Accessibility News March 30,2024 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 39 weeks, 3 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

*New Hiking Trail Set to Revolutionize Outdoor Accessibility in Green River
*Toronto e-scooter Pilot Program Facing Roadblocks
*Action Kit – Press Toronto City Council Not to Lift the Ban on Electric Scooters
*People With Disabilities Face Additional Barriers at Tax Time
*Brock Opens Facility Dedicated to Enhancing Adaptive Physical Activity
*’Systemic Issue’: Class-Action Filed Against Uber, Lyft Alleges Lack of Accessibility in B.C.
*Therapy Dogs to Be More Accessible in Nanaimo-Ladysmith schools

ARTICLES:

New Hiking Trail Set to Revolutionize Outdoor Accessibility in Green River

Spanning four miles and with a width of five feet, the Skyline Trail will wind its way from Upland Way, ascending South Hill, tracing the ridge line, and descending behind Western Wyoming Community College. Unlike traditional concrete or asphalt paths, this trail will feature a soft surface, providing a more natural and immersive experience for visitors.

Read more at

New Hiking Trail Set to Revolutionize Outdoor Accessibility in Green River

Toronto e-scooter Pilot Program Facing Roadblocks

Toronto will soon see more e-scooters taking over the streets now that spring has arrived even though they’re still banned.

Read more at

Toronto e-scooter Pilot Program Facing Roadblocks

Action Kit – Press Toronto City Council Not to Lift the Ban on Electric Scooters

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update

Act Now, Before May 2, 2024

Read more at

Action Kit – Press Toronto City Council Not to Lift the Ban on Electric Scooters

People With Disabilities Face Additional Barriers at Tax Time

Spring brings fresh flowers, melting snow and, like it or not, a looming tax deadline. Navigating taxes can be difficult at the best of times, but for disabled people, there can be added complexity.

Read more at

People With Disabilities Face Additional Barriers at Tax Time

Brock Opens Facility Dedicated to Enhancing Adaptive Physical Activity

After three decades of offering programming at community locations across the region, the Brock-Niagara Centre of Excellence in Inclusive and Adaptive Physical Activity (CAPA) has officially opened its own space.

Read more at

Brock Opens Facility Dedicated to Enhancing Adaptive Physical Activity

‘Systemic Issue’: Class-Action Filed Against Uber, Lyft Alleges Lack of Accessibility in B.C.

Saro Turner, a lawyer with Slater Vecchio, the law firm behind the class action, said it’s bringing this case forward for two reasons: the first is access to justice, and the second is looking to alter how these companies operate.

Read more at

‘Systemic Issue’: Class-Action Filed Against Uber, Lyft Alleges Lack of Accessibility in B.C.

Therapy Dogs to Be More Accessible in Nanaimo-Ladysmith schools

“What we have been seeing and welcoming the notion around animal support is a little bit of a universal nature,” Tait said. “That could be an animal that supports more generally in a classroom or in a counselling area” for circumstances such as alleviating stress and anxiety, for example.

Read more at

Therapy Dogs to Be More Accessible in Nanaimo-Ladysmith schools

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New Hiking Trail Set to Revolutionize Outdoor Accessibility in Green River

Spanning four miles and with a width of five feet, the Skyline Trail will wind its way from Upland Way, ascending South Hill, tracing the ridge line, and descending behind Western Wyoming Community College. Unlike traditional concrete or asphalt paths, this trail will feature a soft surface, providing a more natural and immersive experience for visitors.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/new-hiking-trail-set-to-revolutionize-outdoor-accessibility-in-green-river/

Toronto e-scooter Pilot Program Facing Roadblocks

Budget constraints and continued opposition stand in the way of an e-scooter program possibly being launched any time soon. Mark McAllister looks at the roadblocks and the city’s efforts to create an overall micromobility strategy. By Mark McAllister and John Marchesan
Posted March 27, 2024

Toronto will soon see more e-scooters taking over the streets now that spring has arrived even though they’re still banned.

An e-scooter pilot program was first discussed at City Hall last summer in an effort to tackle what some consider to be a nuisance while also dealing with the reality that they, and other ‘micromobility’ vehicles, are here to stay.

“We need better ways for people to get around the city. We are adding hundreds of thousands of more people. We don’t have any more space on the roads,” said Coun. Diane Saxe.

While there is support to allow and control e-scooters in Toronto, the city is still a step removed from making it happen as they wait on a plan following requests to deliver some possibilities last July.

“We think it’s premature to consider bringing an e-scooter pilot, especially looking at other jurisdictions that have them,” said Alison Stewart, the director of advocacy and public policy with Cycle Toronto.

On May 1, 2021, Toronto City Council voted unanimously to opt out of the province’s e-scooter pilot over concerns about safety. Currently, e-scooters, considered standing electric kick-scooters, are not allowed to be operated, left, stored or parked on any public street in Toronto. This includes bicycle lanes, cycle tracks, trails, paths, sidewalks or parks under multiple Municipal Code Chapters.

“Until the Disability Advisory Committee is comfortable with any type of additional pilot that would see new forms of mobility sanctioned and piloted by the city, we’d really like to remain focused on Bike Share Toronto on that expansion,” added Stewart.

Toronto’s Bike Share program – operated by the Toronto Parking Authority – has expanded to over 9,000 bikes at 700 stations throughout the city. The likelihood of that government agency speeding up an e-scooter pilot is slim.

“Toronto Parking Authority is having to cut back on the capitol works that we’ve already asked it to do because there isn’t enough money and that is a big problem so they’re not anxious to take on another program right now,” said Coun. Saxe.

The city’s efforts to create a larger ‘micromobility’ strategy involving different modes of transportation have included consulting with different organizations on how best to implement safety measures, education and enforcement. But any plans won’t come until a report is released in May.

Last year Brampton launched its e-scooter pilot making 750 scooters available for public use on the roads and bike lanes with speed limitations. It said last December that the program “exceeded expectations” when it came to ridership with 110,000 users taking approximately 200,000 rides and that the “significant positive community feedback” will see the program return in April for another year.

Original at https://toronto.citynews.ca/2024/03/27/toronto-e-scooter-pilot-program-facing-roadblocks/

Action Kit – Press Toronto City Council Not to Lift the Ban on Electric Scooters

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update

United for a Barrier-Free Society for All People with Disabilities

Web: https://www.aodaalliance.org
Email: aodafeedback@gmail.com
Twitter: @aodaalliance
Facebook: www.facebook.com/aodaalliance/

March 27, 2024

Act Now, Before May 2, 2024

It is important to take action now, before May 2, 2024! Help keep people who live in Toronto or who visit Toronto safe from the serious dangers created by electric scooters (e-scooters). Three years ago, Toronto City Council wisely voted unanimously to ban people from riding e-scooters in public. Now, a new Toronto City Council is considering whether to change its mind. Its Infrastructure and Environment Committee will vote on this on May 2, 2024.

We need you to contact Toronto Mayor Olivia Chow and members of Toronto City Council to insist that e-scooters remain banned. This Action Kit gives you everything you need to help. At the end is a list of the names, email addresses, Twitter handles and phone numbers of Mayor Chow and all members of City Council. It tells you why e-scooters are so dangerous. You can use these points as your key messages, as well as anything else you think would help.

Key Messages Why E-Scooters Must Remain Banned in Toronto

More and more, vulnerable people with disabilities, seniors and others are endangered by e-scooters racing silently at high speeds on sidewalks, roads and park paths around Ontario. They create twin dangers.

* A silent menace, e-scooters, appearing out of nowhere, are ridden on sidewalks in cities that ban them from being ridden on sidewalks. Uninsured, unlicensed, untrained, unhelmeted joy-riders racing at 20 kph endanger the safety of innocent pedestrians, especially people who cannot see them coming or who cannot quickly dodge them.

* Left strewn on sidewalks, e-scooters have been tripping hazards for blind people. They are an accessibility nightmare for wheelchair users.

There are news reports from around the world documenting very serious injuries that e-scooters have caused. Several major disability organizations, as well as several municipal accessibility advisory committees have called on city after city to not allow e-scooters and to enforce any ban on them that is in place. Toronto’s Accessibility Advisory Committee has pleaded with Toronto City Council three times in four years to say no to e-scooters, in 2020, 2021 and 2024.

E-scooter batteries have spontaneously caught fire. That is another safety danger.

Yet despite this, some Ontario cities like Ottawa allow e-scooters. Others, like Toronto, have not allowed them but are not effectively enforcing the ban on riding them in public.

Some people own their own e-scooters and ride them in public. There is nothing in place to stop stores from selling e-scooters to the public, even when it is illegal to ride them in public in most parts of Ontario. In some cities, people can also rent e-scooters.

Corporate lobbyists for e-scooter rental companies have kept up a feeding frenzy of lobbying city councils. They laugh all the way to the bank, while victims of e-scooter injuries sob all the way to their hospital’s over-crowded emergency ward.

It’s not good enough to just ban e-scooters from sidewalks. In every city that has banned e-scooters from sidewalks but allowed them on the roads, people still keep riding e-scooters on sidewalks. No city can afford to have a cop on every sidewalk to police those weak rules.

Toronto City staff will submit a report to Toronto City Council’s Infrastructure and Environment Committee by May 2, 2024, recommending what forms of micromobility to allow. Micromobility includes any kind of device smaller than a car that helps people get around. We support micromobility. Bikes are a fantastic form of micromobility, that are good for the environment, don’t go as fast as e-scooters, and are better all around. Other forms of micromobility can be good too. We oppose e-scooters. With other forms of micromobility in place we don’t need e-scooters!

Let Mayor Chow and Toronto City Council members know that this issue of safety and accessibility matters to you! Press them to say no to e-scooters. Leave Toronto’s ban on e-scooters in place. Don’t allow e-scooters anywhere in public on roads, sidewalks or anywhere else. Don’t allow them whether they are rented or privately owned. Don’t allow Toronto to create this new dangerous disability barrier. E-scooters will make our society even more inaccessible for Ontarians with disabilities.

We are talking about the motorized kick-style scooters that a person stands on to ride. We of course seek no restrictions on mobility assistance devices for people with disabilities, such as the very different powered scooters on which a person sits when riding.

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act requires Ontario to become accessible to people with disabilities by 2025. Creating new barriers flies in the face of that.

Some might claim that e-scooters are inevitable, so Toronto might as well just regulate them. Yet they are only inevitable if we let them be inevitable. Moreover, regulating them is much harder than banning them. It is easier for police to prove that someone rode an e-scooter in public when that is forbidden. It is much harder for police to prove that the e-scooter was a prohibited size or weight or that it exceeded a permissible speed.

Some might suggest that e-scooters promote equity for poor people. Yet equity must never come at the price of endangering safety and accessibility for vulnerable people with disabilities, seniors and others, including poor people.

Some might say e-scooters should be allowed on bike paths. Yet in Toronto, that would allow e-scooters on a growing number of sidewalks, endangering vulnerable pedestrians. This is because Toronto is unfortunately building new bike paths on sidewalks. This widely watched video shows that Toronto’s building bike paths on sidewalks endangers people with disabilities.

E-scooter corporate lobbyists claim that there’s new technology to avoid all the dangers. It’s simply not true. E-scooter corporate lobbyists have been making this claim for years. Moreover, privately owned e-scooters don’t include any of that unproven or non-existent technology.

Some might claim that some other Ontario cities are allowing e-scooters, so why not Toronto? Yet those other cities have wrongly created new dangers for vulnerable people with disabilities, seniors and others. They too often have disregarded pleas from Ontarians with disabilities not to allow e-scooters. Toronto should not make the same mistake. Moreover, at least some of those cities have wrongly allowed e-scooter rental companies to take part in the enforcement of the city’s e-scooter rules and regulations. That is very inappropriate. The private e-scooter rental companies are in a hopeless conflict of interest.

Toronto must battle climate change. But we don’t need e-scooters for that, lots of other forms of micromobility, like bikes, will do the job. E-scooters add no benefits to them, but create serious new dangers.

What Else You Can Do to Help

Spread the word about this issue. Post this Action Kit on your website and social media.

Urge friends and family members to tell Toronto City Council members and Mayor Olivia Chow to make the “No E-Scooters Pledge!”

Let us know what responses you get from Mayor Chow or City Council members. Email us at aodafeedback@gmail.com

Learn more about this issue. Visit the AODA Alliance website’s e-scooter page!

Contact Information for Members of Toronto City Council

Mayor Olivia Chow
Email: mayor_chow@toronto.ca
Twitter @oliviachow
Phone 416-397-CITY (2489)

Ward 1 Councillor Vincent Crisanti
Email: Councillor_Crisanti@toronto.ca
Twitter @vcrisanti
Phone 416-397-9255

Ward 2 Councillor Stephen Holyday
Email: councillor_holyday@toronto.ca
Twitter @stephenholyday
Phone 416-392-4002

Ward 3 Councillor Amber Morley
Email: Councillor_Morley@toronto.ca
Twitter @CllrAmberMorley
Phone 416-397-9273

Ward 4 Councillor Gord Perks
Email: councillor_perks@toronto.ca
Twitter @GordPerks
Phone 416-392-7919

Ward 5 Councillor Frances Nunziata
Email: councillor_nunziata@toronto.ca
Twitter @FrancesNunziata
Phone 416-392-4091

Ward 6 Councillor James Pasternak
Email: councillor_pasternak@toronto.ca
Twitter @PasternakTO
Phone 416-392-1371

Ward 7 Councillor Anthony Perruzza
Email: councillor_perruzza@toronto.ca
Twitter @PerruzzaTO
Phone 416-338-5335

Ward 8 Councillor Mike Colle
Email: councillor_colle8@toronto.ca
Twitter @MikeColleTO
Phone 416-338-2500

Ward 9 Councillor Alejandra Bravo
Email: Councillor_Bravo@toronto.ca
Twitter @BravoDavenport
Phone 416-392-7012

Ward 10 Councillor Ausma Malik
Email: Councillor_Malik@toronto.ca
Twitter @Ausmalik
Phone 416-392-4044

Ward 11 Councillor Dianne Saxe
Email: Councillor_Saxe@toronto.ca
Twitter @DianneSaxe
Phone 416-392-4009

Ward 12 Councillor Josh Matlow
Email: councillor_matlow@toronto.ca
Twitter @JoshMatlow
Phone 416-392-7906

Ward 13 Councillor Chris Moise
Email: Councillor_Moise@toronto.ca
Phone 416-392-7903

Ward 14 Councillor Paula Fletcher
Email: councillor_fletcher@toronto.ca
Twitter @PaulaFletcherTO
Phone 416-392-4060

Ward 15 Councillor Jaye Robinson
Email: councillor_robinson@toronto.ca
Twitter @JayeRobinson
Phone 416-395-6408

Ward 16 Councillor Jon Burnside
Email: Councillor_Burnside@toronto.ca
Twitter @JonBurnside_DVE
Phone 416-397-9256

Ward 17 Councillor Shelley Carroll
Email: councillor_carroll@toronto.ca
Twitter @ShelleyCarroll
Phone 416-338-2650

Ward 18 Councillor Lily Cheng
Email: Councillor_Cheng@toronto.ca
Twitter @LilyCheng
Phone 416-392-0210

Ward 19 Councillor Brad Bradford
Email: councillor_bradford@toronto.ca
Twitter @BradMBradford
Phone 416-338-2755

Ward 20 Councillor Parthi Kandavel
Email: Councillor_Kandavel@toronto.ca
Phone 416-392-4052

Ward 21 Councillor Michael Thompson
Email: councillor_thompson@toronto.ca
Twitter @Thompson_37
Phone 416-397-9274

Ward 22 Councillor Nick Mantas
Email: Councillor_Mantas@toronto.ca
Twitter @nickmantas_
Phone 416-392-1374

Ward 23 Councillor Jamaal Myers
Email: Councillor_Myers@toronto.ca
Twitter @CllrJamaalMyers
Phone 416-338-2858

Ward 24 Councillor Paul Ainslie
Email: councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca
Twitter @Ainslie_Ward24
Phone 416-392-4008

Ward 25 Councillor Jennifer McKelvie
Email: councillor_mckelvie@toronto.ca
Twitter @McKelvieTO
Phone 416-338-3771

People With Disabilities Face Additional Barriers at Tax Time

Spring brings fresh flowers, melting snow and, like it or not, a looming tax deadline. Navigating taxes can be difficult at the best of times, but for disabled people, there can be added complexity.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/people-with-disabilities-face-additional-barriers-at-tax-time/

Brock Opens Facility Dedicated to Enhancing Adaptive Physical Activity

MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2024 | by Jocelyn Titone

After three decades of offering programming at community locations across the region, the Brock-Niagara Centre of Excellence in Inclusive and Adaptive Physical Activity (CAPA) has officially opened its own space.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house was held for the Centre on Thursday, March 21 at 130 Lockhart Dr. in St. Catharines. Members of the local community, Brock employees and student volunteers, CAPA members and their families, and representatives from all levels of government attended the celebration.

CAPA’s developmentally appropriate movement programs cater to people with complex profiles and those requiring individualized support. The new space is fully accessible, with easy in and out access, and includes three large activity spaces, a fine motor room and a quiet room for self-regulated personal time.

“I think what makes CAPA distinctive is our embedded curriculum and our station-based pedagogy,” says Maureen Connolly, CAPA Director and Professor of Kinesiology at Brock. “The fundamental skills members need to practise, and the repetition required to develop their repertoire, are built into the stations. We see massive improvements in their movement and interactive repertoires the more they attend.”

Among the CAPA programs available to the Niagara community is Side By Side, physical activity programming for adults with developmental disabilities.

Current CAPA Community Advisory Council member Ashlee Dagenais, a wheelchair user, first signed up for Side By Side six years ago and recently joined the adaptive marital arts program. She is participating in both programs at the new facility to build her core strength and develop her leg flexibility and function.

“I decided to take [adaptive] martial arts because I wanted to show the world that someone with my degree of disability could actually take karate,” she says. “Twenty years ago, I was thrown out of [traditional] karate because I was too disabled. [In adaptive martial arts,] I’m learning how to stand and kick at the same time, which is a pretty big deal for someone with my degree of cerebral palsy.”

CAPA also offers an adaptive physical activity and life skills development program for youth who are underserved in Niagara’s typical educational environments called Confident Healthy Active Role Models (CHARM), and a developmentally appropriate movement education programming for children and youth called Supporting Neurodiversity through Adaptive Programming (SNAP).

Master of Applied Disability Studies student Kathryn Matheyssen, who has been volunteering with SNAP since September, says what she enjoys most about the program is seeing the “child-like excitement” on participants’ faces.

“When they come through the door, they light up,” she says. “There was a young gentleman who liked making loud noises because he could hear himself echo. I think in a school atmosphere, he’s usually told to be quiet, but in this program, the volunteers encouraged him to get loud and have fun.”

In addition to serving disabled and neurodiverse people in Niagara through its adaptive physical activity programming, CAPA carries out consultative and inclusive research that involves members of disability communities and directly benefits disabled people, their families and caregivers.

“The bulk of our ongoing research is in preparing practitioners to work with people with complex profiles and designing programs that will be meaningful and relevant for them,” says Connolly. “A lot of research has been done on conventionally functioning individuals, so it doesn’t adequately prepare practitioners for working with individuals who have more complex profiles.”

CAPA also promotes experiential learning via student internships and placements and offers Niagara community members training and professional development in inclusive practices, adaptive activity, accessibility awareness and preparation for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

For more information, visit the CAPA website at the link below or email Connolly at mconnolly@brocku.ca

Original at https://brocku.ca/brock-news/2024/03/brock-opens-facility-dedicated-to-enhancing-adaptive-physical-activity/

‘Systemic Issue’: Class-Action Filed Against Uber, Lyft Alleges Lack of Accessibility in B.C.

Saro Turner, a lawyer with Slater Vecchio, the law firm behind the class action, said it’s bringing this case forward for two reasons: the first is access to justice, and the second is looking to alter how these companies operate.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/systemic-issue-class-action-filed-against-uber-lyft-alleges-lack-of-accessibility-in-b-c/

Therapy Dogs to Be More Accessible in Nanaimo-Ladysmith schools

“What we have been seeing and welcoming the notion around animal support is a little bit of a universal nature,” Tait said. “That could be an animal that supports more generally in a classroom or in a counselling area” for circumstances such as alleviating stress and anxiety, for example.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/therapy-dogs-to-be-more-accessible-in-nanaimo-ladysmith-schools/

Accessibility News March 23,2024 Update

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Thrilled to be a part of Accessibility News! At CrawfordTech, inclusivity is paramount, making fully accessible, compliant and usable communications for all our top priority.

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Empowering organizations to be inclusive through CrawfordTech & Accessibility News. To learn more about how to make your communications clear and accessible, visit CrawfordTech EDAP: https://crawfordtech.com/solutions/enterprise-document-accessibility-platform-edap/.

The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 40 weeks, 3 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

*Employers Should Focus on Proactive Steps on Mental Health, Not Just Legal Requirements: Lawyer
*Beachway Park to Get Portable Beach Mats Thanks to Provincial Funds
*Accessibility is the Housing Crisis That No One is Talking About
*Air Canada CEO, Special Needs Advocates Clash on Passenger Accessibility
*Feds Announce Air Accessibility Summit to Confront ‘Unacceptable’ Barriers
*E-Bike Pilot Project Approved for City Trails and Paths
* AODA Alliance Updates(2)

ARTICLES:

Employers Should Focus on Proactive Steps on Mental Health, Not Just Legal Requirements: Lawyer

Mental illness personally affects the majority of Canadians, according to numbers from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Each year, 20 percent of Canadians experience a mental illness. By the time they reach 40, one-in-two Canadians will have had a mental illness.

Read more at

Employers Should Focus on Proactive Steps on Mental Health, Not Just Legal Requirements: Lawyer

Beachway Park to Get Portable Beach Mats Thanks to Provincial Funds

The Ontario government announced $750,000 will be spent this year to improve accessibility and support people of all ages and abilities throughout the province, including here in Burlington

Read more at

Beachway Park to Get Portable Beach Mats Thanks to Provincial Funds

Accessibility is the Housing Crisis That No One is Talking About

Advocates call for adoption of universal design principles to ensure easy conversion of residential units for people with disabilities

Read more at

Accessibility is the Housing Crisis That No One is Talking About

Air Canada CEO, Special Needs Advocates Clash on Passenger Accessibility

‘To be able to say you’re doing a good job and these are the numbers is to be shockingly out of touch with our experience’

Read more at

Air Canada CEO, Special Needs Advocates Clash on Passenger Accessibility

Feds Announce Air Accessibility Summit to Confront ‘Unacceptable’ Barriers

David Lepofsky, visiting research professor of disability rights at Western University, says the time for “chit-chat” has long passed and that tougher rules and enforcement are needed to ensure a dignified travel experience for all passengers.

Read more at

Feds Announce Air Accessibility Summit to Confront ‘Unacceptable’ Barriers

E-Bike Pilot Project Approved for City Trails and Paths

Sarnia council approved a one-year pilot project, allowing city staff time for an in depth review of actual operating conditions and uptake.

Read more at

E-Bike Pilot Project Approved for City Trails and Paths

AODA Alliance Updates:

Urge School Trustees, School Board Senior Managers, and Ontario’s Minister of Education to Watch a New 27 Minute Captioned Video that Shows How to Start Tearing Down the Serious Barriers Impeding Students with Disabilities in Ontario Schools

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Urge School Trustees, School Board Senior Managers, and Ontario’s Minister of Education to Watch a New 27 Minute Captioned Video that Shows How to Start Tearing Down the Serious Barriers Impeding Students with Disabilities in Ontario Schools

House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport Gets an Earful on the Recurring Unfair Accessibility Barriers Facing Air Passengers with Disabilities and a Practical Roadmap to Fix the Problem

Read more at

House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport Gets an Earful on the Recurring Unfair Accessibility Barriers Facing Air Passengers with Disabilities and a Practical Roadmap to Fix the Problem

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Visit http://www.inclusivemedia.ca to find out more.

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Accessibility News, since November 8, 2006

Employers Should Focus on Proactive Steps on Mental Health, Not Just Legal Requirements: Lawyer

Mental illness personally affects the majority of Canadians, according to numbers from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Each year, 20 percent of Canadians experience a mental illness. By the time they reach 40, one-in-two Canadians will have had a mental illness.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/employers-should-focus-on-proactive-steps-on-mental-health-not-just-legal-requirements-lawyer/