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In this Issue

The Wynne Government Offers Nothing New to Address Disability Barriers in the Built Environment

and Awaiting the Wynne Government’s Appointment of the next AODA Independent Review, and Other News on Accessibility to Start the New Year

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/the-wynne-government-offers-nothing-new-to-address-disability-barriers-in-the-built-environment/

Ontario to End Solitary Confinement of Inmates with Mental Illness

By Colin Perkel The Canadian Press

TORONTO Inmates with mental health disabilities will no longer be placed in solitary confinement barring exceptional circumstances under an agreement announced Thursday between the Ontario government and the province’s human rights commission.

The consent order issued by the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario mandates the province end the use of segregation for the mentally disabled across its 26 correctional facilities.

“The order confirms that the government must take immediate action to end the segregation of people with mental health disabilities,” Renu Mandhane, chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, said in a statement. “It also includes measures that will keep the spotlight on corrections for years to come.”

Canadian Children Lack Accessible Play Spaces

Inclusivity also supports an aging population of caregivers who need access

Despite the fact that 92 per cent of Canadians agree that accessibility for people with disabilities is a basic human right, playgrounds across the country continue to leave children on the sidelines with design and maintenance practices that are not fully inclusive.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/canadian-children-lack-accessible-play-spaces/

New App Helps Disabled Drivers Refuel

Filling up the car is one of the biggest challenges for disabled drivers. But it’s also a challenge for gas stations to help, sometimes they have people available, but sometimes they are single manned and can’t help for security reasons.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/new-app-helps-disabled-drivers-refuel/

The Government of Canada Improves Accessibility for Canadians With Disabilities in Hamilton, Ontario

Accessibility for people with disabilities will soon be improved at L’Arche Hamilton, thanks to the Enabling Accessibility Fund.

The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, toured the ongoing project at L’Arche today to witness first-hand how this Government of Canada-funded program has on changing lives.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/the-government-of-canada-improves-accessibility-for-canadians-with-disabilities-in-hamilton-ontario/

Tech Firm’s Powerful Vision Brings Sight to the Legally Blind

Many small businesses establish vision statements that detail their objectives and strategies. Toronto-based eSight Corp., however, gives the concept new meaning.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/tech-firm%c2%92s-powerful-vision-brings-sight-to-the-legally-blind/

Companies, Give People With Disabilities Access to the Superhighway

Website use continues to grow and with that dynamic comes a need to make these online properties accessible to those with disabilities. It is no different than malls and office buildings providing ramps for those in wheelchairs or braille on elevator buttons for the blind. Today these efforts for the disabled are rightfully coming to the digital world.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/companies-give-people-with-disabilities-access-to-the-superhighway/

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.

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