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An introduction to the life of Helen Keller

"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope:" Helen Keller, American social activist, public speaker and author, 1880-1968
Stevie Wonder, the UN Messenger of Peace
"Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn't mean he lacks vision:" December 3, 2009

Confronting The Accessibility Challenge

Celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) On May 18

The purpose of the day is to get people talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) accessibility and users with different disabilities. The best way to unlock human potential is through the power of creative collaboration to find solutions that will transform lives and communities from what they are today to what they can be, tomorrow. The power of smart phones with accessible apps like BlindSquare is changing lives. Why making your apps accessible is just the right thing to do.

Canada National AccessAbility Week, May 28 to June 3

National AccessAbility Week will celebrate, highlight and promote inclusion and accessibility in our communities and workplaces across the country. We have made great strides in promoting inclusion for Canadians with disabilities, but there is still much work to do. 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 in their workplaces and communities.

Join the usability revolution in celebrating World Usability Day (WUD) on November 9

A single day of events occurring around the world that brings together communities of professional, industrial, educational, citizen, and government groups for the common objective to ensure that the services and products important to life are easier to access and simpler to use. the user experience is a key to making technology work better for people. technology must be designed to help human beings truly realize their potential, so that we can create a better world for ourselves and future generations. Technology should enhance our lives, not add to our stress or cause danger through poor design or poor quality. It is our duty to ensure that technology is effective, efficient, satisfying and reliable, and that it is usable by all people. Technology should be developed knowing that human beings have certain limitations. Human error will occur if technology is not both easy-to-use and easy-to-understand. We need to reduce human error that results from bad design. We must put people at the center of design, beginning with their needs and wants, and resulting in technology that benefits all of us. Learn about World Usability Day (WUD)

Ontario Launches Accessibility Action Plan

To be successful in creating a society where everyone can reach their full potential, accessibility must become a way of life for all Ontarians. The AODA has transformed the lives of people with disabilities by establishing standards in key areas of daily life, including customer service, employment, information and communications, transportation and the design of public spaces. The Path to 2025, Ontario's Accessibility Action Plan, was Introduced on the 10 Year Anniversary of Landmark Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Legislation. The Path to 2025 Accessibility Action Plan focuses on three key priorities: Creating an inclusive Ontario, a place where everyone can participate, contribute and succeed, requires leadership from government, the broader public sector, business and not-for-profit organizations. Ontario Launches Accessibility Action Plan, News Release, June 3, 2015.

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