Blind Man with Guide Dog Denied Service, Arrested at Kamloops Gas Station

A man who’s blind was told his guide dog wasn’t allowed inside a Kamloops gas station, and when RCMP arrived, he thought they would defend his rights, but instead, the officers put him in handcuffs.


Canadian Transportation Agency Announces Plans to Enhance Accessibility of Canada’s National Transportation System

Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act, which received Royal Assent, will provide the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) with new tools to help advance the accessibility of the national transportation system.

Once in force, this legislation will provide the CTA with


How ‘Smart Homes’ Could Help Ontarians with Mental Illness

A pilot project underway in London is setting patients up with a suite of smart devices and paving the way for high-tech mental-health treatment By Mary Baxter – Published on Jul 16, 2019

LONDON The apartment in the Parkwood Institute for Mental Health is beige and clinical not surprising for a living space in a hospital. On the table sit devices that could reshape the way we treat mental health: a wafer-thin electronic scale, a smart watch, an electronic blood-pressure monitor, and a glucose meter. All things that can be found in a regular doctors office, but with one major difference: each one is connected to the internet.

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AODA Alliance Writes Federal Party Leaders Seeking Election Commitments on Advancing the Cause of Accessibility for Over 6 Million People with Disabilities in Canada

On July 18, 2019, we wrote the leaders of the major federal parties. We asked them for election pledges concerning accessibility for over 6 million people with disabilities in Canada. We set that letter out below.


Continual Long-Term Physiotherapy After Stroke

Health Quality Ontario, under the guidance of the Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee, recommends continuing public funding for post-stroke physiotherapy consistent with the 2016 Quality-Based Procedures: Clinical Handbook for Stroke (Acute and Post acute) and further recommends that the Ministry of Health clarify any applicable policies for receiving publicly funded physiotherapy for rehabilitation after a stroke

Read the draft recommendation report and provide feedback at the link below.


ODSP: Redefining Disability

On November 22, 2018, the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services announced that social assistance in Ontario would be reformed. One of the changes is to redefine disability under the current Ontario Disability Support Program Act (ODSPA), the law which governs income support benefits that Ontario provides to eligible persons with disabilities. The Minister said that the new definition would be more like the one used in federal government benefit programs.


Press Release: Toronto Pearson First Airport in Canada to Offer Innovative Technology to Improve Accessibility for Travellers with Sight Loss

Toronto Pearson announced it is now offering Aira service, a leading-edge assistive technology, to help travellers with sight loss navigate the airport independently. Using the Aira iPhone or Android mobile phone application, passengers can connect to a specially trained, human agent for navigational assistance as they journey through the airport.


Why Your Next Hire Should Be a Person With Disabilities

At Wanda’s Pie in the Sky bakery and cafĂ© in Torontos Kensington Market, owners Wanda and David Beaver work to create a sense of comfort and belonging for their customers and staff. Its why the owners have a policy to hire workers with disabilities, incorporating both hospitality and inclusion into the business.


Changes to the Canada Elections Act may Increase Accessibility of Federal Elections

The Canada Elections Act (“Act”) governs the rules Elections Canada must follow when there is a federal election. The Act was amended by Bill C-76 in December 2018 and is now in force. The new rules will be implemented as soon as the next general election in October 2019.