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iCan Bike: Teaching Kids with Disabilities to Ride Bikes

Learning to ride a bike is a rite of passage. However, teaching kids with disabilities to ride bikes may be difficult. That’s because the process of learning to ride a bike doesn’t account for accessibility. So, parents may not teach kids with disabilities to ride a bike at all, or kids with disabilities may become discouraged. In response, iCan Bike is trying to make it easier to teach kids with disabilities to ride a bike. The program is designed to help kids with disabilities ride bikes using special techniques and adaptive bikes.


‘Childish’: Creemore Man Describes Efforts to Get Clearview to Produce Accessible Documents

Peter Lomath takes fight to get township to provide AODA-complaint documents to province News Aug 10, 2018 by Ian Adams Wasaga Sun

Peter Lomath said he is taking his request for Clearview Township to provide municipal documents in a format that meets accessibility requirements directly to the province.


The GRIT Freedom Chair: Pushing the Limits on Accessibility

GRIT is a company dedicated to changing the lives of people with mobile disabilities. The creators of the Freedom Chair studied mechanical engineering at MIT. After receiving the help of many industry professionals, these engineers were able to design an all-terrain mobility device. The chair is for people with mobile disabilities to go off-road and experience a life off the pavement.


Adaptive Clothing Brands Offered in Canada

Many people do not think twice about getting dressed. They might think of the style of the clothes they want to wear, but they may not put much thought into the function of clothes. However, this is not the case for many people with disabilities. Indeed, it can be difficult to find functional, stylish, and adaptive clothing for people with:


  • Mobility or medical devices
  • Disabilities affecting limb length or body structure

Human Rights complaint against hospital to be heard Aug. 30

Melissa McKee wants Orillia hospital to better accommodate deaf, hard-of-hearing patients

August 8, 2018
by: Nathan Taylor

An Orillia woman is preparing to make an appearance before the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal after filing a complaint against Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH).

Melissa McKee will head to Toronto Aug. 30 for a three-hour mediation/adjudication hearing at the Social Justice Tribunals Ontario/Ontario Rights Tribunal of Ontario in Toronto. The main issue for McKee is the way OSMH’s emergency department announces patients’ last names in the wait room.