Accessibility News November 18,2017 Update

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In this Issue

*Disability Group TO Call for Repeal of Discriminatory Provision in Canadas Immigration Act
*Amazing Responses to, Including More Media Coverage of our New Video on Serious Accessibility Problems at Ryerson Universitys New Student Learning Centre
*Airbnb buys Airbnb for Disabled People Startup Accomable in Accessibility Upgrade
*Pedestrian Travel for Persons With Disabilities Can Be Difficult and Occasionally Risky
*Santa Claus Parade Adds Accessibility Spaces
*Children With Disabilities are Being Denied Equal Opportunities for A Quality Education Across the World, Including in the UK
*Almost Half of Ontario Youth Miss School Because of Anxiety, Study Suggests
*Ontario Woman Calls for Better Accessibility at Toronto Coach Terminal
*TTC to Retrofit Almost All Subway Stations to Fix Platform Gaps

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ARTICLES:

Disability Group TO Call for Repeal of Discriminatory Provision in Canadas Immigration Act

The Council of Canadians With Disabilities (CCD), a national, human rights organization of persons with various disabilities that is working for a more inclusive and accessible Canada, will call for repeal of the Excessive Demands provisions in Canadas Immigration and Refugee Protection Act when it
appears before the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration on Monday evening, November 20, 2017.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/disability-group-to-call-for-repeal-of-discriminatory-provision-in-canadas-immigration-act/

Amazing Responses to, Including More Media Coverage of our New Video on Serious Accessibility Problems at Ryerson Universitys New Student Learning Centre

The Wynne Government Is Taking Longer Just to Appoint a Standards Development Committee on Education Barriers Facing Students with Disabilities Than It Took the Government to Create Ontarios Entire Disabilities Act

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/amazing-responses-to-including-more-media-coverage-of-our-new-video-on-serious-accessibility-problems-at-ryerson-universitys-new-student-learning-centre/

Airbnb buys Airbnb for Disabled People Startup Accomable in Accessibility Upgrade

Airbnb, the accommodation and travel startup that is now valued at $31 billion, is today announcing an acquisition that points to how it wants to address the travel needs of more kinds of customers. It has bought Accomable, a startup based out of London that focuses on travel listings that are disabled-friendly.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/airbnb-buys-airbnb-for-disabled-people-startup-accomable-in-accessibility-upgrade/

Pedestrian Travel for Persons With Disabilities Can Be Difficult and Occasionally Risky

by the Ottawa Disability Coalition (ODC).

After conducting accessibility audits in 3 Ottawa areas, the ODC reports the lack of sidewalks in some areas, poor sidewalk conditions and poor or no curb
cuts allowing access to sidewalks may force some with mobility disabilities to travel on the road.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/pedestrian-travel-for-persons-with-disabilities-can-be-difficult-and-occasionally-risky/

Santa Claus Parade Adds Accessibility Spaces

New to Kingstons Nighttime Santa Claus Parade this year is the addition of three dedicated, accessible spaces for families and those with disabilities, the Rotary Comfort Zones.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/santa-claus-parade-adds-accessibility-spaces/

Children With Disabilities are Being Denied Equal Opportunities for A Quality Education Across the World, Including in the UK

Across the globe, learning for children with disabilities remains a significant challenge. In order to address this, we need to invest in inclusive teaching and learning processes and not just changes to school infrastructure. Teachers need better training and support underpinned by principles of inclusion.
Significantly, children with disabilities must be respected as important partners in creating better schools for all.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/children-with-disabilities-are-being-denied-equal-opportunities-for-a-quality-education-across-the-world-including-in-the-uk/

Almost Half of Ontario Youth Miss School Because of Anxiety, Study Suggests

A survey commissioned by Childrens Mental Health Ontario suggests that children and parents miss school and work to cope with mental illness.

Shannon Nagy, 20, at the Childrens Mental Health Ontario conference. The group released findings from a study that shows one in four Ontario parents have missed work to care for their child experiencing mental health issues and anxiety.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/almost-half-of-ontario-youth-miss-school-because-of-anxiety-study-suggests/

Ontario Woman Calls for Better Accessibility at Toronto Coach Terminal

One escalator is broken, the other only moves one direction at a time, and now the elevator is out of service.

A St. Catharines, Ont., woman who suffers from thyroid myalgia and travels to Toronto by bus to receive medical treatment is sounding the alarm about the continual accessibility issues plaguing the Toronto Coach Terminal.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-woman-calls-for-better-accessibility-at-toronto-coach-terminal/

TTC to Retrofit Almost All Subway Stations to Fix Platform Gaps

Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit has warned passengers with mobility devices can get caught between the train and platform.

Debbie Gillespie, who heads the TTCs Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit, called the planned retrofits a godsend.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ttc-to-retrofit-almost-all-subway-stations-to-fix-platform-gaps/

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