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In Japan, Gyms for People With Disabilities Gain Traction

TOKYO A little more than a year remains before the start of the Tokyo Paralympics, and sports facilities for persons with disabilities are being built across Japan and competitions being held for para athletes.

The Paralympics are expected to enhance the visibility of sports for persons with disabilities and help improve their business viability.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/in-japan-gyms-for-people-with-disabilities-gain-traction/

Blind Man with Guide Dog Denied Service, Arrested at Kamloops Gas Station

A man who’s blind was told his guide dog wasn’t allowed inside a Kamloops gas station, and when RCMP arrived, he thought they would defend his rights, but instead, the officers put him in handcuffs.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/blind-man-with-guide-dog-denied-service-arrested-at-kamloops-gas-station/

Continual Long-Term Physiotherapy After Stroke

Health Quality Ontario, under the guidance of the Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee, recommends continuing public funding for post-stroke physiotherapy consistent with the 2016 Quality-Based Procedures: Clinical Handbook for Stroke (Acute and Post acute) and further recommends that the Ministry of Health clarify any applicable policies for receiving publicly funded physiotherapy for rehabilitation after a stroke

Read the draft recommendation report and provide feedback at the link below.

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https://www.hqontario.ca/Evidence-to-Improve-Care/Health-Technology-Assessment/Reviews-And-Recommendations/Continual-Long-Term-Physiotherapy-After-Stroke

KMA Call for Participation – Code of Practice for: Accessibility of ICT Terminals (Kiosks) for Deployment in Public Spaces or for Public Use

July 08, 2019
WESTMINSTER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)

The Kiosk Manufacturer Association (KMA) Code-of-Practice (CoP) is intended to establish practical, achievable and viable minimum standards for accessibility to information, products and services provided via Information and Communication Technology (ICT) deployed in places of public accommodation, amenities or service.

The objective is to ensure reasonable access to information, products and services for those with disabilities including sensory impairment(s), limited dexterity, restricted mobility or some cognitive impairment (permitting higher levels of functionality). These standards are proposed for ICT Kiosks deployed in public spaces, public amenities and in places of public accommodation or service.

Laws Alone Aren’t The Answer for Improving Disability Access, Expert at Ottawa Summit Says

When it comes to accessibility, casinos lead the way.

“They started accommodation long before the ADA because they saw it’s the little things, McCannell said, referring to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/laws-alone-arent-the-answer-for-improving-disability-access-expert-at-ottawa-summit-says/

Feds Cutting Program That Employs Dozens with Developmental Disabilities

Workers with developmental disabilities say they are planning to protest on Parliament Hill if the government doesn’t reverse its plan to shut the federal program that employs them.

For nearly four decades, they have sorted and shredded papers for Library and Archives Canada. Now, they’ve learned — for the second time in four years — that the program is being cut.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/feds-cutting-program-that-employs-dozens-with-developmental-disabilities/

Media Release: Senate Committee Corrects Some Weaknesses in Bill C-81

With the Accessible Canada Act, Bill C-81, the federal government introduced measures that will help bring Canada into compliance with the commitments that it made when it ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in 2010.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/media-release-senate-committee-corrects-some-weaknesses-in-bill-c-81/

New Toronto Star Guest Column by AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky Shows How and Why the Senate Should Strengthen Bill C-81, the Proposed Accessible Canada Act, Before Passing it this Spring

Just three days before the Senate’s Standing Committee on Social Affairs will meet on May 2, 2019 to decide what amendments to make to Bill C-81, the proposed Accessible Canada Act, the Toronto Star online ran a guest column by AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky, set out below. It shows why five million people with disabilities in Canada need the Senate to strengthen Bill C-81 before the Senate passes it.

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https://aoda.ca/new-toronto-star-guest-column-by-aoda-alliance-chair-david-lepofsky-shows-how-and-why-the-senate-should-strengthen-bill-c-81-the-proposed-accessible-canada-act-before-passing-it-this-spring/

Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2019-67

Call for comments on an amendment proposed by Bell Media Inc., Corus Entertainment Inc. and Rogers Media Inc. to their condition of licence that requires prime time programming to be broadcast with described video.

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https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2019/2019-67.htm

The Coming Web Crack-Up

Remember the bumper stickers that read, If You Can Read This, You’re Too Close? Yeah, danger ahead. Well, as America races down the cyber-highway, we should be on the lookout for a pile-up, because despite warning signs (as in a blizzard of web-accessibility lawsuits, up almost 200% last year from 2017) everywhere, people with disabilities just aren’t going to be able to move past the many obstacles heedless developers and designers are putting in their way.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-coming-web-crack-up/