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Remember to Catch Tomorrow’s Online Conference on What Canada’s Promised National Accessibility Law Should Include

More Media Coverage on Accessibility Triggered by Wonderful Grassroots Ontario Accessibility Advocates

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities http://www.aodaalliance.org aodafeedback@gmail.com Twitter: @aodaalliance

August 21, 2017

SUMMARY

1. A Great Chance to Learn from Amazing Speakers from Around the World on What the Promised Canadians with Disabilities Act Should Include

Remember to log in to watch tomorrow’s online policy experts’ conference on what the Federal Government should include in the promised national accessibility law. It will be streamed live on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. It will later be posted online as a permanent video. ASL and CART will be available tomorrow.

Three Day Event to Help Calgarians with Disabilities

Not-for-profit organization creating specialized solutions for disabilities in 72 hour makeathon event

The Tikkun Olam Makers:Calgary run by Kadima Dynamics, is excited to announce their third makeathon event where local engineers and designers, termed ‘Makers’, work with people with a disability, or ‘Need-Knowers’, to create solutions for their everyday challenges.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/three-day-event-to-help-calgarians-with-disabilities/

Invictus Games are an Opportunity to Advocate for Disability Rights

The Invictus Games will be a tremendous moment to celebrate our veterans and their sacrifices. The Games can also be a chance to apply pressure on our elected leadership to follow through with action on the promises they made for disability advocacy.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/invictus-games-are-an-opportunity-to-advocate-for-disability-rights/

Legislation Would ‘Move the Needle’ on Accessibility in N.L.: Advocate

Provincial government committed to making it happen, says consultations will happen in the next year

Barrier-Free Newfoundland and Labrador is a new group whose sole purpose is to lobby for accessibility legislation.

The conversation about accessibility in our communities has been going on for decades, and it’s time for action through legislation, some advocates say.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/legislation-would-move-the-needle-on-accessibility-in-n-l-advocate/

Teen with Cerebral Palsy Faces One Last Hurdle on Difficult Road to University

Benjamin Williamson, 18, left ‘toxic’ home life behind to realize dream of attending university By Ashley Burke, CBC News
Posted: Aug 16, 2017

Benjamin Williamson says a university education is his dream, but the reality is he can’t afford it.

A teen with a disability, who made his own way out of a homeless shelter and into university, is now up against a new challenge: he can’t afford the student life.

Benjamin Williamson says he’s short $5,000 to cover his remaining tuition and residence costs at Carleton University, plus thousands more for living expenses.

‘It’s frustrating, it’s exhausting, it’s complicated.’

Williamson, who has cerebral palsy, says the system is failing him, and says he feels like he’s drowning.

Helping Retailers in Ontario Improve Accessibility

Retail Council of Canada launching retail-specific training Workshop and Webinar Series to make it easier for retailers to comply with Ontario’s accessibility laws.

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http://www.aoda.ca/helping-retailers-in-ontario-improve-accessibility/

Port Robinson Ferry Meeting Accessibility Standards

The roughly $136,000 project was funded in part by St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. Rankin Construction completed the work on the docks. Work done, such as installing a ramp to the boat and grading concrete docks, has brought the free ferry service up to code with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act standards.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/port-robinson-ferry-meeting-accessibility-standards/

Helping California National Parks Become More Accessible for Visually Impaired

In their continuing efforts to “audio describe the world,” researchers at the University of Hawai?i at Manoa will collaborate with Google, the American Council of the Blind (ACB), and the National Park Service to audio describe print brochures at 15 park sites throughout the state of California.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/helping-california-national-parks-become-more-accessible-for-visually-impaired/

Doing More For People With Disabilities Is Doing More For Canadians

People with disabilities still make up a disproportionate number of professionals working in jobs that are below their skills level.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/doing-more-for-people-with-disabilities-is-doing-more-for-canadians/

Court Report Confirms Dismal State of Sidewalks for Disabled New Yorkers

Special Master Robert L. Burgdorf, Jr., one of the nation’s leading experts on disability rights, issued a 285 page report finding that it could take another 20 years or more to bring New York City street corners into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if a proposed class settlement is upheld.
Concluding that such a result would be “unconscionable,” Special Master Burgdorf recommended that the New York federal judge presiding over the suit reject the intended class settlement as not being fair, reasonable or adequate for people with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/court-report-confirms-dismal-state-of-sidewalks-for-disabled-new-yorkers/