Send Us Your Feedback on a New Discussion Paper that Offers Ideas on What the Promised Canadians with Disabilities Act Could Include

We are delighted to share with you a new Discussion Paper on what the Canadians with Disabilities Act, promised to Canadians by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, should include. This Discussion Paper draws on experience with accessibility laws in Ontario and Manitoba, and elsewhere around the world. It is built on the 14 principles for the Canadians with Disabilities Act which Barrier-Free Canada has put forward, on Canada’s obligations under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and aon feedback from our supporters.


De Blasio Expands NYC’s Access for People With Disabilities

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed seven bills into law on Monday including a set that expands website, service and event accessibility for New Yorkers with disabilities.


Wheelchair Accessible Uber: The Dirty Truth

Uber is the ride-sharing tech giant that promises transportation at an affordable price, lower than that of traditional taxi companies. Until recently, that transportation has been limited to the able-bodied. Numerous lawsuits have targeted Uber for disability discrimination, citing the inaccessibility of their vehicles and an unwillingness of drivers to transport people with manual wheelchairs or service animals.


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In this Issue

20 European NGOs Tell EU Ministers ‘No One Should Be Left Behind’

The European Blind Union (EBU) and several other European NGOs published an open letter warning the 28 EU Ministers in charge of Digital Affairs that their current plans for the web accessibility directive could deny millions of disabled and older citizens equal access to the digital world, exclude them from full participation in society and create unacceptable digital barriers to employment.


AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky Files Appeal to the Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner

to Contest the Economic Development Ministry’s $4,250 Fee to Fully Answer His June 4, 2015 Freedom of Information Application, Which Sought Updated Information on the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act’s Implementation and Enforcement


Justice Department Settles Disability-Based Housing Discrimination Lawsuit with Owners and Developers of 71 Apartment Complexes in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee

The Justice Department announced today that the owners and developers of 71 multi-family housing complexes in four states with more than 2,500 ground-floor units have agreed to pay $350,000 to settle claims that they violated the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act by building apartment complexes that were inaccessible to persons with disabilities.


Leader Patrick Brown Urges the Premier to Properly Fund Mental Health

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QUEEN’S PARK After touring the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Center (ROMHC) this past weekend, Leader of the Official Opposition Patrick Brown used Question Period to ask the Acting Premier and her Liberal Government to make mental health care a priority.

“The truth is that mental health care facilities in Ontario need this government’s help. The geriatric hospital wing at the Royal has a three month waiting list,” said Leader Patrick Brown. “And children suffering can be faced with wait times longer than a year to get the treatment they need from the Royal.”

Wearable Mobility Device for the Blind and Visually Impaired Being Developed by Toyota

Mobility is empowering. That’s why Toyota is working to develop a wearable device for the blind and visually impaired that will help them do more with greater freedom, independence and confidence. Called Project BLAID, it reflects the company’s commitment to enrich lives by advancing the freedom of mobility for all.


Surfing the Web Should be Easier for the Blind

Since 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act has ensured access to places and opportunities for all Americans regardless of their physical limitations. The World Wide Web was first programmed that same year. But since then, the Internet has evolved rapidly while rules to make it more accessible have lagged behind. In fact, guidelines added to the Workforce Rehabilitation Act in 2001 often take precedence over the ADA.