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

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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.

Some People Are Using Accessible Parking Permits of Relatives Who’ve Died, police say

Over 1,300 misused permits seized last year, CBC Toronto has learned By John Lancaster, Michael Smee, CBC News Posted: Oct 31, 2017

Wendy Murphy of Spinal Cord Injury Ontario says she routinely sees people who appear to be misusing accessible parking permits, which means she’s left waiting for a spot.

Abuse of special parking permits for people with disabilities has become so pervasive that on many downtown Toronto streets almost all vehicles display one, a CBC Toronto investigation has found.

Yellowknife’s Transit Leaves Disabled Residents Unable to Attend Public Meetings, Says Advocate

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.

TTC to Retrofit Almost All Subway Stations to Fix Platform Gaps

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.

UPDATED: Handi-Van Fares Going Down

By Tina Depko-Denver
Updated: November-02-12 9:15 AM

BURLINGTON POST – Handi-Van fares will be reduced; free fares for blind passengers to be eliminated.

It will cost Handi-Van riders less to get around starting Jan. 1, 2013, with additional perks such as two-hour transfer windows, the ability to use the Presto card, and transfer onto other municipalities’ specialized transportation.

AODA Enforcement: Where is it?

Geof Collis
October 26, 2012

Have you been affected by an Accessibility issue that is not being addressed under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).?

The Government should have appointed Inspectors under the Act by now to enforce the Law:

New Priority and Courtesy Seating on Milton Transit

Posted on Wednesday October 17, 2012

Priority and Courtesy Seating decals will be installed inside all Milton Transit buses this week, in compliance with Section 49 of the Integrated Accessibility Standards (IAS, Ontario Regulation 191-11) and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA).

A section at the front of Milton Transit buses will be clearly marked with the new window decals to indicate Priority and Courtesy Seating areas.

New Campaign to Get McGuinty Government to Strengthen Enforcement of the AODA


October 15, 2012


Our newest campaign starts on Monday, October 29, 2012. Our aim is to get the McGuinty Government to strengthen the enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. We need your help. It’s easy. It just takes one phone call!

Toronto Wheelchair Users Can’t Count on City’s Cabs

Published on Tuesday October 09, 2012
Emily Mathieu
Staff Reporter

Melissa Graham, 28, who has been in a wheelchair all her life, paid $20 for a taxi ride that cost the Star $8.50. “We were pretty desperate and I think he knew that,” said Graham, who is a member of the city’s disability issues committee.

Accessibility After The Cart

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

RE: Town council to discuss bylaw exemptions to allow horse and buggy business in Navy Yard Park

With the exception of Councillor Diane Pouget, shame on council for putting accessibility after the cart. In particular, shame on Councillor Bart DiPasquale, a member of the town’s accessibility advisory committee, for not representing the rights of residents with disabilities.

AODA Alliance Releases a Report Card on the McGuinty Government Record at Keeping Its Twelve 2011 Election Promises on Disability Accessibility

September 5, 2012

On August 19, 2011, Premier McGuinty made 12 important election commitments on what his Government would do, if re-elected in the 2011 Ontario election, to ensure that Ontario becomes fully accessible to over 1.7 million Ontarians with disabilities by 2025. Those commitments were set out in a letter to the AODA Alliance.

County of Brant: Integrated Accessibility Standards for Transportation or “Who’s on First?”

By Karen McCall, M.Ed.
August 20, 2012

For those of you who haven’t been following the adventures of subsidized or is it specialized transportation in the County of Brant, here is a recap.

In May, the contractor for the specialized transportation service who had been operating without a contract for a year, increased the billing to the County.

McGuinty Government Belatedly Releases Guide to Implementing the Integrated Accessibility Standard for Accessible Transportation, Employment and Information and Communication ­ but Needs to Properly and Widely Publicize It!

August 13, 2012


Several days ago, evidently without proper publicity, the McGuinty Government quietly posted on the internet two important free resources to help public
and private sector organizations work towards becoming accessible to persons with disabilities. These resources give guidance on how to comply with the accessibility requirements in the Integrated Accessibility Regulation that the McGuinty Government enacted 14 months ago, in June 2011, under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The Integrated Accessibility Regulation sets out specific accessibility requirements in the areas of transportation, employment, and information and communication. These do not supersede the often-stronger accessibility requirements in the Ontario Human Rights Code.

How Effective is the Integrated Accessibility Standard, Part IV – Transportation? Not so Much!

By Karen McCall, M.Ed.
July 30, 2012

After reading the article on the Accessibility for Ontarians with disabilities Act blog entitled “Wheelchair Users Pay More for Taxis” there is even more evidence that those of us with disabilities are still being discriminated against in the area of accessible affordable transportation.

Wheelchair Users Pay More for Taxis

By L.H. Tiffany Hsieh
Jul 26, 2012 – 10:29 AM

MIKE BARRETTTaxi troublesAurora’s Tyler Barker says taxi companies are overcharging clients in wheelchairs.123Would you pay

$30 or more for a taxi ride of about three kilometres?

Tyler Barker did, but he had no choice. The 26-year-old Aurora resident has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair.

Due to his condition, taxi cabs are overcharging him, said Mr. Barker, who is on the town’s accessibility advisory committee.