Council Web Accessibility ‘Should Be Built Into Procurement’

Website accessibility should be built into local authority software and IT systems procurement criteria, the leading annual review of all UK council websites
has found.

Posted on Thursday, March 24th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Note: While this is in the UK the subject is no less relevant here in Ontario.

More local authorities should also carry out user-testing on their websites using groups of people with disabilities, according to Better Connected 2011
(http://bit.ly/hBOGUw), conducted by the public sector Society of IT Management (Socitm).

Disability Policy Fails Student

22 March 2011

Students with learning disabilities should have access to help and accommodation, but Ryerson’s focus on fairness doesn’t help everyone. News Editor Sarah Del Giallo reports

When Adam Beaudette writes an exam, it’s more frustrating than stressful. Regardless of how much he studies, Beaudette understands the questions, but confuses the detailed answers in his brain.

Few Businesses Accessible, Survey Finds

By Jenn Watt
Posted March 22, 2011

Even small changes to how businesses are physically organized can make a big difference to people with mobility issues.

In Haliburton, a lot of those changes still need to be made, the county’s Aging Well accessibility committee has found.

In a “silent” survey of 137 Haliburton businesses, only 25 per cent were accessible to people in walkers, wheelchairs or pushing strollers.

Ontario Human Rights Commission Blasts Government’s Draft Accessibility Regulation as Raising Serious Problems Under the Human Rights Code

Human Rights Commission Endorses AODA Alliance Brief on How to Fix it
March 21, 2011

SUMMMARY

On March 18, 2011 the Ontario Human Rights Commission slammed the McGuinty Government’s draft Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR). It identifies serious flaws in the draft IAR from the perspective of the Human Rights Code. The IAR aims to address barriers facing persons with disabilities in transportation, employment, information and communication.

Accessibility is Opportunity for All

Posted to site March 16, 2011

Re: The cost of accessibility

Where is the threshold between cost of accessibility and benefit to society? And who draws that line?

In history, there have been many great leaders and contributors to society who have or had a disability. Each of them has contributed to a world of change:
economic, social, industrial, political and artistic.

AODA: Common Misconceptions About Proposed Accessible Built Environment Standard

Author: Suzanne Cohen Share
Posted on Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 at 9:15 am

It has been brought to my attention that there are some common misconceptions about the final proposed built environment standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). This post is dedicated to clarifying a few of these misunderstandings.

Please Tell the McGuinty Government if You Endorse the AODA Alliance’s Finalized Brief on the Draft Integrated Accessibility Regulation

March 11, 2011

SUMMARY

Please contact the McGuinty Government to say if you or your organization endorses our just-released finalized brief on the Government’s February 1, 2011 draft of the Integrated Accessibility Regulation that it proposes to enact under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Below we give you contact information on how to let the Government know what you think.

Accessibility Hot Topic at School Review Meeting

By Todd Vandonk
Mar 01, 2011 – 9:33 AM

PCVS Foundation promises to pay for school upgrades, while report finds only Kenner Collegiate is completely barrier-free

Kenner Collegiate meeting. The second of four school review meetings took place at Kenner Collegiate Monday, Feb. 28. Todd Vandonk

(PETERBOROUGH) Russel Winkelaar didn’t take the microphone to pit one school against another. The former Kenner Collegiate graduate simply wanted to shed light on the importance of accessibility.

Some Businesses Could Become More Accessible

By Andrew Posen
Fri Mar 4 2011

With the new implementation of standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, the Region of Waterloo is starting to see some fantastic improvements in terms of accessible infrastructure and inclusive implementation of services. Not only is it great to see that our region is finally recognizing the importance of community participation for persons with disabilities, it is encouraging to know that tangible changes are being made to accommodate this often overlooked demographic.

Accessibility Must Happen

Fri Mar 4 2011

Making our city accessible to everyone is not a frill or a luxury. It is the right thing to do.

It is apparent already that all citizens in our community should be treated the same way, regardless of ability. That will become increasingly critical
in coming decades, given the high number of baby boomers who are aging, many of them likely with mobility issues.

New Act Knocks Down Barriers

Handicapped to get better accessibility

Steve Arnold
Tue Mar 1 2011

New provincial rules will require businesses to ensure handicapped customers get the same treatment as the able-bodied.

Business owners are being warned to get ready now for tough new accessibility rules that start taking effect next year.