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Making a Home Accessible Can Make All the Difference as We Age

by David Nickle
City Centre Mirror

Aging at home

Med+ Home Health Care manager Ron Wiskin (left) and homeowner Sandra Sexton stands in the acessible bathroom being built at her Hendon Avenue home, on Monday, Sept. 25, that will accommodate her husband and aging parents.

Sandra and Dan Sexton are doing the kind of work on their North York home that usually comes much later in life.

Accessibility Advocates Looking to Expand the Scope of the StopGap Program in the City

‘If you have to ask then it is not accessible’
By Jonathan Juha, Postmedia News
Saturday, October 7, 2017
From left to right, Cindy Walker, Sean Beech and their children, Theodore and Hendrik; UPS employee Ron Musselman; and Roger Koert, chair of the city’s accessibility advisory committee. They are all supporters and beneficiaries of the StopGap initiative and would like to see it expand, so participating businesses leave the ramps outside during business hours.

How an Ottawa Cancer Patient is Trying to Make CHEO More Accessible for Everyone

Bruce Deachman, Ottawa Citizen
Published on: October 6, 2017

Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario(CHEO) CEO Alex Munter and leukemia patient Sarah Telford.

Just before the elevator doors opened at CHEO, Sarah Telford playfully, but pointedly, picked up a nearby yellow caution cone the kind that warn of wet floors, spills and whatnot and placed it in front of the elevator. When the doors opened, the elevator’s lone occupant, hospital CEO Alex Munter, was compelled to negotiate his way around the obstacle as he exited, no small feat considering that he was in a wheelchair.

Daniels Leads Industry in Accessible Housing

Accessibility Designed Program creates inclusive living spaces for people using mobility devices

TORONTO, Oct. 3, 2017 /CNW/ – The Daniels Corporation announced a new program offering condominium suites designed specifically for purchasers who use mobility devices. Called ‘Accessibility Designed Program’ (ADP), suites within this innovative program will exceed Ontario Building Code (OBC) requirements by including features such as roll-out/low-threshold balconies with a swing door and large roll-in showers with mosaic tile flooring as standard, at no extra cost.

A Prisoner in Her Own Home

By Linda Crabtree, The Standard
Friday, September 29, 2017

In 2008, when Sandra Groves moved into her Roehampton Avenue apartment she was walking. Now, nine years later, due to multiple health issues including a balance and muscle condition, she uses an electric wheelchair to get around if she can get out of her building.

A Campus of Hurdles

Three student perspectives on accessibility issues at U of T By Varsity Contributors
Published: 2:27 am, 25 September 2017

The University of Toronto remains inaccessible to its students in a number of ways. Below, Comment contributors reflect on access to campus spaces, note-taking through Accessibility Services, and the need for comprehensive and detail-oriented accommodation.

Providing notes to those who need them should be a shared effort

Burlington Woman in Wheelchair Calls Condo Hunting ‘An Unacceptable Nightmare’

by John Bkila
Burlington Post
September 8, 2017
Cheryl Cousens, 31, wants to move out of her family home, but cannot find accessible condos/apartments in Burlington. Some are wide enough for her to move around, but bathroom facilities, kitchens and laundry rooms are not built to be accessible to people with mobility issues.

At 31, Cheryl Cousens says she can’t have what many single adults take for granted their independence.

Built Environment Accessibility Audit, Largest in Manitoba History

University of Manitoba in early stages of campus-wide assessment to identify physical accessibility barriers Winnipeg, July 26, 2017

Adaptability Canada is undertaking a campus-wide audit of the University of Manitoba’s built environment to identify accessibility barriers. The project involves over 100 buildings and 560,000+ sq. metres of space. It is part of the university’s response to the Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA) and its ongoing commitment to fostering and providing an accessible environment.

Washrooms at Kirby’s Beach are Officially Open for Business in Bracebridge

Community Jul 24, 2017
by Mary Beth Hartill
Bracebridge Examiner

Mayor Graydon Smith gets a hand from some beach visiting friends cutting the ribbon on the newly renovated washrooms at Kirby’s Beach Park on July 21.

The Town of Bracebridge, Rotary Club of Bracebridge and members of the town’s accessibility advisory committee invited folks to the beach Friday afternoon, July 21, for a celebratory ribbon cutting and barbecue.

New Pedestrian-Activated Crossing Signals Provide Safe Passage in Downtown St. Marys

By Galen Simmons, Stratford Beacon Herald
Thursday, July 20, 2017

According to St. Marys director of public works, Jed Kelly, the installation of pedestrian-activated signalized crossings at the town’s three downtown intersections have improved both pedestrian safety and traffic flow.

St. Marys council originally voted to change the signals from automated to pedestrian-activated based on recommendations from a downtown traffic study conducted in 2015, prior to the town’s streetscape reconstruction last summer.

Braille on Map at New Toronto Park ‘Not Accessible’

By Erica Vella
Digital Broadcast Journalist Global News

Walking into the new Trillium Park, visitors are greeted by a map highlighting the trail’s attractions in both written and braille instructions for people who are visually impaired.

But if you look a little closer and touch the map visitors to the downtown Toronto park will soon realize the braille is printed on a flat board and is useless to those who need it.

Lack of Accessibility at New Orillia Restaurant Angers Resident

By Mehreen Shahid, Orillia Packet & Times
Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Orillia resident Larry Wilson is disappointed by a lack of accessibility provided by a new business on Mississaga Street.

Larry Wilson is lucky enough to be Irish but not lucky enough to enjoy a pint at a new watering hole set to open in downtown Orillia.

The Orillia resident, who uses a mobility scooter, was excited as work began on the Cara Operations franchise Fionn MacCool’s.

ICC Releases Update to Building Accessibility Standard

ICC A117.1 provides greater accessibility to buildings for persons with physical disabilities June 29, 2017
PRNewswire

The International Code Council (ICC) released an update to the 2009 ICC A117.1 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities standard that provides greater accessibility to buildings for persons with physical disabilities and incorporates new elements of building design.

The 2017 standard is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) American National Standard and was developed through a consensus-based process that brings together all the stakeholders, including disability-rights groups, code officials, product manufacturers, design professionals, and facility owners and managers.

Accessibility Equipment Added To Sandpoint Beach

Liz Thorne
Saturday June 24th, 2017
City News

New accessibility equipment is now in place at Sandpoint Beach.

The two Mobi Chairs have been added that will allow individuals to roll along the new accessible beach mats right into the water where they become floating wheelchairs.

“Municipalities are leaders on the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act,” said Councillor Sleiman. “Investments such as those unveiled today and the exercise equipment unveiled earlier this week at Huron Lodge exceed the legislative requirements and helps ensure access for everyone.”

Binbrook Conservation Area Sees Many Improvements

Trails upgraded to allow for greater accessibility
News Jun 23, 2017
by Tamara Botting
The Sachem

The walkway around the washrooms at the Binbrook Conservation Area has been redone so that it is wider, with less of a slope. This is one aspect of the accessibility updates being done at the park.

There have been a number of improvements made to the Binbrook Conservation Area to make sure everyone can enjoy the park and all its amenities.