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Residents Complain About Lack of Accessibility for Wheelchair Users

“We shouldn’t – as anybody that needs a ramp – (have to) fight the city for years to get it done,” said Gorman.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/residents-complain-about-lack-of-accessibility-for-wheelchair-users/

E-Scooters Set to Hit Ottawa Streets, Paths This Year

If Ottawa’s e-scooter pilot gets full council approval, the devices will be allowed on pathways and on roads with speed limits up to 50 km/h, but not on sidewalks, on NCC paths or in Gatineau.

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https://aoda.ca/e-scooters-set-to-hit-ottawa-streets-paths-this-year/

Transporting Passengers with Disabilities in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Some public transit drivers state that they should not be assisting passengers with disabilities to board buses during the COVID-19 pandemic. These drivers state that this assistance requires them to come into close contact with passengers.

Nonetheless, the Transportation Standards of the AODA require public transit drivers to provide this assistance to people with disabilities. In other words, serving passengers with disabilities should not be an optional part of a driver’s job. Instead, it should be an essential service, because people of all abilities need to access services like stores or doctors.

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https://aoda.ca/passengers-with-disabilities-in-the-covid-19-pandemic/

‘I Couldn’t Get In’: Clearview Woman Says She Missed Funeral Reception for Friend Because the Hall Wasn’t Accessible

When family and friends gathered at the Sunnidale Hall to pay their respects and share stories, she was unable to attend.

Prosser, who has arthritis in her hip and shoulder and other ailments, uses a walker to get around and is unable to make it up the stairs at the hall.

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https://aoda.ca/i-couldnt-get-in-clearview-woman-says-she-missed-funeral-reception-for-friend-because-the-hall-wasnt-accessible/

OC Transpo, STO Bring in Changes Due to COVID-19

Most passengers will board through rear doors only
CBC News
Posted: Mar 16, 2020

Transit agencies in both Ottawa and Gatineau are making some changes in an effort to help limit the spread of COVID-19 on their buses and trains.

According to a memo sent Monday by OC Transpo boss John Manconi, only passengers with accessibility needs will be allowed to board buses through the front door. All other passengers must board through the rear door.

Tape will separate the driver and accessible seating area from the rest of the bus.

Manconi said OC Transpo anticipates that will result in lost revenue because some buses won’t allow customers to tap their Presto cards at the rear, nor will they be able to pay with cash or paper transfers.

Stratford Residents to Benefit From New Public Transit Infrastructure and Accessible Buses

All of the projects will improve Stratford’s public transit fleet and supporting infrastructure. Five new conventional buses and two mobility buses will replace the aging fleet, improving the accessibility, reliability, and safety of the system for users.

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https://aoda.ca/stratford-residents-to-benefit-from-new-public-transit-infrastructure-and-accessible-buses/

Flying While Disabled: Air Travelers Must Wait Decades for Handicap-Accessible Bathrooms

New proposals for handicapped-accessible airline lavatories would only apply to new aircraft not the 5,600 planes already flying today.

Federal officials want to make airplane bathrooms easier to use for people with disabilities and aging travelers with reduced mobility. But it could be decades before planes with those features dominate the air.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/flying-while-disabled-air-travelers-must-wait-decades-for-handicap-accessible-bathrooms/

Mayor Wants Report on Allowing Kick-Style e-Scooters in Thunder Bay

Mauro has submitted a motion to city council, asking administration to investigate Thunder Bay’s potential involvement, in consultation with city departments, police, and the Accessibility Advisory Committee.

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https://aoda.ca/mayor-wants-report-on-allowing-kick-style-e-scooters-in-thunder-bay/

Vaudreuil Residents Struggle With Lack of Accessibility During Winter

Piero Gervasi, who is paralyzed from the waist down and uses a wheelchair, recently moved into a condo in Vaudreuil for more accessibility.

The interior of the condo has an open concept, with elevators and an exterior ramp, but Gervasi has been dealing with parking issues since he moved there in May.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/vaudreuil-residents-struggle-with-lack-of-accessibility-during-winter/

Toronto Man’s Lawsuit Against Apple a Reminder That Disability Discrimination in Tech Still Happens, Says Employment Lawyer

Shaw, who, until last summer, worked for the tech giant since 2011.

But now the 33-year-old is suing his former employer for lost wages and damages, alleging that Apple repeatedly refused to work on an individual accommodation plan with him and instead provided piecemeal solutions to his disability.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/toronto-mans-lawsuit-against-apple-a-reminder-that-disability-discrimination-in-tech-still-happens-says-employment-lawyer/