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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.

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

Student in Wheelchair Forced to Listen to Lecture From Top of Stairs

The University of Hull has launched an investigation after a disabled student shared a photo on Twitter showing how its lecture theatres are inaccessible for wheelchair users.

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https://aoda.ca/student-in-wheelchair-forced-to-listen-to-lecture-from-top-of-stairs/

Charlottetown Failing Those With Disabilities

“Accessibility in Canada is about creating communities, workplaces and services that enable everyone to participate fully in society without barriers.” That’s the first paragraph one finds when searching the Accessible Canada Act on the federal government’s website.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/charlottetown-failing-those-with-disabilities/

Vancouver Taxi Companies Stop Subsidizing Drivers of Accessible Vehicles, Cite Ride-Hailing Competition

Without the subsidies, the association said, drivers are less likely to choose an accessible van because it will cost them more out of pocket.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/vancouver-taxi-companies-stop-subsidizing-drivers-of-accessible-vehicles-cite-ride-hailing-competition/

‘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/