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What's New This Week
New Smart Beacons Open Doors for the Blind in Toronto Neighbourhood
CNIB pilot project plans to install 200 wayfinding beacons in Toronto stores, restaurants By Emily Chung, CBC News, September 19, 2017.
Susan Vaile enjoys her order at 9 Bars Coffee in Toronto. An app on her phone communicated with a beacon in the coffee shop to give her directions to the counter. (Dean Gariepy/CBC News)
If you were blind and walked into a coffee shop, how would you find the counter so you could order?
That’s easy for Susan Vaile at 9 Bars Coffee in Toronto – she just needs to listen to her smartphone: “Walk forward six metres to carpet. Service counter at 9 o’ clock.”
‘It’s allowing you to have some autonomy.’
– Susan Vaile, CNIB volunteer
Blind Man Says Tribunal Ruling Aids in Discrimination
Graeme McCreath stood in the B.C. Court of Appeal, his German shepherd guide dog at his feet, and asked the judges to imagine being refused hotel or rental accommodation or having taxis deliberately pass by.
Wheel-Trans users fear new program will force them to use inaccessible TTC
TTC hears concerns about long waits and inaccessible stations at annual meeting
Michele Gardner never uses the TTC. Not because of delays or overcrowding, but because it scares her.
CBC Radio Reports on Serious Recurring Accessibility Barriers on Toronto Transit Commission
Will Reforms to Ontario’s 2011 Transportation Accessibility Standard Ensure These Barriers are Removed by 2025?
Workers’ Comp is a Right!
For years now, injured workers and frontline advocates have been sounding the alarm that Ontario’s Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) has been “getting its financial house in order” through austerity and cost-cutting measures. Whether it be from slashing compensation for lost wages, denying healthcare treatment and medication, or refusing to recognize mental health injuries, the cuts have come squarely on the backs of injured workers.
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AODA Alliance September 19 Press Release
TTC Top Brass to Hear from Passengers with all Kinds of Disabilities at Public Forum Tonight about Inexcusable Barriers They Still Face on Public Transit in Canada’s Biggest City 12 Years After Ontario Passed Its Disabilities Act
Leaving No One Behind: Achieving Disability-Inclusive Disaster Risk Management
At such times of peril, individual and community resilience is at a premium, and we cannot afford to miss opportunities to bolster that resilience wherever possible. This is especially true with respect to certain groups such as persons with disabilities who have historically been disproportionately affected by natural hazards.
Another Court Finds That Accessibility Rules Apply to Retail Websites
In an opinion published on September 6, 2017 (but issued earlier on July 31, 2017), Judge Jack B. Weinstein of the Southern District of New York ruled that a retail website was a place of public accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (as well as under state and local law) and therefore the owner the website had to take “the steps necessary to ensure that the blind have full and equal enjoyment of its website provided that taking such steps would not impose an undue burden on Blick or fundamentally alter the website.” Andrews v. Blick Art Materials, LLC, 17-CV-767, NYLJ 1202797331595, at *15 (EDNY, Decided July 31, 2017).