When over 36-million Americans of all ages are experiencing hearing loss, it’s time for public spaces to take action and promote hearing accessibility. Bellevue Arts Museum, the Pacific Northwest’s center for the exploration of art, craft and design, in partnership with Let’s Loop Seattle, is one of the first public venues in Washington State to be doing just that.
The Government is breaching its 2011 election promise not to reduce protections for people with disabilities.
The Government has not given the public a clear explanation of its proposed amendments to the IAR, needed for the public, including people with disabilities, to be able to give meaningful input to the Government on these proposals.
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“If an app developer can sell you an app for less than $20 that will tell you the price, description, ingredients and cooking instructions of any item in your supermarket, how can that same supermarket tell you they can’t come up with something that would tell you how much you’re being charged for it at checkout?” asks Simeone. “The ATM in your store talks; why can’t your point-of sale-device talk? If sighted people had no idea what they were being charged when they checked out, there would be outrage.”
In our letter to you dated May 23, 2012, we requested a face-to-face meeting with you to discuss this issue. To date, you have not answered that letter or otherwise agreed to meet. We believe that this is not appropriate service for voters with disabilities. Given Elections Ontario’s troubled track record with barriers to accessible voting, pointedly exemplified in the stunning instance of a physically inaccessible polling station in the heart of downtown Toronto in the February 10, 2010 Toronto Centre by-election, we believe that Elections Ontario should be more responsive.
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Despite some progress since 2005, Ontario now is clearly behind schedule in meeting that deadline of full accessibility by 2025. Many people with disabilities can describe barriers they still face when trying to get a job, buy products in stores, ride public transit, or enjoy other parts of Ontario life.
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An advocacy group for people with disabilities is pushing to make Montreal’s patios more wheelchair accessible.
Linda Gauthier, president of the Regroupement Activistes Pour l’Inclusion Québec, or RAPLIQ, said Tuesday that most of Montreal’s restaurant and bar terrasses are still inaccessible to wheelchairs.
The report shows a different reality for people with disabilities in areas such as education, employment and economic well-being.