Re: Accessibility of "Amazon Music Desktop App for PC"
That was a good, concise summary of what the AODA legislation is "supposed to
do". However, the reality has fallen far short of those objectives, by
several years! In fact, the AODA Alliance has been lobbying continuously, for
years now, for the Provincial Government to "finally" get this legislation on
track for "full accessibility for Ontario by the year 2025"! Even the
Government "does not follow" some of the provisions of the AODA legislation!
For instance, it continues to sign contracts that, in some ways, contribute to
the production of "more barriers to accessibility" for persons with
And in other ways, it seems that this Government has only "partially" enforced
the provisions of this legislation, despite leaving several million dollars
earmarked for enforcement not being spent! This has left many employers with
the impression that there is "no rush" to meet the AODA legislation's mandated
requirements! So, intentions are wonderful! But, "actions taken on those
intentions" are far more important! Unfortunately, it seems that "inertia"
has set in with the current Ontario Government. Typical ...
As users of adaptive technology, we should be assisting the AODA Alliance with
its lobbying efforts, specifically regarding the issue of website
accessibility! If we don't speak up for ourselves, who will?
P.S.: I realize that this does not fall within the usual scope of this
listserv; but, felt that some clarification would be useful, given your below
summary of this legislation.
1a. Re: Accessibility of "Amazon Music Desktop App for PC"
From: Kevin Hourigan <firstname.lastname@example.org >
Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 08:33:53 PDT
I copied and pasted some of the more pertinent points of the Accessibility for
Ontarians With Disabilities Act below. It is my understanding that the
Canadian federal government and the government of British Columbia are
currently drafting similar legislation.
There are also varying levels of this type of legislation being created around
The point being that JAWS/screen reader users now have, (Or will soon have
depending upon the jurisdiction which the offending web site falls under), a
powerful tool to promote an accessible internet.
Now, when one writes to an inaccessible web site to describe their navigation
issues, they could include a gentle reminder of these legislations. Hopefully
converting a response of, "Whose going to all that grief for 1 complaint," to
"Well I guess we need to fix this".
: The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)
The AODA "applies to every person or organization in the public and private
sectors of the Province of Ontario, including the Legislative Assembly of
Ontario" if the person or organization "provides goods, services or
facilities... employs persons in Ontario... offers accommodation... owns or
occupies a building, structure or premises... or is engaged in a prescribed
business, activity or undertaking or meets such other requirements as may be
An accessibility standard shall,
(a) set out measures, policies, practices or other requirements for the
identification and removal of barriers with respect to goods, services,
facilities, accommodation, employment, buildings, structures, premises or such
other things as may be prescribed, and for the prevention of the erection of
such barriers; and
(b) require the persons or organizations named or described in the standard to
implement those measures, policies, practices or other requirements within the
time periods specified in the standard. 2005, c. 11, s. 6 (6).
<http://www.ontario.ca/fr/lois/loi/05a11#s6s7> (7) An accessibility standard
may create different classes of persons or organizations or of buildings,
structures or premises and, without limiting the generality of this power, may
create classes with respect to any attribute, quality or characteristic or any
combination of those items, including,
(a) the number of persons employed by persons or organizations or their annual
(b) the type of industry in which persons or organizations are engaged or the
sector of the economy of which persons or organizations are a part;
(c) the size of buildings, structures or premises. 2005, c. 11, s. 6 (7).
<http://www.ontario.ca/fr/lois/loi/05a11#s6s8> (8) An accessibility standard
may define a class to consist of one person or organization or to include or
exclude a person or organization having the same or different attributes,
qualities or characteristics. 2005, c. 11, s. 6 (8).
<http://www.ontario.ca/fr/lois/loi/05a11#s6s9> (9) An accessibility standard
may be general or specific in its application and may be limited as to time
and place. 2005, c. 11, s. 6 (9).
Standards Development Process
Process for development of standards
<http://www.ontario.ca/fr/lois/loi/05a11#s7> 7. The Minister is responsible
for establishing and overseeing a process to develop and implement all
accessibility standards necessary to achieving the purposes of this Act
Below is the current situation with respect to the federal government.
the Government of Canada
The government of Canada has published web standards for accessibility,
usability, interoperability, and mobile devices. These guidelines apply to the
government, and do not apply explicitly to the private sector