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Blog - April 2017

Creating New Barriers

The OHRC, in the Ontario Regulatory Registry Proposal: 10-CSS002, October 15, 2010 raised a number of concerns about the proposed AODA Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR), but seven years later in 2017, we again need to echo those same concerns. Section 9 (2) of the AODA requires the standards development process to determine the long-term accessibility objectives, but seems to have failed in Dealing with existing barriers, and stopping the creation of new barriers, which is an immediate legal duty and therefore should be a short-term objective.

Let's Talk Technology

The Discussion

On March 23, 2017, the Technology, Website and App Accessibility Committee held a teleconference open to all AEBC members. We had a lively discussion about the technology being used and the barriers that exist in its acquisition. What follows is a summary of that call and the conclusions the Committee drew from the discussion.

The technology being used by the participants on the call ranged from simple items like talking watches, clocks, scales, calculators and pocket radios to high-tech devices such as Braille displays, Optacons, and Trekkers. Mainstream technology was well-represented—Windows, IOS, Android and Mac.

Most of the participants learned to use their technology from friends.

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