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What's New This Week

Grand Theatre Announces the World Premiere of SILENCE

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By Trina Davies
Directed by Peter Hinton

On the Spriet Stage January 16 to February 3, 2018
LONDON, ONTARIO, December 22, 2017

The Grand Theatre is thrilled to announce the world premiere of SILENCE, which brings an untold Canadian story to life on stage.

This inaugural production from the COMPASS New Play Development program features a cast that embodies the best in Canadian theatre with actors who are hearing, Deaf, and hard of hearing.

SILENCE is on stage January 16, with the opening night on January 19 which will be an open-captioned performance. The production was originally commissioned and developed through FUSE: The Enbridge New Play Development Program at Theatre Calgary. The Title Sponsor for SILENCE is Bell.

Accessibility News January 13,2018 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 6 years, 50 weeks, 4 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

TTC Posts $73M Budget Surplus Due to Drop in Wheel-Trans Demand, Clampdown on Benefits Fraud

Advocate for people with disabilities says entire surplus should go to making TTC more accessible

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ttc-posts-73m-budget-surplus-due-to-drop-in-wheel-trans-demand-clampdown-on-benefits-fraud/

Campaign Gets Major Lift

The second floor of the Stirling-Rawdon and District Recreation Centre, which is rented out for a variety of community activities, currently has no accessibility options for people with mobility issues.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/campaign-gets-major-lift/

We Need to Build Accessibility Into Our Digital Workplaces!

As our reliance on technology increases within the digital workplace, are we at risk of disenfranchising part of our workforce?

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, one in five people have some form of physical or cognitive disability. And yet as of 2016, only 17.9 percent of people with disabilities were employed, compared with 65.3 percent of people without a disability.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/we-need-to-build-accessibility-into-our-digital-workplaces/

Payment Companies Face Service, Compliance Gaps for the Visually Impaired

The United States, Canada and other countries have laws that support the rights of individuals with vision loss, requiring that documents be made accessible for them in certain situations.

While the organization may think this “upon request” approach has advantages in terms of saving document processing time and expense, there are some serious concerns for the organization and its customers that should be considered.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/payment-companies-face-service-compliance-gaps-for-the-visually-impaired/

Council Directs Staff to Create a New Design for Ballantyne Avenue That Includes Sidewalks on Both Sides of the Street

Ballantyne Avenue residents scored an important victory Monday night, as council decided to support a motion asking staff to create a new design for the street that includes two sidewalks.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/council-directs-staff-to-create-a-new-design-for-ballantyne-avenue-that-includes-sidewalks-on-both-sides-of-the-street/

Grand Theatre Raises $133,169 for London Food Bank

Thank You, London!

LONDON, ON, January 3, 2018

The Grand Theatre and Business Cares are thrilled to announce that the Grand’s inaugural #HumbugtoHunger campaign created in support of the London Food Bank raised $133,169.

#HumbugtoHunger, launched by the Grand Theatre in partnership with Business Cares and its 2017 annual food drive, reached out to more than 25,000 theatre patrons attending the holiday engagement of A Christmas Carol to raise funds for the London Food Bank.

Accessibility Ramp Rebuild Removed From Perth Countys 2018 Budget

“We’ve got to be cognisant of the fact that people have slipped and fallen, and there was one a month or so ago, so we have to be aware that we have an issue here,” McKenzie said. “At some point in time we’re going to have to address it.”

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/accessibility-ramp-rebuild-removed-from-perth-countys-2018-budget/

Accessibility News January 6,2018 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 6 years, 51 weeks, 4 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

Residential Snow Plowing Needed, Disability Advocates Urge

Lori-Ann Ellis, who must rely on a scooter to get around, demonstrates how easily she gets stuck in a couple inches of snow near her Aberdare Rd NE Calgary street on Friday, December 29, 2017. Ellis must use her scooter on the road as there is no sidewalk in front of her house, but unless the roads are plowed or packed flat, she gets stuck and is unable to navigate in her community.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/residential-snow-plowing-needed-disability-advocates-urge/

Public Procurement – Call for Proposals – Digital Accessibility

We have launched a call for proposals to seek digital, open source solutions on improving accessibility for our Open by Default portal and online recruitment for Government of Canada jobs.

Read more at
https://buyandsell.gc.ca/procurement-data/tender-notice/PW-17-00809528

How to Protect Disability Rights in 2018

Disability rights have always been an important political issue in the United States, but in 2017, the growing profile of activist group ADAPT highlighted what’s at stake.

If you’re disabled and feeling helpless or nondisabled and wanting to work in solidarity with the disability community there are lots of actions you can take that will make a big difference.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/how-to-protect-disability-rights-in-2018/

President’s Message: Nationwide Class Action Challenges Hulu’s Discrimination Against Blind and Visually Impaired Individuals

ACB is very pleased to be working with Disability Rights Advocates, the Disability Law Center, and our affiliate the Bay State Council of the Blind on this case that will bring even more access to streamed television and film content than ever before.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/presidents-message-nationwide-class-action-challenges-hulus-discrimination-against-blind-and-visually-impaired-individuals/

I Dread it: Navigating London’s Winter Sidewalks in a Wheelchair

Katie Schmidt wants the city to step up its weather maintenance amid frigid temperatures to decrease the challenges of navigating winter sidewalks in a wheelchair.

For the 26-year-old Kings University College student, the dreadful bus ride home after class means she’ll soon have to face the frustration of often uncleared sidewalks when she gets off.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/i-dread-it-navigating-londons-winter-sidewalks-in-a-wheelchair/

Cubs Fan Who Uses Wheelchair Sues, Says Wrigley Field Violates Disabilities Act

A Cubs fan alleges in a lawsuit that the Cubs owners’ $750 million renovation of Wrigley Field, shown Oct. 28, 2016, removed wheelchair-accessible sections in the right field bleachers and behind home plate and replaced them with seats that are worse.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/cubs-fan-who-uses-wheelchair-sues-says-wrigley-field-violates-disabilities-act/

Transit Accessibility for All Remains a Dream Unfulfilled Across Canada

MONTREAL – There’s a pair of elevators to nowhere at one of the busiest subway stations in Montreal.

Get off the train at Place Bonaventure and it’s 36 stairs up to the next level. The elevators are there for riders who can’t do that walk, but they go only from the train platform to the ticket-booth area, one level up. It’s a long walk and many more stairs from there to the street.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/transit-accessibility-for-all-remains-a-dream-unfulfilled-across-canada/

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