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In this Issue
*AODA Alliance Writes Federal Party Leaders Seeking Commitments to Strengthen Bill C-81, and to Bring It Back Before Parliament After This Fall’s Federal Election If It is Not Passed With Amendments to Strengthen It
*Understanding Communication Devices
*Autonomous Vehicle Design Should Benefit Broader Group of Potential Drivers
*IKEA Israel Makes Life Simpler for People With Disabilities
*Why Ontarians With Developmental Disabilities Still Face Employment Barriers
*Province Lays Out New Goals to Get to Full Accessibility by 2030
*Accessible Information in Customer Service
*Breaking Barriers: Accessibility at Home a Costly Process
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AODA Alliance Writes Federal Party Leaders Seeking Commitments to Strengthen Bill C-81, and to Bring It Back Before Parliament After This Fall’s Federal Election If It is Not Passed With Amendments to Strengthen It
We are diving head-first into our blitz before Canada’s Senate to get much-needed amendments to strengthen the weak Bill C-81, the Federal Government’s proposed Accessible Canada Act. Bill C-81 is called “An Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada” for people with disabilities. Yet it does not require a single disability barrier to ever be removed or prevented anywhere in Canada.
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Understanding Communication Devices
Under the Customer Service Standard of the AODA, service providers must communicate with customers in ways that take their disabilities into account. For instance, some customers will need information in alternative formats, such as Braille, large print, or accessible websites. Likewise, some customers will
need to use communication supports, such as American Sign language (ASL) interpretation, speechreading, or captioning. In addition, providers must serve customers who use communication devices. In this article, we describe a few different types of communication devices.
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Autonomous Vehicle Design Should Benefit Broader Group of Potential Drivers
Washington At a time when major automakers are planning to deploy greater numbers of autonomous vehicles (AVs), they have a unique opportunity to ensure people with disabilities have access to this transformational technology.
That is one of the conclusions of “Designing the Future of Transportation for People with Disabilities”, released today by the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America).
IKEA Israel Makes Life Simpler for People With Disabilities
At IKEA Israel, 13 accessories designed for people with disabilities can now be scanned at no cost and printed out using 3D printers to add to the store’s furniture. The aim is to increase the products’ usability and raise awareness of inclusion and accessibility.
Why Ontarians With Developmental Disabilities Still Face Employment Barriers
An employment rate below 25 per cent. An average income below the poverty line. Getting a good job can be tough for people with developmental disabilities. But for workers like Julie Timmermans, “full economic citizenship” is about more than just money.
Province Lays Out New Goals to Get to Full Accessibility by 2030
As Nova Scotia strikes two committees to develop the first provincial accessibility standards, some advocates say there is still an enormous amount of work to be done to keep the province on track toward its goal of becoming fully accessible by 2030.
Accessible Information in Customer Service
Under the Customer Service Standards of the AODA, providers must make documentation about their accessibility available to customers with disabilities upon request. This part of the Standards applies to all public sector organizations, and private sector organizations with twenty or more workers. These
service providers need to create written versions of their customer service policies. They must outline their procedures on how they will:
Breaking Barriers: Accessibility at Home a Costly Process
It’s just a few centimetres high, but the sill of the sliding glass door that leads to the back deck of her Barrhaven home is a mountain to Jennifer Glanz. “It’s little, but I can’t get over it,” said Glanz, who has multiple sclerosis and uses a wheelchair. Glanz and her husband, Eli, have already installed
a $4,000 electric lift in their garage so that Jennifer can get out of the house, and recently completed a renovation to make their bathroom barrier free.
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