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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.

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

Ontario Woman Calls for Better Accessibility at Toronto Coach Terminal

One escalator is broken, the other only moves one direction at a time, and now the elevator is out of service.

A St. Catharines, Ont., woman who suffers from thyroid myalgia and travels to Toronto by bus to receive medical treatment is sounding the alarm about the continual accessibility issues plaguing the Toronto Coach Terminal.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-woman-calls-for-better-accessibility-at-toronto-coach-terminal/

Yellowknife’s Transit Leaves Disabled Residents Unable to Attend Public Meetings, Says Advocate

City’s bus service ends at 7:10 p.m., while city council meetings, public consultations often begin later

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http://www.aoda.ca/yellowknifes-transit-leaves-disabled-residents-unable-to-attend-public-meetings-says-advocate/

Some People Are Using Accessible Parking Permits of Relatives Who’ve Died, police say

Over 1,300 misused permits seized last year, CBC Toronto has learned

Wendy Murphy of Spinal Cord Injury Ontario says she routinely sees people who appear to be misusing accessible parking permits, which means she’s left waiting for a spot.

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http://www.aoda.ca/some-people-are-using-accessible-parking-permits-of-relatives-whove-died-police-say/

How a Cool New Fuel App Helps Drivers With Disabilities

Filling a car with gas can be a frustrating task for drivers with physical disabilities. It can be hard to get out of the car, access a wheelchair or walker, and try to fit the mobility aid between the vehicle and the pump, while still reaching the gas tank.

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http://www.aoda.ca/how-a-cool-new-fuel-app-helps-drivers-with-disabilities/

Accessibility Advocates Looking to Expand the Scope of the StopGap Program in the City

‘If you have to ask then it is not accessible’

From left to right, Cindy Walker, Sean Beech and their children, Theodore and Hendrik; UPS employee Ron Musselman; and Roger Koert, chair of the city’s accessibility advisory committee. They are all supporters and beneficiaries of the StopGap initiative and would like to see it expand, so participating businesses leave the ramps outside during business hours.

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http://www.aoda.ca/accessibility-advocates-looking-to-expand-the-scope-of-the-stopgap-program-in-the-city/

How an Ottawa Cancer Patient is Trying to Make CHEO More Accessible for Everyone

Just before the elevator doors opened at CHEO, Sarah Telford playfully, but pointedly, picked up a nearby yellow caution cone the kind that warn of wet floors, spills and whatnot and placed it in front of the elevator. When the doors opened, the elevator’s lone occupant, hospital CEO Alex Munter, was compelled to negotiate his way around the obstacle as he exited, no small feat considering that he was in a wheelchair.

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http://www.aoda.ca/how-an-ottawa-cancer-patient-is-trying-to-make-cheo-more-accessible-for-everyone/

Canada and Manitoba Invest in Rural Transit Projects Across the Province

The governments of Canada and Manitoba recognize that strategic investments in public transit and active transportation infrastructure play a key role in developing dynamic communities, encouraging healthy lifestyles and ensuring everyone can get around their communities easily and efficiently.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/canada-and-manitoba-invest-in-rural-transit-projects-across-the-province/

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative Application Development Awards

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded six application development research contracts, totaling $6.185 million* for a period of performance through FY 2019, under its Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative (ATTRI) to improve mobility options for all travelers, particularly those with disabilities.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/u-s-department-of-transportation-announces-accessible-transportation-technologies-research-initiative-application-development-awards/

Metro to Launch Abilities-Ride Program to Encourage Accessible Taxi Use as Alternative to MetroAccess in Maryland

MetroAccess customers will have a new, more flexible option for travel within Maryland with the launch of the Abilities-Ride program on Monday, September 18.

The new program offers an alternative to MetroAccess service by allowing eligible customers to use on-demand taxi services–without sharing a ride–at a discounted rate.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/metro-to-launch-abilities-ride-program-to-encourage-accessible-taxi-use-as-alternative-to-metroaccess-in-maryland/