For Torontonians with Disabilities, Riding the TTC is Still A Struggle

It will take nearly a decade for the entire system to be accessible. By Jessica Geboers
May 30, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Stairs at St. George Station. Photo by Jason Cook from the Torontoist Flickr Pool( to view this image visit the link at the end of this article).

On Universal Design: How Businesses Can Benefit From Boosting Accessibility

by Erik Mclaren

May 30, 2016

For people with mobility issues or cognitive disabilities, getting around can be a problem. Especially in cities where dense populations and ageing infrastructure can compound the problems of able-bodied people ignoring the needs of many.

On Thursday, experts in accessibility and universal design came together at the DMZ for a panel discussion on these issues, what’s being done, and where companies and the public still have room for improvement.

Understanding of Accessibility Continues to Thrive

Monday, May 30, 2016 | by The Brock News

Editor’s Note: Access Awareness Week is a yearly celebration to highlight the importance of accessibility and the many ways that it impacts our lives. Each day of this week we will feature an article looking at accessibility in its many forms, follow the link at the end of this article to read them.

Accessibility Online: A Neglected Frontier for People With Disabilities

Evelyn Harford, Ottawa Citizen
Published on: May 20, 2016 | Last Updated: May 20, 2016 7:33 PM EDT

When we think accessibility, we usually think about doors that open automatically, or ramps that lead up to buildings.

But what about accessibility online?

Ottawa tech leaders say web development needs to catch up and improve online accessibility for people with disabilities.

Wheelchair Bound Bolton Woman with MS Wants Call to Action on Accessibility

Bolton woman highlights accessibility issues with action

I can’t get inside

Bolton resident Kathleen Lynch sat outside Bolton businesses this past Saturday to highlight accessibility issues. Lynch suffers from MS and is wheelchair bound. Caledon Enterprise
By Matthew Strader

Accessibility was on the minds of local residents recently, and the reason was one intrepid Caledon resident who will not stop in her mission to inform the public.

Thornhill MPP Takes on Accessible Parking Issue

Private member’s bill to create provincial taskforce passes second reading Thornhill Liberal
By Simone Joseph

Thornhill MPP Gila Martow came one step closer to helping people who use handicapped parking earlier this month.

On May 5, she promoted and debated her private member’s bill, Bill 187: Commission of Inquiry into Accessible Parking in Municipalities Act, 2016, in the Ontario Legislature and it passed second reading.

University Students Earn Top Prizes for Accessible Designs at 2016 IDeA Competition

Ottawa – Two Carleton University students from the Faculty of Engineering and Design have been awarded top prizes at the annual Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) competition, organized by the Council of Ontario Universities.

Micah Rakoff Bellman and Melody Chen, both students of Carleton’s Industrial Design program, found their way to the podium, with Bellman’s design of a flexible kitchen work space taking first place and Chen’s design of an accessible closet storage unit in third.

Pedestrian crossing curbs need to be cut down to size: The Fixer

Some curbs have yet to be leveled with the surrounding pavement, even though it is city policy and a provincial requirement.

The curbs on each side of a pedestrian crosswalk on Packard Blvd. have not been cut down level with asphalt, even though it is city policy to do so, and a requirement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

By Jack Lakey
Staff Reporter
Mon., May 9, 2016