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The AODA Clock is Ticking
There are 5 years, 18 weeks, 5 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?
In this Issue
*Accessible Playground in Cornwall, P.E.I., Getting Positive Reaction
*Dad’s Invention for Disabled Daughter Gets Recognition at National Contest
*UW Student Helps to Develop Online Accessibility Tool
*Carleton to Lead Canadian Accessibility Network
*Canadian Transportation Agency Launches a New Confidential Toll-Free Accessibility Help Line
*Healthcare Workers with Disabilities
*In Japan, Gyms for People With Disabilities Gain Traction
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Accessible Playground in Cornwall, P.E.I., Getting Positive Reaction
‘The kids love it and it’s certainly a great feature to this facility’
The playground, located at the Cornwall Civic Centre next to the curling club, includes a wide variety of structures designed to be fully accessible and inclusive through the use of stairs, climbers and slides.
Dad’s Invention for Disabled Daughter Gets Recognition at National Contest
A device developed by a Saanich father to keep his disabled daughter’s diaper dry has taken second prize in a Canadian national contest.
UW Student Helps to Develop Online Accessibility Tool
Prototype eases web navigation for those with visual impairments
A University of Waterloo student has helped develop a new tool to make online navigation easier for people with visual impairments.
Carleton to Lead Canadian Accessibility Network
Carleton University aims to draw on the power of partnerships to advance accessibility for people with disabilities through the recently announced Canadian Accessibility Network.
Canadian Transportation Agency Launches a New Confidential Toll-Free Accessibility Help Line
The disability community and persons with disabilities now have new tools available to help them exercise their right to an accessible transportation network.
In support of the implementation of the new Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations, the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA)
has launched a new confidential toll-free Accessibility Help Line to provide information, and guidance about dispute resolution services relating to accessible travel.
Healthcare Workers with Disabilities
Currently, the AODA does not have a healthcare standard. A committee is making recommendations about what a healthcare standard should include. In the meantime, however, there are still AODA requirements for healthcare providers to follow. The Employment Standards have regulations that apply to healthcare
providers. When providers follow these requirements, they make the medical professions more accessible to healthcare workers with disabilities. For instance, employment standards in healthcare apply to:
In Japan, Gyms for People With Disabilities Gain Traction
TOKYO A little more than a year remains before the start of the Tokyo Paralympics, and sports facilities for persons with disabilities are being built across Japan and competitions being held for para athletes.
The Paralympics are expected to enhance the visibility of sports for persons with disabilities and help improve their business viability.
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