Accessibility News January 7,2017 Update

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In this Issue

*Sticking with Red and Green Transit Lines Offensive to Colour-Blind People, Says Advocate
*Design Exchange and Ontario Government Announce Post-Secondary Design Competition *Accessible On-Street Residential Parking Program Now in Place *TTC Wheel-Trans Eligibility Expands in 2017
*New Year Should Bring Contentious Political Issues to Forefront in Peel Region
*U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance on Civil Rights of Students with Disabilities

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Sticking with Red and Green Transit Lines Offensive to Colour-Blind People, Says Advocate

OC Transpo is using two colours to differentiate the Confederation Line LRT and Trillium Line. It might cause problems for people who have a red-green colour blindness, an advocate says.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/sticking-with-red-and-green-transit-lines-offensive-to-colour-blind-people-says-advocate/

Design Exchange and Ontario Government Announce Post-Secondary Design Competition

How can graphic design, architecture, product design, interior design and other disciplines change exterior sidewalks and walkways, outdoor public eating areas and play spaces, accessible parking, waiting areas and service counters to provide a positive experience for all?

This year, students studying in all design disciplines are invited to submit proposals that demonstrate how existing public spaces in Ontario can be re-designed to be accessible to the greatest number of individuals.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/design-exchange-and-ontario-government-announce-post-secondary-design-competition/

Accessible On-Street Residential Parking Program Now in Place

The Citys accessible on-street residential parking program is now in place.

The program allows residents with accessibility needs and no on-site parking option the opportunity to reserve a space on the street near their home. The location of the parking space will be determined based on consultation with the applicant and City staff.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/accessible-on-street-residential-parking-program-now-in-place/

TTC Wheel-Trans Eligibility Expands in 2017

Starting January 1, the TTCs eligibility criteria for new Wheel-Trans customers are expanding and a new conditional category is being introduced.

To align with the Ontario Human Rights Code and to comply with changes to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), the TTC will accept
applications from persons with cognitive, sensory and mental health disabilities in addition to physical disabilities. Services for existing Wheel-Trans customers will not be impacted as a result of this change.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ttc-wheel-trans-eligibility-expands-in-2017/

New Year Should Bring Contentious Political Issues to Forefront in Peel Region

Big changes are coming to TransHelp in the new year as the transportation services for residents with disabilities must implement new Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) requirements by Jan. 1, 2017.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/new-year-should-bring-contentious-political-issues-to-forefront-in-peel-region/

U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance on Civil Rights of Students with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education released three new sets of guidance today to assist the public in understanding how the Department interprets and enforces federal civil rights laws protecting the rights of students with disabilities. These guidance documents clarify the rights of students with disabilities and the responsibilities of educational institutions in ensuring that all students have the opportunity to learn.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/u-s-department-of-education-releases-guidance-on-civil-rights-of-students-with-disabilities/

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