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Elections Ontario Invites Ontarians to Provide Feedback on Accessibility of Proposed Voting Locations for the 2018 General Election

News provided by Elections Ontario
Dec 05, 2017

Public consultation will run online from December 5 to January 5, 2018
TORONTO, Dec. 5, 2017 /CNW/ – Today marks the first day of a month-long public consultation process on the accessibility of proposed voting locations for the 2018 General Election.

Until January 5, 2018, members of the public can visit http://www.elections.on.ca to view the proposed voting locations and provide feedback online about the accessibility of these sites.

News Release: Anniversary of Wynne Government Inaction

One Year After Promising A New Regulation for One-Third of a Million Ontario Students with Disabilities to Tear Down Disability Barriers in Schools, Colleges and Universities, Why Hasn’t Premier Wynne Appointed the Mandatory Advisory Committee to Recommend What that Regulation Should Include?

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE

Toronto Needs Wider, Unobstructed Sidewalks, Disability and Pedestrian Advocates Say

Toronto – CBC News

As she navigates Toronto’s sidewalks, Yin Brown finds herself dodging a dizzying array of obstacles.

“I smash into patio fences, trip over cafe chairs, get stuck in bicycle racks, walk into trees and even knock down seniors,” said the president of Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians.

Given those challenges, she said too many people like her have simply given up walking in the city.

Much Remains to Be Done When It Comes to Quality of Life and Safety

As International Day of Persons with Disabilities approaches, Hamilton’s Sarah Jama takes stock CBC News Posted: Nov 30, 2017

Sarah Jama says there is much to be done when it comes protect and provide quality of life for the city’s most vulnerable residents.

Sarah Jama is an outreach coordinator at the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion and a disability justice activist in Hamilton Ontario.

On the Eve of the International Day for People with Disabilities, will the Wynne Government Invest $125 Million In Another New Public University Building Whose Preliminary Design Has Serious Accessibility Problems?

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE
NEWS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 1, 2017 Toronto: On the eve of the International Day for People with Disabilities (December 3), it looks like millions of provincial dollars are destined for another brand-new building with serious disability accessibility problems, in a preliminary design revealed two days ago. These problems are similar to some of those which the grassroots AODA Alliance made public a month ago in the Ryerson Student Learning Centre a YouTube video that has gone viral. It shocked many that a new public building could be designed with such accessibility problems.

The AODA Alliance Launches Part 2 of Its Series of Online Videos on the Campaign for Accessibility, to Mark the 23rd Anniversary of Ontario’s Grassroots Campaign for Disability Accessibility

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities http://www.aodaalliance.org aodafeedback@gmail.com Twitter: @aodaalliance

November 29, 2017

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A Great New Resource at Your Fingertips

Today the AODA Alliance is delighted to unveil Part 2 of its series of online videos. These tell the story of the campaign for accessibility in Ontario.

Our Communities are Dying the Death of 1,000 Cuts

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.

Accessing Education With a Disability Isnt As Easy As We Think

Graham Robertson
2017/11/27

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.

Accessibility Concerns Raised in Stirling

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.

Service Dog Handlers Face Bitter Pushback, Kicked Out of Public Places

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.

Pedestrian Travel for Persons With Disabilities Can Be Difficult and Occasionally Risky

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.

Amazing Responses to, Including More Media Coverage of our New Video on Serious Accessibility Problems at Ryerson University’s New Student Learning Centre

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 aodafeedback@gmail.com Twitter: @aodaalliance

November 17, 2017

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King Street Pilot Project Sparks Accessibility Issues

680 NEWS
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.

Children With Disabilities are Being Denied Equal Opportunities for A Quality Education Across the World, Including in the UK

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

Santa Claus Parade Adds Accessibility Spaces

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.