Paralympian Sophie Christiansen Hits Out at Retailers Over Access

Sophie Christiansen, who has cerebral palsy, said “nothing has changed” since she recorded a video of her trying enter shops in Farnborough, Hampshire, in 2021.


People With Disabilities Face Barriers Trying to Book Accessible Hotel Rooms in Halifax

People with disabilities are raising concerns over the lack of accessibility in Halifax hotels, and an apparent policy that can bump them out of an accessible room if someone books a longer stay.


Residents Can Now Access an Ontario Disability Support Program Caseworker in Pickering

Caseworkers on-site Friday afternoons until end of year
By Ajax News Advertiser
Saturday, August 19, 2023

A service now offered at the Pickering Public Library means local residents won’t have to travel far to access it.

Community members can now access an Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) caseworker until the end of the year at the Central Library.

The ODSP is a means-tested government-funded program designed to help people with disabilities manage their living expenses and basic needs.

Each week a caseworker from the Oshawa office will be on-site at the Central Library, One The Esplanade, to assist clients. This will break the barrier of Pickering residents needing to otherwise travel to Oshawa to the head office.

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In this Issue

P.E.I. Mom Tracks Son in Toronto on Social Media, Struggles to Bring Him Home

A Prince Edward Island woman’s months-long quest to bring her estranged son home from Toronto highlights the challenges families face accessing health care options for loved ones living with mental illness and the gaps in social supports, says one local street nurse.


Raising a Child With Disabilities Amid Accessibility Shortcomings

Cayden has infantile-onset Pompe disease, a genetic disease that he will have for his entire life. Cayden has very low muscle tone, which prevents him from walking and moving on his own. He needs assistance for almost everything. While we’ve learned to live and adapt inside our home, it’s tricky when we’re out in public.


Coquitlam Mayor Steps In After Elderly Man in Wheelchair Waits Hours for Taxi

“Despite booking it, and despite promises, the cab never showed up. And it’s simply a reality we deal with all too often with this taxi company,” said Mayor Richard Stewart, who has gotten involved in the past when Bel Air didn’t pick up passengers in wheelchairs.


Boards Open Up Wasaga Playgrounds to NonVerbal Kids and Pre-Rreaders

Boards feature symbols that allow children to communicate emotions, needs By Ian Adams Wasaga Sun
Monday, August 14, 2023

The introduction of picture boards at Wasaga Beach’s playgrounds will open the lines of communication for kids who aren’t ready, or able, to use their words.

The boards feature numbers, letters, and what are called Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) symbols that can indicate emotions, wants, and needs. The symbols can also be used to encourage social engagement, imaginative play, and language development.

The symbols can be used individually to communicate, or strung together in a series to form a sentence.

City’s Speed Humps Hit a Bump with Disability Advocates

Author of the article:Taylor Campbell
Published Aug 10, 2023

Windsor disability advocates sounded alarm bells this week over a traffic calming measure they say could make it hard and even dangerous for some residents to get around.

Danica McPhee, a member of the Windsor Accessibility Advisory Committee, on Tuesday warned city council that adding speed humps to streets without sidewalks poses a risk to residents with mobility challenges, herself included.

During the meeting, council was asked to approve speed humps on three streets, all without sidewalks, at the request of residents looking to slow down traffic.

Federal Program Seeking Youth Accessibility Leaders

Young people between the ages of 15 and 30 are encouraged to apply for funding to assist their community in addressing accessibility barriers in public spaces or workplaces within their community Staff
August 8, 2023

Nickel Belt MPP Marc Serréis encouraging young people to apply for funding under the Youth Innovation component of the Enabling Accessibility Fund. The program offered by Employment and Social Development Canada is seeking Youth Accessibility Leaders.

Young people between the ages of 15 and 30 are encouraged to apply by Oct. 10.

Youth Accessibility Leaders promote the program and encourage organizations to apply for its funding by addressing accessibility barriers in public spaces or workplaces within their community.