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In this Issue
*Alliance Seeks Input From People With Disabilities, Families About Accessibility
*Disabled Woman Sues Seven Shops in Same Street After Complaints to 28 Businesses About Access
*TTC Expands Wheel-Trans Eligibility to Include People With Cognitive, Sensory, or Mental Health Disabilities
*Aids for Vision Loss, From Those Who’ve Been There
*Minister Qualtrough Reinforces the Government of Canadas Commitment to Accessibility in an Official Visit to Australia
*Running with Gaston at the NYC Marathon
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Alliance Seeks Input From People With Disabilities, Families About Accessibility
SAINT JOHN Alex Peeler recently started a petition that made its way to the House of Commons.
The 24-year-old man from Bridgewater, N.S., wants to help implement a national assistance program for Canadians with disabilities so they have access equipment
and services needed to live independently. Peeler said the petition included 1,600 signatures and was sponsored by Bernadette Jordan, MP for Southshore-St. Margarets.
Disabled Woman Sues Seven Shops in Same Street After Complaints to 28 Businesses About Access
Wheelchair user Esther Leighton has taken action against seven businesses after she complained to 28 traders in Mill Road, Cambridge, two miles from where she lives.
Ms Leighton said she launched legal claims because the Equality Act was being ignored, the Cambridge News reported.
TTC Expands Wheel-Trans Eligibility to Include People With Cognitive, Sensory, or Mental Health Disabilities
The transit agency made the change to ensure it was complying with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the provincial Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. It took effect Jan. 1.
Aids for Vision Loss, From Those Who’ve Been There
Stanley F. Wainapel, clinical director of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, admitted that adapting to vision loss is a major challenge. But he disputed Mr. Hoaglands allusion to enforced passivity, pointing out that many advances in technology from
screen-reading software for computers to portable devices that read menus or printed letters with a delay of only seconds can keep productivity, creativity and pleasure very much alive for people who can no longer see.
Minister Qualtrough Reinforces the Government of Canadas Commitment to Accessibility in an Official Visit to Australia
The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, joined world leaders at the 2017 International Initiative for Disability Leadership (IIDL) Conference on March 2, 2017, to share their experiences, knowledge and perspectives on this years theme: Contributing Lives, Thriving Communities.
Running with Gaston at the NYC Marathon
We did it. we ran and completed the New York City Marathon with 51,000 other runners on November 6, 2016.
It was an amazing experience guiding Gaston Bedard, a deaf-blind 64 year-old runner, through the biggest street party in the world.
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