Why Do Gyms Make Things So Difficult for Blind People?

When smartphones, TVs and even washing machines are set up for visually impaired people to use, why isn’t exercise equipment?

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/why-do-gyms-make-things-so-difficult-for-blind-people/

Dundas Service Ontario Office Encouraged to Improve Accessibility

Ontario’s Ministry of Government and Consumer Services has been encouraging the private operator of Dundas’ Service Ontario office at 17 King St. . to improve accessibility, and local pressure appears to have resulted in at least a temporary fix.

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http://www.aoda.ca/dundas-service-ontario-office-encouraged-to-improve-accessibility/

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In this Issue

* Widespread Economic Benefits To Be Gained From Making Workplaces More Accessible For People With Disabilities
* City to Expand Service Area for Handy-Transit
* Supreme Court Ruling Affirms Injured Workers’ Rights on the Job
* Investigating the Experiences and Academic Success of Graduate Students with Mental Health Challenges or Disabilities: A Mixed Methods Study.
* Children’s Book Series Aims to Encourage Inclusion of People With Disabilities
* Members of New Advisory Board Want Nova Scotia to Rethink Accessibility
* Promised New Canada Accessibility Legislation Expected to Be Introduced into Parliament for Debate This Spring

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Widespread Economic Benefits To Be Gained From Making Workplaces More Accessible For People With Disabilities

Making work spaces and facilities more accessible would allow people with physical disabilities to participate more fully in the workforce, lifting overall economic activity by $16.8 billion by 2030, according to a new report by The Conference Board of Canada.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/widespread-economic-benefits-to-be-gained-from-making-workplaces-more-accessible-for-people-with-disabilities/

City to Expand Service Area for Handy-Transit

Coun. Pat Bamford asked whether this was in line with the accessibility law, since Handy-Transit prices in the built up area must be equal to conventional transit fares.

Verreault said she contacted the AODA directorate (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) on Tuesday and discovered the equal fare principal does not apply when Handy-Transit goes outside the built-up area for regular buses.

“They said we could go ahead,” Verreault told council.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/city-to-expand-service-area-for-handy-transit/

Supreme Court Ruling Affirms Injured Workers’ Rights on the Job

Decision sets a higher standard for lengths employers must go to find a suitable role for injured employees after a workplace accident.

“The fact is many workers who have permanent impairments are not returning to work,” says Karl Crevar, who has been an advocate for injured workers since his workplace accident in 1987.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/supreme-court-ruling-affirms-injured-workers-rights-on-the-job/

Investigating the Experiences and Academic Success of Graduate Students with Mental Health Challenges or Disabilities: A Mixed Methods Study.

My name is Kathleen Moore and I am a doctoral candidate in Higher Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/ University of Toronto. I am looking for doctoral students who would like to participate in my study titled: “Investigating the Experiences and Academic Success of Graduate Students with Mental Health Challenges or Disabilities: A Mixed Methods Study.”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/investigating-the-experiences-and-academic-success-of-graduate-students-with-mental-health-challenges-or-disabilities-a-mixed-methods-study/

Children’s Book Series Aims to Encourage Inclusion of People With Disabilities

Ontario’s provincial government has published a series of children’s books aimed at encouraging inclusion and acceptance of people with disabilities.

Books with titles such as “I’m Smart in My Own Way” are meant to teach children the benefits of understanding diverse and varied experiences.

The initiative is related to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act(AODA).

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/childrens-book-series-aims-to-encourage-inclusion-of-people-with-disabilities/

Members of New Advisory Board Want Nova Scotia to Rethink Accessibility

Bruce said advocates have been consulted many times in the past, but the provincial government doesn’t have a good track record of listening.

She hopes it’s different this time around.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/members-of-new-advisory-board-want-nova-scotia-to-rethink-accessibility/

Promised New Canada Accessibility Legislation Expected to Be Introduced into Parliament for Debate This Spring

AODA Alliance Writes New National Minister for People with Disabilities, When the Promised New National Accessibility Bill Is Weeks Away from Introduction into Parliament

In the next weeks, the Federal Government is expected to introduce its proposed national accessibility law into the House of Commons, for it to be debated and passed into law. This will be an historic moment for Canada, and especially for people with disabilities in Canada.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/promised-new-canada-accessibility-legislation-expected-to-be-introduced-into-parliament-for-debate-this-spring/

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Widespread Economic Benefits To Be Gained From Making Workplaces More Accessible For People With Disabilities

Making work spaces and facilities more accessible would allow people with physical disabilities to participate more fully in the workforce, lifting overall economic activity by $16.8 billion by 2030, according to a new report by The Conference Board of Canada.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/widespread-economic-benefits-to-be-gained-from-making-workplaces-more-accessible-for-people-with-disabilities/

City to Expand Service Area for Handy-Transit

Coun. Pat Bamford asked whether this was in line with the accessibility law, since Handy-Transit prices in the built up area must be equal to conventional transit fares.

Verreault said she contacted the AODA directorate (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) on Tuesday and discovered the equal fare principal does not apply when Handy-Transit goes outside the built-up area for regular buses.

“They said we could go ahead,” Verreault told council.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/city-to-expand-service-area-for-handy-transit/

Supreme Court Ruling Affirms Injured Workers’ Rights on the Job

Decision sets a higher standard for lengths employers must go to find a suitable role for injured employees after a workplace accident.

“The fact is many workers who have permanent impairments are not returning to work,” says Karl Crevar, who has been an advocate for injured workers since his workplace accident in 1987.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/supreme-court-ruling-affirms-injured-workers-rights-on-the-job/

Investigating the Experiences and Academic Success of Graduate Students with Mental Health Challenges or Disabilities: A Mixed Methods Study.

My name is Kathleen Moore and I am a doctoral candidate in Higher Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/ University of Toronto. I am looking for doctoral students who would like to participate in my study titled: “Investigating the Experiences and Academic Success of Graduate Students with Mental Health Challenges or Disabilities: A Mixed Methods Study.”

Overview of the Study

The purpose of the present study is to understand the experiences of doctoral students from Ontario, Canada who identify as having a mental health challenge and disability. Specifically, the focus is previous educational experiences, current help-seeking practices through support services, disclosure, and academic success.

The study uses a sequential-mixed methods design in which quantitative data from the Spring 2013 Canadian dataset of the National College Health Assessment were examined first to begin investigating the experiences of graduate students with mental health challenges and disabilities.

For the qualitative part of the study, I am looking for PhD students in Ontario, Canada who:

  • Self-identify as having a mental health challenge or a mental health disability
    If students have multiple disabilities, one of the disabilities must be a mental health disability
  • Currently enrolled in a PhD program at a University in Ontario
  • Are not registered as an international student
  • Are enrolled in a program that is not considered a professional program (Examples of professional programs include: chiropractic, dentistry, law, medicine, optometry, chiropractic medicine, pharmacy, theology, veterinary medicine, law, and/or clinical psychology programs)
  • Are willing to complete open-ended questions on the phone, on Skype, or in person (if located in the Greater Toronto Area).

We anticipate the questions will take approximately 60-90 minutes to complete.

If you meet these criteria, please go to http://bit.ly/2FgC9Grto to begin a Screening Questionnaire that has 5 questions.

This study has received ethics approval from the University of Toronto.

Kathleen Moore PhD Candidate Leadership, Adult and Higher Education OISE/University of Toronto Telephone: 289-668-1493 E-mail: Kathleen.moore@mail.utoronto.ca

Dr. Ruth Childs
Professor
Leadership, Adult and Higher Education
OISE/University of Toronto Telephone: 289-668-1493 E-mail: Ruth.childs@utoronto.ca

Children’s Book Series Aims to Encourage Inclusion of People With Disabilities

Ontario’s provincial government has published a series of children’s books aimed at encouraging inclusion and acceptance of people with disabilities.

Books with titles such as “I’m Smart in My Own Way” are meant to teach children the benefits of understanding diverse and varied experiences.

The initiative is related to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act(AODA).

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/childrens-book-series-aims-to-encourage-inclusion-of-people-with-disabilities/

Members of New Advisory Board Want Nova Scotia to Rethink Accessibility

Bruce said advocates have been consulted many times in the past, but the provincial government doesn’t have a good track record of listening.

She hopes it’s different this time around.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/members-of-new-advisory-board-want-nova-scotia-to-rethink-accessibility/

Promised New Canada Accessibility Legislation Expected to Be Introduced into Parliament for Debate This Spring

AODA Alliance Writes New National Minister for People with Disabilities, When the Promised New National Accessibility Bill Is Weeks Away from Introduction into Parliament

In the next weeks, the Federal Government is expected to introduce its proposed national accessibility law into the House of Commons, for it to be debated and passed into law. This will be an historic moment for Canada, and especially for people with disabilities in Canada.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/promised-new-canada-accessibility-legislation-expected-to-be-introduced-into-parliament-for-debate-this-spring/