Future of Web Accessibility in Canada – Judgement Appealed

The ruling in favour of Donna Jodhan versus the federal government, in regards to inaccessible government websites, is now being appealed.

An update as of 7 January 2011.

The latest ruling in favour of Donna Jodhan versus the federal government, in regards to inaccessible government websites, is now being appealed.

More on this story as it develops.

Update: Link to the Federal Court of Appeal added

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Leggo my Lego® – Zombie Chase

"Zombie Chase". In Lego®. Courtesy of Duran.

"Zombie Chase". In Lego®. Courtesy of Duran.

My son demonstrates his Lego® creativity by building a scene of a guy being chased by a bunch of other zombie like creatures.

When I asked him for a description, here is what he said:

There’s a really rich guy with a really rich shop. He closed the shop down and made the crown mad. He then created some toxic stuff and sprayed it on the crowd. The crowd turned into zombies and chased him forever.

Duran

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Please take some time to get involved with the community, help out and spread the word.

Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Please take some time to get involved with the community, help out and spread the word.

From the site:

The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December was established by the International Year for Disabled Persons (1981). The Day aims to promote a better understanding of disability issues with a focus on the rights of persons with disabilities and gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of the political, social, economic and cultural life of their communities.

The goal of full and effective participation of persons with disabilities in society and development was established by the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1982.

UN Enable – International Day of Persons with Disabilities – Background

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Nablopomo – Day 30 – Success

The November theme for the National Blog Posting Month is that there is no theme. I think I followed that quite well.

The November theme for the National Blog Posting Month is that there is no theme. I think I followed that quite well.

After 30 straight days of posting, my NaBloPoMo experience has now concluded. Again, thanks to Ritchie for throwing down the gauntlet.

In order of page views for NaBloPoMo posts, these received the most exposure:

As I figured, yesterday’s post received the most attention due to it being topical and very substantial. Interesting that the Cooks Source Magazine scandal still gets attention, but not too surprising. As for Day 2, I’m not really sure on that one. I guess people really like Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock.

Overall, I’m very happy and proud to have been involved! I’ll finish this off by saying a big "Hello" and "Thank You" to my new audience. I have a big surprise coming for the holiday season. I’ll only say that it has to do with Kitchen Dancing. 🙂

Nablopomo – Day 29 – Future of Web Accessibility in Canada – Update

From my previous post on the Future of Web Accessibility in Canada, the latest judgment has now come in from the Federal Court of Canada in favour of Donna Jodhan.

From my previous post on the Future of Web Accessibility in Canada, the latest judgment has now come in from the Federal Court of Canada in favour of Donna Jodhan.

Reasons for Judgment and Judgment dated 29-NOV-2010 rendered by The Honourable Mr. Justice Kelen Matter considered with personal appearance The Court’s decision is with regard to Judicial Review (s.18)

Result: granted “THIS COURT ORDERS AND ADJUDGES that:

  1. This application for judicial review is allowed and the applicant is entitled to a declaration under section 18.1 of the Federal Courts Act that she has been denied equal access to, and benefit from, government information and services provided online to the public on the Internet, and that this constitutes discrimination against her on the basis of her physical disability, namely that she is blind. Accordingly, she has not received the equal benefit of the law without discrimination based on her physical [disability] and that this is a violation of section 15(1) of the Charter;
  2. It is also declared that the applicant’s inability to access online certain departmental websites is representative of a system wide failure by many of the 146 government departments and agencies to make their websites accessible. The failure of the government to monitor and ensure compliance with the government’s 2001 accessibility standards is an infringement of section 15(1) of the Charter since it discriminates against the applicant and other visually impaired persons;
  3. It is also declared that the government has a constitutional obligation to bring itself into compliance with the Charter within a reasonable time period, such as 15 months;
  4. This Court will retain jurisdiction over the implementation of this declaration and the Court will resume its proceedings on the [application] of either party if necessary to ensure the effect of this declaration is properly implemented;
  5. The applicant is a public interest litigant and is entitled to her legal costs including disbursements in the fixed amount of $150,000.” Filed on 29-NOV-2010 certified copies sent to parties Transmittal Letters placed on file. Final Decision Certificate of Judgment entered in J. & O. Book, volume 1106 page(s) 424 – 425

Federal Court – Court Index and Docket – DONNA JODHAN v. AGC (File Number T-1190-07)

Needless to say, this will potentially have huge ramifications on the future of web accessibility in Canada. Specifically with sites related to the Federal Government. I’ll continue to monitor this story very closely. For now, it looks like 15 months will be the time line to be in compliance. Much work will need to be done.

As I’ve stated before, it is a shame that it has to come to this. But, let’s not take the time to dwell on the past.

Let’s make web accessibility in Canada even better than it is today. It begins now.

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