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HealthHack 2018 Winner Aims for Better Accessibility in Edmonton

Navigating Edmonton in a wheelchair takes a lot of force, according to the Click N’ Push application

The winner of this year’s HealthHack Smart Cities Challenge is aiming to make Edmonton more accessible to those who use wheelchairs.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/healthhack-2018-winner-aims-for-better-accessibility-in-edmonton/

Are Autonomous Vehicles Ready to Help the Blind?

New research conducted outside of the auto industry aims to develop data and software to ensure that the needs of the blind are met when autonomous cars become commonplace.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/are-autonomous-vehicles-ready-to-help-the-blind/

Calgary, Edmonton Expos Less Accessible After Policy Change, Say Fans With Mobility Concerns

Some visitors to the Calgary and Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expos are disappointed with what they say are “unfair” changes to the fan conventions’ accessibility policies.

The changes came after the expos joined the North American pop culture exhibition group Fan Expo HQ.

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This Marathoner Defies the Odds

Despite doctor’s orders, Toronto-born runner has 10 races to his name

Most marathoners take 35,000 steps to reach the finish line. John Young needs 80,000.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/this-marathoner-defies-the-odds/

U.S. Sues New York City Subway Operator Over Disabled Access

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Tuesday sued the agencies that run New York City’s subway, claiming they failed to make a Bronx station accessible to disabled people despite an expensive renovation.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/u-s-sues-new-york-city-subway-operator-over-disabled-access/

Record Snow Creates ‘Nightmare’ for People With Accessibility Issues, Says Advocate Urging Better Clearing

Accessibility advocate Darby Lee Young says snow clearing this year had led to some people with mobility issues being stuck in their homes.

A Calgary accessibility advocate says there are people with mobility challenges across the city who are suffering due to the city’s current level of snow clearing, and there are some real consequences.

“It leads to depression. It really hurts an individual’s self-esteem,” Darby Lee Young told the Calgary Eyeopener Monday, of people who find themselves housebound due to record snowfall this winter.

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https://www.aoda.ca/record-snow-creates-nightmare-for-people-with-accessibility-issues-says-advocate-urging-better-clearing/

Uber Sued By Disability Rights Groups For Illegal Discrimination Against Wheelchair Users

Today, Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) filed a major class action lawsuit against Uber challenging the popular ride-sharing service’s lack of wheelchair-accessible vehicles. The suit, brought by a coalition of individuals and disability rights groups in the San Francisco Bay Area, is the first legal challenge to Uber’s wheelchair-inaccessibility on its home turf.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/uber-sued-by-disability-rights-groups-for-illegal-discrimination-against-wheelchair-users/

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/