Accessibility News April 8,2017 Update

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In this Issue

*Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update
*I’m over the moon!
*Blind Windsor Woman Denied Help Filling Out Passport Docs
*Advocacy Group Calls for Better Autism Supports in Schools
*UN Calls for Recognizing the Rights of People with Autism to Make Their Own Decisions
*Happy 150th Birthday Canada
*TTC: Accessibility Upgrades Coming to St Patrick Station

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Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update

AODA Alliance sends the Wynne Government Detailed Recommendations to Make Sure that the major Renovation to the Governments Hub in Toronto, the Macdonald Block, Is Fully Accessible to People with Disabilities


Im over the moon!

Bob Seed said hes overcome with relief over a tentative agreement that could result in compensation for former visually impaired, blind and deafblind students at W. Ross Macdonald School who were allegedly abused over a span of more than 60 years.


Blind Windsor Woman Denied Help Filling Out Passport Docs

An Ontario woman says the federal government is letting down residents with disabilities by forbidding staff at Passport Canada from helping applicants fill out their forms.

Rebecca Blaevoet of Windsor, Ont., says she learned of the policy last month when she went to have her passport renewed.


Advocacy Group Calls for Better Autism Supports in Schools

In a sweeping report to be released Tuesday, the Ontario Autism Coalition is also calling for funds to hire more educational assistants and properly train staff who work with children on the autism spectrum, as well as the launch of a new autism demonstration school for children needing intensive support.


UN Calls for Recognizing the Rights of People with Autism to Make Their Own Decisions

Let us ensure that we make available the necessary accommodations and support to persons with autism, Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message for the Day.


Happy 150th Birthday Canada

Its Canadas 150th birthday and yes, we are getting older. The question is are we getting smarter as a nation, as provinces and as a people? Is Canada and its Provinces seeking strong partnerships with meaningful accessibility results? Are we looking to the future that includes and employs people with disabilities?


TTC: Accessibility Upgrades Coming to St Patrick Station

As part of its efforts to meet the Provinces Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act of 2005, the TTCs Easier Access Plan is in the process of improving accessibility across Torontos buses, streetcars, and rapid transit hubs. With a number of these projects already underway, work will start
this weekend on adding new elevators to St Patrick Station on the University line.


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