Santa Claus Parade Adds Accessibility Spaces

New to Kingston’s Nighttime Santa Claus Parade this year is the addition of three dedicated, accessible spaces for families and those with disabilities, the Rotary Comfort Zones.

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http://www.aoda.ca/santa-claus-parade-adds-accessibility-spaces/

Children With Disabilities are Being Denied Equal Opportunities for A Quality Education Across the World, Including in the UK

Across the globe, learning for children with disabilities remains a significant challenge. In order to address this, we need to invest in inclusive teaching and learning processes and not just changes to school infrastructure. Teachers need better training and support underpinned by principles of inclusion. Significantly, children with disabilities must be respected as important partners in creating better schools for all.

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http://www.aoda.ca/children-with-disabilities-are-being-denied-equal-opportunities-for-a-quality-education-across-the-world-including-in-the-uk/

Almost Half of Ontario Youth Miss School Because of Anxiety, Study Suggests

A survey commissioned by Children’s Mental Health Ontario suggests that children and parents miss school and work to cope with mental illness.

Shannon Nagy, 20, at the Children’s Mental Health Ontario conference. The group released findings from a study that shows one in four Ontario parents have missed work to care for their child experiencing mental health issues and anxiety.

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http://www.aoda.ca/almost-half-of-ontario-youth-miss-school-because-of-anxiety-study-suggests/

Ontario Woman Calls for Better Accessibility at Toronto Coach Terminal

One escalator is broken, the other only moves one direction at a time, and now the elevator is out of service.

A St. Catharines, Ont., woman who suffers from thyroid myalgia and travels to Toronto by bus to receive medical treatment is sounding the alarm about the continual accessibility issues plaguing the Toronto Coach Terminal.

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http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-woman-calls-for-better-accessibility-at-toronto-coach-terminal/

TTC to Retrofit Almost All Subway Stations to Fix Platform Gaps

Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit has warned passengers with mobility devices can get caught between the train and platform.

Debbie Gillespie, who heads the TTC’s Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit, called the planned retrofits a “godsend.”

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http://www.aoda.ca/ttc-to-retrofit-almost-all-subway-stations-to-fix-platform-gaps/

Accessibility News November 11,2017 Update

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In this Issue

Accommodations for Students and Employees With Disabilities Can Take Many Forms

“We have a notion as to what ‘disability’ is and it’s typically a disability you can see,” Culley said. “The majority of students who are registered with our office have a hidden disability” 97 percent, in fact. “And ‘disability’ is a very broad term.” It may be an information processing disorder, involve sensory disability or stem from the effects of medication. It may be caused by a chronic illness, a psychiatric or learning disability or a traumatic brain injury.

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http://www.aoda.ca/accommodations-for-students-and-employees-with-disabilities-can-take-many-forms/

Senators Markey and Capito Introduce Legislation to Improve Educational Opportunities for Visual and Hearing-Impaired Students

Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) today introduced bipartisan legislation that would strengthen the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to ensure that visual and hearing-impaired students receive the best possible education.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/senators-markey-and-capito-introduce-legislation-to-improve-educational-opportunities-for-visual-and-hearing-impaired-students/

Yellowknife’s Transit Leaves Disabled Residents Unable to Attend Public Meetings, Says Advocate

City’s bus service ends at 7:10 p.m., while city council meetings, public consultations often begin later

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http://www.aoda.ca/yellowknifes-transit-leaves-disabled-residents-unable-to-attend-public-meetings-says-advocate/

West Virginia Nonprofit and its Partnership with the RightCycle Program Help People with Disabilities Find Work that Sustains Them and the Environment

A West Virginia nonprofit organization is making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities while benefitting the environment at the same time.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/west-virginia-nonprofit-and-its-partnership-with-the-rightcycle-program-help-people-with-disabilities-find-work-that-sustains-them-and-the-environment/