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Urgent: IS THE GOVERNMENT COMPLYING WITH ITS NEW STANDARD ON WEB ACCESSIBILITY? (fwd)



all,
I am sharing this much as others share surveys. There are many Canadians on these lists, and those who do business with Canada. Likewise it is critical that they get reviews from those using various platforms, Linux and mac included.
please help if you can, or share if you cannot.
I personally attended one of these hearings, and I assure you that the judge in this case is absolutely firm on making the Canadian government do their job.
Thanks,
Karen



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Date: Sat, 4 Feb 2012 00:26:50 -0500
Subject: FW: Urgent: IS THE GOVERNMENT COMPLYING WITH ITS NEW STANDARD ON WEB
    ACCESSIBILITY?






Subject: Urgent: IS THE GOVERNMENT COMPLYING WITH ITS NEW STANDARD ON WEB
ACCESSIBILITY?



Hello Trailblazers:



This is an urgent request from the Alliance for Equality of Blind
Canadians(AEBC).  Please read below.  We would like to have all Federal
government websites checked by blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted
individuals to see if the government has made the websites accessible or in
the process or has not been done.  Another Committee member is organizing
distribution of Federal government websites to everyone so, that we can get
each website covered in the short time that is requested.  Also, please send
to all blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted individuals and
organizations.  The website reports need to be e-mailed to Bakerlaw and Pat
Seed(AEBC) no later than February 27, 2012  For processing.



Please send your request to Pat Seed at pat.seed@xxxxxxxxxxx.  If you do not
have a particular website you would like to review then Pat will assign you
one or as many as you would like to work on.  When you have reviewed the
website, please answer the questions from the lawyer below and then send it
along to:

Luz Sucilan at

lsucilan@xxxxxxxxxxx

and also copy the same to:

Pat Seed at

pat.seed@xxxxxxxxxxx



If you do not want websites assigned, do as many as you can and answer the
questions below.  E-mail to the same e-mail addresses above.

When asking for a website or sending your results to the above e-mails,
please put in the subject line: Website accessibility report.  This is for
tracking purposes.



Thank you for your assistance in this very important cause for one and all
blind individuals.  This is for you.



Sincerely,

Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians(AEBC)

Charter Challenge Committee



Pat Seed

pat.seed@xxxxxxxxxxx



Susan Pinder

sjcn@xxxxxxxxxx

416 497-0444



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Please read below for further information:



IS THE Federal GOVERNMENT COMPLYING WITH ITS NEW STANDARD ON WEB
ACCESSIBILITY?  HELP US FIND OUT!



On November 29, 2010 the Federal Court of Canada released a landmark
decision concerning the rights of Canadians with disabilities to access
Federal government websites.



Justice Kelen declared that Donna Jodhan's inability to access certain
Federal government websites is representative of a system wide failure by
government departments and agencies to make their websites accessible, and
that the government's failure to monitor and ensure compliance with its own
accessibility standards violates the equality guarantee in the Charter. He
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."  If the government is not complying, Justice Kelen indicated Ms.
Jodhan can apply to him for further specific directions to the government.



Following the Court's decision, the government released a new Standard on
Web Accessibility which adopts WCAG 2.0
(http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/pol/doc-eng.aspx?id=23601
<http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/pol/doc-eng.aspx?id=23601&section=text>
&section=text).  The Standard has a multi-phase implementation deadline.
Phase I includes all web site home pages and pages referenced from web site
home pages of all 107 federal government departments and agencies listed in
Schedule I, I.1 and II of the Financial Administration Act.



We are asking for your help to determine whether the Federal government is
complying with its new Standard.  If you want to help, here is what you can
do:



By February 29, 2012, please visit the web site home page, or a page
referenced from the web site home page of one or more of the 107 government
departments and agencies listed below. Try as many as you can so we know if
the government is complying.



Let us know if the web page is accessible or not by completing the
Accessibility Report Form below and emailing it to Luz Sucilan at
lsucilan@xxxxxxxxxxx.  By filling in the form each time you hit a barrier or
gain access, you will help us determine if the government is living up to
its Charter obligations to you.  Give us the information we need to secure
court ordered website access if it is not, and to call for a national
celebration if it is.



Accessibility Report Form



Your Name:

Name and version of your operating system (e.g. "Windows XP"):

Name and version of your browser (e.g. "Internet Explorer version 8"):

Name and version of your AT (e.g. "NVDA version 2011.2"; "JAWS version 11"):



Date of visit:

Web Address (URL) you visited (starting with http or https):

Was the web page accessible? (yes or no):

If the web page was not accessible, please provide a short description of
the incident (e.g. "Unable to use the job bank"):

Please provide a longer description of the incident (e.g. How did the page
prevent access? What strategies did you try?):



OPTIONAL:

Source code of the web page:

Attach a screenshot of the incident.







List of 107 government departments and agencies

Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Citizenship and Immigration

Department of the Environment

Department of Finance

Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade

Department of Health

Department of Human Resources and Skills Development

Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development

Department of Industry

Department of Justice

Department of National Defence

Department of Natural Resources

Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Department of Public Works and Government Services

Department of Social Development

Department of Transport

Treasury Board

Department of Veterans Affairs

Department of Western Economic Diversification

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Canada Industrial Relations Board

Canadian Artists and Producers Professional Relations Tribunal

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

Canadian Forces Grievance Board

Canadian Grain Commission

Canadian Human Rights Commission

Canadian Human Rights Tribunal

Canadian Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat

Canadian International Development Agency

Canadian International Trade Tribunal

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

Canadian Security Intelligence Service

Canadian Space Agency

Canadian Transportation Agency

Communications Security Establishment

Copyright Board

Correctional Service of Canada

Courts Administration Service

Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

Financial Consumer Agency of Canada

Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada

Hazardous Materials Information Review Commission

Immigration and Refugee Board

Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Library and Archives of Canada

Military Police Complaints Commission

National Energy Board

National Farm Products Council

National Film Board

National Parole Board

Northern Pipeline Agency

Office of Infrastructure of Canada

Office of the Auditor General

Office of the Chief Electoral Officer

Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs

Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying

Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

Office of the Communications Security Establishment Commissioner

Office of the Co-ordinator, Status of Women

Office of the Correctional Investigator of Canada

Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

Office of the Governor General's Secretary

Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner

Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions

Offices of the Information and Privacy Commissioners of Canada

Patented Medicine Prices Review Board

Privy Council Office

Public Appointments Commission Secretariat

Public Health Agency of Canada

Public Service Commission

Public Service Staffing Tribunal

Public Service Labour Relations Board

Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada and that portion of the federal
public administration appointed under subsection 12(2) of the Supreme Court
Act

Registry of the Competition Tribunal

Registry of the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Tribunal

Registry of the Specific Claims Tribunal

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Royal Canadian Mounted Police External Review Committee

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Public Complaints Commission

Security Intelligence Review Committee

Shared Services Canada

Statistics Canada

Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada

Veterans Review and Appeal Board

Assisted Human Reproduction Agency of Canada

Canada Border Services Agency

Canada Emission Reduction Incentives Agency

Canada Employment Insurance Commission

Canada Revenue Agency

Canada School of Public Service

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Canadian Polar Commission

Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board

Law Commission of Canada

The National Battlefields Commission

National Research Council of Canada

National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

Parks Canada Agency

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council



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