Accessibility News October 5,2019 Update

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In this Issue
*Transit Plus Rider Wants Changes to ‘Absolutely Ludicrous’ Rule on Stop Locations
*AODA: Stronger Educator Training is Needed
*Toronto Looks Into Cost of Disability Accommodation
*I Was Paralyzed 6 Years Ago and Now I Struggle with Suicide But Not for the Reason You Think
*The British Columbia Government Commits to Provincial Accessibility Legislation and Seeks Public Input on A Proposed Framework for a BC Disabilities Act Read the AODA Alliance’s Submission to the BC Government
*Timmins Transit Brings High-Tech Wheelchair Safety to Buses

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ARTICLES:

Transit Plus Rider Wants Changes to ‘Absolutely Ludicrous’ Rule on Stop Locations

Maureen Anderson, a 76-year-old Winnipegger with fibromyalgia, is calling for changes to the city’s Transit Plus system after being told last week the transportation service could only drop her off at the nearest bus stop to her destination and that she would have to call a cab to get the rest of the way there.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/transit-plus-rider-wants-changes-to-absolutely-ludicrous-rule-on-stop-locations/

AODA: Stronger Educator Training is Needed

Our last article explored how educator training makes school accessible to some students with disabilities. In this article, we discuss how stronger educator training is needed to support students with disabilities in the classroom.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/stronger-educator-training-is-needed/

Toronto Looks Into Cost of Disability Accommodation

City has avoided hiring people with restrictions because of budget constraints, analyst said

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/toronto-looks-into-cost-of-disability-accommodation/

I Was Paralyzed 6 Years Ago and Now I Struggle with Suicide But Not for the Reason You Think

Scott Jones says that he struggles with suicide, but not because of his paralysis. Instead, he says the way in which others treat those with a disability can be the harder pill to swallow.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/i-was-paralyzed-6-years-ago-and-now-i-struggle-with-suicide-but-not-for-the-reason-you-think/

The British Columbia Government Commits to Provincial Accessibility Legislation and Seeks Public Input on A Proposed Framework for a BC Disabilities Act Read the AODA Alliance’s Submission to the BC Government

The grassroots movement for enacting comprehensive disability accessibility legislation has spread to British Columbia and is making important progress. The BC Government has committed to bring forward a provincial accessibility law, and is now seeking public input on a proposed Framework for this legislation. Below we set out the input that the AODA Alliance has just submitted to the BC Government based on our experience in Ontario and on the federal scene. The Framework for the BC legislation, which the BC Government has posted for public comment, is permanently available on the AODA Alliance website as well at https://www.aodaalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/BC-Framework-for-Accessibility-Legislation.pdf .

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/the-british-columbia-government-commits-to-provincial-accessibility-legislation-and-seeks-public-input-on-a-proposed-framework-for-a-bc-disabilities-act-read-the-aoda-alliances-submission-to-the-b/

Timmins Transit Brings High-Tech Wheelchair Safety to Buses

Timmins transit unveils new technology that will give riders in wheelchairs a safer and more comfortable ride.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/timmins-transit-brings-high-tech-wheelchair-safety-to-buses/

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