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City’s bus service ends at 7:10 p.m., while city council meetings, public consultations often begin later By Kayla Rosen, CBC News
Posted: Nov 06, 2017
An advocate for disability services is calling attention to shortcomings in Yellowknife’s transit service, saying that current offerings are making it impossible for people with disabilities to attend public meetings even ones that directly affect them.
Yellowknife’s Transit Leaves Disabled Residents Unable to Attend Public Meetings, Says Advocate full article
November 10 2017
The Office of Disability Resources and Services fields a lot of calls from faculty, asking about their responsibilities when it comes to accommodating students with disabilities. Office director Leigh Culley understands why.
Zach Crighton, a 17-year-old high school student with cerebral palsy, meets with students in the Compassionate Design course taught by lecturer John Moalli. The students are hoping they can make improvements to Crighton’s wheelchair and communication tools. (Image credit: L.A. Cicero)
Accommodations for Students and Employees With Disabilities Can Take Many Forms full article
Windsor teen concerned after Via Rail says she can’t travel with two service dogs. Angelo Aversa has her story. CTV-News Staff, Tuesday, December 5, 2017.
A Windsor, Ont., woman who uses a service dog for her anxiety and other issues is upset that Via Rail would not allow her to board a train with two service dogs.
Woman Upset Via Wouldn’t Let Her Take Service Dogs on Train full article
Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit has warned passengers with mobility devices can get caught between the train and platform. By Ben SpurrTransportation Reporter
Sun., Nov. 12, 2017
Debbie Gillespie, who heads the TTC’s Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit, called the planned retrofits a godsend.
The TTC is planning to make modifications to almost all of its subway stations in order to make train platforms safer for passengers with mobility issues.
TTC to Retrofit Almost All Subway Stations to Fix Platform Gaps full article
By David Shum
Web Producer Global News
One escalator is broken, the other only moves one direction at a time, and now the elevator is out of service.
A St. Catharines, Ont., woman who suffers from thyroid myalgia and travels to Toronto by bus to receive medical treatment is sounding the alarm about the continual accessibility issues plaguing the Toronto Coach Terminal.
Ontario Woman Calls for Better Accessibility at Toronto Coach Terminal full article
A survey commissioned by Children’s Mental Health Ontario suggests that children and parents miss school and work to cope with mental illness. By Samantha BeattieStaff Reporter
Tues., Nov. 14, 2017
Shannon Nagy, 20, at the Children’s Mental Health Ontario conference. The group released findings from a study that shows one in four Ontario parents have missed work to care for their child experiencing mental health issues and anxiety.
Almost Half of Ontario Youth Miss School Because of Anxiety, Study Suggests full article
Researchers from the Faculty of Education have produced a new report on the current state of education for children with disabilities in both England and India. Here, Dr Nidhi Singal, one of the report’s authors, outlines some of the key statistics, and argues that teachers need better training and more support “underpinned by principles of inclusion”.
We need to invest in inclusive teaching and learning processes and not just changes to school infrastructure Nidhi Singal
Children With Disabilities are Being Denied Equal Opportunities for A Quality Education Across the World, Including in the UK full article
By Julia McKay, Kingston Whig-Standard
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 4:53:02 EST PM
Santa Claus wishes the crowds Merry Christmas while he waves from his sleigh during the 2014 Kingston Nighttime Santa Claus parade route on Saturday November 22, 2014.
New to Kingston’s Nighttime Santa Claus Parade this year is the addition of three dedicated, accessible spaces for families and those with disabilities, the Rotary Comfort Zones.
Santa Claus Parade Adds Accessibility Spaces full article
by the Ottawa Disability Coalition (ODC).
November 17, 2017
After conducting accessibility audits in 3 Ottawa areas, the ODC reports the lack of sidewalks in some areas, poor sidewalk conditions and poor or no curb cuts allowing access to sidewalks may force some with mobility disabilities to travel on the road.
Pedestrian Travel for Persons With Disabilities Can Be Difficult and Occasionally Risky full article
The Wynne Government Is Taking Longer Just to Appoint a Standards Development Committee on Education Barriers Facing Students with Disabilities Than It Took the Government to Create Ontario’s Entire Disabilities Act
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities http://www.aodaalliance.org firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @aodaalliance
November 17, 2017
Amazing Responses to, Including More Media Coverage of our New Video on Serious Accessibility Problems at Ryerson University’s New Student Learning Centre full article
by Faiza Amin
Posted Nov 16, 2017 , 2017 at 11:26 am EST
Less than one week after the start of the King Street Pilot Project, one woman says she’s concerned the new rules are making transportation inaccessible for people who live with a disability.
King Street Pilot Project Sparks Accessibility Issues full article
By Tim Miller, The Intelligencer
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Tim Miller/The Intelligencer Local resident Bill Seeley sits in his electric scooter at the base of the stairs leading up to the second floor of the Stirling-Rawdon and District Recreation Centre. The upper floor, which is rented out for a variety of community activities, currently has no accessibility options for people with mobility issues.
Accessibility Concerns Raised in Stirling full article
Canadian Forces vet booted from mall, child with diabetes rejected from public places CBC News
Posted: Nov 22, 2017
Mike Rude says he often has trouble with people who don’t understand that his service dog, Spark, is allowed to accompany him almost everywhere.
Mike Rude, a veteran of nearly three decades with the Canadian Armed Forces, did not expect conflict when he went to the Valley Mall in Corner Brook, N.L., with his service dog, Spark.
Service Dog Handlers Face Bitter Pushback, Kicked Out of Public Places full article
North Bay Nugget
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
To the editor:
My brother, Jason, is the type of person who is happy to share whatever he has with those around him.
When there was a car accident in front of our home, he was there for survivors with water, blankets and gentle care until first-responders arrived. When a neighbour in need was depressed, Jason went to their home every day to do their dishes, bring a smile to her face, and accompany her to a community event once a week.
Our Communities are Dying the Death of 1,000 Cuts full article
Lack of leadership in accessibility isnt just a problem for the University of Ottawa.
As as someone who lives without a disability, a wheelchair ramp is one of the first things that comes to mind when I think of accessibility.
But accessibility goes far beyond this, especially in a campus context, expanding to measures such as proper snow removal in the winter and ensuring that students are able to see the text on a PowerPoint in class.
Accessing Education With a Disability Isn?t As Easy As We Think full article