Accessibility Legislation Would Boost NZ’s Economy

Former Ontario Minister of Children’s Services and Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Dr. Marie Bountrogianni is in New Zealand to meet with Members of Parliament and businesses and to support the campaign. Dr Bountrogianni was responsible for introducing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2005.

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http://www.aoda.ca/accessibility-legislation-would-boost-nzs-economy/

Blind Cabinet Minister Promises Canada’s First National Accessibility Legislation Will Have Teeth, Could Be Retroactive

Sport and Disability Minister Carla Qualtrough, who is blind, is helping to draft a new bill to address accessibility for people with disabilities. The legislation will apply to all companies that operate under federal jurisdiction, and she hopes it’s a game changer.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/blind-cabinet-minister-promises-canadas-first-national-accessibility-legislation-will-have-teeth-could-be-retroactive/

Universal Design 2017 Conference NYC

The term universal design refers to broad-spectrum ideas for designing buildings, products, and environments that are accessible to all people, across all ages, abilities, and activities.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/universal-design-2017-conference-nyc/

Japan’s Adoption of Universal Design Ahead of Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

“Universal design will promote a barrier-free attitude amongst the people of Japan and make for more accessible facilities.”

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/japans-adoption-of-universal-design-ahead-of-tokyo-2020-paralympic-games/

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In this Issue

Assistive Technology That’s Built Into Mobile Devices

Did you know that most smartphones and digital tablets have built-in assistive technology (AT) that can help with learning and attention issues?

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/assistive-technology-thats-built-into-mobile-devices/

Carmody Rips Overbearing Liberal Nanny State

PETAWAWA James Carmody is ripping the province for what he sees as “overbearing nanny state” legislation with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

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http://www.aoda.ca/carmody-rips-overbearing-liberal-nanny-state/

Employment for Canadians With Disabilities: The MOST Unattained Dream!

The Government of Canada has expressed its commitment to eliminating systemic barriers and providing equality of opportunity to all Canadians living with disabilities in Canada.

This is a welcomed commitment. The proposed Act must include tangible measures to improve the lives of Canadians with disabilities, especially in the field of employment. The Act must also include the amendment of a number of existing statutes if it is to deliver on the government’s important commitment of greater equality.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/employment-for-canadians-with-disabilities-the-most-unattained-dream/

Bell Canada Discriminated Against Sick Woman by Making Her Go to Store: Tribunal

Bell Canada discriminated against a seriously ill woman by forcing her to violate her doctor’s orders and go to a store in person in order to acquire a cellphone, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has found

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http://www.aoda.ca/bell-canada-discriminated-against-sick-woman-by-making-her-go-to-store-tribunal/

Pheon and Prosedo Mechanical Prosthetic Knees Provide Mobility and Stability for Less Active Amputees

Ottobock announced the release of the Pheon and Prosedo mechanical prosthetic knees aimed at providing mobility and stability for less active amputees.

The Pheon polycentric knee joint is an ideal choice to help less active lower limb amputees restore their ability to stand and walk both indoors and in limited community settings. With the integrated optional lock, which can be activated or deactivated by the prosthetist, the Pheon also provides targeted support for the post-amputation therapy process from initial walking exercises to the final fitting.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/pheon-and-prosedo-mechanical-prosthetic-knees-provide-mobility-and-stability-for-less-active-amputees/