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City’s Amphibious Wheelchairs Put the Beach Within Reach

All her life, whenever Delaney Dunlop’s friends asked her to go to the beach, she’d decline.

The 30-year-old’s battery-powered wheelchair just wasn’t built to traverse the sand.

“It took like six people to get it out of the sand,” Dunlop said of one earlier attempt.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/citys-amphibious-wheelchairs-put-the-beach-within-reach/

St. John’s Pedestrian Mall Accessibility Will Change, Vows Mayor, After Facebook Post Highlights Problems

Post of wheelchair user unable to navigate area shared almost 1,000 times

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/st-johns-pedestrian-mall-accessibility-will-change-vows-mayor-after-facebook-post-highlights-problems/

Fundraising: Peterborough Kiwanis Donates Trail Chairs to Camp Kawartha

The hiking trails at Camp Kawartha, both at the main site on Clear Lake and others behind the Environment Centre in Peterborough, just became more accessible thanks to a generous donation of two specialized trail chairs by The Kiwanis Club of Peterborough and Motion Peterborough.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/fundraising-peterborough-kiwanis-donates-trail-chairs-to-camp-kawartha/

New Transport Rules for Disabled Travellers a Step Forward but Not Enough: Advocates

New rules aimed at making travel within Canada safer and more accessible for people with disabilities mark a welcome step forward but don’t yet go far enough to removing long-standing barriers, advocates said Thursday as the new regulations officially came into effect.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/new-transport-rules-for-disabled-travellers-a-step-forward-but-not-enough-advocates/

BC Transit is Using COVID Safety Precautions as An Excuse to Infringe the human Rights of Disabled People

I, an individual who requires a scooter for mobility, assured the driver that I was physically capable of securing myself without the driver’s assistance after the driver indicated that they were not comfortable securing my scooter due to the proximity and associated COVID 19 risks. The driver still refused to allow me to board the bus.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/bc-transit-is-using-covid-safety-precautions-as-an-excuse-to-infringe-the-human-rights-of-disabled-people/

Residents Complain About Lack of Accessibility for Wheelchair Users

“We shouldn’t – as anybody that needs a ramp – (have to) fight the city for years to get it done,” said Gorman.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/residents-complain-about-lack-of-accessibility-for-wheelchair-users/

E-Scooters Set to Hit Ottawa Streets, Paths This Year

If Ottawa’s e-scooter pilot gets full council approval, the devices will be allowed on pathways and on roads with speed limits up to 50 km/h, but not on sidewalks, on NCC paths or in Gatineau.

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https://aoda.ca/e-scooters-set-to-hit-ottawa-streets-paths-this-year/

Transporting Passengers with Disabilities in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Some public transit drivers state that they should not be assisting passengers with disabilities to board buses during the COVID-19 pandemic. These drivers state that this assistance requires them to come into close contact with passengers.

Nonetheless, the Transportation Standards of the AODA require public transit drivers to provide this assistance to people with disabilities. In other words, serving passengers with disabilities should not be an optional part of a driver’s job. Instead, it should be an essential service, because people of all abilities need to access services like stores or doctors.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/passengers-with-disabilities-in-the-covid-19-pandemic/

‘I Couldn’t Get In’: Clearview Woman Says She Missed Funeral Reception for Friend Because the Hall Wasn’t Accessible

When family and friends gathered at the Sunnidale Hall to pay their respects and share stories, she was unable to attend.

Prosser, who has arthritis in her hip and shoulder and other ailments, uses a walker to get around and is unable to make it up the stairs at the hall.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/i-couldnt-get-in-clearview-woman-says-she-missed-funeral-reception-for-friend-because-the-hall-wasnt-accessible/

OC Transpo, STO Bring in Changes Due to COVID-19

Most passengers will board through rear doors only
CBC News
Posted: Mar 16, 2020

Transit agencies in both Ottawa and Gatineau are making some changes in an effort to help limit the spread of COVID-19 on their buses and trains.

According to a memo sent Monday by OC Transpo boss John Manconi, only passengers with accessibility needs will be allowed to board buses through the front door. All other passengers must board through the rear door.

Tape will separate the driver and accessible seating area from the rest of the bus.

Manconi said OC Transpo anticipates that will result in lost revenue because some buses won’t allow customers to tap their Presto cards at the rear, nor will they be able to pay with cash or paper transfers.