What It Means to Be Accessible

Imagine if you were told you could read anything you wanted but, unfortunately, all the books were in a protected library. If you had the correct lock-picking kit (or lock-picking friends), you could get to all the books but not all of them would be readable: the words would be jumbled, the print might be too small, or the pages impossible to turn. A library of horrors.


Supreme Court Orders Second Look at Complaint About Airline Bumping Obese Passengers

Canadian Transportation Agency had refused to investigate 2014 Gabor Lukacs’s complaint because he isn’t obese

The Supreme Court of Canada has ordered the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) to take another look at a complaint about how Delta Air Lines deals with obese passengers.


Accessibility News January 20,2018 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 6 years, 49 weeks, 4 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

The Wynne Government Offers Nothing New to Address Disability Barriers in the Built Environment

and Awaiting the Wynne Government’s Appointment of the next AODA Independent Review, and Other News on Accessibility to Start the New Year


Ontario to End Solitary Confinement of Inmates with Mental Illness

By Colin Perkel The Canadian Press

TORONTO Inmates with mental health disabilities will no longer be placed in solitary confinement barring exceptional circumstances under an agreement announced Thursday between the Ontario government and the province’s human rights commission.

The consent order issued by the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario mandates the province end the use of segregation for the mentally disabled across its 26 correctional facilities.

“The order confirms that the government must take immediate action to end the segregation of people with mental health disabilities,” Renu Mandhane, chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, said in a statement. “It also includes measures that will keep the spotlight on corrections for years to come.”

Canadian Children Lack Accessible Play Spaces

Inclusivity also supports an aging population of caregivers who need access

Despite the fact that 92 per cent of Canadians agree that accessibility for people with disabilities is a basic human right, playgrounds across the country continue to leave children on the sidelines with design and maintenance practices that are not fully inclusive.


New App Helps Disabled Drivers Refuel

Filling up the car is one of the biggest challenges for disabled drivers. But it’s also a challenge for gas stations to help, sometimes they have people available, but sometimes they are single manned and can’t help for security reasons.


The Government of Canada Improves Accessibility for Canadians With Disabilities in Hamilton, Ontario

Accessibility for people with disabilities will soon be improved at L’Arche Hamilton, thanks to the Enabling Accessibility Fund.

The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, toured the ongoing project at L’Arche today to witness first-hand how this Government of Canada-funded program has on changing lives.


Tech Firm’s Powerful Vision Brings Sight to the Legally Blind

Many small businesses establish vision statements that detail their objectives and strategies. Toronto-based eSight Corp., however, gives the concept new meaning.


Companies, Give People With Disabilities Access to the Superhighway

Website use continues to grow and with that dynamic comes a need to make these online properties accessible to those with disabilities. It is no different than malls and office buildings providing ramps for those in wheelchairs or braille on elevator buttons for the blind. Today these efforts for the disabled are rightfully coming to the digital world.