Disabled Transit Users Pitch Ideas for Uber Accessibility Cash

By Laura Osman , CBC News Posted: Jan 31, 2018

Kathleen Gorman has used Para Transpo for 20 years. She pitched several different ways to spend the money the city collects from Uber.

People with physical disabilities want to see $450,000 collected from Uber used to improve Para Transpo service, but city staff warned them not to set their expectations too high.

Group Questions LRT Accessibility for Visually Impaired

Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians meeting with city officials Monday CBC News Posted: Jan 29, 2018

The Ottawa chapter of the Alliance for the Equality of Blind Canadians is concerned Ottawa’s new LRT trains won’t be easily accessible for visually impaired riders.

Just when Ottawa’s new light rail system will be up and running remains an open question, but some blind and visually impaired transit users are already raising concerns the trains won’t be properly equipped to meet their needs.

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 http://www.cwdo.org) 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.