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Companies, Give People With Disabilities Access to the Superhighway

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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.

How to Protect Disability Rights in 2018

By: s.e. smith
December 26, 2017

Disability rights have always been an important political issue in the United States, but in 2017, the growing profile of activist group ADAPT highlighted what’s at stake. The fight for health care is only a small part of the larger battle for full inclusion in society something that will be under threat in 2018, thanks to Republican policies.

I Dread it: Navigating London’s Winter Sidewalks in a Wheelchair

City will deploy more than 40 sidewalk plows after 8 cm of snowfall CBC News Posted: Jan 03, 2018

Katie Schmidt wants the city to step up its weather maintenance amid frigid temperatures to decrease the challenges of navigating winter sidewalks in a wheelchair.

For the 26-year-old Kings University College student, the dreadful bus ride home after class means she’ll soon have to face the frustration of often uncleared sidewalks when she gets off.

Long-Sought New Accessibility Law Coming in 2018, But What Will it Look Like?

CTV News
Michelle McQuigge
The Canadian Press, December 29, 2017

TORONTO — Canadians with disabilities have their sights firmly set on 2018 when the federal government is expected to usher in long-sought legislation designed to increase accessibility nationwide. The governing Liberals have promised to create a bill that would remove barriers in federally regulated sectors such as banking, interprovincial transportation, telecommunications and government-run services such as Canada Post.

Where We’ve Failed to Live Up to the Promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act

By Ted Kennedy, Jr.
Updated 2:22 PM ET, Tue December 26, 2017

Today, as a result, people with disabilities face far fewer barriers to mobility and communication. Thanks to innovations ranging from curb cuts and Braille on ATMs to improved access to education and healthcare, people with disabilities lead more productive lives and can contribute more to our nation’s economy.

Heathrow Enhances Service for Passengers with Hidden and Visible Disabilities

18 December, 2017

Heathrow today announced a multi-million pound package of investments and tools to improve the travel experience of passengers with disabilities and mobility restrictions at the airport.

  • Airport and airline partners invest £23 million in new contract with partner OmniServ to improve passenger service for those living with disabling conditions or mobility restrictions

OC Transpo Fined $25K for Failing to Call Out Bus Stops

Enforcement officers from Canadian Transportation Agency checked buses after CBC report CBC News, December 19, 2017.

Terrance Green and his wife Lorraine Green are both visually impaired and rely on OC Transpo’s bus stop announcements to navigate the city.

The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) has hit OC Transpo with a hefty fine after enforcement officers discovered major stops were not being called out on three trips.

Bard’s on Market Square and The Hub earns the 2017 accessible business award from Stratfords accessibility advisory committee

By Terry Bridge, Stratford Beacon Herald
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 2:58:56 EST PM

Peter Zein presents the accessible business award on behalf of Stratford’s accessibility advisory committee and the city to Bard’s on Market Square and The Hub owner Kevin Larson on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 in Stratford, Ont.

There’s a common refrain Peter Zein hears from business owners when it comes to improving accessibility.

Accessibility Awareness Remains Low as Deadline Approaches

By Martin Lind
Dec 11, 2017

Beginning Jan. 18, 2018, government agencies across the U.S. will be required by law to make their websites accessible to the more than 60 million Americans with visual, hearing or other disabilities. Yet more than 87 percent of 430+ local government respondents to Vision’s 2017 What’s Next Survey said they have moderate, weak or no knowledge of federal web accessibility requirements.