Accessibility News January 6,2018 Update

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In this Issue

*Residential Snow Plowing Needed, Disability Advocates Urge
*Public Procurement Call for Proposals Digital Accessibility
*How to Protect Disability Rights in 2018
*President’s Message: Nationwide Class Action Challenges Hulu’s Discrimination Against Blind and Visually Impaired Individuals
*I Dread it: Navigating London’s Winter Sidewalks in a Wheelchair
*Cubs Fan Who Uses Wheelchair Sues, Says Wrigley Field Violates Disabilities Act
*Transit Accessibility for All Remains a Dream Unfulfilled Across Canada

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Residential Snow Plowing Needed, Disability Advocates Urge

Lori-Ann Ellis, who must rely on a scooter to get around, demonstrates how easily she gets stuck in a couple inches of snow near her Aberdare Rd NE Calgary
street on Friday, December 29, 2017. Ellis must use her scooter on the road as there is no sidewalk in front of her house, but unless the roads are plowed or packed flat, she gets stuck and is unable to navigate in her community.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/residential-snow-plowing-needed-disability-advocates-urge/

Public Procurement Call for Proposals Digital Accessibility

We have launched a call for proposals to seek digital, open source solutions on improving accessibility for our Open by Default portal and online recruitment for Government of Canada jobs.

Read more at
https://buyandsell.gc.ca/procurement-data/tender-notice/PW-17-00809528

How to Protect Disability Rights in 2018

Disability rights have always been an important political issue in the United States, but in 2017, the growing profile of activist group ADAPT highlighted what’s at stake.

If you’re disabled and feeling helpless or nondisabled and wanting to work in solidarity with the disability community there are lots of actions you can take that will make a big difference.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/how-to-protect-disability-rights-in-2018/

President’s Message: Nationwide Class Action Challenges Hulu’s Discrimination Against Blind and Visually Impaired Individuals

ACB is very pleased to be working with Disability Rights Advocates, the Disability Law Center, and our affiliate the Bay State Council of the Blind on this case that will bring even more access to streamed television and film content than ever before.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/presidents-message-nationwide-class-action-challenges-hulus-discrimination-against-blind-and-visually-impaired-individuals/

I Dread it: Navigating London’s Winter Sidewalks in a Wheelchair

Katie Schmidt wants the city to step up its weather maintenance amid frigid temperatures to decrease the challenges of navigating winter sidewalks in a wheelchair.

For the 26-year-old Kings University College student, the dreadful bus ride home after class means she’ll soon have to face the frustration of often uncleared sidewalks when she gets off.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/i-dread-it-navigating-londons-winter-sidewalks-in-a-wheelchair/

Cubs Fan Who Uses Wheelchair Sues, Says Wrigley Field Violates Disabilities Act

A Cubs fan alleges in a lawsuit that the Cubs owners’ $750 million renovation of Wrigley Field, shown Oct. 28, 2016, removed wheelchair-accessible sections
in the right field bleachers and behind home plate and replaced them with seats that are worse.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/cubs-fan-who-uses-wheelchair-sues-says-wrigley-field-violates-disabilities-act/

Transit Accessibility for All Remains a Dream Unfulfilled Across Canada

MONTREAL There’s a pair of elevators to nowhere at one of the busiest subway stations in Montreal.

Get off the train at Place Bonaventure and it’s 36 stairs up to the next level. The elevators are there for riders who can’t do that walk, but they go only from the train platform to the ticket-booth area, one level up. It’s a long walk and many more stairs from there to the street.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/transit-accessibility-for-all-remains-a-dream-unfulfilled-across-canada/

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Organizations that feature the app on their websites are committed to making it easier for people with disabilities to access information online.

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