Accessibility News January 16,2016 Update

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In this Issue

*Advocate Pushes Gas Station Aid for Disabled People
*Human Rights Commission Takes Disabled Voters Case to Court
*What is the Difference Between Accessible, Usable, and Universal Design?
*York Student Wins Mental-Health Fight; University Will No Longer Require Medical Diagnosis Before Providing Academic Accommodations
*Justice Department Reaches Settlement with Kent State University to Resolve Allegations of Discrimination in University-Operated Student Housing
*City of Toronto Grapples with Accessible Parking Permit Abuse

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Advocate Pushes Gas Station Aid for Disabled People

Edward Rice understands the limitations a disability can create, even when you are trying to perform a simple task like filling your cars tank with gasoline.

Rice had polio, but in the past, he was able to drive thanks to special modifications that were made to his minivan. A built-in winch helped get his scooter in and out of the vehicle, and he was able to drive using hand controls.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/advocate-pushes-gas-station-aid-for-disabled-people/

Human Rights Commission Takes Disabled Voters Case to Court

All Linda Gauthier wanted was a little mercy when she tried to enter imposing St-Stanislas-de-Kosta Church in Montreal seven years ago.

She was there to vote, not to pray.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/human-rights-commission-takes-disabled-voters-case-to-court/

What is the Difference Between Accessible, Usable, and Universal Design?

Several terms have emerged in recent years that describe similar though somewhat distinct design concepts. The terms accessible design, usable design, and universal design are all approaches to design that can result in products that are easier for everyone to use, including people with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/what-is-the-difference-between-accessible-usable-and-universal-design/

York Student Wins Mental-Health Fight; University Will No Longer Require Medical Diagnosis Before Providing Academic Accommodations

Navi Dhanota knew she needed some help to score top grades in university, but this time she wasnt prepared to return to a psychiatrists chair to get it. She didnt think any student should have to disclose their private mental-health diagnosis for the privilege of academic accommodations such as getting extra time to hand in an assignment or test.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/york-student-wins-mental-health-fight-university-will-no-longer-require-medical-diagnosis-before-providing-academic-accommodations/

Justice Department Reaches Settlement with Kent State University to Resolve Allegations of Discrimination in University-Operated Student Housing

The Justice Department announced today that Kent State University (KSU) has agreed to pay $145,000 to settle a civil rights lawsuit alleging that the university had maintained a policy of not allowing students with psychological disabilities to keep emotional support animals in university-operated student housing.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/justice-department-reaches-settlement-with-kent-state-university-to-resolve-allegations-of-discrimination-in-university-operated-student-housing/

City of Toronto Grapples with Accessible Parking Permit Abuse

Were the only municipality in Ontario that offers free street parking for accessible permit holders with very few exceptions (no standing zones and fire hydrants). Having this type of permit is as good as gold in a city where parking is expensive and hard to come by. Everybody wants one whether they have a disability or not.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/city-of-toronto-grapples-with-accessible-parking-permit-abuse/

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