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Pickering Asks Durham Region Transit for Changes to Accessible Services

Jan 24, 2018
by Kristen Calis
Pickering News Advertiser

Better customer service is one of the improvements the Pickering accessibility advisory committee and Pickering council would like to see regarding Durham Region Transit’s treatment of people with disabilities and seniors.

Having been endorsed by council, a letter will be sent to Durham regional councillors asking them to collectively explore with DRT opportunities to improve its policies, procedures and practices to align itself better with values of the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

Blind Law Students Win ADA Suit

Blind Law Students Win ADA Suit
By Lindsay McKenzie
January 25, 2018

Blind students this week won a discrimination lawsuit against the legal education company BarBri — one of the country’s largest providers of bar exam preparation courses.

The law students said BarBri failed to provide fair and equal access to its test prep platform, including its mobile application, website and course materials, despite repeated requests for support.

Accessible Fire Safety Tips for Property Managers

Canada’s buildings are unprepared for increasing disability rates Tuesday, January 23, 2018
By Rebecca Melnyk

Buildings are unprepared for increasing disability rates in Canada, raising concerns among accessibility advocates who see the built environment as a laggard when it comes to fire safety.

Report #4: A Focus on the Consumer Perspective of Employment Programs and Services in Ontario

Prepared for: The Council of Canadians with Disabilities
Prepared by: Alexis Buettgen, Senior Research Consultant
Citizens With Disabilities Ontario

This is the fourth of six reports to the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) from Citizens With Disabilities – Ontario (CWDO). This report builds on the findings from our first three reports (found at with a focus on the consumer perspective of employment programs and services in Ontario. The information presented in this report comes from data collected during individual interviews and focus groups with people with various disabilities across the province. We also spoke with representatives from organizations representing persons with disabilities, primarily disabled peoples organizations.

The Wynne Government Offers Nothing New to Address Disability Barriers in the Built Environment

and Awaiting the Wynne Government’s Appointment of the next AODA Independent Review, and Other News on Accessibility to Start the New Year

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities

January 19, 2018

Happy new year. In our first Update for 2018, we bring you up to speed on some recent developments regarding:

Canadian Children Lack Accessible Play Spaces

Inclusivity also supports an aging population of caregivers who need access Thursday, January 18, 2018
By Rebecca Melnyk

Despite the fact that 92 per cent of Canadians agree that accessibility for people with disabilities is a basic human right, playgrounds across the country continue to leave children on the sidelines with design and maintenance practices that are not fully inclusive.

New App Helps Disabled Drivers Refuel

The Problem Disabled Drivers Face

Filling up the car is one of the biggest challenges for disabled drivers. But it’s also a challenge for gas stations to help, sometimes they have people available, but sometimes they are single manned and can’t help for security reasons.

For the disabled driver, they don’t know which station can help, which can mean driving from station to station to find one that can help.

The Government of Canada Improves Accessibility for Canadians With Disabilities in Hamilton, Ontario

HAMILTON, ON, Jan. 13, 2018 /CNW

Accessibility for people with disabilities will soon be improved at L’Arche Hamilton, thanks to the Enabling Accessibility Fund.

The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, toured the ongoing project at L’Arche today to witness first-hand how this Government of Canada-funded program has on changing lives.

L’Arche Hamilton recently received $9,110 through the Enabling Accessibility Fund to enhance access to their facility and eliminate physical barriers for Canadians with disabilities.

Companies, Give People With Disabilities Access to the Superhighway

Expand internet access
With a few tweaks to a website, businesses can avoid lawsuits and do what is best for those with disabilities. By Todd Paton
January 16, 2018

The demise of brick-and-mortar retail operations is just one of many examples illustrating our preference for website shopping. Once thought to be the exception, it is now regarded as the rule. The same trend applies for ordering food, banking, and applying for jobs, to name a few more.

TTC Posts $73M Budget Surplus Due to Drop in Wheel-Trans Demand, Clampdown on Benefits Fraud

Advocate for people with disabilities says entire surplus should go to making TTC more accessible By Philip Lee-Shanok, CBC News Posted: Jan 13, 2018

A lower than forecast demand for Wheel-Trans to get around the city has resulted in a subsidy surplus for the TTC. Half a million fewer rides translated into $15 million in savings.

Campaign Gets Major Lift

By Tim Miller, The Intelligencer
Friday, January 12, 2018

The second floor of the Stirling-Rawdon and District Recreation Centre, which is rented out for a variety of community activities, currently has no accessibility options for people with mobility issues.

STIRLING-RAWDON – Christmas came a little early for the Stirling and District Lions Club.

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.

Council Directs Staff to Create a New Design for Ballantyne Avenue That Includes Sidewalks on Both Sides of the Street

By Jonathan Juha, Postmedia News
Monday, January 8, 2018
Stratford city hall

Ballantyne Avenue residents scored an important victory Monday night, as council decided to support a motion asking staff to create a new design for the street that includes two sidewalks.

Though council’s vote doesn’t mean the street will get to keep both its sidewalks yet, Justine Brotherston, a resident of the street and who gave a presentation to council before the 6-4 vote, called the decision an important first step.

Accessibility Ramp Rebuild Removed From Perth Countys 2018 Budget

By Galen Simmons, Stratford Beacon Herald
Sunday, January 7, 2018

In this Beacon Herald file photo from March 2, 2017, past Perth County Warden, Mert Schneider, and Perth County accessibility coordinator Julia Opie discuss the Service Ontario ramp on the Perth County courthouse campus.

In this Beacon Herald file photo from March 2, 2017, past Perth County Warden, Mert Schneider, and Perth County accessibility coordinator Julia Opie discuss the Service Ontario ramp on the Perth County courthouse campus.