Accessibility News December 23,2017 Update

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In this Issue

*Ontario Disability Coalition Says Children Being Left Behind
*All VIA Rail Trains to Allow Two Mobility Aid Scooters on Board
*Lyft Is Making The App More Accessible For Visually Impaired Riders & Here’s Why It’s Important
*OC Transpo Fined $25K for Failing to Call Out Bus Stops
*Grand Theatre Expands Accessibility for Deaf Community
*The Government of Canada Launches Renewed Program to Support the Social Inclusion of Canadians With Disabilities

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Ontario Disability Coalition Says Children Being Left Behind

Parents of kids with complex disabilities say province is shortchanging them

Brandon Colatosti and his mother, Nina, can’t understand why the government doesn’t provide the same level of services to people with complex disabilities as it does to those with autism.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/ontario-disability-coalition-says-children-being-left-behind/

All VIA Rail Trains to Allow Two Mobility Aid Scooters on Board

Telbec/ VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) announced today that, following an order by the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA), its accessibility policy was revised on December 18, 2017 and will take effect on January 3, 2018. The Corporation will offer space for two passengers travelling together on the same
train with qualified 3-wheel scooters either by having two tie-down spaces per train or by securing two unoccupied scooters in one tie-down.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/all-via-rail-trains-to-allow-two-mobility-aid-scooters-on-board/

Lyft Is Making The App More Accessible For Visually Impaired Riders & Here’s Why It’s Important

Lyft has made accessibility a priority in 2017. First, in April, it announced its partnership with the National Association of the Deaf, along with changes to the app that would make it more accessible for Deaf and hard of hearing riders and drivers. Now Lyft is embracing its visually impaired riders by announcing
its new partnership with Aira, which will make Lyft more accessible for visually impaired riders.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/lyft-is-making-the-app-more-accessible-for-visually-impaired-riders-heres-why-its-important/

OC Transpo Fined $25K for Failing to Call Out Bus Stops

Enforcement officers from Canadian Transportation Agency checked buses after CBC report

The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) has hit OC Transpo with a hefty fine after enforcement officers discovered major stops were not being called out on three trips.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/oc-transpo-fined-25k-for-failing-to-call-out-bus-stops/

Grand Theatre Expands Accessibility for Deaf Community

The Grand Theatre announces expanded accessibility initiatives for Deaf and hard of hearing patrons. The Grand’s commitment to offering an accessible theatre environment spans from the introduction of open-captioned performances to additional American Sign Language-interpreted performances, and from enhanced front-of-house services to productions inspired by stories about historic figures who were deaf, as well as casting that includes actors from the Deaf and hard of hearing community.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/grand-theatre-expands-accessibility-for-deaf-community/

The Government of Canada Launches Renewed Program to Support the Social Inclusion of Canadians With Disabilities

The Government of Canada is working to ensure greater accessibility and opportunities for Canadians with disabilities in their communities and workplaces.

The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, today launched a call for expressions of interest under the renewed 2017 Social Development Partnership Program Disability (SDPP-D). The call is open to not-for-profit organizations with a national reach and whose primary mandate is on the inclusion of people with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-government-of-canada-launches-renewed-program-to-support-the-social-inclusion-of-canadians-with-disabilities/

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