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Residential Snow Plowing Needed, Disability Advocates Urge

Lori-Ann Ellis, who must rely on a scooter to get around, demonstrates how easily she gets stuck in a couple inches of snow near her Aberdare Rd NE Calgary street on Friday, December 29, 2017. Ellis must use her scooter on the road as there is no sidewalk in front of her house, but unless the roads are plowed or packed flat, she gets stuck and is unable to navigate in her community.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/residential-snow-plowing-needed-disability-advocates-urge/

I Dread it: Navigating London’s Winter Sidewalks in a Wheelchair

Katie Schmidt wants the city to step up its weather maintenance amid frigid temperatures to decrease the challenges of navigating winter sidewalks in a wheelchair.

For the 26-year-old Kings University College student, the dreadful bus ride home after class means she’ll soon have to face the frustration of often uncleared sidewalks when she gets off.

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http://www.aoda.ca/i-dread-it-navigating-londons-winter-sidewalks-in-a-wheelchair/

Cubs Fan Who Uses Wheelchair Sues, Says Wrigley Field Violates Disabilities Act

A Cubs fan alleges in a lawsuit that the Cubs owners’ $750 million renovation of Wrigley Field, shown Oct. 28, 2016, removed wheelchair-accessible sections in the right field bleachers and behind home plate and replaced them with seats that are worse.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/cubs-fan-who-uses-wheelchair-sues-says-wrigley-field-violates-disabilities-act/

Transit Accessibility for All Remains a Dream Unfulfilled Across Canada

MONTREAL – There’s a pair of elevators to nowhere at one of the busiest subway stations in Montreal.

Get off the train at Place Bonaventure and it’s 36 stairs up to the next level. The elevators are there for riders who can’t do that walk, but they go only from the train platform to the ticket-booth area, one level up. It’s a long walk and many more stairs from there to the street.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/transit-accessibility-for-all-remains-a-dream-unfulfilled-across-canada/

Wheelchair-Accessible Toboggan Slide Opens in Winnipeg

The city of Winnipeg has opened a slide and toboggan designed to allow everyone to get in on the fun.

On Friday, the city unveiled a its first wheelchair-accessible slide, which doubles as a toboggan run in the winter, at St. Vital Park in the southern part of Winnipeg.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/wheelchair-accessible-toboggan-slide-opens-in-winnipeg/

All VIA Rail Trains to Allow Two Mobility Aid Scooters on Board

Telbec/ – VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) announced today that, following an order by the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA), its accessibility policy was revised on December 18, 2017 and will take effect on January 3, 2018. The Corporation will offer space for two passengers travelling together on the same train with qualified 3-wheel scooters either by having two tie-down spaces per train or by securing two unoccupied scooters in one tie-down.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/all-via-rail-trains-to-allow-two-mobility-aid-scooters-on-board/

Lyft Is Making The App More Accessible For Visually Impaired Riders & Here’s Why It’s Important

Lyft has made accessibility a priority in 2017. First, in April, it announced its partnership with the National Association of the Deaf, along with changes to the app that would make it more accessible for Deaf and hard of hearing riders and drivers. Now Lyft is embracing its visually impaired riders by announcing its new partnership with Aira, which will make Lyft more accessible for visually impaired riders.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/lyft-is-making-the-app-more-accessible-for-visually-impaired-riders-heres-why-its-important/

Canada’s Aging Population Signals Need for More Inclusive, Accessible Transportation System: New Expert Panel Report

As the number of Canadians aged 65 and older continues to grow faster than any other age group, so too does the need for a more inclusive and accessible transportation system, underscores a group of experts in a new report released today by the Council of Canadian Academies.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/canadas-aging-population-signals-need-for-more-inclusive-accessible-transportation-system-new-expert-panel-report/

Toronto Needs Wider, Unobstructed Sidewalks, Disability and Pedestrian Advocates Say

As she navigates Toronto’s sidewalks, Yin Brown finds herself dodging a dizzying array of obstacles.

“I smash into patio fences, trip over cafe chairs, get stuck in bicycle racks, walk into trees and even knock down seniors,” said the president of Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians.

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http://www.aoda.ca/toronto-needs-wider-unobstructed-sidewalks-disability-and-pedestrian-advocates-say/

Pedestrian Travel for Persons With Disabilities Can Be Difficult and Occasionally Risky

by the Ottawa Disability Coalition (ODC).
November 17, 2017

After conducting accessibility audits in 3 Ottawa areas, the ODC reports the lack of sidewalks in some areas, poor sidewalk conditions and poor or no curb cuts allowing access to sidewalks may force some with mobility disabilities to travel on the road.

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http://www.aoda.ca/pedestrian-travel-for-persons-with-disabilities-can-be-difficult-and-occasionally-risky/