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Access Denied: Woman’s Support Dog Not Recognized by Orangeville Transit

She sits alone on the Orangeville Transit bus fixated on the pictures of her emotional support dog found on her cellular phone.

As more people board the bus, the woman in her mid-30s looks away and senses her anxiety levels starting to rise. A quick glance back at her phone helps calm her down.

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http://www.aoda.ca/access-denied-womans-support-dog-not-recognized-by-orangeville-transit/

Sticking with Red and Green Transit Lines ‘Offensive’ to Colour-Blind People, Says Advocate

OC Transpo is using two colours to differentiate the Confederation Line LRT and Trillium Line. It might cause problems for people who have a red-green colour blindness, an advocate says.

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http://www.aoda.ca/sticking-with-red-and-green-transit-lines-offensive-to-colour-blind-people-says-advocate/

TTC Wheel-Trans Eligibility Expands in 2017

Starting January 1, the TTC’s eligibility criteria for new Wheel-Trans customers are expanding and a new conditional category is being introduced.

To align with the Ontario Human Rights Code and to comply with changes to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), the TTC will accept applications from persons with cognitive, sensory and mental health disabilities in addition to physical disabilities. Services for existing Wheel-Trans customers will not be impacted as a result of this change.

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http://www.aoda.ca/ttc-wheel-trans-eligibility-expands-in-2017/

Access Board Updates ADA Guidelines for Buses and Vans

The Access Board has issued a final rule updating sections of its accessibility guidelines for transportation vehicles covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The rule revises provisions in the guidelines that apply to buses and vans to enhance accessibility and to address industry trends and improvements in design and technology.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/access-board-updates-ada-guidelines-for-buses-and-vans/

City Committee Approves Changes to Transit Subsidies

The Chairperson of London’s Accessibility Advisory Committee, Roger Khouri, spoke out in favour of keeping the subsidy for the blind.

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http://www.aoda.ca/city-committee-approves-changes-to-transit-subsidies/

Your quiet hybrid is likely to make itself heard in the not-so-distant future

Under a new safety regulation issued by the federal government, hybrids and electric cars will be equipped with a device that emits sound to alert passersby that the vehicle is running. Manufacturers have until Sept. 1, 2019, to meet the requirement.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/your-quiet-hybrid-is-likely-to-make-itself-heard-in-the-not-so-distant-future/

TransHelp Celebrates 35 Years and Prepares for Big Changes in Transit Service for Peel’s Disabled

TransHelp must make client eligibility changes by Jan. 1, 2017 to comply with Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) requirements that come into force in the new year.

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http://www.aoda.ca/transhelp-celebrates-35-years-and-prepares-for-big-changes-in-transit-service-for-peels-disabled/

Accessible Transit ? A Daily Struggle with Accessibility Issues on the TTC

by Ilanna Mandel

Back in the 1980s and early 1990s, I was involved with an outspoken group of social activists advocating for an overhaul of our transportation system. The TTC I know today, and the system that existed then are entirely different. Today, there are low floor buses, elevators in subways, brailled information in subway stations, and new, accessible streetcars are on the way. But, in the analysis of this system, the question must be asked: “how accessible is transportation in Toronto?” Do we truly have what can be called accessible transit?

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http://disabilitycreditcanada.com/accessible-transit/

From their perspective, photo exhibit shows life with a disability

Photo exhibit Making the Journey shows transportation challenges for people with disabilities By Carolyn Stokes, CBC News Posted: Oct 23, 2016 6:31 PM

Access to the outside world’ shows the perspective of a person with a disability dealing with winter challenges.

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but the group behind a new photo exhibit at Memorial University hopes those words will be spoken out loud.

Making the Journey is a collection of 30 photos that are meant to show what life is like for a person with a disability.

Disability Rights Group Sues Uber Over Wheelchair Access

A Chicago disability rights group sued Uber Thursday over wheelchair accessibility, arguing that the mobile ride-hailing company’s adherence to federal disability laws “ranges from token to non-existent” despite its expanding role in the nation’s transportation system.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/disability-rights-group-sues-uber-over-wheelchair-access/