Why Do Gyms Make Things So Difficult for Blind People?

When smartphones, TVs and even washing machines are set up for visually impaired people to use, why isn’t exercise equipment?

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/why-do-gyms-make-things-so-difficult-for-blind-people/

Dundas Service Ontario Office Encouraged to Improve Accessibility

Ontario’s Ministry of Government and Consumer Services has been encouraging the private operator of Dundas’ Service Ontario office at 17 King St. . to improve accessibility, and local pressure appears to have resulted in at least a temporary fix.

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http://www.aoda.ca/dundas-service-ontario-office-encouraged-to-improve-accessibility/

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In this Issue

Widespread Economic Benefits To Be Gained From Making Workplaces More Accessible For People With Disabilities

Making work spaces and facilities more accessible would allow people with physical disabilities to participate more fully in the workforce, lifting overall economic activity by $16.8 billion by 2030, according to a new report by The Conference Board of Canada.

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http://www.aoda.ca/widespread-economic-benefits-to-be-gained-from-making-workplaces-more-accessible-for-people-with-disabilities/

City to Expand Service Area for Handy-Transit

Coun. Pat Bamford asked whether this was in line with the accessibility law, since Handy-Transit prices in the built up area must be equal to conventional transit fares.

Verreault said she contacted the AODA directorate (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) on Tuesday and discovered the equal fare principal does not apply when Handy-Transit goes outside the built-up area for regular buses.

“They said we could go ahead,” Verreault told council.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/city-to-expand-service-area-for-handy-transit/

Supreme Court Ruling Affirms Injured Workers’ Rights on the Job

Decision sets a higher standard for lengths employers must go to find a suitable role for injured employees after a workplace accident.

“The fact is many workers who have permanent impairments are not returning to work,” says Karl Crevar, who has been an advocate for injured workers since his workplace accident in 1987.

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http://www.aoda.ca/supreme-court-ruling-affirms-injured-workers-rights-on-the-job/

Investigating the Experiences and Academic Success of Graduate Students with Mental Health Challenges or Disabilities: A Mixed Methods Study.

My name is Kathleen Moore and I am a doctoral candidate in Higher Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/ University of Toronto. I am looking for doctoral students who would like to participate in my study titled: “Investigating the Experiences and Academic Success of Graduate Students with Mental Health Challenges or Disabilities: A Mixed Methods Study.”

Overview of the Study

The purpose of the present study is to understand the experiences of doctoral students from Ontario, Canada who identify as having a mental health challenge and disability. Specifically, the focus is previous educational experiences, current help-seeking practices through support services, disclosure, and academic success.

Children’s Book Series Aims to Encourage Inclusion of People With Disabilities

Ontario’s provincial government has published a series of children’s books aimed at encouraging inclusion and acceptance of people with disabilities.

Books with titles such as “I’m Smart in My Own Way” are meant to teach children the benefits of understanding diverse and varied experiences.

The initiative is related to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act(AODA).

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/childrens-book-series-aims-to-encourage-inclusion-of-people-with-disabilities/

Members of New Advisory Board Want Nova Scotia to Rethink Accessibility

Bruce said advocates have been consulted many times in the past, but the provincial government doesn’t have a good track record of listening.

She hopes it’s different this time around.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/members-of-new-advisory-board-want-nova-scotia-to-rethink-accessibility/

Promised New Canada Accessibility Legislation Expected to Be Introduced into Parliament for Debate This Spring

AODA Alliance Writes New National Minister for People with Disabilities, When the Promised New National Accessibility Bill Is Weeks Away from Introduction into Parliament

In the next weeks, the Federal Government is expected to introduce its proposed national accessibility law into the House of Commons, for it to be debated and passed into law. This will be an historic moment for Canada, and especially for people with disabilities in Canada.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/promised-new-canada-accessibility-legislation-expected-to-be-introduced-into-parliament-for-debate-this-spring/