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Uber enlists outside help to improve wheelchair-accessible rides

It’s aiming to keep wait times down to 15 minutes or less

Uber has found itself in hot water multiple times over its lack of wheelchair-accessible vehicles (WAVs), and now it’s teaming up with another company in order to better serve passengers with disabilities. It’s partnering with MV Transportation, a company that provides paratransit services across the US and Canada, and is bringing MV Transportation’s WAV fleet to eight cities.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/uber-enlists-outside-help-to-improve-wheelchair-accessible-rides/

Sydney Woman With Disabilities Said She Was Carried on Air Canada Jet

A Sydney woman said she recently took the jet as a start to an exciting vacation but because they had no proper means of boarding a passenger with disabilities she was carried aboard, which was humiliating and dangerous.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/sydney-woman-with-disabilities-said-she-was-carried-on-air-canada-jet/

The New York City Subway’s Accessibility Problem

Broken elevators, muffled announcements, a lack of Braille the transit system can be commuting chaos for riders with disabilities

With 472 stations in total, the New York City subway is one of the largest rapid transit systems in the world. It’s also one of the least accessible: Only 25 percent of the stations are designated wheelchair accessible, the lowest rate of wheelchair accessibility for any heavy rail system in the U.S.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-new-york-city-subways-accessibility-problem/

Wheelchair Users Sue Orioles Over Camden Yards Accessibility

BALTIMORE Three wheelchair users are suing the Baltimore Orioles over accessibility at Camden Yards.

News outlets report the lawsuit filed Friday against the team and the Maryland Stadium Authority says each plaintiff has been stuck in a wheelchair lift while trying to get to their seats. And the view from lower-level wheelchair-accessible seats is obstructed whenever fans stand up.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/wheelchair-users-sue-orioles-over-camden-yards-accessibility/

‘I’m Just Amazed’: Inverness Beach Becomes Accessibility Leader

Organizers hope to make beach the most inclusive in Atlantic Canada

The Inverness Development Association and the Inverness County Accessibility Committee partnered to purchase two of the beach-friendly wheelchairs, mats that make it easier to walk on the sand and two floating chairs that allow people to go in the water.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/im-just-amazed-inverness-beach-becomes-accessibility-leader/

‘Disappointing and Frustrating’: Air Travel Accessibility Highlighted at Winnipeg Passenger Rights Meeting

Jesse Turner, who uses a wheelchair, says she loves to travel but hasn’t flown for months because of concern following severe damage to her chair during a flight last summer.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/disappointing-and-frustrating-air-travel-accessibility-highlighted-at-winnipeg-passenger-rights-meeting/

Mobility Devices and Air Travel Forum

The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) will host an international forum on June 12-13, 2018, in Toronto, in order to address issues related to the storage and transportation of mobility aids on aircraft.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/mobility-devices-and-air-travel-forum/

Saskatoon Woman Demands Change for Provincial Wheelchair Accessibility

A woman in a wheelchair in Saskatoon is demanding change for wheelchair accessibility in the city and across the province.

For Debbie Windsor, getting around isn’t easy. She’s been in a wheelchair since she was four-years-old and has a rare condition called Osteogenesis imperfecta.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/saskatoon-woman-demands-change-for-provincial-wheelchair-accessibility/

Downtown Accessibility Ramp Project Kicks Off

A project to install free accessibility ramps at downtown business entrances kicked off Wednesday at Dr. Cobbler Shoes and Swirls. Project working group member Christine Farrell, left, proposed implementing the StopGap Foundation project in the city. Shopkeepers Ron and Camille Cole, centre, are joined by working group members Andy Underwood in his wheelchair, and behind them, Fraser Lines and Jim McManaman.

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https://aoda.ca/downtown-accessibility-ramp-project-kicks-off/

Lyft Sued for Discriminating Against Wheelchair-Users

Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) filed a major class action lawsuit against Lyft, challenging the popular ride-sharing service’s failure to make wheelchair-accessible vehicles available in the Bay Area through its rideshare service.

The suit, brought by a coalition of a disability rights group and individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area, is the first legal challenge to Lyft’s wheelchair-inaccessibility on its home turf. The plaintiffsIndependent Living Resource Center of San Francisco and two individuals who use wheelchairs brought this action to end Lyft’s discriminatory practices and policies.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/lyft-sued-for-discriminating-against-wheelchair-users/