Rick Hansen Calls for Establishing Federal Disabilities Act

Well-known accessibility advocate and Richmond resident Rick Hansen has added his voice calling for establishing a federal disabilities act.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/rick-hansen-calls-for-establishing-federal-disabilities-act/

Toronto Man With Tourette’s Says He Was Kicked Out of Club Over Tic

A Toronto man with Tourette syndrome says he was kicked out of a downtown nightclub after a bouncer mistook his tic for a sign that he was using drugs.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/toronto-man-with-tourettes-says-he-was-kicked-out-of-club-over-tic/

Did Canada Break a Promise to Its Disabled Citizens?

Despite their differing approaches, both Canada and the U.S. face challenges in keeping their promise to improve the economic wellbeing of their disabled citizens.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/did-canada-break-a-promise-to-its-disabled-citizens/

ADA at 25: Progress and Peril

We are the only class of people who can legally be paid less than the federal minimum wage. This occurs primarily within institutions stating they have our best interest in mind, but which lack the expertise or desire to create real training and employment opportunities.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/ada-at-25-progress-and-peril/

Despite All the Official Rejoicing, Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Sadly Missed a Huge Chance for a Great Legacy for Ontarians with Disabilities by Failing to Increase Accessibility of Tourism/Hospitality Venues like Restaurants and Stores

Before any 2024 Toronto Olympic Bid, Ontario Must Ensure It Doesn’t Repeat This Wasteful Mistake

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http://www.aoda.ca/despite-all-the-official-rejoicing-toronto-2015-pan-am-games-sadly-missed-a-huge-chance-for-a-great-legacy-for-ontarians-with-disabilities-by-failing-to-increase-accessibility-of-tourismhospitalit/

The Restaurant, The Cockroach And The Gangster

By Victor Schwartzman

How is this relevant? Big bugs remind me of politicians. Also, AODA is an access law which seemed when proclaimed like a great idea the Government was totally behind, but AODA woke up the next morning it was something no one in the Government respected. Or wanted to touch.

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http://www.aoda.ca/the-restaurant-the-cockroach-and-the-gangster/

This Small Change Could Make a Big Difference for Accessible Technology

Tech firms such as Yahoo, Facebook, Dropbox and LinkedIn announced Thursday that they will develop standard language that lets applicants know that having accessibility knowledge is “preferred” to land a job.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/this-small-change-could-make-a-big-difference-for-accessible-technology/

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In this Issue

*Gaps in Ontarios Disability strategy Highlighted with PanAm Games
*Guelph Transit Going to Next-Generation Stop Calling and Display System
*Internet Pioneer, Tech Maven Join Forces to Support CHS Benefit
*B.C. Transit Buys System to Announce Greater Victoria Stops
*Ontario Government Announces AODA World!
*Stadium Needs to Improve Accessibility, Says Group
*VCH Denies Former CEO Forced Out For Telling The Truth
*No Dogs in Shopping Carts: Service Dog Owners Hail Clarification of ADA Rules

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Gaps in Ontarios Disability strategy Highlighted with PanAm Games

As the PanAm Games draw to a close and Toronto prepares for the ParaPanAm Games to get underway, accessibility issues are leaving something to be desired for patrons with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/gaps-in-ontarios-disability-strategy-highlighted-with-panam-games/

Guelph Transit Going to Next-Generation Stop Calling and Display System

Guelph Transit is introducing a new automated next stop calling and display system, which is expected to make buses more accessible, and riders less likely to miss stops.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/guelph-transit-going-to-next-generation-stop-calling-and-display-system/

Internet Pioneer, Tech Maven Join Forces to Support CHS Benefit

The Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) is thrilled to announce Vinton G. Cerf, known as one of the Fathers of the Internet, as the featured speaker and Amber
Mac, a Canadian TV personality, as the emcee at Get CONNECTED: The Social Interactive Event at Muzik Nightclub in Toronto on Sept. 24. The fully-accessible
event will celebrate the technological advancements that have broken down barriers for people with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/internet-pioneer-tech-maven-join-forces-to-support-chs-benefit/

B.C. Transit Buys System to Announce Greater Victoria Stops

The move comes three years after a B.C. Human Rights Tribunal ruling, responding to complaints from people with impaired vision, had directed B.C. Transit
to make stop announcements. The corporation responded by ordering drivers to call out stops while they drove their routes.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/b-c-transit-buys-system-to-announce-greater-victoria-stops/

Ontario Government Announces AODA World!

By Victor Schwartzman

Hugh Adami, a columnist for the Ottawa Citizen, recently wrote that Stephane Parisien wanted to enter a Service Ontario franchise on St Joseph Blvd in Orleans and saw it didnt have an automatic door for access by the disabled.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-government-announces-aoda-world/

Stadium Needs to Improve Accessibility, Says Group

Tim Hortons Field lacks important accessibility features for people with disabilities even though its been in use for months, say members of a city advisory committee.

The issues include poor visibility and barriers for people using mobility devices.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/stadium-needs-to-improve-accessibility-says-group/

VCH Denies Former CEO Forced Out For Telling The Truth

by Valentine Marten

This morning the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (VCH) denied social media reports that its former CEO Dr. David Ostrow had not voluntarily retired last year but was forced to for telling the truth.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/vch-denies-former-ceo-forced-out-for-telling-the-truth/

No Dogs in Shopping Carts: Service Dog Owners Hail Clarification of ADA Rules

Pamela and Gregg McKinley are absolutely thrilled the American Disabilities Act rules this week were clarified to specify such dogs cannot be placed in shopping carts.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/no-dogs-in-shopping-carts-service-dog-owners-hail-clarification-of-ada-rules/

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Gaps in Ontario’s Disability strategy Highlighted with PanAm Games

As the PanAm Games draw to a close and Toronto prepares for the ParaPanAm Games to get underway, accessibility issues are leaving something to be desired for patrons with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/gaps-in-ontarios-disability-strategy-highlighted-with-panam-games/

Guelph Transit Going to Next-Generation Stop Calling and Display System

Guelph Transit is introducing a new automated next stop calling and display system, which is expected to make buses more accessible, and riders less likely to miss stops.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/guelph-transit-going-to-next-generation-stop-calling-and-display-system/