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Ottawa Residents With Disabilities Laud Provincial Building Code Changes

The Ottawa photographer, who has a disability, says changes to the province’s building code that will force contractors to design condos, apartments and public spaces that are more accessible to people with disabilities are a good start, but there is a lot more to be done to make Ottawa an accessible place to live.


The Business of Becoming Accessible in Whitby

Deadline for private and non-profit sectors to submit compliance report to Province is Dec. 31
Organizations that do not comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act could face financial penalties, court enforcement and prosecution.


E-Book Legal Restrictions Are Screwing Over Blind People

For more than a decade, the visually-impaired have been locked in an excruciatingly slow and circuitous battle against US copyright laws. And it’s left the visually-impaired with few options but to hack their way around digital barriers just for the simple pleasure of reading a book.


‘I Will Not Be Bullied . . . Bought’; Sudbury Ex-Candidate Says Wynne’s Office Hinted He’d Be Rewarded to Stay Out of Race

Robert Benzie and Rob Ferguson
The Toronto Star, Dec. 16, 2014

Accessibility News Wonders: Is Premier Wynne discriminating against him because he has a Disability?

A former Liberal candidate who hoped to be Ontario’s first quadriplegic MPP says Premier Kathleen Wynne’s office hinted he’d be rewarded for not contesting the upcoming Sudbury byelection.

Andrew Olivier, who finished 980 votes behind the NDP’s Joe Cimino in the June 12 election, said Monday that Wynne herself told him she wants a different Liberal flag-bearer in the race to fill Cimino’s vacant seat.

“I will not be bullied, I will not be bought,” Olivier said at a Sudbury news conference where he discussed being railroaded from the byelection sparked by the New Democrat MPP’s surprise resignation Nov. 20.

‘Not a niche market’: Accessibility for disabled business travellers takes centre stage

Improved accessibility can be a competitive advantage for businesses, opening up a whole new market of travellers.


The Ten Years of AODA Implementation Seasonal Carol

By Victor Schwartzman

On the ninth year of implementation
The Government gave to me
Nine fingers down, middle one up


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In this Issue

Sign the Optional Protocol of the CRPD

Melissa Graham
Etobicoke, ON

This International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Let’s Remember our Rights

In 2010 Prime Minister Stephen Harper ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). This historic document recognized specific ways that disabled people are often left out of society such as Access to Justice (Article 13), Living independently and being included in the community (Article 19), Education (Article 24), Adequate standard of living and social protection (Article 28), as well as participation in political and public life (Article 29); the CRPD also recognized that women and children are further disenfranchised (Articles 6 and 7).

Echo Sense Network Glasses: Remote Vision for the Blind

With the introduction of the Apple Watch and other smart watches from Google and Samsung, the buzz around “connected” eyeglasses such as Google Glass has subsided considerably. Work on these devices is still being done, however, and recently I had the opportunity to demo a pair of smart glasses that have been developed to assist the blind in orientation mobility, and other tasks where a bit of long-distance sighted guidance may be of help.