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Pan Am Visitors May Find Accessibility Hurdles

By Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press
2015

Peter Athanasopoulos attempts to raise the front wheels of his wheelchair high enough to board a subway car at the platform of Toronto’s Eglinton subway station on Friday, June 26, 2015. Athanasopoulos knows full well that he likely won’t be able to take part in his hometown’s Pan Am Games festivities.

Politicians Quick to Embrace the Rights of the Homosexual Community but Drag Their Feet When it Comes to the Disabled

June 30, 2015
by Geof Collis

Another week of celebration is over for the Homosexual Community and Politicians lined up to get their profiles front and center in the Media in support.

Look at us they basically said, here is a Community that has been discriminated for far to long and we are rallying in support of their rights being delayed by Societal progress.

The U.S. Supreme Court voted in favour of legalizing same sex marriage in all 50 States.

The Wave of Action on Disability Accessibility Gradually Spreads Across Canada

But Still Lots To Do to Get All Governments to Take Needed Action

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities

June 29, 2015

SUMMARY

What is happening across Canada on the accessibility front for people with disabilities? That is the focus of our last AODA Alliance Update before a summer break.

In this Update, we take a quick trip to see what is going on across Canada on the accessibility agenda.

AODA Failures: Hay Fever or Summer Vacations?

By Victor Schwartzman
June 29, 2015

Recently my columns have been more scathing than usual. The Ontario Government was ridiculing for hiring Uncle Scrooge as the reason it has not spent $60 million budgeted for access. $4 million touted for small businesses turned out to be loans, not grants. And $4 million offered to help high school students who have a disability more easily enter college? Is that enough to even pay for their text books?

Dysfunction of Function, Accessibility and Inclusion

June 25, 2015
Christopher Lytle MA CDS

accessibilityAt this point in time, after having seen the release of the Mayo Moran review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act(AODA), it is important to center our focus on how accessibility is created within a market place.

From the outset there have been organizations and businesses that had a tepid response to the AODA because it automatically brings to mind the mythical beast that is the concept of undue hardship.

Ontario to Invest $6 Million in Accessibility Programs

Ontario colleges and universities to receive additional investment Amanda Watkins
The Silhouette, Jun 23, 2015

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, Reza Moridi, came to McMaster this afternoon to announce an additional $6-million investment in accessibility programs at Ontario Universities.

“McMaster University is a fitting place for today’s announcement. This is an institution committed to creating and supporting a learning environment, and has put a lot of thought and planning into ensuring that students with disabilities have access to the services and support they need to thrive and prosper,” said Moridi.

Two Preventable Accessibility Problems Facing Tourists with Disabilities Already Surfaced for the Toronto 2015 Pan/ParaPan American Games

The Media Had To Shine a Spotlight on Them Before They Were Addressed

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities

June 22, 2015

SUMMARY

The Wynne Government has said that the Toronto 2015 Pan/ParaPan American Games give Ontario a great chance to showcase for the world the globe-leading progress Ontario is making towards becoming fully accessible to people with disabilities. Yet two developments last week raise real questions about Ontario’s preparedness to effectively accommodate tourists with disabilities who want to enjoy the Games.

Mike Hammer Solves Mystery of No Access Spending

By Victor Schwartzman, with Mike Hammer
June 22, 2015

My throat was dry and the streets were wet. Toronto hadn’t changed and neither had I: we were both nice on the outside but there was something nasty underneath. Mike Hammer’s the name, solving mysteries is no game. This time it was no mystery at all but I’ll give you the puzzler anyway. See if you can guess who the suspect is before the big reveal.

Pan Am Games App Deemed Failure by Advocates for People With Disabilities(PWD’s)

By Christina Stevens
Senior Reporter Global News
The Toronto 2015 app has been deemed a failure by advocates for people with disabilities. They say the App for the Panam/Parapan Am Games is not accessible to those who are visually impaired. Christina Stevens reports

The official Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games app is not accessible to those who are visually impaired, according to advocates for people with disabilities.

Windsor ‘Dragging Its Feet’ in Terms of Accessibility, Say Visually Impaired Residents

Rebecca Blaevoet works on the company website at Tactile Vision Graphics in Windsor on Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

Blaevoet is upset with Transit Windsor
after a bus driver refused to help the blind woman find her stop. (TYLER BROWNBRIDGE/The Windsor Star)

Windsor is a particularly challenging city to navigate for the visually impaired, says newcomer Rebecca Blaevoet.

Every time she rides the bus, she approaches the front with assistance from her seeing-eye dog, then asks the driver to alert her upon arrival at her stop.