Expecting a Barrier Free Saskatchewan

Barrier Free Saskatchewan (BFSK) has developed fourteen principles to be the foundation of a Saskatchewan Disability and Inclusion Act.

We want the Province of Saskatchewan to pass an Accessibility Act with these principles intact so we can become a barrier free province.


Canada’s New Accessibility Laws Should Focus on Employment, Inclusive Buildings, Transport

Carla Qualtrough, the minister tasked with crafting laws to make Canada more accessible to people with disabilities, says employment will be a key focus of her efforts.

Public consultations on Canada’s first national law for disabled people have identified high unemployment rates, inaccessible buildings and barriers in transportation as some of the key issues that need to be addressed.


An Interim Victory for Our Grassroots Campaign – Wynne Government at Last Invites Applications to Serve on the Education Standards Development Committee

Let’s celebrate victories, even interim ones! We have just won one.

On Thursday, May 25, 2017, after we waged a 171-day campaign, the Wynne Government has finally started the delayed process of recruiting people to serve on the promised Education Standards Development Committee, to be appointed under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. That Committee will come up with recommendations that it will submit to the Ontario Government on what the promised Education Accessibility Standard should include.

What is this all about, you ask? The Education Accessibility Standard is needed to ensure that Ontario’s education system becomes fully accessible to over one-third of a million students with disabilities. It should spell out the actions that educational organizations should take to remove and prevent accessibility barriers against students with disabilities at all levels of Ontario’s education system.

Families Seeking Autism Service Dogs Face Years-Long Wait Lists

There is a shortage of service dogs across Canada, and an Edmonton organization was forced to close their wait list due to a lack of funds.

Executive director, Dogs with Wings, Doreen Slessor explains the reason behind closing the wait list to families seeking autism dogs.


Accessibility News May 27,2017 Update

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In this Issue

Ontario’s 2017 David C. Onley Award Recipients

The David C. Onley Award for Leadership in Accessibility was created in 2014 to recognize Ontarians who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to improving accessibility for people with disabilities.

This year’s award recipients are:


AMI Partners with Prominent Web Organization to Further Encourage Media Accessibility and Inclusion

Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today that it has become an official member organization of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

With more than 400 members world-wide, W3C is an organization that facilitates the creation of standards that shape web technology. One of its primary goals is to make the Web widely accessible to all people regardless of hardware, software, network infrastructure, native language, culture, geographical location, physical or mental ability. AMI shares similar values with a strong focus on inclusion, empowerment and innovation.


BCA Universal Design Award winners showcase facilities for less mobile users

It is not just wheelchair-users who can benefit from the developments thoughtful features. Braille indicators are used extensively at navigation points to help the visually challenged find their way, as opposed to being just in elevators, the way it is in most residential areas today.

Mr Eng Tiang Wah, vice president of product development and design in CapitaLand Limited, the projects developer, said: Wherever we can add in little elements of universal design, we did it From the towers, to the surroundings down to even the benches that we sit on.


‘Hey Siri’ – how mobile technology can support inclusion

For such a small piece of equipment, the iPad packs a lot of punch when it comes to providing accessibility features, writes Jacqui Kirkman.

While there is still a need for custom-built equipment, many people with special accessibility needs are finding that an iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch or similar devices by other manufacturers can perform the same functions for a much lower price and sometimes in a way that makes them stand out less.


14 Quotes That Celebrate a More Accessible World

“When speaking of disabilities, the blind and their needs are most often used as an example. It is deceivingly simplistic since accessibility is something most of the population can benefit from.”