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Invictus Games are an Opportunity to Advocate for Disability Rights

The Invictus Games will be a tremendous moment to celebrate our veterans and their sacrifices. The Games can also be a chance to apply pressure on our elected leadership to follow through with action on the promises they made for disability advocacy.

Canada’s defence minister, Harjit Sajjan, recently announced the federal government’s defence policy entitled “Strong, Secure and Engaged,” which comes with a price tag of $62 billion. Most of the investment will focus on military infrastructure, however, $198.2 million or just $9.91 million a year will be invested in what is described as the Total Health and Wellness Strategy. Disappointingly, this represents less than 0.5 per cent of the entire budget. Put another way, the federal government spends more than twice on the prime minister’s personal security than it plans to spend for all military veterans’ disability-related health needs in a given year.


Legislation Would ‘Move the Needle’ on Accessibility in N.L.: Advocate

Provincial government committed to making it happen, says consultations will happen in the next year

Barrier-Free Newfoundland and Labrador is a new group whose sole purpose is to lobby for accessibility legislation.

The conversation about accessibility in our communities has been going on for decades, and it’s time for action through legislation, some advocates say.


Toronto Couple with Service Dog Barred From Prince Edward County B&B

A Toronto couple were shocked when they were forced to leave a Prince Edward County bed and breakfast that wouldn’t accept their service dog.

David Greenwood is visually-impaired and relies on Romy, his black Labrador, to get him around. “She’s basically my eyes,” he told CBC Toronto.

Prominent lawyer and accessibility advocate says that’s against the law


Teen with Cerebral Palsy Faces One Last Hurdle on Difficult Road to University

Benjamin Williamson, 18, left ‘toxic’ home life behind to realize dream of attending university By Ashley Burke, CBC News
Posted: Aug 16, 2017

Benjamin Williamson says a university education is his dream, but the reality is he can’t afford it.

A teen with a disability, who made his own way out of a homeless shelter and into university, is now up against a new challenge: he can’t afford the student life.

Benjamin Williamson says he’s short $5,000 to cover his remaining tuition and residence costs at Carleton University, plus thousands more for living expenses.

‘It’s frustrating, it’s exhausting, it’s complicated.’

Williamson, who has cerebral palsy, says the system is failing him, and says he feels like he’s drowning.

NASA Paves A Way for People Who are Blind to Experience A Total Solar Eclipse

But what about those who will not be able to “see” this event NASA now has a solution. The Eclipse Soundscapes Project by NASA’s Heliophysics Education Consortium will help deliver a multisensory experience of this celestial event.


Helping Retailers in Ontario Improve Accessibility

Retail Council of Canada launching retail-specific training Workshop and Webinar Series to make it easier for retailers to comply with Ontario’s accessibility laws.


Port Robinson Ferry Meeting Accessibility Standards

The roughly $136,000 project was funded in part by St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. Rankin Construction completed the work on the docks. Work done, such as installing a ramp to the boat and grading concrete docks, has brought the free ferry service up to code with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act standards.


Helping California National Parks Become More Accessible for Visually Impaired

In their continuing efforts to “audio describe the world,” researchers at the University of Hawai?i at Manoa will collaborate with Google, the American Council of the Blind (ACB), and the National Park Service to audio describe print brochures at 15 park sites throughout the state of California.



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