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We Need to Build Accessibility Into Our Digital Workplaces!

By Martin White | Jan 11, 2018

As our reliance on technology increases within the digital workplace, are we at risk of disenfranchising part of our workforce? PHOTO: Brian Suda

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, one in five people have some form of physical or cognitive disability. And yet as of 2016, only 17.9 percent of people with disabilities were employed, compared with 65.3 percent of people without a disability.

Payment Companies Face Service, Compliance Gaps for the Visually Impaired

By Ernie Crawford
Published January 11 2018

The convenience of online payments can both enhance the customer experience and accelerate the payment cycle and cash flow.

However, this win-win scenario breaks down if the consumer is unable to make use of the payment processing websitewhich may happen if they are blind or partially sighted and the website or the documents contained on it are not made accessible.

U of T’s New Mental Health Policy is Shameful

David Campion-Smith
2017/10/30

The mandatory leave program is only the most recent in a line of poor treatment plans.

Policies shouldn’t force students with mental health issues out of school

In most cases, a university proposing a new measure to provide mental health treatment to students is viewed as something positive. But the University of Toronto’s proposed mandatory leave program is not one of these cases, and in fact is further proof that that school is more concerned with protecting its academic reputation than with the mental wellbeing of its students.

Toronto Pearson Launches Innovative Technology to Support Accessibility for those with Cognitive Special Needs

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Greater Toronto Airports Authority

TORONTO, Oct. 25, 2017 /CNW/ – As part of Autism Awareness month in Canada, Toronto Pearson is proud to be the first airport in the world to partner with MagnusCards, an app offering digital how-to guides (Card Decks) for people with autism and other cognitive special needs.

No Dogs Allowed: Uber Driver’s Ignorance a Barrier for Deaf-Blind Athlete and Guide Dog

Megan Gillis
Published on: October 23, 2017 | Last Updated: October 23, 2017

Kevin Frost, who is legally deaf and blind, has been initially refused service by Uber three times in the last month as he tried to access it with his service dog, Lewis. That’s against the law.

Being legally deaf and blind hasn’t stopped Kevin Frost from becoming a high-performance athlete and sought-after motivational speaker, but Uber drivers’ ignorance of the law put the brakes on him three times this month.

Local Man Wants Law to Regulate Service Dogs

“The accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 doesn’t currently include legislation that defines proper training and accreditation for service animals’ Chip Kean Certified Professional Dog Obedience Instructor October 12, 2017
by: Linda Holmes

A professional dog obedience instructor in North Bay is petitioning the Ontario government to pass what he calls ‘much needed’ legislation regulating service dogs and their training.

Taxi Ruling a Black Mark for Justice

Times Colonist
October 11, 2017
Re: “Victoria guide-dog owner loses discrimination suit over taxi ride,” Oct. 7.

Silly me. All this time, I have believed that our justice system was based on proof.

At no time in the Graeme McCreath/Victoria Taxi case – I was present throughout both the human-rights tribunal and the
Supreme Court hearings – was any “proof” of driver allergy presented. At the original rights hearing, the driver in question
was absent (“unavailable”) and the Victoria Taxi manager neither produced nor was asked to produce medical documentation for his driver. The transcript doesn’t mention it, either.

Ontario: Chihuahua as Service Dog Getting No Respect

‘I deal with PTSD and anxiety issues when I’m outside the house. Chico helps me deal with that stress of going out,’ says Leo Hansen about his service dog by: Linda Holmes
Sept. 28, 2017

Leo Hansen says service dog helps him deal with PTSD and anxiety

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

Store Owner Gives the Boot to Blind Sudbury Man and His Service Dog

Guy Carriere said he felt profoundly discriminated against after the owner of a local business told him the police would be called if he and his service dog showed up again by: Matt Durnan
Sept 6, 2017

Guy Carriere and his service dog, Dixon were asked to leave a local gas station on Aug. 16.

Guy Carriere’s sense of independence has grown by leaps and bounds since acquiring his service dog, Dixon, a little over a year ago.

Guide Dogs Do Serious Work

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Many blind and partially sighted Canadians still find themselves in challenging and frustrating situations when trying to access public spaces such as cabs, B&Bs, restaurants and shopping establishments.

In all of Canada’s 13 jurisdictions, human rights legislation prohibits discriminating against a person with a disability working with a service animal. Discrimination includes denial of access to any premises to which the public would normally have access.

Ontario Tribunal Rules Autistic Boy Can?t Bring Service Dog to Class

Michelle McQuigge
TORONTO
The Canadian Press
August 31, 2017

Ontario’s human rights tribunal has ruled that a nine-year-old autistic boy can’t bring his service dog with him into class.

The decision says Kenner Fee’s family failed to prove that having his black Labrador Ivy in the classroom would help him with his education.

Toronto Couple with Service Dog Barred From Prince Edward County B&B

Prominent lawyer and accessibility advocate says that’s against the law By John Rieti and Taylor Simmons, CBC News
Posted: Aug 17, 2017

The owners of this Bloomfield, Ont. B&B say they weren’t told some of their guests were bringing a service dog until they arrived. Refusing to welcome them has resulted in a series of critical posts online.

When I’m Not Here, the Dog is Her Comfort

By Cheryl Clock, The Standard
Friday, June 23, 2017 9:37:57 EDT PM

Evelyn Lockie, 88 and Tina are inseparable. Tina is Evelyn’s service dog, trained to give her emotional support. Cheryl Clock

The blue leash is a lifeline. A connection so important, she holds on to it even in her sleep.

D’AMATO: Is a School a Public Place? Question Affects Boy and His Service Dog

Opinion Jun 22, 2017
by Luisa D’Amato
Waterloo Region Record

Is a school a public place?

It’s a simple question, but you could answer it either way.

This is what is at the heart of an Ontario Human Rights Commission hearing in Waterloo that will decide if a boy with autism has the right to have his service dog in the classroom with him.