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Disability Rights Advocates Fight ‘Demeaning’ Immigration Criteria

TORONTO – A national advocacy group is pushing for the government to repeal immigration criteria that it calls discriminatory toward people with disabilities.

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities is calling for the repeal of a provision that bars disabled immigrants from settling in Canada on grounds that they could place too much demand on the country’s medical system. The group contends the practice is discriminatory and based on outdated, stereotypical ideas around disability.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/disability-rights-advocates-fight-demeaning-immigration-criteria/

King Street Pilot Project Sparks Accessibility Issues

Less than one week after the start of the King Street Pilot Project, one woman says she’s concerned the new rules are making transportation inaccessible for people who live with a disability.

Vicki Cal has been using Wheel-Trans for the last three years, getting picked up from her east-end home and getting dropped off in front of the Scotia Plaza on King St. between Yonge and Bay. But on Wednesday, she says a parking enforcement officer told her Wheel-Trans driver due to the new pilot rules, Cal would have to wait at one of the designated pick-up areas along King Street.

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http://www.aoda.ca/

Court: Movie Theatres Must Accommodate Deaf-Blind Patrons

Federal disability law requires movie theatres to provide specialized interpreters to patrons who are deaf and blind, an appeals court said Friday.

The Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Cinemark, the nation’s third-largest movie chain, in a case involving a Pennsylvania man
who wanted to see the 2014 movie “Gone Girl” and asked a Cinemark theatre in Pittsburgh to supply a “tactile interpreter.” The theatre denied his request.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/court-movie-theatres-must-accommodate-deaf-blind-patrons/

B.C. Needs Disability Act: Victoria Council

The City of Victoria wants to make the city and the province “barrier free.”

Council passed a motion Thursday asking the provincial government to enact a “strong and effective” British Columbians with Disabilities Act, which was added to the consent agenda at committee of the whole. Other provinces, including Ontario and Manitoba, have provincial accessibility laws, which include such regulations as building and structural guidelines, and allowing service animals.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/b-c-needs-disability-act-victoria-council/

Accessibility News November 18,2017 Update

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In this Issue

Disability Group TO Call for Repeal of Discriminatory Provision in Canada’s 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 Canada’s 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 University’s 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 Ontario’s Entire Disabilities Act

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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.

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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).
November 17, 2017

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 Kingston’s 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/