All VIA Rail Trains to Allow Two Mobility Aid Scooters on Board

Telbec/ – VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) announced today that, following an order by the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA), its accessibility policy was revised on December 18, 2017 and will take effect on January 3, 2018. The Corporation will offer space for two passengers travelling together on the same train with qualified 3-wheel scooters either by having two tie-down spaces per train or by securing two unoccupied scooters in one tie-down.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/all-via-rail-trains-to-allow-two-mobility-aid-scooters-on-board/

Lyft Is Making The App More Accessible For Visually Impaired Riders & Here’s Why It’s Important

Lyft has made accessibility a priority in 2017. First, in April, it announced its partnership with the National Association of the Deaf, along with changes to the app that would make it more accessible for Deaf and hard of hearing riders and drivers. Now Lyft is embracing its visually impaired riders by announcing its new partnership with Aira, which will make Lyft more accessible for visually impaired riders.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/lyft-is-making-the-app-more-accessible-for-visually-impaired-riders-heres-why-its-important/

OC Transpo Fined $25K for Failing to Call Out Bus Stops

Enforcement officers from Canadian Transportation Agency checked buses after CBC report

The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) has hit OC Transpo with a hefty fine after enforcement officers discovered major stops were not being called out on three trips.

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http://www.aoda.ca/oc-transpo-fined-25k-for-failing-to-call-out-bus-stops/

Grand Theatre Expands Accessibility for Deaf Community

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LONDON, ONTARIO, December 18, 2017

The Grand Theatre announces expanded accessibility initiatives for Deaf and hard of hearing patrons. The Grand’s commitment to offering an accessible theatre environment spans from the introduction of open-captioned performances to additional American Sign Language-interpreted performances, and from enhanced front-of-house services to productions inspired by stories about historic figures who were deaf, as well as casting that includes actors from the Deaf and hard of hearing community.

“We met with members of the Deaf community, asked a lot of questions, had incredible conversations, and from there, we determined our next steps in building a more accessible theatre environment,” said Deb Harvey, Executive Director of the Grand Theatre. “We want to make more of our performances visually accessible to Deaf and hard of hearing patrons and offer the best possible theatre experience for everyone.

The Government of Canada Launches Renewed Program to Support the Social Inclusion of Canadians With Disabilities

The Government of Canada is working to ensure greater accessibility and opportunities for Canadians with disabilities in their communities and workplaces.

The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, today launched a call for expressions of interest under the renewed 2017 Social Development Partnership Program Disability (SDPP-D). The call is open to not-for-profit organizations with a national reach and whose primary mandate is on the inclusion of people with disabilities.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-government-of-canada-launches-renewed-program-to-support-the-social-inclusion-of-canadians-with-disabilities/

Accessibility News December 16,2017 Update

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In this Issue

Canada’s Aging Population Signals Need for More Inclusive, Accessible Transportation System: New Expert Panel Report

As the number of Canadians aged 65 and older continues to grow faster than any other age group, so too does the need for a more inclusive and accessible transportation system, underscores a group of experts in a new report released today by the Council of Canadian Academies.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/canadas-aging-population-signals-need-for-more-inclusive-accessible-transportation-system-new-expert-panel-report/

Accessible Technology Program

The new Accessible Technology Program will co-fund innovative projects led by the private sector, not-for-profit organizations and research institutes to develop new assistive and adaptive digital devices and technologies.

It will invest $22.3 million over 5 years, starting in 2017-18 to make it easier for Canadians with disabilities to more fully participate in the digital economy.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/accessible-technology-program/

Bard’s on Market Square and The Hub earns the 2017 accessible business award from Stratfords accessibility advisory committee

There’s a common refrain Peter Zein hears from business owners when it comes to improving accessibility.

“They can’t do it, it’s an older building,” said Zein, a member of Stratford’s accessibility advisory committee. “Get that all the time.”

Kevin Larson has proven that notion wrong, and the public has noticed. When the committee put out a call for nominations for this year’s accessible business award, one name kept coming up.

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http://www.aoda.ca/bards-on-market-square-and-the-hub-earns-the-2017-accessible-business-award-from-stratfords-accessibility-advisory-committee/

Accessibility Awareness Remains Low as Deadline Approaches

Beginning Jan. 18, 2018, government agencies across the U.S. will be required by law to make their websites accessible to the more than 60 million Americans with visual, hearing or other disabilities. Yet more than 87 percent of 430+ local government respondents to Vision’s 2017 What’s Next Survey said they have moderate, weak or no knowledge of federal web accessibility requirements.

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http://www.aoda.ca/accessibility-awareness-remains-low-as-deadline-approaches/