Accessibility News July 20,2019 Update

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In this Issue

*AODA Alliance Writes Federal Party Leaders Seeking Election Commitments on Advancing the Cause of Accessibility for Over 6 Million People with Disabilities in Canada
*Continual Long-Term Physiotherapy After Stroke
*ODSP: Redefining Disability
*Press Release: Toronto Pearson First Airport in Canada to Offer Innovative Technology to Improve Accessibility for Travellers with Sight Loss
*Why Your Next Hire Should Be a Person With Disabilities
*Changes to the Canada Elections Act may Increase Accessibility of Federal Elections
*City Opens Accessible Playground

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ARTICLES:

AODA Alliance Writes Federal Party Leaders Seeking Election Commitments on Advancing the Cause of Accessibility for Over 6 Million People with Disabilities in Canada

On July 18, 2019, we wrote the leaders of the major federal parties. We asked them for election pledges concerning accessibility for over 6 million people with disabilities in Canada. We set that letter out below.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-writes-federal-party-leaders-seeking-election-commitments-on-advancing-the-cause-of-accessibility-for-over-6-million-people-with-disabilities-in-canada/

Continual Long-Term Physiotherapy After Stroke

Health Quality Ontario, under the guidance of the Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee, recommends continuing public funding for post-stroke physiotherapy
consistent with the 2016 Quality-Based Procedures: Clinical Handbook for Stroke (Acute and Post acute) and further recommends that the Ministry of Health clarify any applicable policies for receiving publicly funded physiotherapy for rehabilitation after a stroke

Read the draft recommendation report and provide feedback at the link below.

Read more at
https://www.hqontario.ca/Evidence-to-Improve-Care/Health-Technology-Assessment/Reviews-And-Recommendations/Continual-Long-Term-Physiotherapy-After-Stroke

ODSP: Redefining Disability

On November 22, 2018, the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services announced that social assistance in Ontario would be reformed. One of the changes is to redefine disability under the current Ontario Disability Support Program Act (ODSPA), the law which governs income support benefits that Ontario provides to eligible persons with disabilities. The Minister said that the new definition would be more like the one used in federal government benefit programs.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/odsp-redefining-disability/

Press Release: Toronto Pearson First Airport in Canada to Offer Innovative Technology to Improve Accessibility for Travellers with Sight Loss

Toronto Pearson announced it is now offering Aira service, a leading-edge assistive technology, to help travellers with sight loss navigate the airport independently. Using the Aira iPhone or Android mobile phone application, passengers can connect to a specially trained, human agent for navigational assistance as they journey through the airport.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/press-release-toronto-pearson-first-airport-in-canada-to-offer-innovative-technology-to-improve-accessibility-for-travellers-with-sight-loss/

Why Your Next Hire Should Be a Person With Disabilities

At Wandas Pie in the Sky bakery and café in Torontos Kensington Market, owners Wanda and David Beaver work to create a sense of comfort and belonging for their customers and staff. Its why the owners have a policy to hire workers with disabilities, incorporating both hospitality and inclusion into the business.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/why-your-next-hire-should-be-a-person-with-disabilities/

Changes to the Canada Elections Act may Increase Accessibility of Federal Elections

The Canada Elections Act (Act) governs the rules Elections Canada must follow when there is a federal election. The Act was amended by Bill C-76 in December 2018 and is now in force. The new rules will be implemented as soon as the next general election in October 2019.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/changes-to-the-canada-elections-act-may-increase-accessibility-of-federal-elections/

City Opens Accessible Playground

OSWEGO Port City officials celebrated the opening of the first accessible playground Friday morning at Hamilton Park as part of an ongoing effort to make Oswego a more inclusive community.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/city-opens-accessible-playground/

eSSENTIAL Accessibility: helping organizations reach, serve and empower people with disabilities.

The eSSENTIAL Accessibility assistive technology app? gives those who have trouble typing, moving a mouse, or reading a screen due to a variety of conditions – such as stroke, paralysis or arthritis – the tools they need to navigate the Web. The app is free to the end-user and simple to use.

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

For more info, please visit http://www.essentialaccessibility.com Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/essentia11y or connect with us on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=59891 .

Accessible Air Travel Survey

Share Your Accessible (Or Not) Air Travel Stories

Large North American airline seeking feedback from people with disabilities that have had good and bad accommodation experiences on any airline. The survey results will be used in the development of an online training program for airline staff supporting travelers with disabilities. Please click the link below to participate. Thank you for your time and consideration. https://tinyurl.com/AccessibleAirTravelSurvey

TRISH ROBICHAUD
trish@changingpaces.com

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