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Levelling the Playing Field

The role of accommodations in academia
By: Hillary Jones, Contributor
Posted on October 16, 2017

Lakehead, like all other universities and businesses in Ontario, is required to comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you’ve had a job in Ontario at any point in your life, you’ve likely been told about the AODA along with other standard workplace trainings like WHMIS. When you’re sitting through these often monotonous training days, it can be easy to lose sight of the relevance of these policies to our daily lives. However, as midterm season is upon us, one university policy relating to the AODA may become more prominent: accommodations.

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

Completing your accessibility compliance report

Follow these steps to complete an accessibility compliance report for your business, not-for-profit or public-sector organization.


Port Robinson Ferry Meeting Accessibility Standards

By Laura Barton, Tribune Staff
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Port Robinson ferry service, Bridget-it, operator Trevor Neufeld stands beside the accessibility ramp on the ferry, which goes out onto the newly graded dock. He’s hoping it will encourage more people to use the service. The project began earlier this summer and was completely mid-June; it was partly funded by the St. Lawrence Seaway. Laura Barton/Welland Tribune/Postmedia Network

Recent upgrades done to the Port Robinson ferry and its docks mean it is now accessible to people with disabilities.

Educational Organizations, Libraries, and the AODA

Charles Paul Hoffman

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) sets the goal of creating an accessible Ontario by the year 2025. Because of their important role, it is especially important for schools, libraries, and other educational organizations to be accessible for students, parents, and patrons with disabilities.

Toronto Looking to Crack Down on Misuse of Accessible Parking Permits

by News staff
Posted Jul 25, 2017

The City of Toronto is looking to crack down on drivers who misuse parking permits to park in spots for people with disabilities.

Coun. Joe Mihevc, who is spearheading the movement, is recommending that anyone who applies for an accessible parking permit prove they need it via an independent vetting process similar to one in New York.

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.

Communication Support for Disabled Crime Victims ‘Ignored’ by Justice System, Advocates Say

Disabled Canadians are at high risk of sexual abuse often because they can’t communicate with police.

Barbara Collier runs a training program to teach speech-language pathologists how to help people with disabilities communicate with police and in court. By Peter GoffinStaff Reporter
Mon., July 10, 2017

He needed to tell police he’d been sexually abused, but he couldn’t speak.

About a decade ago, speech-language pathologist Barbara Collier was called on to help a Toronto man with cerebral palsy communicate with police.

MobilityPlus to Take Another Look at Dialysis Rides

News Jul 07, 2017
by Johanna Weidner Waterloo Region Record|

WATERLOO REGION The region will take a closer look at MobilityPlus to ensure the right people are using the service, including the possibility of finding other transportation for dialysis patients.

Currently, upward of one in four riders is a person travelling for dialysis treatment.

“It’s very big,” said Dave Smith, assistant manager of specialized services for the Region of Waterloo.

“We’re taking a lot of rides away from people.”

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.

LETTER: A Step in the Right Direction

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Oro-Medonte council should be applauded for moving our township into the 21st Century by recently deciding to include electronic voting in the next municipal election.

The 2018 voting process will now include options for paper ballot in advance polls, in addition to telephone and Internet voting for a longer period of time (a week to 10 days).

At the municipal level, Canada has become a world leader in Internet voting, with six provinces already passing legislation to allow various forms of electronic participation.

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.

Employees With Disabilities Need More Than a Government Strategy, Say Advocates

Meagan Gillmore
June 20, 2017
Rabble news

The Ontario government’s recently announced strategy to increase employment of people with disabilities lacks concrete details about how to meet the complex problem, disability advocates say.

The strategy, called Access Talent, was released earlier this month. It challenges all Ontario employers with more than 20 employees to hire at least one more person with a disability, resulting in approximately 56,000 more jobs.