For people with mobility issues or cognitive disabilities, getting around can be a problem. Especially in cities where dense populations and ageing infrastructure can compound the problems of able-bodied people ignoring the needs of many.
As it stands, 34 of Toronto’s 69 subway stations are currently accessible that is, they each have accessible entrances, fare-gates, and elevators. The Commission has plans to update all remaining inaccessible stations by 2025, per the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) requirements.
There’s a buzz penetrating the political scene this election year and it’s coming from the world’s largest minority group: people with disabilities.
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) “has abdicated its mandate for fairness by denying the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) to eligible Canadians with disabilities” and particularly those with psychiatric disabilities according to advocate Lembi Buchanan of Victoria.
The ground-breaking 2012 ‘SociAbility’ review into social media for those with a disability has had a much anticipated update. The Media Access Australia website now includes important new information on the varying accessibility challenges and practical fixes across all popular social channels.
Workplace accommodations won’t always be a matter of choice, Splinter predicts, citing the rollout of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act as an example. “I see that coming up the federal level next.”
A Vancouver Island resident who suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) says WestJet’s current booking procedure places additional stress on some passengers who require accessible travel.