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IKEA Israel Makes Life Simpler for People With Disabilities

At IKEA Israel, 13 accessories designed for people with disabilities can now be scanned at no cost and printed out using 3D printers to add to the store’s furniture. The aim is to increase the products’ usability and raise awareness of inclusion and accessibility.


Province Lays Out New Goals to Get to Full Accessibility by 2030

As Nova Scotia strikes two committees to develop the first provincial accessibility standards, some advocates say there is still an enormous amount of work to be done to keep the province on track toward its goal of becoming fully accessible by 2030.


Adaptive Sports Equipment Enables Outdoor Recreation for All

Stephen was 14 when he lost all use of his legs and the full mobility of his arms in a traffic accident. Three years after the crash, the Braddock youth, who asked that his last name not be used, said he sorely missed getting outside with family and friends.

“Hanging out in the park, fishing just doing anything outdoors it’s really hard when you can’t get around,” he said in 2018 during a fishing program organized by the state Fish and Boat Commission.


Canada: Federal Accessibility Legislation One Step Closer To Law

The Accessible Canada Act (Act), first introduced in June 2018 in Bill C-81, is now being considered by the Senate, and could soon be law.


NS Decision Finds Blatant Discrimination Against Three Persons with Intellectual Disabilities

HALIFAX, NS – Chairman John Walter Thompson, Q.C. found in Monday’s Human Rights Commission Board of Inquiry decision that the Province of Nova Scotia violated the rights of Beth MacLean, Sheila Livingstone, and Joseph Delaney under the Nova Scotia’s Human Rights Act.

The decision is a win for MacLean, Livingstone, and Delaney as individuals, and is an important victory in ensuring full recognition of the right of persons with disabilities to live in the community and access community-based services throughout the province.


This Is How To Create The Biggest Changes for Women With Disabilities In Years

Each year when Women’s History Month comes around, there’s an explosion of content online about women. This year, there are plenty of signs that corporate America is poised to create change for women with disabilities the likes of which we haven’t seen in years. Here’s my thinking: The fight for equal pay and the #metoo movement have jumpstarted awareness of the huge challenges women face in the workplace.


Broken Elevator at Portage and Main Suggests Accessibility’s Not A Priority, Advocate Says

Allen Mankewich, a consultant with the Independent Living Resource Centre who uses a wheelchair, says the broken lift forces people in wheelchairs to travel blocks out of their way on snowy sidewalks just to cross the street.


Temporary Service Disruptions: When and How to Notify Customers

Under the Customer Service Standard of the AODA, service providers must notify customers about temporary service disruptions. Temporary service disruptions happen when services that customers with disabilities might rely on are temporarily unavailable.

There are many reasons why different kinds of services might be temporarily unavailable, including:


Service Animal Laws for Ontario Workplaces

Under the Customer Service Standard of the AODA, service providers’ policies must state that they welcome service animals. Service animals are animals, typically dogs, trained to help people with disabilities maintain independence. Here we outline service animal laws that service providers must follow.


Understanding Service Animals

Under the Customer Service Standard of the AODA, service providers’ policies must state that they welcome service animals. The Standard discusses how service providers must allow service animals in almost all public places. It also outlines what providers must do to accommodate customers who need to go to places where their service animals are excluded by law. However, service providers committed to obeying these laws may still have many questions about service animals, such as what they do and how to behave around them. Here we offer some best practices for understanding service animals that service providers should follow.