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Service Dog Handlers Face Bitter Pushback, Kicked Out of Public Places
Canadian Forces vet booted from mall, child with diabetes rejected from public places
Mike Rude says he often has trouble with people who don’t understand that his service dog, Spark, is allowed to accompany him almost everywhere.
Section 508 Gets an Update: New Web Accessibility Guidelines for Government Sites Take Effect in January
People with hearing and sight disabilities using screen readers and other assistive tech must be able to access content on government websites, but getting and staying compliant is a challenge.
Uber Canada’s Service-Animal Policy Doesn’t Go Far Enough, Critics Say
The company’s policy says any drivers refusing rides to customers because of service animals will be dismissed, but it leaves room for exemptions.
Advocates say exemptions in Uber Canada’s service-animal policy could still lead to discrimination.
Disability Rights Advocates Fight ‘Demeaning’ Immigration Criteria
TORONTO – A national advocacy group is pushing for the government to repeal immigration criteria that it calls discriminatory toward people with disabilities.
The Council of Canadians with Disabilities is calling for the repeal of a provision that bars disabled immigrants from settling in Canada on grounds that they could place too much demand on the country’s medical system. The group contends the practice is discriminatory and based on outdated, stereotypical ideas around disability.
King Street Pilot Project Sparks Accessibility Issues
Less than one week after the start of the King Street Pilot Project, one woman says she’s concerned the new rules are making transportation inaccessible for people who live with a disability.
Vicki Cal has been using Wheel-Trans for the last three years, getting picked up from her east-end home and getting dropped off in front of the Scotia Plaza on King St. between Yonge and Bay. But on Wednesday, she says a parking enforcement officer told her Wheel-Trans driver due to the new pilot rules, Cal would have to wait at one of the designated pick-up areas along King Street.
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Court: Movie Theatres Must Accommodate Deaf-Blind Patrons
Federal disability law requires movie theatres to provide specialized interpreters to patrons who are deaf and blind, an appeals court said Friday.
The Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Cinemark, the nation’s third-largest movie chain, in a case involving a Pennsylvania man
who wanted to see the 2014 movie “Gone Girl” and asked a Cinemark theatre in Pittsburgh to supply a “tactile interpreter.” The theatre denied his request.
B.C. Needs Disability Act: Victoria Council
The City of Victoria wants to make the city and the province “barrier free.”
Council passed a motion Thursday asking the provincial government to enact a “strong and effective” British Columbians with Disabilities Act, which was added to the consent agenda at committee of the whole. Other provinces, including Ontario and Manitoba, have provincial accessibility laws, which include such regulations as building and structural guidelines, and allowing service animals.