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King Street Pilot Project Sparks Accessibility Issues

680 NEWS
by Faiza Amin
Posted Nov 16, 2017 , 2017 at 11:26 am EST

Less than one week after the start of the King Street Pilot Project, one woman says she’s concerned the new rules are making transportation inaccessible for people who live with a disability.

Children With Disabilities are Being Denied Equal Opportunities for A Quality Education Across the World, Including in the UK

Researchers from the Faculty of Education have produced a new report on the current state of education for children with disabilities in both England and India. Here, Dr Nidhi Singal, one of the report’s authors, outlines some of the key statistics, and argues that teachers need better training and more support “underpinned by principles of inclusion”.

We need to invest in inclusive teaching and learning processes and not just changes to school infrastructure Nidhi Singal

Santa Claus Parade Adds Accessibility Spaces

By Julia McKay, Kingston Whig-Standard
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 4:53:02 EST PM

Santa Claus wishes the crowds Merry Christmas while he waves from his sleigh during the 2014 Kingston Nighttime Santa Claus parade route on Saturday November 22, 2014.

New to Kingston’s Nighttime Santa Claus Parade this year is the addition of three dedicated, accessible spaces for families and those with disabilities, the Rotary Comfort Zones.

Almost Half of Ontario Youth Miss School Because of Anxiety, Study Suggests

A survey commissioned by Children’s Mental Health Ontario suggests that children and parents miss school and work to cope with mental illness. By Samantha BeattieStaff Reporter
Tues., Nov. 14, 2017

Shannon Nagy, 20, at the Children’s Mental Health Ontario conference. The group released findings from a study that shows one in four Ontario parents have missed work to care for their child experiencing mental health issues and anxiety.

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.

Ontario Woman Calls for Better Accessibility at Toronto Coach Terminal

By David Shum
Web Producer Global News

One escalator is broken, the other only moves one direction at a time, and now the elevator is out of service.

A St. Catharines, Ont., woman who suffers from thyroid myalgia and travels to Toronto by bus to receive medical treatment is sounding the alarm about the continual accessibility issues plaguing the Toronto Coach Terminal.

Accommodations for Students and Employees With Disabilities Can Take Many Forms

November 10 2017

The Office of Disability Resources and Services fields a lot of calls from faculty, asking about their responsibilities when it comes to accommodating students with disabilities. Office director Leigh Culley understands why.

Zach Crighton, a 17-year-old high school student with cerebral palsy, meets with students in the Compassionate Design course taught by lecturer John Moalli. The students are hoping they can make improvements to Crighton’s wheelchair and communication tools. (Image credit: L.A. Cicero)

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.

New AODA Alliance Video on Accessibility Problems at Ryerson University Student Learning Centre Gets Great Media Coverage

Over 2,700 Views on YouTube in Four Days Since Its Launch Press Your Member of the Ontario Legislature to Watch It!

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

November 2, 2017

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eSSENTIAL Accessibility Bridges the Digital Divide for People with Disabilities With a New Android Application

Groundbreaking Technology Gives People with Physical Disabilities a Barrier-Free Mobile Experience TORONTO, Nov. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire

eSSENTIAL Accessibility, a digital accessibility solutions provider, today launched an Android application that makes it easier for individuals with physical disabilities to navigate the digital world.

Lack of Funding, Resources Blamed for Rise in Classroom Violence

Parents, teachers say children with special needs falling through the cracks Posted on November 1, 2017
By Dave Flaherty/The Oshawa Express

Pamela Downward, former health and safety officer for ETFO Durham, Eva Kyriakides, a member of the Durham District School Board special education advisory committee and Alison Massam, an education advisory member of the Ontario Autism Coalition, were among the speakers at a recent community forum hosted by ETFO Durham, the union representing elementary school teachers.

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.

Grassroots Disability Coalition Unveils Powerful New Video Showing Serious Accessibility Problems at the New Ryerson University Student Learning Centre

On 19th Anniversary of Landmark Unanimous Legislature Resolution Calling for Strong Accessibility Law, this Video Shows Ontario Falling Further Behind Schedule for Becoming Accessible by 2025

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Changes Will Regulate How New Facilities Are Built

By Jonathan Juha, Postmedia News
Friday, October 27, 2017

Future city-owned buildings and facilities are a step closer to become a bit more accessible for people with disabilities.

Pending formal approval from council, the city’s planning and heritage sub-committee voted unanimously on Thursday in favor of approving new accessibility guidelines, which will regulate how new city facilities are built, as well as any renovation projects done to properties currently owned by the city.

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.