disabilities, a medical journal editor argues.

Course Cluster Challenges Thinking on Disability

Professor Julia Watts Belser teaches a course on the intersection of disability and religion in the Georgetown University Disability Studies Course Cluster September 14, 2016

The Georgetown University Disabilities Studies Course Cluster is thriving in its second year, with seven classes offered this fall. Its a broad and important field, but it isnt exactly in the academic mainstream yet. So, what is disability studies, and how did this course cluster come to fruition?

Changes to SSAH Funding and ODSP Applications for People who Receive Developmental Services

By Kerri Joffe, Staff Lawyer

On September 2 the Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) announced changes to Special Services at Home (SSAH) funding and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) applications.

SSAH provides funding to families who have children labelled with developmental disabilities. This funding can be used to purchase services and supports for the child and services such as respite for the family. Under the changes announced by the Ministry, families who receive SSAH funding will no longer have to re-apply every year for this funding. Instead, a familys SSAH funding will be automatically renewed each year until their child with a disability turns 18. The Ministry has stated that if a familys circumstances change, they should contact their regional MCSS office.