On Universal Design: How Businesses Can Benefit From Boosting Accessibility

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.

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http://www.aoda.ca/on-universal-design-how-businesses-can-benefit-from-boosting-accessibility/

For Torontonians with Disabilities, Riding the TTC is Still A Struggle

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.

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http://www.aoda.ca/for-torontonians-with-disabilities-riding-the-ttc-is-still-a-struggle/

People With Disabilities Unite to Create Buzz on Political Fronts

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.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/people-with-disabilities-unite-to-create-buzz-on-political-fronts/

Accessibility News May 28,2016 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

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In this Issue

Mentally Ill Deserve Fair Access To Disability Tax Credits

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.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/mentally-ill-deserve-fair-access-to-disability-tax-credits/

Social Media for Those With a Disability Gets 2016 Update

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.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/social-media-for-those-with-a-disability-gets-2016-update/

Why Ontario’s Autism Debate Drives Parents To Rage And Tears

Posted: 05/24/2016

It was “the most emotional and heartbreaking in my time at Queen’s Park.” That’s how NDP MPP Catherine Fife described the debate on autism treatment that occurred on May 17.

The discussion was triggered by an opposition motion to restore funding for Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) therapy for children with autism ages five and over.

Along with hundreds of other families from across the province, I watched the motion and debate unfold over two dramatic hours.

Demographic Demands: The Business Case for Diversity

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.”

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/demographic-demands-the-business-case-for-diversity/

MPP Called Cops on Mother of Autistic Kid

Woman had vowed to protest cuts to autism treatment outside Bob Delaney’s office By Jenny Yuen, Toronto Sun
First posted: Saturday, May 21, 2016 07:25 PM EDT | Updated: Saturday, May 21, 2016 08:31 PM EDT

Clint and Melanie Palaypayon sit with their autistic son, Xavier, 6. Their local MPP Bob Delaney’s office complained to police last week and two officers visited their Mississauga home after Melanie told the office staffers she planned to hold a solo protest on Friday over the province’s new autism rules, which would mean her child is no longer eligible for intensive behavioural intervention.

Melanie Palaypayon is taking a breather at her family’s Muskoka cottage to collect her thoughts after Peel Regional Police came to her door Friday morning.

System Abuses Make Booking a Flight With a Service Dog a Frustrating Ordeal

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.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/system-abuses-make-booking-a-flight-with-a-service-dog-a-frustrating-ordeal/