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In this Issue
*AODA Alliance Immediate NEWS RELEASE
*Police Unveil Text-to-911 Service for Hearing Impaired
*Ontario Simplifies Medical Reviews for People on Disability Support
*Toronto Officials Lay Down the Law on New Sidewalks
*Human Rights Commission Releases Decision Related to Service Animal Legislation
*New Yorkers with Disabilities Are Denied Equitable Access to the Citys Sidewalks
*Kessler Foundation and NJIT Secure $5M Grant to Study Wearable Robots
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AODA Alliance Immediate NEWS RELEASE
On Third Anniversary of Premier Wynnes First Throne Speech, that Promised Increased Employment for Ontarians with Disabilities Is a Priority, the AODA
Alliance Releases a Detailed Analysis Showing Three Years of Government Dithering and Delay, Despite Declarations by the Wynne Governments Special Advisor
on Disability, Former Lieutenant-Governor David Onley, that the Unemployment Rate Facing People with Disabilities Is a National Shame
Police Unveil Text-to-911 Service for Hearing Impaired
Ottawa police announced Wednesday the creation of a text-to-911 service, facilitating 911 contact via cellphone for the deaf and hearing impaired.
Ontario Simplifies Medical Reviews for People on Disability Support
Onerous reviews for people on ODSP many of whom suffer from mental illness will become less stressful under a new process.
Toronto Officials Lay Down the Law on New Sidewalks
City staff are proposing changes that would allow new sidewalks to be installed on local roads even if residents dont want them.
Human Rights Commission Releases Decision Related to Service Animal Legislation
In a decision released February 8, 2016 a Human Rights Board of Inquiry has made a finding of discrimination against a taxi company for failing to provide service to a sight impaired women who was accompanied by a service animal.
New Yorkers with Disabilities Are Denied Equitable Access to the Citys Sidewalks
In July 2014, DRA and Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP filed a class action lawsuit against the City of New York challenging widespread dangerous curb ramps and inaccessible pedestrian routes throughout New York City neighborhoods in Manhattan below 14th Street. These inaccessible pedestrian routes
result in persons with mobility and vision disabilities from traveling freely and safely throughout these neighborhoods.
Kessler Foundation and NJIT Secure $5M Grant to Study Wearable Robots
Researchers from the two institutions are working together on the next generation of robotic exoskeletons to improve mobility and to enable safer, more independent functioning for people with spinal cord injuries (SCI), Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and stroke.
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