Accessibility News December 18,2021 Update

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In this Issue

*Accessibility Advocate Stranded After Storm: Calls on Halifax to Improve Sidewalk Clearing
*Shopping Season Is in Full Swing, but Disability Community Can Feel Excluded
*B.C. Wants Your Opinion About Making Buildings More Accessible for Everyone
*Trials Show Video Games Have Potential to Ease Canada’s Paediatric Mental Health-Care Crisis
*Canada Post Makes Mail and Parcel Delivery More Accessible to All Customers
*Man in Wheelchair Making Edmonton Accessible One Bar at a Time
*A Quarter of Ontarians Have a Disability: How is This (Not) Changing Housing?
*AODAAlliance Updates

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ARTICLES:

Accessibility Advocate Stranded After Storm: Calls on Halifax to Improve Sidewalk Clearing
‘We have such a long way to go to make this city better for everybody,’ Brian George says

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/accessibility-advocate-stranded-after-storm-calls-on-halifax-to-improve-sidewalk-clearing/

Shopping Season Is in Full Swing, but Disability Community Can Feel Excluded

Katie Cashin of Stephenville says shopping is riddled with accessibility pitfalls for her, and that’s why she avoids it.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/shopping-season-is-in-full-swing-but-disability-community-can-feel-excluded/

B.C. Wants Your Opinion About Making Buildings More Accessible for Everyone

Stairways. Door handles. Slippery floors. Most disabled British Columbians have a list of things that make buildings inaccessible to them. Now, the province wants to hear about them as it works to update the B.C. Building Code.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/b-c-wants-your-opinion-about-making-buildings-more-accessible-for-everyone/

Trials Show Video Games Have Potential to Ease Canada’s Paediatric Mental Health-Care Crisis

Over the course of early 2021, 40 youth between 10 and 17 attended 10 anger management sessions at the Boston Children’s Hospital.

Though these sessions had the same goal as any other form of anger management treatment to help patients develop self-calming strategies the therapy was anything but conventional. It involved desktop computers, heart monitors and an adapted version of the hit 1970s arcade game, Space Invaders.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/trials-show-video-games-have-potential-to-ease-canadas-paediatric-mental-health-care-crisis/

Canada Post Makes Mail and Parcel Delivery More Accessible to All Customers

The Delivery Accommodation Program offers support to residential customers whose functional limitations, limited mobility or other health conditions impact their ability to retrieve mail and parcels from their mailbox. Accommodation solutions vary and can be provided year-round, temporarily or during winter only.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/canada-post-makes-mail-and-parcel-delivery-more-accessible-to-all-customers/

Man in Wheelchair Making Edmonton Accessible One Bar at a Time

Brad Bartko says he looks up about 30 bars on the internet before he finds one that just might work for date night with his wife.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/man-in-wheelchair-making-edmonton-accessible-one-bar-at-a-time/

A Quarter of Ontarians Have a Disability: How is This (Not) Changing Housing?

Twenty-four per cent of Ontario’s population (3.44 million people) have some sort of disability, whether that be physical, cognitive, sensory, or episodic. Over 400,000 of those people reside in Toronto.

Read more at
https://www.aoda.ca/a-quarter-of-ontarians-have-a-disability-how-is-this-not-changing-housing/

AODAAlliance Updates:

Important Victory! Toronto City Council Today Banned Robots from Sidewalks, to Protect People with Disabilities, Seniors, Children and Others – But Where is the Provincial Leadership 2.6 Million Ontarians with Disabilities Need from Premier Ford?

Read more at
https://www.aoda.ca/important-victory-toronto-city-council-today-banned-robots-from-sidewalks-to-protect-people-with-disabilities-seniors-children-and-others-but-where-is-the-provincial-leadership-2-6-million-ontar/

MORE MEDIA COVERAGE ON THE DANGERS TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES THAT ROBOTS ON SIDEWALKS WOULD POSE

Read more at
https://www.aoda.ca/more-media-coverage-on-the-dangers-to-people-with-disabilities-that-robots-on-sidewalks-would-pose/

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When Christmas Fills the Heart

The Lindsay College Community Choir[CCC] presents a virtual Christmas Concert

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