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‘There are No Rules’ When it Comes to Restaurant Accessibility in Halifax

If the goal is a barrier-free Nova Scotia by 2030, why are we allowing new barriers to be built in the meantime? Disabled people don’t just live in libraries and courthouses; they shop, they dine, they live their lives. Improving public spaces will be meaningless if private spaces are allowed to continue putting disabled people out of sight and out of mind. When you become disabled, do you intend to hermit away in your hopefully accessible home, never to be seen again unless you need a library book or have jury duty?

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https://aoda.ca/there-are-no-rules-when-it-comes-to-restaurant-accessibility-in-halifax/

Accessibility Advocate Pans Proposed QEII Parkade Location

A Halifax disability advocate says the proposed location for a new hospital parkade will create a barrier to health care.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/accessibility-advocate-pans-proposed-qeii-parkade-location/

LINX Plus Service for People With Disabilities in Simcoe County Could Be Enhanced

County Council’s Committee of the Whole has given approval to a pilot project that would see the buses go beyond the 400 metres, possibly as much as one or two kilometres.

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https://aoda.ca/linx-plus-service-for-people-with-disabilities-in-simcoe-county-could-be-enhanced/

Emotional Support Animals Could Soon Be Banned From Planes

The proposed changes announced on Wednesday include only allowing specially trained service dogs to qualify as service animals, which ride for free in a plane’s cabin. Any other animal used for emotional support or simply to make a passenger “feel better” would be considered a pet and airlines would not be required to allow them on board, the DOT said.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/emotional-support-animals-could-soon-be-banned-from-planes/

‘No Other Options’: People With Disabilities Isolated by Transit Strike, Advocate says

People with disabilities in Waterloo region continue to face major transportation challenges as Grand River Transit workers enter their third strike day.

Edward Faruzel, executive director of Kitchener-Waterloo AccessAbility, says there are very limited transportation options available for people with disabilities and many solely rely on public transit.

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https://aoda.ca/no-other-options-people-with-disabilities-isolated-by-transit-strike-advocate-says/

B.C. Ride-Hailing Services Won’t Be Accessible to All

Many people are eagerly looking forward to ride-hailing finally being available in Metro Vancouver, but Vince Miele is not one of them.

The Tsawwassen resident, who uses a wheelchair, said he and many others who have disabilities and use mobility aids will be left behind when services like Lyft and Uber begin operating, because they will be unusable by those who can’t get in and out of a standard vehicle.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/b-c-ride-hailing-services-wont-be-accessible-to-all/

Windsor Resident Petitioning City to Clear Snow From Sidewalks

Sarah Jones said she launched her petition in December, explaining that her goal isn’t just to make sidewalks safer for individuals living with accessibility needs.

“It’s also for elderly and people with young children in strollers,” she said. “When the winter comes, Windsor tends to get inaccessible for them, and people tend to not be able to get around.”

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https://aoda.ca/windsor-resident-petitioning-city-to-clear-snow-from-sidewalks/

3D Printed Wheelchairs Project Brings Assistive Tech to Developing Countries

UNITED KINGDOM: Run by charity Motivation in partnership with 3D printer manufacturer Ultimaker, the project is called Motivation InnovATe. It designed to establish the technologies, infrastructure and skills within developing countries to enable custom 3D printed wheelchairs to produced where and when they are needed.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/3d-printed-wheelchairs-project-brings-assistive-tech-to-developing-countries/

Disabled Passengers Say New Canada Transportation Act Rules Increase Air Travel Barriers

Tracy Odell recalls with a mix of pride and pain the sunny spring day two years ago that her daughter got married in California.

Pride in the milestone. Pain at having to miss it.

Airlines, she said, effectively failed to accommodate her disability, a problem that thousands of Canadians continue to face despite new rules designed in theory to open the skies to disabled travellers.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/disabled-passengers-say-new-canada-transportation-act-rules-increase-air-travel-barriers/

Ryerson University Encouraging Students to Participate in Wheelchair Sports

Ryerson encourages inclusive orientation activity
Students at Ryerson University are starting their school year by trying out some new wheelchair sports. Pauline Chan, Health Reporter
Published Friday, August 30, 2019 5:34PM EDT

As part of its orientation activities, Ryerson University is inviting students to participate in events such as an afternoon of wheelchair basketball and sledge hockey.

“The reason we are doing this is that wheelchair basketball and sledge hockey are part of our larger mission in Recreation to provide inclusive and accessible programming,” Client Services and Program Outreach specialist Kathryn Maksym said.

On Thursday, there were varsity basketball players laughing alongside freshmen students and seniors in the gym at Kerr Hall.