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Blog - January 2012

Talk to the President - January 2012

Greetings fellow AEBC members and yes! January is almost over and we are only just a short distance away from beautiful spring! I hope that all is well with everyone and I would again like to start by thanking those of you who continue to give me very valuable feedback for it is only through you and with you that your board and I can continue to persevere.

Is the government complying with its new standard on web accessibility? Help us find out!

On November 29, 2010 the Federal Court of Canada released a landmark decision concerning the rights of Canadians with disabilities to access government websites. 

Justice Kelen declared that Donna Jodhan's inability to access certain government websites is representative of a system wide failure by government departments and agencies to make their websites accessible, and that the government's failure to monitor and ensure compliance with its own accessibility standards violates the equality guarantee in the Charter. He declared that the government has a constitutional obligation to bring itself into compliance with the Charter within a "reasonable time period, such as 15 months."  If the government is not complying, Justice Kelen indicated Ms.

WHO/World Bank Report on Disability - Live webcast available on January 27th

On January 27th, the WHO will be releasing the first World Report on Disability in Toronto. (We announced this event last week; however, the in-person sessions are now completely full.)

The report is introduced as follows:

The first ever World report on disability, produced jointly by WHO and the World Bank, suggests that more than a billion people in the world today experience disability.

To disclose or not to disclose: Saying nothing to a potential employer until you have no choice

The question of when and what to disclose to a potential employer can be a difficult one.  For those who are totally blind, or who are only marginally partially sighted, this might not present as much of a challenge: you can't very well hide the guide dog or the white cane.  But for those who have low vision, and who may or may not even be legally blind (but require accommodation nonetheless), the waters are quite a bit murkier. 

Why Accessibility is an Essential Ingredient for the iPad's Success in Education

Today, Apple announced some new tools that are likely to revolutionize textbook publishing and education in the same way that iTunes and the iPod changed music and the music industry and in the way the Appstore and the iPhone changed mobile phones. Specifically, Apple announced:

Be Sure To Sign Up To Have Your Say To The Pinto Human Rights Code Review

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance is calling on interested parties to sign up to have their say to the Pinto Human Rights Code Review by January 23rd.

Talk to the President - December 2011

Season's greetings to all and I hope that everyone is well into the holiday celebrations.  This is probably one of my favourite times of the year!  A time for giving and for forgiving and a time of peace and goodwill.

2011 is fast coming to an end and my hope for each and every one of you is that 2012 will be a better year for you.  I'd like to thank you for your continuing feedback and support and just want you to know how much it is appreciated.  Please keep it coming! 

As always, I'll have my usual monthly question at the end of my update and would love to get your thoughts.

My quote for this month is:

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