Accessibility News July 24,2021 Update

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Please Send Us Your Feedback on the AODA Alliance’s Draft Brief to the Health Care Standards Development Committee on the Disability Barriers in Ontario’s Health Care System

We’ve been busy as can be, writing a brief that we plan to submit by August 11, 2021 to the Health Care Standards Development Committee. The Ontario Government appointed that Committee back in 2017 to come up with recommendations on what the promised Health Care Accessibility Standard should include. The Health Care Accessibility Standard is a law that is to be enacted under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act to tear down the barriers that obstruct people with disabilities in Ontario’s health care system.

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https://aoda.ca/please-send-us-your-feedback-on-the-aoda-alliances-draft-brief-to-the-health-care-standards-development-committee-on-the-disability-barriers-in-ontarios-health-care-system/

Attend CNIB’s July 27, 2021 Virtual Town Hall on Dangers that Electric Scooters Pose for People with Disabilities if London Ontario Allows Them

and— Please Fill Out an Important Online Survey About Disability Barriers in Ontario’s Courts

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https://aoda.ca/attend-cnibs-july-27-2021-virtual-town-hall-on-dangers-that-electric-scooters-pose-for-people-with-disabilities-if-london-ontario-allows-them/

Report: Nova Scotia Failing to Meet Its Commitment to De-Institutionalize People With Disabilities

A report issued yesterday by the Disability Rights Coalition says there remains “a mismatch” between government rhetoric on providing services to disabled adults and the frustrating reality faced by many families.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/report-nova-scotia-failing-to-meet-its-commitment-to-de-institutionalize-people-with-disabilities/

New Award-Winning App Helps the Visually Impaired Manage Their Wardrobe

Two Industrial Design students from Carleton University have won an Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) student competition award from Universities Canada.

Liana Meere and Mandy Hui took top honours in the competition’s Attitudinal/Systemic barriers category for their concept Closet, a label system that enables people with visual disabilities to independently manage their clothes.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/new-award-winning-app-helps-the-visually-impaired-manage-their-wardrobe/

Supporting an ‘Active’ Recovery Means Improving the Accessibility of Outdoor Spaces

The government’s investment in active transportation should benefit rural, accessible outdoor spaces

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/supporting-an-active-recovery-means-improving-the-accessibility-of-outdoor-spaces/

Montreal Advocates Call for Better Accessibility

Pontini pointed out that the problem of accessibility for people with reduced mobility in the city is nothing new and that for years they’ve been demanding improved access. According to her, more businesses and building owners could easily make the accommodations more effective by consulting experts – the people who need to services.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/montreal-advocates-call-for-better-accessibility/

Woman With Disabilities Wants Change to Province’s Household Income Policy

Saint John resident Kaitlyn Layden has been advocating for the revision of Social Development’s household income policy for years. She says the policy forces her to choose between getting married and moving in with her fiance or having financial stability with the department’s support.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/woman-with-disabilities-wants-change-to-provinces-household-income-policy/

Accessibility News July 17,2021 Update

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Montreal Man Hits Brick Wall in Fight for Accessibility

By Phil Carpenter , Global News
Posted July 15, 2021

A Montreal man living with multiple sclerosis has been denied a permit to build a wheelchair lift in front of his apartment.

Claude Varin can’t leave his second floor apartment as often as he’d like. There are 18 steps to get to his front door from the street. He’s in a wheelchair, so back in 2012 he asked his borough of Rosemontla Petite-Patrie for a permit to install a -mechanical lift at the front of his building, to easily access the sidewalk and street for transportation.

“With my lift here,” Varin said, pointing to his front balcony, “life would be a lot easier.”

His request was denied.