Accessibility News December 17,2016 Update

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In this Issue

*Chelsea Hotel, Toronto Wins Accessibility Award
*In Quebec, French-Language Media Aren’t Talking About Accessibility
*Blind Man Sets Out Alone in Googles Driverless Car
*City Committee Approves Changes to Transit Subsidies
*Your quiet hybrid is likely to make itself heard in the not-so-distant future
*How to Get Help for Mental Illness in Ontario
*TransHelp Celebrates 35 Years and Prepares for Big Changes in Transit Service for Peels Disabled

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Chelsea Hotel, Toronto Wins Accessibility Award

Our commitment to Closing the Gap is a natural extension of our Chelsea CARES program, which helps Torontos hospital community provide complimentary hotel rooms to families in need and includes a five-year sponsorship of SickKids Foundation, said Rob Housez, general manager of the hotel.

Read more at
http://www.amenu.ca/chelsea-hotel-toronto-wins-accessibility-award/

In Quebec, French-Language Media Aren’t Talking About Accessibility

For some reason, the French-language media in Quebec seem to see accessibility as a charity issue, whereas in the English-speaking world, especially in the United States, its seen as a human rights issue, Breton said.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/in-quebec-french-language-media-arent-talking-about-accessibility/

Blind Man Sets Out Alone in Googles Driverless Car

A blind man has successfully traveled around Austin unaccompanied in a car without a steering wheel or floor pedals, Google announced Tuesday.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/blind-man-sets-out-alone-in-googles-driverless-car/

City Committee Approves Changes to Transit Subsidies

The Chairperson of Londons Accessibility Advisory Committee, Roger Khouri, spoke out in favour of keeping the subsidy for the blind.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/city-committee-approves-changes-to-transit-subsidies/

Your quiet hybrid is likely to make itself heard in the not-so-distant future

Under a new safety regulation issued by the federal government, hybrids and electric cars will be equipped with a device that emits sound to alert passersby that the vehicle is running. Manufacturers have until Sept. 1, 2019, to meet the requirement.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/your-quiet-hybrid-is-likely-to-make-itself-heard-in-the-not-so-distant-future/

How to Get Help for Mental Illness in Ontario

Coping with mental illness is one thing. Navigating the health-care system is another.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/how-to-get-help-for-mental-illness-in-ontario/

TransHelp Celebrates 35 Years and Prepares for Big Changes in Transit Service for Peels Disabled

TransHelp must make client eligibility changes by Jan. 1, 2017 to comply with Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) requirements that come into force in the new year.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/transhelp-celebrates-35-years-and-prepares-for-big-changes-in-transit-service-for-peels-disabled/

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