Stonehenge Gets Rated for ‘Accessibility’ as an Attraction

A national charity, that organises holidays for disabled people and their carers, has been assessing visitor attractions.

The Revitalise Accessible Tourism Report, first conducted in 2014, was carried out for a second time to see if visitor attractions have actively made any positive changes in accessibility for 2019.
The report identified Stonehenge as the number one attraction in Wiltshire for 2019

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/stonehenge-gets-rated-for-accessibility-as-an-attraction/

Navigating the NYC Subway in a Wheelchair Is Hell

Sometimes it takes Sasha Blair-Goldensohn three times longer to get to work than it used to, and sometimes he’s stuck on a subway platform with no easy way to get up to street level.

The 43-year-old software engineer, who’s been using a wheelchair since 2009, is one of about a million differently-abled people facing daily struggles as they navigate New York City’s aging subway system.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/navigating-the-nyc-subway-in-a-wheelchair-is-hell/

Great Conventional Media and Social Media Coverage Highlight Serious Problems with the Doug Ford Government Plan to Divert 1.3 Million Dollars to the Rick Hansen Foundation’s Controversial Private Accessibility Certification Program

In both conventional media and social media, there has already been good coverage of the serious problems that we have publicly raised with the Ford Government plan to divert 1.3 million public dollars to the controversial Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) private accessibility certification program. This helps reinforce our call for the Government to set this plan aside. Instead of this inappropriate use of public money, the Doug Ford Government should act now to implement the helpful recommendations in the final report of David Onley’s Independent Review of the implementation and enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/great-conventional-media-and-social-media-coverage-highlight-serious-problems-with-the-doug-ford-government-plan-to-divert-1-3-million-dollars-to-the-rick-hansen-foundations-controversial-private-ac/

Community Access for Visual Impaired Aided by Technology

NANAIMO Emerging technology for those who are visually-impaired is highlighting how inaccessible Nanaimo can be for many.

Nanaimo resident Jean Menzies, like many others across the world, is turning to technology and the increasing number of apps and services to see and make her way through life.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/community-access-for-visual-impaired-aided-by-technology/

Caught Out: How CAPTCHA Patterns Trip Up People With Disabilities

Ariel Bogle* says people with disabilities face ‘encoded inhospitality’ and numerous other barriers as they try to access the internet.

Dr Scott Hollier logged into an online portal recently, and was immediately faced with a familiar yet irritating internet question: “How many of these pictures include buses?”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/caught-out-how-captcha-patterns-trip-up-people-with-disabilities/

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 5 years, 22 weeks, 5 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

Advocates Slam Ontario Plan to Rate Accessibility of Buildings

A group that advocates for better accessibility standards in Ontario is voicing concerns about the province’s new assessment plan.

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Alliance says the plan to conduct accessibility assessments of public and private buildings will remove few barriers and is bound to be marred by conflicts of interest.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/advocates-slam-ontario-plan-to-rate-accessibility-of-buildings/

Doug Ford’s Only New Action in Over One Year in Office to Improve Accessibility for Over 1.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities is Riddled with Problems and Cries Out for a Serious Re-Think, According to a Disability Coalition’s Report Made Public Today

The centerpiece of the Doug Ford Government’s new strategy to remove the many barriers impeding over 1.9 million Ontarians with disabilities is riddled with serious problems and cries out for a serious re-think, according to a detailed report researched by the non-partisan AODA Alliance, and made public today (Report set out below). The Ford Government’s April Budget announced the only new measure on disability accessibility in its first year in office, —
paying the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) 1.3 million dollars for RHF to privately audit 250 as-yet unidentified public and private sector buildings over two years, on the Government’s behalf.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/doug-fords-only-new-action-in-over-one-year-in-office-to-improve-accessibility-for-over-1-9-million-ontarians-with-disabilities-is-riddled-with-problems-and-cries-out-for-a-serious-re-think-accordi/

Some ION Stations are Unsafe and Inaccessible, Accessibility Consultant Says

Region has ‘a long list’ of suggested improvements for ION network

The ION light rail trains have been getting riders to Fairview Park Mall for a month now – sort of.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/some-ion-stations-are-unsafe-and-inaccessible-accessibility-consultant-says/

Join in Our New “Dial Doug” Campaign! — A Grassroots Blitz, Unveiled Today, to Get the Doug Ford Government to Make Ontario Open for Over 1.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities

Please help our new grassroots blitz, unveiled today! We want the Doug Ford Government to come up with a plan to make Ontario accessible to over 1.9 million Ontarians who have any kind of disability. It just takes you a few minutes to help, from home, or anywhere.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/join-in-our-new-dial-doug-campaign-a-grassroots-blitz-unveiled-today-to-get-the-doug-ford-government-to-make-ontario-open-for-over-1-9-million-ontarians-with-disabilities/