Guest Post: You are invited to participate in the Government of Canada’s Accessibility Survey/Le gouvernement du Canada vous invite à participer à son sondage sur l’accessibilité  

On June 25, 2019 at 2:35:36 PM EDT <ACCESSIBLE-CANADA@HRSDC-RHDCC.GC.CA> said:

You are invited to participate in the Government of Canada’s Accessibility Survey/Le gouvernement du Canada vous invite à participer à son sondage sur l’accessibilité

**French follows English **

 

To whom it may concern,

Employment and Social Development Canada’s (ESDC) Accessibility Secretariat has engaged Quorus Consulting Group to conduct a survey measuring Canadians’ awareness and experiences with accessibility and disability issues. The results of the survey will be used to help shape future federal accessibility policy.

We are inviting you to participate. The study is open to all Canadian citizens at least 18 years of age who have had a disability in the past or are currently living with a disability.

The survey should take about 15 minutes of your time, depending on how much feedback you want to provide. Your decision to participate is up to you and will not affect your relationship with the Government of Canada or the services they provide you in any way. The information you provide will be managed according to the requirements of the Privacy Act. The final report on the survey will be available to the public through Library and Archives Canada, and shared with the disability community.

Quorus is accepting survey submissions until July 5th, 2019. There are many ways you can participate in the survey:

  • You can complete the fully accessible online version of the survey by clicking on the following link: online survey
  • You can schedule a telephone interview by calling the following toll-free number: 1-866-875-5470. You will be prompted to leave a message describing when you would like to be called by an interviewer.
  • You can use your VRS, IP relay or TTY service to call the toll-free number: 1-866-875-5470 to schedule a telephone interview. When you are prompted to leave a message, please include your VRS, IP relay or TTY contact number, preferred language and time you would like to be called by an interviewer.
  • You can also email discussions@quorusconsulting.com to request a VRS, IP relay or TTY interview. In your email please include the following information:

o       If requesting VRS, your preferred language (ASL or LSQ) and your VRS contact number.

o       If requesting IP relay or TTY, your preferred language and service contact number.

If you have any questions or concerns about this survey or need it in another format, please contact the team at Quorus at discussions@quorusconsulting.com.  If you would like to contact someone at ESDC regarding this study, please email ACCESSIBLE-CANADA@HRSDC-RHDCC.GC.CA

The team at Quorus and at ESDC want to thank you for your involvement in helping to shape the future of accessibility in Canada. Feel free to share the information about this survey with other people who might be interested in participating.

 

Avis aux intéressés :

Le Secrétariat de l’accessibilité d’Emploi et Développement social Canada (EDSC) a retenu les services du groupe‑conseil Quorus pour faire enquête sur le degré de connaissance et d’expérience des Canadiens et Canadiennes face aux questions d’accessibilité et aux handicaps. Les résultats de cette enquête aideront à orienter les politiques fédérales sur l’accessibilité.

On vous invite à participer. L’enquête est ouverte à tous les citoyens et citoyennes du Canada âgés d’au moins 18 ans qui ont eu un handicap dans le passé ou qui vivent présentement avec un handicap.

Le questionnaire devrait prendre environ 15 minutes, selon le nombre de commentaires que vous voulez partager. Vous êtes entièrement libres de participer ou non au sondage et votre décision n’aura aucune conséquence sur vos interactions avec le gouvernement du Canada ou sur la prestation de services que vous recevez. Les renseignements fournis seront traités conformément aux exigences de la Loi sur la protection des renseignements personnels. Le public aura accès au rapport final du sondage auprès de Bibliothèque et Archives Canada; le rapport sera aussi partagé avec les communautés des personnes handicapées.

Quorus accepte les questionnaires dûment remplis jusqu’au 5 juillet 2019. Votre participation au sondage peut se faire au moyen d’une des méthodes suivantes :

  • Cliquez sur le lien suivant pour remplir la version en ligne entièrement accessible du questionnaire : sondage en ligne
  • Composez le numéro sans frais 1-866-875-5470 pour fixer un rendez-vous pour répondre au questionnaire par téléphone. On vous demandera de nous dire à quel moment vous voudriez qu’on communique avec vous pour faire l’entrevue.
  • Composez le numéro sans frais 1-866-875-5470 avec votre SRV, votre relais IP ou votre service ATS pour fixer un rendez-vous pour répondre au questionnaire par téléphone. Lorsqu’on vous demandera de laisser un message, veuillez donner les renseignements suivants : vos coordonnées téléphoniques de SRV, de relais IP ou d’ATS, la langue dans laquelle vous préférez répondre au questionnaire et l’heure à laquelle vous voudriez qu’on communique avec vous pour faire l’entrevue.
  • Faites parvenir un courriel pour demander une entrevue par SRV, relais IP ou ATS à l’adresse discussions@quorusconsulting.com. Assurez-vous de fournir les renseignements suivants dans votre courriel :
    • Si vous utilisez le SRV, précisez votre langue de préférence (ASL ou LSQ) et les coordonnées téléphoniques de votre SRV.
    • Si vous utilisez le relais IP ou ATS, précisez votre langue de préférence et les coordonnées téléphoniques de votre service.
  • Demandez ou téléchargez un exemplaire papier, un exemplaire papier ou numérisé en braille, ou un format DAISY du questionnaire en vous rendant sur le site quorusconsultations.com ou en faisant parvenir un courriel à discussions@quorusconsulting.com.

Si vous avez des questions ou des préoccupations concernant cette enquête ou si vous avez besoin d’un autre format, veuillez communiquer avec l’équipe Quorus à l’adresse discussions@quorusconsulting.com. Si vous désirez communiquer avec une personne d’EDSC au sujet de cette enquête, veuillez faire parvenir un courriel à ACCESSIBLE-CANADA@HRSDC-RHDCC.GC.CA

L’équipe Quorus et EDSC désirent vous remercier de votre contribution au développement de l’avenir de l’accessibilité au Canada. Nous vous invitons à partager les renseignements concernant le sondage avec d’autres personnes qui souhaiteraient y participer.

 

 

Guest Post: Tell the Government What You Know About Disability and Accessibility, Survey available until June 28, 2019 , FALA

From: Federal Accessibility Legislation Alliance [mailto: fala@civicrm.ca

Subject: Tell the Government What You Know About Disability and Accessibility

 

Hello Partners and Members of FALA / Bonjour partenaires et membres d’ALFA:

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Here we are still in the afterglow of the passing of the Accessible Canada Act. In a few weeks, it will receive Royal Assent. Ahhhhhh… this feels good.

Meanwhile, there is still work going on to get the Accessible Canada Act up and running. Interviews are happening for the positions in the Canadian Accessibility Standards Development Organization (CASDO) as well as for the Accessibility Commissioner and the Chief Accessibility Officer. Government staff are searching for office space for CASDO. The goal is to have CASDO up and running by mid-summer.

The Government of Canada wants to be able to measure change caused by the Accessible Canada Act. The only way to do this is to measure where we are at right now. So, they have developed a survey asking about awareness and experience with accessibility and disability issues.

Obviously, people with disabilities are going to know WAY more about disability issues than the general public, so we have our own part of the survey. Both groups will be surveyed to give the government an idea of where Canada is at regarding accessibility and disability issues – and where Canada can improve.

Your feedback is really important to mark where we are today and where we need to go in the future.

The survey is open to all Canadian citizens at least 18 years of age who have had a disability in the past or are currently living with a disability. The survey takes about 15 minutes and is open until June 28.

Here are all the ways you can complete the survey: (The FALA leadership team worked hard to ensure there were multiple ways to complete this survey.)

You can complete the fully accessible online version of the survey by clicking on the following link: online survey:

https://na1se.voxco.com/SE/85/W1309/

 

You can schedule a telephone interview by calling the following toll-free number: 1-866-875-5470. You will be prompted to leave a message describing when you would like to be called by an interviewer.

You can use your VRS, IP relay or TTY service to call the toll-free number: 1-866-875-5470 to schedule a telephone interview. When you are prompted to leave a message, please include your VRS, IP relay or TTY contact number, preferred language and time you would like to be called by an interviewer.

 

You can also email: discussions@quorusconsulting.com to request a VRS, IP relay or TTY interview. In your email please include the following information:

If requesting VRS, your preferred language (ASL or LSQ) and your VRS contact number.

If requesting IP relay or TTY, your preferred language and service contact number.

You can request or download a paper copy, Braille paper copy, digital Braille, or DAISY version of the questionnaire by visiting: www.quorusconsultations.com

or by emailing:

discussions@quorusconsulting.com

 

If you have any questions or concerns about this survey or need it in another format, please contact:

discussions@quorusconsulting.com

 

Nous sommes encore tous sous le coup de l’adoption de la Loi sur le Canada accessible. Dans quelques semaines, elle recevra la sanction royale. Ahhhhhh… que ça fait du bien.

Entre-temps, il reste encore du travail à faire pour que la Loi sur le Canada accessible soit opérationnelle. Des entrevues ont lieu pour les postes au sein de la Société canadienne d’élaboration de normes d’accessibilité (ACSSO), ainsi que pour le commissaire à l’accessibilité et le chef de l’accessibilité. Le personnel gouvernemental cherche des locaux pour CASDO. L’objectif est que CASDO soit opérationnel d’ici mi-été.

Le gouvernement du Canada veut pouvoir mesurer les changements causés par la Loi canadienne sur l’accessibilité. La seule façon de le faire est de mesurer où nous en sommes en ce moment. Ils ont donc mis au point un sondage sur la sensibilisation aux problèmes d’accessibilité et de handicap.

De toute évidence, les personnes handicapées vont en savoir beaucoup plus sur le problème des personnes handicapées que le grand public, nous avons donc notre propre sondage. Une enquête sera menée auprès des deux groupes afin de donner au gouvernement une idée de la position du Canada en matière d’accessibilité et des questions relatives aux personnes handicapées – et des domaines dans lesquels le Canada peut s’améliorer.

Vos commentaires sont très importants pour marquer où nous en sommes aujourd’hui et où nous devons aller à l’avenir.

L’enquête est destinée à tous les citoyens canadiens âgés de 18 ans ou plus et qui ont déjà eu une déficience ou vivent avec une déficience. Le sondage est d’environ 15 minutes et sera affichet jusqu’au 28 juin.

Voici toutes les façons dont vous pouvez remplir le sondage (l’équipe de direction de l’ALFA a travaillé fort pour s’assurer qu’il y avait plusieurs moyens de répondre à ce sondage):

Vous pouvez compléter la version en ligne entièrement accessible du sondage en cliquant sur le lien suivant: sondage en ligne: https://na1se.voxco.com/SE/85/W1309/

Vous pouvez planifier une entrevue téléphonique en composant le numéro sans frais suivant: 1-866-875-5470. Vous serez invité à laisser un message décrivant à quel moment vous souhaitez être appelé par un intervieweur.

Vous pouvez utiliser votre service VRS, relais IP ou ATS pour composer le numéro sans frais 1-866-875-5470 afin de planifier une entrevue téléphonique. Lorsque vous êtes invité à laisser un message, veuillez indiquer votre numéro de contact VRS, relais IP ou ATS, la langue de votre choix et l’heure à laquelle vous souhaitez être appelé par un intervieweur.

Vous pouvez également envoyer un courrier électronique à: discussions@quorusconsulting.com. pour demander une interview VRS, relais IP ou ATS. Dans votre courriel, veuillez inclure les informations suivantes:

Si vous demandez VRS, votre langue préférée (ASL ou LSQ) et votre numéro de contact VRS.

Si vous demandez un relais IP ou un téléscripteur, votre langue préférée et le numéro de téléphone du service

Vous pouvez demander ou télécharger une copie papier, une copie papier braille, une version braille numérique ou une version DAISY du questionnaire en visitant: http://www.quorusconsultations.com ou en envoyant un courrier électronique à: discussions@quorusconsulting.com.

Si vous avez des questions ou des préoccupations concernant ce sondage ou si vous en avez besoin dans un autre format, veuillez contacter: discussions@quorusconsulting.com.

On nous a demandé de vous dire que votre décision de participer revient à vous et qu’elle n’affectera pas votre relation avec le gouvernement du Canada ni les services qu’il vous fournit de quelque manière que ce soit. Les informations que vous fournissez seront gérées conformément aux exigences de la Loi sur la protection des renseignements personnels.

Le rapport final du sondage sera disponible au public par l’intermédiaire de Bibliothèque et Archives Canada et transmis à la communauté des personnes handicapées.

 

Guest Post: Government of Canada investing in teaching digital skills to Canadians who need them most

*Note: This program is only available to British Columbia and Nova Scotia residents.

Government of Canada investing in teaching digital skills to Canadians who need them most

Author:

Date Written: May 20, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Date Saved: 5/28/19, 2:19 PM

Source: https://www.canada.ca/en/innovation-science-economic-development/news/2019/05/government-of-canada-investing-in-teaching-digital-skills-to-canadians-who-need-them-most0.html

News release

Canadians needing fundamental digital skills training to benefit from this investment Digital skills widen Canadians’ access to a world of possibilities. All Canadians should have the necessary skills to get online by using computers, mobile devices and the Internet safely and effectively. That is why the Government is putting in place initiatives to ensure no one is left behind as the world transitions to a digital economy.

Today, the Honourable Joyce Murray, President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced an investment of $1.3 million in the Canadian National Institute for the Blind’s (CNIB) Connecting with Technology initiative. This initiative will deliver fundamental digital literacy skills training to participants in British Columbia and across the country.

CNIB’s Connecting with Technology initiative will be targeted at seniors who are blind or partially sighted. This initiative will reach about 750 participants, providing them with training in digital literacy and offering required assistive technologies.

This investment is being provided through the Digital Literacy Exchange program, a $29.5-million program that supports digital skills training for those known to be most at risk of being left behind by the rapid pace of digital technology adoption: seniors, people with disabilities, newcomers to Canada, Indigenous peoples, low-income Canadians, and individuals living in northern and rural communities.

The program aligns with the Government’s Innovation and Skills Plan, a multi-year strategy to create good jobs and ensure Canadians have the skills to succeed.

End of article.

 

 

Message from CCB President: Canada accedes to the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Canada accedes to the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

News release

December 3, 2018         Ottawa, Ontario                   Employment and Social Development Canada

The Government of Canada is working to create a truly accessible Canada. Today, as part of these efforts, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, along with the ministers of Justice, Foreign Affairs and Canadian Heritage, announced that, with the support of all provinces and territories, Canada has acceded to the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Accession to the Optional Protocol means that Canadians will have additional recourse to make a complaint to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, if they believe their rights under the Convention have been violated.

Along with the proposed Accessible Canada Act, which was recently adopted by the House of Commons and is now before the Senate, today’s announcement shows that the Government of Canada is taking another step towards creating a barrier-free Canada.

Recently released data from Statistics Canada reinforce the importance of a more inclusive and accessible Canada. The 2017 Canadian Survey on Disabilities shows that the prevalence of disabilities among Canadians is greater than many realize, with 22% of Canadians identifying as having a disability. The new data will be used by the federal government to help build a more inclusive society that benefits all people in Canada – especially persons with disabilities – through the realization of a Canada without barriers.

Quotes

“Over the last year, our government has taken important steps to help realize a barrier-free Canada. Today, on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we celebrate those accomplishments and look towards the future of accessibility in Canada with optimism. Canada’s accession to the Optional Protocol of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities builds on our work and sends a clear message that we are committed to the rights of persons with disabilities and committed to giving all Canadians a fair chance at success.”
– The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility

“Canada joining this UN convention is about protecting and promoting the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities. As a country, we need to ensure that everyone has access to the same opportunities and enjoys the same rights. Today is a step forward to making that goal a reality.”
– The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs

“I am proud that the Government of Canada is taking this step to advance the rights of persons with disabilities. Enabling the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to consider complaints of violations of rights under the Convention is an important way to strengthen and protect the human rights of Canadians with disabilities.”
– The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

“Promoting and advancing human rights for everyone is a fundamental part of our Canadian identity. It is important that federal, provincial and territorial governments continue to work together to uphold the rights of persons with disabilities. I am proud of the intergovernmental consultation held in support of Canada’s accession to the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and I look forward to driving further change.”
The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism

“This announcement regarding the Optional Protocol, along with this government’s intention to pass the proposed Accessible Canada Act, sends a strong message to Canadians with and without disabilities that this government truly believes in inclusion and equality for all. This is one positive step to ensuring that Canadians with intellectual disabilities have their voices heard and that we are one step closer to ensuring we are not the left behind of the left behind.”
–  Kory Earle, President, People First of Canada

Quick facts

The United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Convention) is an international human rights instrument that requires State Parties to the Convention to promote, protect and ensure the rights of persons with disabilities. Canada ratified the Convention in 2010.

The Optional Protocol establishes two procedures. The first is a complaint procedure that allows individuals and groups to take complaints to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the case of an alleged violation of their rights under the Convention. The second is an inquiry procedure that allows the Committee to inquire into allegations of grave or systematic violations of the Convention by a State Party.

The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a body of independent experts that monitors the implementation of the Convention by States Parties.

As of November 2018, there are 177 States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, with 93 States Parties to the Optional Protocol to the Convention.

Under Bill C-81, approximately $290 million over six years would serve to further the objectives of the proposed legislation.

One in five people—22 percent of the Canadian population aged 15 years and over, or about 6.2 million individuals—had one or more disabilities, according to the 2017 Canadian Survey on Disabilities.

The survey also reports that people with severe disabilities aged 25 to 64 years are more likely to be living in poverty than their counterparts without disabilities (17 percent) or with milder disabilities (23 percent).

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Guest Post: NNELS/SDPP-D Federal Grant Updates, November 14, 2018

SDPP-D Federal Grant Updates – November 2018

 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

 

*Note: This is a text version of the Federal Grant Updates page on the NNELS website, which can be accessed by activating this link.  We thank CCB staff and all the other partners who worked on this project, as well as those who will work on the next stage.  #AccessibilityMatters.

 

Press Release from Employment and Social Development Canada: /Government

funds library network service expansion to make more published works

available in formats accessible for Canadians with print disabilities

 

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From January to June 2018, NNELS worked on a series of special projects to enhance the production and availability of accessible-format material in Canada. The project was funded in large part by a grant from the Government of Canada’s Social Development Partnerships Program – Disability Component (SDPP-D). In September 2018, the BC Libraries Cooperative received an additional $1 million to carry out a series of new special projects to build on the momentum created from the previous grant work. New projects focus on three main areas: accessible publishing, accessible reading, and braille availability.

 

Summaries of these projects follow, and this page will be updated as the projects are carried out. For answers to your questions please write to

support@nnels.ca

 

 

  1. Accessible Publishing

 

NNELS continues to work with partners to support publishers in creating born accessible material.

 

 

  1. a) Accessible Publishing Summit

 

This invitation-only summit will be held in Toronto on January 28th and 29th, 2019, and will include stakeholders in the ebook production, distribution, and reading chain. We will create and distribute a set of best practices for accessible EPUB relevant to  communities along that chain; related documentation will be publicly available online. We are working with Laura Brady <https://twitter.com/LauraB7&gt; to organize this event.

 

 

  1. b) Accessible Publishing Workshops

 

In February, Lisa Snider of Access Changes Everything will host ten, two-day accessible publishing workshops across Canada. We have invited publishers and publishers’ associations to contact us if they would like to host a workshop in their city. The two-day workshops will allow the first day to offer a theoretical grounding for hands-on, practical experience on the second day.

 

 

  1. c) EPUB Accessibility Reports/Audits

 

We will be working with Lisa Snider, Farrah Little, and our stellar team of accessibility testers to create accessibility reports for 60 EPUB files from 30 Canadian publishers. In the first week of November, we sent an invitation to publishers and have received a great response, especially from Ontario publishers. We hope to have all 60 files by December 1st. Publishers can sign up here.

 

 

  1. d) DAISY Consortium Partnership

 

We are funding the DAISY Consortium to develop and enhance their open-source, user-friendly version of the Ace by DAISY. To date, Ace by DAISY has been a command-line tool, but the new release has a graphical user interface. DAISY is also preparing the Accessible Publishing Knowledge Base

<http://kb.daisy.org/publishing/&gt; and EPUBTest.org

<https://epubtest.org/&gt; website for language localization,

And translating both Ace by DAISY and EPUBTest.org into French.

 

On November 6th, we were invited by DAISY to a conference call to review their latest version of a test book used at EPUBtest.org to test different reading applications. One of our accessibility testers was able to attend and wrote afterward, “It was so much fun to just talk our lingo for an hour with them. I learned a lot, too. I’m able to present more refined recommendations to cover images in my reports now, and I’ve finally figured out how page navigation is supposed to work! I couldn’t believe it when people started signing off. I almost said, “Hey wait a minute, this was supposed to last an hour,” then I checked the time and was astonished to see that it indeed had.”

 

DAISY is actively including our team in their work: we are learning so much from them and so grateful for this opportunity!

 

  1. e) Plugins for Publishers

 

Publishers have asked for plugins they can use with their ebook editing software to automate repetitive tasks and improve accessibility. We posted an RFP for a plugin developer which closed on November 2nd, and we are working on next steps.

 

  1. Accessible Reading

 

 

  1. a) Purchasing

 

We have approached eBOUND to inquire about purchasing titles published since our last round of funding, and to invite participation from publishers who did not work with us in the spring. We also sent an invitation through Canadian publishers’ associations to purchase their material directly from them or through their distributors.

 

We have agreements in place with two major digital audiobook vendors to purchase jointly with CELA/CNIB. Purchasing is beginning mid-November. We have budgeted a total of $100,000 for new content.

 

 

  1. b) Testing Library Reading Apps

 

Our team of accessibility testers are exploring the accessibility of library reading applications, with input from DAISY and CELA. The purpose of this project is to give vendors specific feedback about their reading apps so that audiobooks and accessible ebooks are available to all readers through those platforms. The team is currently testing the OverDrive app on a variety of platforms. NNELS will share the results with the vendors and the Canadian public library community.

 

  1. c) Partnership with Camp Bowen Society for the Visually Impaired

 

We are thrilled to continue working with the Camp Bowen Society for the Visually Impaired <https://campbowen.ca/&gt; to further develop the beta version of their Production Tool, a tool that automates and streamlines the EPUB remediation process. As part of this process, Camp Bowen will create 18 accessible-format titles for the NNELS repository.

 

 

  1. d) National Requests

 

We are once again accepting nation-wide requests to produce books that are not currently available in accessible formats. A link to submit requests will be distributed and posted here soon.

 

 

 

  1. Braille Availability

 

 

  1. a) Print-Braille Childrens’ Books

 

In partnership with the Vision Impaired Resource Network (VIRN) in Manitoba, we are producing 5 titles in French to be distributed through every provincial and territorial Public Library Authority. Special thank you to staff at BAnQ for helping us select titles! This project builds on previous work done with VIRN to expand the Canadian print-braille collection.

 

 

  1. b) Hardcopy and Electronic Braille Pilot Project

 

Our Saskatchewan-based Braille Production Coordinator, Riane LaPaire, is coordinating the production of 50 hardcopy and 50 electronic braille titles for distribution through NNELS and Canadian public libraries. This pilot project will inform future decisions on choosing braille producers, braille quality, and distribution methods. This project is based on recommendations from the “Improving Braille Availability in Canadian Public Library.

 

 

Guest Post: Barrier Free Canada Press Release, June 22, 2018

Barrier Free Canada applauds the tabling of the Accessible Canada Act by the

Minister of Science, Sport, and Persons with Disabilities

OTTAWA (June 22, 2018) – Barrier Free Canada/Canada sans barrières (BFC/CSB)

is celebrating the introduction on Wednesday of the long-awaited federal

accessibility legislation, the Accessible Canada Act. It is hoped that the

legislation will help to make accessibility and inclusion a priority for all

federally-regulated and federally-funded organizations.

Over the past several years, BFC/CSB and a myriad of other charitable and

not-for-profit organizations have worked tirelessly holding consultations,

conducting research, and preparing recommendations and advisory reports to

inform the content of this federal legislation.

“Wednesday was a momentous day,” said Donna Jodhan, President and founder of

BFC/CSB. “Canadians with disabilities have long dreamt of the day when

accessibility and inclusion in government services would be clearly

mandated, and we are now one step closer to that full inclusion.”

In 2010, Canada ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of

Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), pledging to address the exclusion and

accessibility barriers that people with disabilities face in Canada. The

introduction of this legislation is a tangible step toward making this a

lived reality for Canadians with disabilities.

Legislation exists to protect the rights of Canadians with disabilities

within the federal sector, such as the Canadian Human Rights Code, the

Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the UNCRPD itself. But as Anthony Tibbs,

Treasurer of BFC/CSB and a lawyer with Merchant Law Group explained, “These

tools are reactive and provide remediation for people whose rights have been

denied – but only if the person is willing or able to fight through a court

process. What Canada needs, and what we hope this legislation will offer,

are proactive standards (and meaningful oversight) to prevent the

discrimination from happening and take the enforcement obligation off the

backs of the people who are meant to be protected.”

Jodhan added, “A few years ago I was forced to take the federal government

to Court because government web sites and online services were needlessly

inaccessible to me as a person who is blind. I hope that federal legislation

mandating accessibility will avoid anyone else having to repeat that

adventure in the future.”

BFC/CSB will be reviewing the proposed law in detail in preparation for

hearings anticipated to be held after parliament returns by the committees

tasked with reviewing the legislation.

BFC/CSB is a non-partisan not-for-profit organization that has been

advocating for legislation to ensure accessibility and inclusion for

Canadians with disabilities at both the federal and provincial levels for

more than five years.

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For more information, write to info@barrierfreecanada.org or call Anthony

Tibbs (514-248-7777).

Re-post: Statement to CELA patrons and supporters

Hi GTT Program Blog Readers.  I was asked by Karen McKay, Communications Manager, Centre for Equitable Library Access to distribute this statement.

 

Statement to CELA patrons and supporters

 

Over the weekend Global News released a story about the absence of federal funding for accessible book production in the 2018 federal budget. CNIB, one of our key production partners, raised the issue in letters to key members of the federal government which outlined the impact this decision would have for the estimated 3 million Canadians with print disabilities.

 

Federal funding for accessible book production is used to convert published works into accessible formats including human narrated audio, e-text, braille. Since its founding on April 1, 2014 CELA has been managing the collection guided by the CELA Collection Policy and library best practices. Without this funding for accessible book production, CELA’s ability to develop the collection and deliver new materials to patrons would be seriously constrained and would constitute a giant step away from the equitable library service we strive to deliver.

 

We fully support and thank the CNIB for their advocacy on behalf of Canadians with print disabilities. We were heartened to hear that the federal government has now reconfirmed its commitment to funding accessible book production and that it continues to work towards a long-term strategy for the production of accessible materials. CELA remains committed to providing accessible library services to our patrons through CELA member libraries across the country, and to working with the federal government and all stakeholders to devise a long-term solution.

 

Guest Post: Minister Qualtrough introduces National AccessAbility Week to promote accessibility every day, everywhere in Canada

Minister Qualtrough introduces National AccessAbility Week to promote accessibility every day, everywhere in Canada

Hello,
As Canada’s Minister responsible for Persons with Disabilities, I believe that our country’s diversity is our strength—and when we include people with disabilities, we create a stronger Canada for everyone.
It is my pleasure to announce that launching this spring, for the first time in many years, an annual national week devoted to inclusion and accessibility.
From May 28 to June 3, 2017, National AccessAbility Week will celebrate, highlight and promote inclusion and accessibility in our communities and workplaces across the country.
We’ve made great strides in promoting inclusion for Canadians with disabilities, but there is still much work to do.
To create a truly inclusive society, we need to change the way we think, talk and act about barriers to participation and accessibility—and we need to do it right from the start, not as an afterthought. An inclusive Canada is one where all Canadians can participate and have an equal opportunity to succeed.
National AccessAbility Week will aim to bring this perspective to the forefront for Canadians, and highlight some of the important initiatives this government and its partners are undertaking to bring about this change.
Please join us in celebrating National AccessAbility Week. I invite you to host events in your own local communities, and participate on social media. More information will be available in the coming weeks on Canada.ca/Accessible-Canada, and I encourage you to follow @AccessibleGC on Twitter, Accessible Canada on Facebook and follow the hashtag #AccessibleCanada and #AccessAbility for the latest information.
Together, let’s continue working towards an Accessible Canada.
The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities