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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.

Exploring a $55-Billion Untapped Market

RichDONOVAN
Special to The Globe and Mail
September 29, 2017

CEO and founder of Return on Disability.

Canadian business has struggled since 1989 to hire people with disabilities in any material numbers. This is not a uniquely Canadian phenomenon. The experience has been repeated globally by millions of companies.

This struggle is rooted in knee-jerk reactions to regulation and can be avoided by doing what business does best: understanding and serving a new market a big new market.

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.

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

NORTH BAY – Service animals provide support for a multitude of disabilities, the most common being visual, hearing and mobility. But beyond the physical, service animals are used to assist people living with mental health issues which include, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety.

Ontario Taking Steps to Increase Employment for People with Disabilities

New Employers’ Partnership Table to Help Connect People to Jobs and Businesses to Talent September 27, 2017
Accessibility Directorate of Ontario

Ontario has established a new Employers’ Partnership Table to advise the government on innovative ways to connect more people with disabilities to jobs and businesses to talent.

Tracy MacCharles, Minister Responsible for Accessibility, was in Toronto today to make the announcement at the Accessibility Innovation Showcase Employer Forum.

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

A seriously Flawed Human Rights Tribunal Decision Rules Against the Request of a Nine Year Old Boy with Autism Spectrum Disorder to Bring His Autism Service Dog to School

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

September 25, 2017

SUMMARY

Here is yet another compelling reason why Ontario needs to enact a strong and effective Education Accessibility Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act to tear down the many unfair disability accessibility barriers that impede students with disabilities in Ontario’s education system. Almost ten months ago, Premier Wynne promised to create an Education Accessibility Standard. Almost 10 months later, no Standards Development Committee has been appointed to start to work on it.

CBC Radio Reports on Serious Recurring Accessibility Barriers on Toronto Transit Commission

Will Reforms to Ontario’s 2011 Transportation Accessibility Standard Ensure These Barriers are Removed by 2025?

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

September 20, 2017

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Driving a Taxi is Not a ‘Legal’ Right

TIMES COLONIST, SEPTEMBER 23, 2017
Re: “Taxi driver has rights in dispute with passenger,” letter, Sept. 21.

Guide dogs can greatly increase accessibility for the blind, but
unfortunately they can also result in them being discriminated against and refused services. As a result, governments have passed legislation (e.g.,
Guide and Service Dog Act) to explicitly protect the rights of the blind and to prohibit anyone from denying them access to public buildings or public services. There are no exceptions or exemptions in the legislation.

Blind Man Says Tribunal Ruling Aids in Discrimination

Louise Dickson / Times Colonist
September 20, 2017

Graeme McCreath stood in the B.C. Court of Appeal, his German shepherd guide dog at his feet, and asked the judges to imagine being refused hotel or rental accommodation or having taxis deliberately pass by.

“Imagine not having access to any public place or even service in a restaurant,” McCreath said Tuesday.

“All these things have happened to blind people, not just once, but many times even though we have stringent clear laws protecting the vulnerable.”