Accessibility News September 3,2016 Update

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In this Issue

*Finding Refuge With the Skin I’m In
*Traffic Lights on Highway 101 to be Adjusted to Give People More Time to Cross
*The Liberal Partys Candidate in the September 1, 2016 Scarborough-Rouge River By-election Answers the AODA Alliances Accessibility Questionnaire
*These Are The Hidden Costs Of Living With A Disability
*The Conservative Candidate in the September 1, 2016 Scarborough-Rouge River By-election Answered the AODA Alliances Questionnaire on Disability Accessibility Issues, After We Made Public that Only the NDP Candidate Had Responded
*Blind MP to Draft Canadas First National Accessibility Law
*The New Democratic Partys Candidate in the September 1, 2016 Scarborough-Rouge River By-election Answered the AODA Alliances Questionnaire on Disability Accessibility Issues

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ARTICLES:

Finding Refuge With the Skin Im In

The checkout ladys panic surged as she held the coins six inches above my hand and dropped them into my palm. They clanged until I made a fist. She ran her fingernails through her hair.

What’s wrong with you? she asked, her voice rising to a higher pitch. I slid the money into a jeans pocket and stroked my thigh to calm down.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/finding-refuge-with-the-skin-im-in/

Traffic Lights on Highway 101 to be Adjusted to Give People More Time to Cross

Pedestrians crossing at various intersections along Algonquin Boulevard and other points along the Connecting Link will soon find they have about ten more seconds of time to cross the road. The city is adding time to the crossing signals as the result of lobbying by the Timmins Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee (MAAC). Changes to the traffic light will be made next week by crews from Porcupine Electric.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/traffic-lights-on-highway-101-to-be-adjusted-to-give-people-more-time-to-cross/

The Liberal Partys Candidate in the September 1, 2016 Scarborough-Rouge River By-election Answers the AODA Alliances Accessibility Questionnaire

After We Made Public that the Liberals Were the Only Major Party Not to Answer Us.

Our tenacity has paid off again! We now have received answers from the candidates of all three major parties running in the September 1, 2016 Scarborough-Rouge River Ontario by-election. We set them all out below.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/the-liberal-partys-candidate-in-the-september-1-2016-scarborough-rouge-river-by-election-answers-the-aoda-alliances-accessibility-questionnaire/

These Are The Hidden Costs Of Living With A Disability

Do you know how much a manual wheelchair costs? Not the kind you buy from the Sears catalogue when you break your leg and need someone to push you around for six weeks. Im talking about the kind that a paraplegic might need, that offers the correct ergonomic support and fits the lifestyle of the person who will rely on it for years.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/these-are-the-hidden-costs-of-living-with-a-disability/

The Conservative Candidate in the September 1, 2016 Scarborough-Rouge River By-election Answered the AODA Alliances Questionnaire on Disability Accessibility Issues, After We Made Public that Only the NDP Candidate Had Responded

The Liberal Candidate Still Has Not Answered

Here is late-breaking news on the Ontario political front. Now the Ontario Liberal candidate is the only major partys candidate competing for votes in the September 1, 2016 Scarborough-Rouge River Ontario by-election that has not answered the AODA Alliances request for commitments on disability accessibility.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/the-conservative-candidate-in-the-september-1-2016-scarborough-rouge-river-by-election-answered-the-aoda-alliances-questionnaire-on-disability-accessibility-issues-after-we-made-public-that-only/

Blind MP to Draft Canadas First National Accessibility Law

Carla Qualthrough, Ottawas minister responsible for Canadians with disabilities, announced a series of national discussions on the first national accessibility legislation.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/blind-mp-to-draft-canadas-first-national-accessibility-law/

The New Democratic Partys Candidate in the September 1, 2016 Scarborough-Rouge River By-election Answered the AODA Alliances Questionnaire on Disability Accessibility Issues

Neither the Liberal Nor Progressive Conservative Candidates Responded

On August 20, 2016, the AODA Alliance wrote the Liberal, NDP and Conservative candidates in the Scarborough-Rouge River September 1 by-election, to seek
their commitments on disability accessibility. That letter is set out below. The AODA Alliance does not support or oppose any party or candidate. We have done this in a number of previous provincial by-elections.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/the-new-democratic-partys-candidate-in-the-september-1-2016-scarborough-rouge-river-by-election-answered-the-aoda-alliances-questionnaire-on-disability-accessibility-issues/

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