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Henderson: It’s Time to Make Polls Fully Accessible

By Helen Henderson
Disabilities Reporter
Published On Sat Apr 30 2011

Former MPP Gary Malkowski, special advisor to the president of the Canadian Hearing Society, says those responsible for overseeing federal, provincial and municipal voting “all lack the budget to fund services that would allow for full participation of deaf Canadians in electoral activities.”

Come Monday, it’s a pretty safe bet we’ll be tallying a few horror stories about barriers that prevent people with disabilities from exercising their right to vote.


AODA Alliance Update: Three Quick Ways You Can Help Promote Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities

April 29, 2011

SUMMARY

Please take a few moments to help our campaign for a fully-accessible Ontario. We here recap three quick and easy actions you can take to help our campaign.


AODA and the Relationship with the Ontario Human Rights Code

Author: Suzanne Cohen Share
Posted on Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 at 9:15 am

While learning about the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), organizations should be aware of the legal limitations of the Act in relation to the Ontario Human Rights Code.
Many people are unaware that the Code takes precedent.


Updated: “Essential Accessibility” is “Not Essential to Meeting the Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR)

By Geof Collis
Badeyes Design & Consulting
April 14, 2011
Updated July 1, 2011

Due to this article I wrote the following information was found on a W3C mailing list(http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-gl/2011AprJun/0132.html) with regards to Essential Accessibility and its claims:

I am confident that we can all agree that this sort of approach is not necessary for WCAG 2.0 conformance. I am personally skeptical that this approach is sufficient for conformance, so I am glad you raise the issue for discussion!
Bruce Bailey
Accessibility IT Specialist
U.S. Access Board

The Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR) is now Law and some Companies are giving out misleading information regarding Website Accessibility and at its core is a Suite of Tools from Essential Accessibility that is sponsored by March of Dimes.


Make Sure the Polling Station for You in the October 2011 Election is Accessible to Voters with Disabilities

April 8, 2011

Summary

Here is the latest news in our 12-year long campaign to ensure that elections in Ontario are fully accessible to persons with disabilities.

1. Voters with disabilities across Ontario can now benefit from a hard-one new right for which we vigorously fought last year. Elections Ontario has publicly posted all the polling stations it plans to use in the October 2011 Ontario General Election. Let Elections Ontario know by May 6, 2011 if the polling station they have chosen for your area is fully accessible. If it isn’t, urge them to relocate that polling station.


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