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Venue Policies make Access2 Cards Less Effective

The Access2 card program is a great opportunity for people with disabilities to be part of their communities, but policies within partner institutions make it much less useful than it should be.

The Access2 card program was created in 2004 by Easter Seals Canada with help from Cineplex Entertainment and many national disability organizations. When a person with a disability who has an Access2 card comes to a partnering venue with a support person, the support person enters for free or at a reduced rate. Support persons may help people with disabilities:


At The Frank, Accessibility Obstacles Going, Going Gone

SMILES helps city ID issues that gave baseball park a bad rep By Mark Fischenich mfischenich@mankatofreepress.com
July 15, 2018

MANKATO John Aaker isn’t a huge baseball fan, but when he and his family moved into a house less than two blocks from Mankato’s premier baseball park he figured he would hit a few games. After all, the ball field was getting a well-publicized makeover with artificial turf, new scoreboards, more varied concessions, additional seating options and better bathrooms.


Accessible Camps for Children with Disabilities in Canada

Many Canadians have fond memories of summer camps. Not only are summer camps fun for kids, but they also provide the chance to develop skills and forge lasting friendships. Now, imagine a child can’t attend summer camp because they have a disability. They miss out on all the life-changing experiences. Similarly, they miss out on the happy memories that last a lifetime. The good news is that there are accessible camps for children with disabilities throughout Canada!


Accessibility at the 2018 World Cup in Russia

This year, Russia is hosting the 2018 World Cup. Many people from all over the world are attending the World Cup. Some may be wondering, what is accessibility at the 2018 World Cup like?

Accessibility at the 2018 World Cup by the Numbers

According to a BBC news video, people bought 22,000 special access tickets to the World Cup. Special access tickets are for people with mobility impairments. That means that accessibility at the 2018 World Cup affected 22,000 people. However, that number only represents people who bought the special access tickets. Chances are that accessibility at the 2018 World Cup affected more people.


A Look at Premier Doug Ford’s First Throne Speech from the Perspective of Ensuring that Ontario Becomes Accessible to 1.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities by 2025

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE
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July 13, 2018 Toronto: Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s first Throne Speech, read at Queen’s Park on July 12, 2018, said nothing about taking new action to ensure that Ontario becomes accessible to 1.9 million Ontarians with disabilities by 2025, the deadline which all parties set in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2005. Below the AODA Alliance identifies six passages in the Throne Speech which have implications for the accessibility needs of Ontarians with disabilities. The Throne Speech is where a Government sets out, at a high level, its priorities for action.