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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.


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