HealthHack 2018 Winner Aims for Better Accessibility in Edmonton

Navigating Edmonton in a wheelchair takes a lot of force, according to the Click N’ Push application

The winner of this year’s HealthHack Smart Cities Challenge is aiming to make Edmonton more accessible to those who use wheelchairs.


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In this Issue

Please Send Us Your Feedback on the AODA Alliances Draft Brief on the Proposed Recommendations for Revisions to the 2011 Employment Accessibility Standard that the Employment Standards Development Committee Has Circulated for Public Comment

On March 20, 2018, the Ontario Government invited public comment, which it would give to the Employment Standards Development Committee. That Committee is conducting a review of the 2011 Employment Accessibility Standard, which the Government enacted under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. It aims at removing and preventing workplace barriers that impede employees and job-seekers with disabilities from getting and keeping a job.


Are Autonomous Vehicles Ready to Help the Blind?

New research conducted outside of the auto industry aims to develop data and software to ensure that the needs of the blind are met when autonomous cars become commonplace.


Calgary, Edmonton Expos Less Accessible After Policy Change, Say Fans With Mobility Concerns

Some visitors to the Calgary and Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expos are disappointed with what they say are “unfair” changes to the fan conventions’ accessibility policies.

The changes came after the expos joined the North American pop culture exhibition group Fan Expo HQ.


‘There was no sympathy’: Brampton Mom Says H&M Store Discriminated Against Her Son With Autism

A Brampton mother is calling for changes in training and an apology from the retail giant H&M after an incident in which she said an employee lacked “compassion and understanding” for her son, who lives with autism.


AODA Training Requirements: Who Needs It and Why?

In 2005, the Ontario Public Service passed The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), making AODA training required for all employers and workers in Ontario.

This Act made Ontario the first province to take action to increase accessibility for people who live with disabilities. For over 10 years, AODA training has been required in Ontario. However, some employers and workers are still unfamiliar with the terms accessibility and disability. Furthermore, many organizations fail to provide AODA training to their workers and/or volunteers.


What is the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR)?

Ontario businesses must follow the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR) to prevent and remove barriers for people with disabilities, but what is the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR)?


CSUN 2018 Heralds The Year of Wearables–Unless It Doesn’t

Shelly Brisbin

When reporting on an event like the annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference, it’s tempting to try to sum it up with a single narrative. This is my third year covering the trade show portion of CSUN. In addition to asking questions for AccessWorld, I was part of the Blind Bargains podcast team .


AODA Alliance Writes Accessibility Minister Tracy MacCharles to Request Modest But Important Improvements to the Way Accessibility Standards are Developed in Ontario Under Ontario’s Disabilities Act

The AODA Alliance has again written to Ontario’s Accessibility Minister, Tracy MacCharles. In this new letter, we ask for a series of modest but important adjustments to the process by which accessibility standards are developed under the AODA. None of these requests requires any change to the law. The minister can quickly do everything we ask, within her mandate as the minister responsible for the AODA.