Accessibility News February 3,2018 Update

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In this Issue

* Be My Eyes and Moovit Join Forces to Make Public Transit More Accessible
* AODA Alliance Writes Ontario’s Accessibility Minister to Requested Updated Information on the Wynne Government’s Implementation and Enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
* Blackboard and ReadSpeaker Partner to Enhance Accessibility of Digital Course Content
* The 2018 AEBC/T-Base Scholarship Program is Accepting Applications
* Disabled Transit Users Pitch Ideas for Uber Accessibility Cash
* CNIB Calls for Senate of Canada to Include Strengthened Requirements to Accommodate Canadians With Sight Loss
* Group Questions LRT Accessibility for Visually Impaired
* Pickering Asks Durham Region Transit for Changes to Accessible Services

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Be My Eyes and Moovit Join Forces to Make Public Transit More Accessible

Public transit is an integral part of urban metropolitan areas and relied upon by millions of citizens. Blind or low vision transit riders are frequently uncertain that they’ve caught the right train or that the bus they’re waiting for will take them where they need to be. Be My Eyes and Moovit want to challenge
obstacles relating to vision and access to make traveling individually with public transit more accessible for blind and visually impaired people.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/be-my-eyes-and-moovit-join-forces-to-make-public-transit-more-accessible/

AODA Alliance Writes Ontario’s Accessibility Minister to Requested Updated Information on the Wynne Government’s Implementation and Enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

On February 1, 2018, the AODA Alliance wrote Ontario’s Accessibility Minister, Tracy MacCharles. This letter, set out below, asks the Minister to give us updated information on the Government’s implementation and enforcement of the AODA.

As our letter emphasizes, we and the public need this information, as a provincial election is fast approaching. As well, the Government is required to appoint the next Independent Review of the AODA’s implementation and enforcement within the next 13 days, if not sooner. That Independent Review will need the information as we ask for in this letter.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-writes-ontarios-accessibility-minister-to-requested-updated-information-on-the-wynne-governments-implementation-and-enforcement-of-the-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities/

Blackboard and ReadSpeaker Partner to Enhance Accessibility of Digital Course Content

Blackboard and ReadSpeaker are furthering their partnership to help instructors worldwide improve the accessibility of course content for their students.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/blackboard-and-readspeaker-partner-to-enhance-accessibility-of-digital-course-content/

The 2018 AEBC/T-Base Scholarship Program is Accepting Applications

Each year, the AEBC offers scholarships to recognize outstanding blind, deafblind, and partially sighted post-secondary students. This year, we are pleased to offer six awards in total.

Read more at
http://www.blindcanadians.ca/programs/scholarship

Disabled Transit Users Pitch Ideas for Uber Accessibility Cash

Kathleen Gorman has used Para Transpo for 20 years. She pitched several different ways to spend the money the city collects from Uber.

People with physical disabilities want to see $450,000 collected from Uber used to improve Para Transpo service, but city staff warned them not to set their expectations too high.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/disabled-transit-users-pitch-ideas-for-uber-accessibility-cash/

CNIB Calls for Senate of Canada to Include Strengthened Requirements to Accommodate Canadians With Sight Loss

CNIB is calling on the Senate of Canada to make amendments to strengthen requirements to accommodate Canadians with sight loss. As the Senate resumes sitting at the end of January, they will continue their study of Bill C-49, the Transportation Modernization Act. CNIB supports the passage of this important piece of legislation, specifically the creation of an airline Passenger Bill of Rights.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/cnib-calls-for-senate-of-canada-to-include-strengthened-requirements-to-accommodate-canadians-with-sight-loss/

Group Questions LRT Accessibility for Visually Impaired

The Ottawa chapter of the Alliance for the Equality of Blind Canadians is concerned Ottawa’s new LRT trains won’t be easily accessible for visually impaired riders.

Just when Ottawa’s new light rail system will be up and running remains an open question, but some blind and visually impaired transit users are already raising concerns the trains won’t be properly equipped to meet their needs.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/group-questions-lrt-accessibility-for-visually-impaired/

Pickering Asks Durham Region Transit for Changes to Accessible Services

Better customer service is one of the improvements the Pickering accessibility advisory committee and Pickering council would like to see regarding Durham Region Transit’s treatment of people with disabilities and seniors.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/pickering-asks-durham-region-transit-for-changes-to-accessible-services/

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