Advocacy Efforts

CWDO Inclusive Testing Project – General Planning

by Jeffrey Stark

April 7th, 2017

note: This is a plain paste from the google docs planning document from the event:   Random Hacks of Kindness CWDO Hackathon:   Involving PWD in Online Development   Inclusive Testing Inclusive by design, accessible by default   For more information, see: Jeffrey Stark jeffery.in.kanata@gmail.com   Inclusive Design Research Centre idrc.ocadu.ca   CWDO Hackathon: Involving […]

Project Proposal – Linking People With Disabilities Into Development (draft)

by Jeffrey Stark

March 20th, 2017

Citizens With Disabilities – Ontario www.cwdo.org       “Together We Are Stronger”                          #601-2 Market Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1Y9 807-473-0909 (voice) or cwdo@tbaytel.net     March, 2017   Project Proposal For Random Hacks of Kindness – https://rhok.ca/ Ottawa – March 24-26   RHK matches up organisations that have a social impact, with […]

Accessible Prescriptions Available In Ontario At Shoppers

by Jeffrey Stark

January 30th, 2016

New Service to Access Information on Prescription Medication Labels Dispensed by Shoppers Drug Mart in Ontario   Reading or understanding the contents and instructions of labels on prescription medications is a source of problems and frustration for many people, particularly for persons who are blind and others who have difficulty reading print material. The small […]

The Inverting Feature On iOS & Android Doesn’t Meet The Needs Of Low Vision Users

by Jeffrey Stark

June 27th, 2015

If you look at all the products out there for partially sighted people it becomes very obvious that they all have a mechanism for presenting you with bright text on a dark background.  You will also notice that some of the recent operating systems have attempted to bridge the gap of what a low vision […]

Fund Raising For The All Hands On Braille Camp For Kids

by Jeffrey Stark

November 8th, 2013

I need your help. Help Support Blind Children's Literacy Fund Raising For The "All Hands On Braille Camp" for Kids Ages 8-12 Braille literacy for blind kids is at an all time low and kids in rural Ontario are particularly hit by this epidemic. Kids in rural areas of Ontario have less access to supports […]

Empire Theatre Kanata 1st Theatre in Ottawa to offer Described Video (DV) Capability For Blind Patrons In All Rooms In The Movie Theatre!

by Jeffrey Stark

May 17th, 2013

When Empire Theatre took over the 24 Cinema AMC facilities in Kanata, the whole theatre got a huge upgrade. The equipment is brand new and man does it shine. The level of accessibility for people with disabilities of the theatre offerings is truly impressive. I had the opportunity to give this system a run through […]

CNIB Library – Iguana

by Jeffrey Stark

April 18th, 2012

This information is being shared because I was seeing so many posts on the various blindness related mailing lists and such a large number of my friends who are blind were expressing challenges they were having on the site but lacked the technical background to identify the programming and development issues that were causing inconsistencies […]

A crisis of literacy for blind children

by Jeffrey Stark

February 11th, 2012

Today, I was reading a friend’s profile and had a little moment of reflection. It reminded me of just how important braille is for younger kids. The note in the profile read: So, get off your butt and above all else LEARN BRAILLE!!! If you can’t read then you are missing skills such as sentance […]

Should Blind Canadians Not Be Able To Vote independently?

by Jeffrey Stark

April 19th, 2011

I ask why Blind Canadians are not afforded the same right to vote independently?  The recent Ontario provincial Elections showed that it can be done.   For the first time this year, during the provincial elections, I had the opportunity to cast my vote without anyone else knowing who I voted for.   This is a simple […]

The epidemic of inaccessible Touch Screen Point Of Sale Devices to blind consumers

by Jeffrey Stark

September 25th, 2010

Blind consumers may soon no longer be able to do many tasks and activities that they currently perform. Simple tasks like going shopping for groceries, clothing, paying for lodging or travelling may soon be a task that is more difficult or may times impossible unless they are willing to put themselves at a far greater […]