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Bird Box Challenge: There’s More to Being Blind Than Just Wearing a Blindfold

The recent popular Netflix movie Bird Box has inspired the Bird Box challenge, which encourages viewers to wonder what it is like to be blind. The movie’s main character, Malorie, played by Sandra Bullock, must take a dangerous journey with her children while all three wear blindfolds. The movie shows Malorie doing many things while blindfolded, from caring for her children to moving around safely.


January 4th is World Braille Day

Today is World Braille Day! World Braille Day, celebrated on January 4th every year, honours the legacy of Louis Braille. The day is also a chance to spread awareness about the capabilities of blind people worldwide.


Conventional Public Transit in Ontario

Under the Transportation Standard of the AODA, conventional public transit services must have accessible announcements on all their vehicles. Vehicles that must have accessible announcements are:


  • Buses
  • Motor coaches
  • Streetcars
  • Subways
  • Light rail
  • Commuter rail
  • Inter-city rail

Accessible Public Transit Vehicles in Ontario

Under the Transportation Standard of the AODA, municipalities that offer public transit in Ontario must have accessible public transit for passengers with disabilities. Public transit vehicles that should be accessible are:

  • Buses
  • Motor coaches
  • Streetcars
  • Subways
  • Light rail
  • Commuter rail
  • Inter-city rail

Accessible Public Transit

There are technical rules in the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR) that describe how to make accessible public transit vehicles. For instance, the features that these rules apply to are:


Mentally Disabled Man Anxious About Presto After Transit Card Problems Nearly Left Him Stranded

Community advocates say incident highlights challenges of transitioning to Presto for those with disabilities Farrah Merali
CBC News, Dec 28, 2018

The family of a Toronto man with a developmental disability says he’s now anxious about using his Presto card after an incident where he says he was kicked off a bus because his card didn’t work even though there was money on it.