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New Initiatives on Campus Aim to Improve Accessibility

Mary Dare Martin, News Editor
Feb 28, 2018

An accessibility sign stands in front of Talley Student Union on Wednesday. These signs are important for showing people an alternative path to take to access major campus buildings.

NC State efforts to improve accessibility on campus for students, faculty, staff and visitors have increased over the past year to include not only physical accommodations, but educational and online ones as well.

Dundas Service Ontario Office Encouraged to Improve Accessibility

Local pressure appears to have resulted in temporary fix
News Feb 23, 2018 by Craig Campbell
Dundas Star News

Ontario’s Ministry of Government and Consumer Services has been encouraging the private operator of Dundas’ Service Ontario office at 17 King St. E. to improve accessibility, and local pressure appears to have resulted in at least a temporary fix.

Widespread Economic Benefits To Be Gained From Making Workplaces More Accessible For People With Disabilities

News provided by
Conference Board of Canada

OTTAWA, Feb. 23, 2018 /CNW

Making work spaces and facilities more accessible would allow people with physical disabilities to participate more fully in the workforce, lifting overall economic activity by $16.8 billion by 2030, according to a new report by The Conference Board of Canada.

City to Expand Service Area for Handy-Transit

By Len Gillis
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Handy-Transit service in Timmins will be provided to a wider area of Timmins, but also at a higher cost. In view of the fact that taxi companies in the city have not provided any accessible taxicabs, the city has decided to offer a pay-as-you-go Handy-Transit service to remote and rural areas of the city, with fares running as high as $30.

Supreme Court Ruling Affirms Injured Workers’ Rights on the Job

Decision sets a higher standard for lengths employers must go to find a suitable role for injured employees after a workplace accident.

“The fact is many workers who have permanent impairments are not returning to work,” says Karl Crevar, who has been an advocate for injured workers since his workplace accident in 1987. By Sara Mojtehedzadeh
Toronto Star, Feb. 18, 2018

Children’s Book Series Aims to Encourage Inclusion of People With Disabilities

The Canadian Press
Published on: February 19, 2018

TORONTO Ontario’s provincial government has published a series of children’s books aimed at encouraging inclusion and acceptance of people with disabilities.

Books with titles such as “I’m Smart in My Own Way” are meant to teach children the benefits of understanding diverse and varied experiences.

The initiative is related to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act(AODA).

Members of New Advisory Board Want Nova Scotia to Rethink Accessibility

12 people have been chosen to advise province on how to implement new act By Emma Smith, CBC News Posted: Feb 18, 2018

Nova Scotia’s Accessibility Act required half of the board to be people with disabilities.

Members of Nova Scotia’s new accessibility advisory board say it’s time to think about accessibility in a new way as the province works to implement legislation.

Promised New Canada Accessibility Legislation Expected to Be Introduced into Parliament for Debate This Spring

The AODA Alliance Writes Kirsty Duncan, Canada’s New National Minister for People with Disabilities

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities Twitter: @aodaalliance

February 18, 2018


1. AODA Alliance Writes New National Minister for People with Disabilities, When the Promised New National Accessibility Bill Is Weeks Away from Introduction into Parliament

What Would a Truly Disabled-Accessible City Look Like?

Most cities are utterly unfriendly to people with disabilities but with almost one billion estimated to be urban-dwellers by 2050, a few cities are undergoing a remarkable shift by Saba Salman
Wed 14 Feb 2018

To David Meere, a visually impaired man from Melbourne, among the various obstacles to life in cities is another that is less frequently discussed: fear.

Universities Join Together to Inspire Students to Use Their Creativity and Innovative Skills to Help Make Communities More Accessible for People With Disabilities

OTTAWA, Feb. 14, 2018 /CNW

Today, Stéphane Lauzon, Parliamentary Secretary for Sport and Persons with Disabilities, on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, joined members of Universities Canada to celebrate the upcoming launch of their Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) program, a national student competition to help remove barriers to accessibility.