Accessibility News February 8,2020 Update

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In this Issue
*The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Asks Toronto Mayor John Tory to Help Ensure that Canada’s Largest City Does Not Lift the Ban on Electric Scooters
*’There are No Rules’ When it Comes to Restaurant Accessibility in Halifax
*The City of Toronto’s Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee Passes A Strong Unanimous Motion Urging Toronto’s Mayor John Tory and City Council to Leave in Place the Ban on Electric Scooters
*Local Artist Hopes to Help Improve Accessibility of Art
*eSSENTIAL Accessibility To Expand Software Platform With New Funding Round
*Accessibility Advocate Pans Proposed QEII Parkade Location
*Introducing THE 2020-2021 AEBC AND T-BASE Communications Scholarship Program
*Michael Coteau is First Ontario Liberal Leadership Candidate to Write Us with All the Detailed Commitments on Accessibility We Seek

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ARTICLES:

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Asks Toronto Mayor John Tory to Help Ensure that Canada’s Largest City Does Not Lift the Ban on Electric Scooters

Torontonians with Disabilities Need Mayor Tory’s Leadership to Prevent the Dangers to Their Safety and Accessibility that E-Scooters Pose

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/the-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities-act-alliance-asks-toronto-mayor-john-tory-to-help-ensure-that-canadas-largest-city-does-not-lift-the-ban-on-electric-scooters/

‘There are No Rules’ When it Comes to Restaurant Accessibility in Halifax

If the goal is a barrier-free Nova Scotia by 2030, why are we allowing new barriers to be built in the meantime? Disabled people don’t just live in libraries and courthouses; they shop, they dine, they live their lives. Improving public spaces will be meaningless if private spaces are allowed to continue putting disabled people out of sight and out of mind. When you become disabled, do you intend to hermit away in your hopefully accessible home, never to be seen again unless you need a library book or have jury duty?

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/there-are-no-rules-when-it-comes-to-restaurant-accessibility-in-halifax/

The City of Toronto’s Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee Passes A Strong Unanimous Motion Urging Toronto’s Mayor John Tory and City Council to Leave in Place the Ban on Electric Scooters

But City Staff Prefer an Option of Allowing E-Scooters Under Conditions that Leave in Place Serious Dangers for People with Disabilities and Others

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/the-city-of-torontos-municipal-accessibility-advisory-committee-passes-a-strong-unanimous-motion-urging-torontos-mayor-john-tory-and-city-council-to-leave-in-place-the-ban-on-electric-scooters/

Local Artist Hopes to Help Improve Accessibility of Art

Orillia’s Robyn Rennie has found an alternative way to create art.

After losing most of her vision, the artist turned to technology.

Read more at
https://barrie.ctvnews.ca/local-artist-hopes-to-help-improve-accessibility-of-art-1.4792818

eSSENTIAL Accessibility To Expand Software Platform With New Funding Round

“The concept of accessibility ” commonly associated with public and private physical spaces ” now applies to our increasingly digital world, said eSSENTIAL Accessibility co-founder and CEO Simon Dermer. “Websites, mobile apps, cloud platforms, and other digital assets need to be designed, developed and managed with accessibility in mind to meet the needs of the more than one billion people globally living with a disability. Yet organizations struggle to implement accessibility and conform with regulatory mandates.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/essential-accessibility-to-expand-software-platform-with-new-funding-round/

Accessibility Advocate Pans Proposed QEII Parkade Location

A Halifax disability advocate says the proposed location for a new hospital parkade will create a barrier to health care.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/accessibility-advocate-pans-proposed-qeii-parkade-location/

Introducing THE 2020-2021 AEBC AND T-BASE Communications Scholarship Program

The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/introducing-the-2020-2021-aebc-and-t-base-communications-scholarship-program/

Michael Coteau is First Ontario Liberal Leadership Candidate to Write Us with All the Detailed Commitments on Accessibility We Seek

Brenda Hollingsworth Said She’ll Do the Same And Still Waiting for the Other Four Candidates to Do So

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/michael-coteau-is-first-ontario-liberal-leadership-candidate-to-write-us-with-all-the-detailed-commitments-on-accessibility-we-seek/

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