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Lyft and the National Federation of the Blind Announce Comprehensive Accessibility Improvements for Lyft Riders Who Travel with Service Animals

Lyft and the National Federation of the Blind today announced a collaborative effort to ensure reliable and equal service to individuals who are blind and use service animals.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/lyft-and-the-national-federation-of-the-blind-announce-comprehensive-accessibility-improvements-for-lyft-riders-who-travel-with-service-animals/

Toyota Develops WelWalk Robotic Brace to Aid in Rehabilitation of Stroke Patients

On Wednesday, Toyota launched a new robotic leg brace called the WelWalk WW-1000. The robotic exoframe is designed to help patients with partial paralysis walk again. The device is worn on the affected leg, with a large motor component at the knee joint that helps with functions such as supporting body weights and assisting with movements such as swinging the leg forward.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/toyota-develops-welwalk-robotic-brace-to-aid-in-rehabilitation-of-stroke-patients/

People with Disabilities Sue BART for Discrimination

For people with disabilities, problems that may be familiar annoyances to most riders can create absolute barriers to access. Problems cited in the lawsuit include elevators that are broken, out of service, or so soiled they are unusable, as well as non-functioning escalators and fare gates.

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http://www.aoda.ca/people-with-disabilities-sue-bart-for-discrimination/

Disabled Woman Sues Seven Shops in Same Street After Complaints to 28 Businesses About Access

Wheelchair user Esther Leighton has taken action against seven businesses after she complained to 28 traders in Mill Road, Cambridge, two miles from where she lives.

Ms Leighton said she launched legal claims because the Equality Act was being “ignored”, the Cambridge News reported.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/disabled-woman-sues-seven-shops-in-same-street-after-complaints-to-28-businesses-about-access/

New Robotics Technology Brings Standing and Mobility to Wheelchair Users

Tek RMD is a motorized standing movement device that offers the ability for those who are in a manual wheelchair to complete everyday activities from a standing position. Unlike other standers, users can board and control a Tek RMD unassisted. Numotion is the exclusive distributor of the product in the U.S.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/new-robotics-technology-brings-standing-and-mobility-to-wheelchair-users/

Pheon and Prosedo Mechanical Prosthetic Knees Provide Mobility and Stability for Less Active Amputees

Ottobock announced the release of the Pheon and Prosedo mechanical prosthetic knees aimed at providing mobility and stability for less active amputees.

The Pheon polycentric knee joint is an ideal choice to help less active lower limb amputees restore their ability to stand and walk both indoors and in limited community settings. With the integrated optional lock, which can be activated or deactivated by the prosthetist, the Pheon also provides targeted support for the post-amputation therapy process from initial walking exercises to the final fitting.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/pheon-and-prosedo-mechanical-prosthetic-knees-provide-mobility-and-stability-for-less-active-amputees/

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/