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Crawford Technologies Partners with PossibleNOW to Give Greater Control Over Communication Preferences and Delivery

Crawford Technologies, a provider of innovative document solutions that streamline, improve and manage customer communications, announces it has established a partnership with PossibleNOW, a leading provider of preference and content management software. The partnership opens new opportunities for companies to transform customer engagement with the ability to implement a robust preference management system that connects to Crawford Technologiesâ enterprise communications processing (ECP) software.


Is the Second Time the Charm? AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky is Again Invited to Give Evidence at Airline Disability Barriers Hearings at the House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities Website:
Twitter: @aodaalliance

February 20, 2024


Phew! AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky is getting a second chance to give testimony to the House of Commons public hearings on disability barriers in air travel.

Originally, the Transport Standing Committee invited Lepofsky to appear at the start of those public hearings on Thursday, February 15, 2024. However, at the very last minute, the Standing Committee cancelled his virtual appearance, because he was using a computer microphone that the House of Commons had not approved. He was told that using an unapproved microphone presented a health and safety risk for the House of Commons language interpreters.

Starbucks is Updating Its Cafes to Be More Accessible With New Inclusive Designs

Restaurant design changes include a point of sales system that’s accessible for the visually impaired, power-operated doors, and wider pedestrian paths


Accessibility Holds a Mirror Up to An Inclusive Society

Efforts to improve accessibility must include consultation with persons living with disabilities and their advocates on priority issues. By Brian Swainson
Friday, February 16, 2024

Accessibility is not simply bricks and mortar, policies and legislation, but rather a mindset of inclusion to be embraced and nurtured, writes Brian Swainson.

Someone in your life – you, a family member, friend, co-worker, bus driver, store clerk – is living with a disability.

About one quarter of Ontario’s population is living with some form of disability. They live, love and are loved, work, purchase goods and services, vote and otherwise contribute to an inclusive and thriving community. Regardless of whether a disability is visible, people with disabilities have the right to equal treatment when accessing services in public spaces.

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In this Issue

*’It’s Discriminatory’: Regina Advocacy Group Challenges Government on Disability Program in Court
*New Accessible Lift to Be Installed at Sports Centre Pool
*The Census Bureau Halts Changing How it Asks About Disabilities Following a Backlash
*The Music Teacher Who Just Won a Grammy Says It Belongs to Her Students
*Orangeville Transit Works to Address Accessibility Issues: CAO
* AODA Alliance Updates(3)


‘It’s Discriminatory’: Regina Advocacy Group Challenges Government on Disability Program in Court

‘It’s Discriminatory’: Regina Advocacy Group Challenges Government on Disability Program in Court

The Regina Anti-Poverty Ministry is claiming the government is forcing those who are on the program to take out their Canada Pension Plan money at age 60.


New Accessible Lift to Be Installed at Sports Centre Pool

14 February 2024
Elisa Nguyen
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

A few accessibility upgrades will be included in the current pool renovation at the Memorial Sports Centre in Fort Frances, says Nathan Young, recreation & culture manager, raising high hopes that individuals who need support getting into the pool will be able to participate in future swim activities.

“Currently, we have invested in a new lift into the pool as part of the current renovations that are happening,” he said. “When the pool reopens, we will be training the staff on how to use and operate this lift to assist individuals that may need to use the lift system.”

Federal Government Must Dramatically Ramp Up Weak Regulation of Airlines to Stop Mistreatment of Passengers with Disabilities, Disability Advocate to Tell House of Commons Transportation Committee Today


February 15, 2024 Toronto: Today from 11 am to 12 noon EST, AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky will testify as part of a panel of experts summoned to appear at hearings of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. That Committee is holding hearings on what the Federal Government needs to do to ensure that Canadian airlines stop their recurring mistreatment of air passengers with disabilities. The hearings, at which Lepofsky will appear via Zoom, will be streamed live at and also at

The Census Bureau Halts Changing How it Asks About Disabilities Following a Backlash

Advocates for disabled people had argued that proposed changes to disability questions on the bureau’s American Community Survey would artificially reduce their numbers by more than 40%, limiting the ability of some to get vital resources for housing, schools or program benefits. They also argued that they weren’t properly consulted on such a major overhaul.


The Music Teacher Who Just Won a Grammy Says It Belongs to Her Students

The Music Educator Award, presented by the Recording Academy and Grammy Museum, recognizes those who have made a “significant contribution and demonstrate a commitment to music education.”



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