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In this Issue
*Invictus Games are an Opportunity to Advocate for Disability Rights
*Legislation Would Move the Needle on Accessibility in N.L.: Advocate
*Toronto Couple with Service Dog Barred From Prince Edward County B&B
*Teen with Cerebral Palsy Faces One Last Hurdle on Difficult Road to University
*NASA Paves A Way for People Who are Blind to Experience A Total Solar Eclipse
*Helping Retailers in Ontario Improve Accessibility
*Port Robinson Ferry Meeting Accessibility Standards
*Helping California National Parks Become More Accessible for Visually Impaired
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Invictus Games are an Opportunity to Advocate for Disability Rights
The Invictus Games will be a tremendous moment to celebrate our veterans and their sacrifices. The Games can also be a chance to apply pressure on our elected leadership to follow through with action on the promises they made for disability advocacy.
Canadas defence minister, Harjit Sajjan, recently announced the federal governments defence policy entitled Strong, Secure and Engaged, which comes with a price tag of $62 billion. Most of the investment will focus on military infrastructure, however, $198.2 million or just $9.91 million a year will
be invested in what is described as the Total Health and Wellness Strategy. Disappointingly, this represents less than 0.5 per cent of the entire budget.
Put another way, the federal government spends more than twice on the prime ministers personal security than it plans to spend for all military veterans disability-related health needs in a given year.
Legislation Would Move the Needle on Accessibility in N.L.: Advocate
Provincial government committed to making it happen, says consultations will happen in the next year
Barrier-Free Newfoundland and Labrador is a new group whose sole purpose is to lobby for accessibility legislation.
The conversation about accessibility in our communities has been going on for decades, and its time for action through legislation, some advocates say.
Toronto Couple with Service Dog Barred From Prince Edward County B&B
A Toronto couple were shocked when they were forced to leave a Prince Edward County bed and breakfast that wouldnt accept their service dog.
David Greenwood is visually-impaired and relies on Romy, his black Labrador, to get him around. Shes basically my eyes, he told CBC Toronto.
Prominent lawyer and accessibility advocate says thats against the law
Teen with Cerebral Palsy Faces One Last Hurdle on Difficult Road to University
Benjamin Williamson says a university education is his dream, but the reality is he cant afford it.
A teen with a disability, who made his own way out of a homeless shelter and into university, is now up against a new challenge: he cant afford the student life.
NASA Paves A Way for People Who are Blind to Experience A Total Solar Eclipse
But what about those who will not be able to see this event NASA now has a solution. The Eclipse Soundscapes Project by NASAs Heliophysics Education Consortium will help deliver a multisensory experience of this celestial event.
Helping Retailers in Ontario Improve Accessibility
Retail Council of Canada launching retail-specific training Workshop and Webinar Series to make it easier for retailers to comply with Ontarios accessibility laws.
Port Robinson Ferry Meeting Accessibility Standards
The roughly $136,000 project was funded in part by St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. Rankin Construction completed the work on the docks. Work done, such as installing a ramp to the boat and grading concrete docks, has brought the free ferry service up to code with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act standards.
Helping California National Parks Become More Accessible for Visually Impaired
In their continuing efforts to audio describe the world, researchers at the University of Hawai?i at Manoa will collaborate with Google, the American Council of the Blind (ACB), and the National Park Service to audio describe print brochures at 15 park sites throughout the state of California.
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