When a student asked Humber College professor Anne Zbitnew to ensure videos presented in her class were captioned, she not only fulfilled the request but also recognized a need to help others to understand inclusive design in digital media. As a result, Zbitnew and her research partner, Hillary Rexe, designed a program to address that need. This January, Humber will begin to offer the inclusive design in digital media program in a part-time format.
by Ilanna Mandel
Back in the 1980s and early 1990s, I was involved with an outspoken group of social activists advocating for an overhaul of our transportation system. The TTC I know today, and the system that existed then are entirely different. Today, there are low floor buses, elevators in subways, brailled information in subway stations, and new, accessible streetcars are on the way. But, in the analysis of this system, the question must be asked: “how accessible is transportation in Toronto?” Do we truly have what can be called accessible transit?
The AODA Alliance today makes public a striking 18-minute video, and a shorter 6 minute version. These shows significant accessibility barriers in a brand-new public building that was just built with public money, the new Culinary Arts Centre at Toronto’s Centennial College. This video depicts accessibility issues regarding the specific design of such things as door openers, parking signage, outside stairs and ramp to the front door, the parking pay machine, washrooms, elevators, interior signage, and more. Ontario’s community colleges operate under the Ontario Government.
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Independent Living Canada invites Canadians to join their voices for a more inclusive Canada
In preparation for the 2016 International Day of Persons with Disability (IDPD) Independent Living Canada has an ambitious goal: Get thousands of Canadians from across the country to add their voice by signing their Declaration on their campaign page: http://www.ilcanada.ca/idpd
While the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) is pleased with some aspects of the Government’s electoral reform bill, “This Bill fails to respond to most of the important amendments to the Canada Elections Act that CCD proposed,” said John Rae, 1st Vice Chair of CCD.
With a national disability act in preparation, the federal government is continuing its consultation process to address concerns within the disability community. On Nov. 1, over 100 people with disabilities arrived at Carleton University to take part in the National Youth Forum on an Accessible Canada.
CBC is expanding a successful pilot project to make its radio programming more accessible to those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, with As It Happens to now join The Current in posting daily show transcripts online to read, print and share.
Soft meters are tablet based meters which rely on GPS technology to calculate the fare for a given trip. While the total faire is still based on time and distance, the consumer advantage of soft meter technology is the fact it eliminates any possibility of driver tampering with the meter and provides a detailed printed receipt for each fare when the trip is completed.
The Government of Ontario is expanding ReportON, a new service for reporting suspected or witnessed abuse of adults with developmental disabilities.