Accessibility News November 21,2020 Update – Accessibility News, your Online Magazine Devoted to Disability Accessibility.
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In this Issue
*Two New Captioned Online Videos Show Ongoing Risk of Disability Discrimination in Hospitals if the Skyrocketing COVID-19 Surge and Feared Overload of Hospitals Forces Rationing or Triage of Critical Care Beds *Web Accessibility Guidelines for Audio
*Access and Engagement to Education Survey
*Saskatoon’s Council Chambers Sees Significant Renovation
*Smiths Falls Accessibility Advocate Applauds Beckwith Street Improvements
*BC Human Rights Tribunal Upholds Complaint That Victoria Bike Lanes Discriminate Against the Blind
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Two New Captioned Online Videos Show Ongoing Risk of Disability Discrimination in Hospitals if the Skyrocketing COVID-19 Surge and Feared Overload of Hospitals Forces Rationing or Triage of Critical Care Beds
and Ford Government’s Protracted Secrecy on Its Plans if Triage is Needed
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Web Accessibility Guidelines for Audio
A new AODA requirement for Ontario websites will come into force on January 1st, 2021. Under the Information and Communications Standards, organizations must make their websites and web-based apps accessible. Organizations must do so by making their websites compliant with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, Level AA. This international standard gives web developers guidelines on how to make their webpages accessible to computer users with disabilities. Some of these guidelines outline how to make web-based audio content accessible to a variety of users. Here we will describe a few of these web accessibility guidelines for audio.
Access and Engagement to Education Survey
Editors Note: This is from the American Foundation for the Blind but Canadians are also encouraged to take it.
Saskatoon’s Council Chambers Sees Significant Renovation
This past fall, council chambers underwent renovations to improve its function and accessibility, the city said in a news release.
Smiths Falls Accessibility Advocate Applauds Beckwith Street Improvements
For Lucie Bingley, the redevelopment of Beckwith Street isn’t just about esthetics, it’s about an improvement in accessibility downtown.
The wider sidewalks and curbless design employed as part of Beckwith Street’s redevelopment means she can move around easier downtown.
BC Human Rights Tribunal Upholds Complaint That Victoria Bike Lanes Discriminate Against the Blind
The dispute began in 2018, after the Canadian Federation of the Blind (CFB) submitted a complaint centred around the perceived dangers of crossing the bike lanes to access floating bus stops along Pandora Street, between Cook Street and Store Street, and on Wharf Street.
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