Concert Goers Criticize Bluesfest’s Accessibility Policy

Amy Gibson, AKA DJ Amy Volume, tried to see a show at Bluesfest last week. She has rheumatoid arthritis and because of the construction had to walk a long distance with her husband to get to the gate because the Uber cab could not get close. A festival worker saw she was limping and suggested they go to the accessibility zone. When they got there she was asked for proof of her disability even though that is not required in the festivals accessibility policy.

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http://www.aoda.ca/concert-goers-criticize-bluesfests-accessibility-policy/

32 ‘urgent issues’ for minister

The provincial government must beef up resources to improve accessibility for those with disabilities or risk failing to meet timelines set out in Manitoba law.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/32-urgent-issues-for-minister/

4 Reasons Why Accessibility Needs to be Part of Your Plan Right From the Start

Web and digital accessibility should be a vital part of any business plan. Everyone’s communication requirements should be acknowledged and planned for from the beginning, as accessibility is just as important as even security and virus protection, if not more so. This article offers four good reasons why accessibility needs to be integrated into your business plans, before you roll them out.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/4-reasons-why-accessibility-needs-to-be-part-of-your-plan-right-from-the-start/

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In this Issue

EHRC Announces Its Newest Project to Support Those With Disabilities in the Workplace

Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) launched its newest project entitled EnAbling Change: From Disability to Inclusion, an EnAbling Change Project with the Government of Ontario that will see the organization focus on improving equity of access for people with disabilities who work or wish to work in the Canadian electricity industry.

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http://www.aoda.ca/ehrc-announces-its-newest-project-to-support-those-with-disabilities-in-the-workplace/

City MTA Adds 70 Wheelchair-Accessible MV-1 Vehicles to Paratransit Fleet

Mobility Ventures LLC and the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced today that 70 wheelchair-accessible MV-1 vehicles will be added to MTA’s paratransit fleet, Access-A-Ride, in an effort to increase public transportation accessibility in a city with more than half a million people living with ambulatory impairments.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/city-mta-adds-70-wheelchair-accessible-mv-1-vehicles-to-paratransit-fleet/

United Airlines Earns Top Marks on Disability Equality Index

Company named one of the “Best Places to Work” for 2016 by the American Association of People with Disabilities and the U.S. Business Leadership Network

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/united-airlines-earns-top-marks-on-disability-equality-index/

Blind Man Denied Service From Uber Over Guide Dog

Matthew Dierckens says Uber’s refusal to transport him with his guide dog is discriminatory and frustrating.

A Windsor man who has no vision is advocating for increased awareness after he and his guide dog were rejected service by three Uber drivers over the past year.

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http://www.aoda.ca/blind-man-denied-service-from-uber-over-guide-dog/

TTC Investigating After Frustrated Man in Wheelchair Faces Off With Bus After Lengthy Wait

The TTC says it is investigating after a frustrated wheelchair-bound man blocked a bus on Kipling Avenue following a lengthy wait last week.

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http://www.aoda.ca/

Governments are toughening up on public sector web accessibility

State and Federal Governments around the globe are toughening up on public sector web accessibility. The latest case is the Alaskan Juneau School District, which felt the wrath of that state’s Government because of a complaint from the public that their websites aren’t inclusive for all needs.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/governments-are-toughening-up-on-public-sector-web-accessibility/