Business Breakfast –> Learn About Accessibility (June 17, 2010) Oshawa, Ontario

Local business owners invited to learn about accessibility

As part of the Durham Region Accessibility Expo, The Regional Municipality of Durham, Economic Development and Tourism Department, will be hosting a breakfast session to educate local business owners on accessibility compliance requirements.

WHEN: Thursday, June 17 from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

WHERE: Durham College/UOIT Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre, 2000 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

WHY: The Business Breakfast event is open to business owners who want to learn more about the requirements contained in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. Under this legislation, all businesses within the Province of Ontario must take measures to provide accessible customer service to those with disabilities by Jan. 1, 2012.

NOTE: Limited seating is available. Two representatives from each business will be accommodated Kerri King Tourism Manager The Regional Municipality of Durham Economic Development and Tourism 605 Rossland Road East Level 5 PO Box 623 Whitby, ON L1N 6A3

Direct Line: 905.668.4113 ext. 2606
Fax: 905.666.6228
Toll Free: 800.413.0017


Durham Region Accessiblity Expo (June 17, 2010 10am – 8pm) Oshawa, Ontario

Accessibility Logo - Celebrating Abilities. Celebrating Life.Learn about the new law in Ontario called Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA).

The Accessibility Expo is the first of its kind in Durham where the Regional and local municipal Accessibility Advisory Committees have partnered with the Region of Durham Economic Development & Tourism Department to bring our community an important event on new legislation, accessibility and abilities.

An Accessibility Marketplace will feature over 100 exhibitors showcasing products and services.
An exciting lineup of extraordinary speakers and performers including:

Robert Pio Hajjar, a charismatic, motivational speaker, who travels widely as living proof of what is possible when you include and encourage people with intellectual disabilities.

Dr. Mark Nagler’s ambition and perseverance is told with humour that
will motivate.

Speaking from experience, Paul Rosen, Paralympic Gold Medalist & Sledge Hockey Goaltender, joins us to inspire through his story of courage.

Special performance and speaking engagement by Justin Hines… his words and music will move you.

Click here for more information

Proposed Accessibility Standard for Information and Communications

The proposed Accessibility Standard for Information and Communications outlines how businesses and organizations will have to create, provide and receive information and communications in ways that are accessible for people with disabilities.

On May 31, 2010, the Ontario government announced that it will integrate three standards into one streamlined regulation. The three standards are:

  1. Employment Information and
  2. Communications, and
  3. Transportation.

Read more about proposed accessibility standard for Information and Communications.

Disability Doorway — A new Durham Region portal to assist people deal with disabilities is a new web portal that assists people with disabilities, or their families, by providing information on resources and services that could help improve their qualities of life in one place.  Durham Region wrote an article about it called “Durham man helps open doors to accessibility“.

What an awesome and well needed website Paul Feldman (Computing By Voice) – great idea!  Way to go DREN (Durham Region Employment Network) and DRLTB (Durham Region Local Training Board) for recognizing a good idea and working together to make it happen.

Be proud – you have made Durham Region and even better place to live, work and play. Way to go!

Top 10 LinkedIn FAQ offers 806 searchable FAQ (frequently asked questions) on their website including the following questions I get asked most often by new users (who might not know what to search for):

  1. How do I sign up to join Linkedin?
  2. How do I find my LinkedIn account?
  3. What do I get for free with a basic account?
  4. What are the benefits of upgrading?
  5. How do I build a strong profile?
  6. How do I add a photo?
  7. How do I send invitations to connect?
  8. How do I create a group?
  9. How do I manage recommendations?
  10. How do I add a job posting?

Click here for more LinkedIn answers.

The Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act

The Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act became law on June 13, 2005 and is making the Province of Ontario accessible by the year 2025, mandating rules that businesses and organizations will have to follow. Standards are in place for customer service now, and others including; transportation, employment, the built environment, information and communcations will be phased in over the new six months.


  • Public sector organizations need to comply with the standard by January 1, 2010.
  • Private and non-profit organizations must comply by January 1, 2012.

For more information on making Ontario accessible, visit

Are You Creating Barriers For Your Visitors?

Captchas are a common method of limiting access to services made available over the Web, but many rely on visual verification of a bitmapped image which presents a major problem to users who are blind, have low vision, or have a learning disability such as dyslexia.

The W3C Note Inaccessibility of CAPTCHA examines potential solutions to test that users are human, not software robots, in a way that is accessible to people with disabilities.

On the fifth day of Christmas, Sue Sutcliffe gave to me… 5 Website Tests

If you want users and logic-based search engines, to ‘like’ your web page, you want to ensure that it passes the basic tests of good web page design. A simply way to test this, is to test the web page using sites like Net Mechanic which tests/reports back on: 

  • Load time check
  • Browser compatibility check
  • Link check
  • HTML check
  • Spell check (american spelling)

Other factors that are important are spelling (if you’re not american), grammar, accessibility, and usability which at this point in time must be done manually.

4 Website links
3 Search sites
2 Podcasts, and
a chance to win a cool prize pack!

World Wide Web Consortium announces new accessibility standards

Today W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) announced a new standard that will help Web designers and developers create sites that better meet the needs of users with disabilities and older users. Drawing on extensive experience and community feedback, Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 improves upon W3C’s groundbreaking initial standard for accessible Web content, applies to more advanced technologies, and is more precisely testable.

On June 13, 2005, the government passed the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005

About 1.85 million people in Ontario have a disability. That’s one in seven people. Over the next 20 years as the population ages, the number will rise to one in five Ontarians.

Find out what you need to know…
Making Ontario accessible | Ministry of Community and Social Services.