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In this Issue
* The Wynne Government Offers Nothing New to Address Disability Barriers in the Built Environment
* Ontario to End Solitary Confinement of Inmates with Mental Illness
* Canadian Children Lack Accessible Play Spaces
* New App Helps Disabled Drivers Refuel
* The Government of Canada Improves Accessibility for Canadians With Disabilities in Hamilton, Ontario
* Tech Firm’s Powerful Vision Brings Sight to the Legally Blind
* Companies, Give People With Disabilities Access to the Superhighway
* Grand Theatre Announces the World Premiere of SILENCE
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The Wynne Government Offers Nothing New to Address Disability Barriers in the Built Environment
and Awaiting the Wynne Government’s Appointment of the next AODA Independent Review, and Other News on Accessibility to Start the New Year
Ontario to End Solitary Confinement of Inmates with Mental Illness
TORONTO Inmates with mental health disabilities will no longer be placed in solitary confinement barring exceptional circumstances under an agreement announced
Thursday between the Ontario government and the province’s human rights commission.
Canadian Children Lack Accessible Play Spaces
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Despite the fact that 92 per cent of Canadians agree that accessibility for people with disabilities is a basic human right, playgrounds across the country continue to leave children on the sidelines with design and maintenance practices that are not fully inclusive.
New App Helps Disabled Drivers Refuel
Filling up the car is one of the biggest challenges for disabled drivers. But it’s also a challenge for gas stations to help, sometimes they have people available, but sometimes they are single manned and can’t help for security reasons.
The Government of Canada Improves Accessibility for Canadians With Disabilities in Hamilton, Ontario
Accessibility for people with disabilities will soon be improved at L’Arche Hamilton, thanks to the Enabling Accessibility Fund.
The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, toured the ongoing project at L’Arche today to witness first-hand how this Government of Canada-funded program has on changing lives.
Tech Firm’s Powerful Vision Brings Sight to the Legally Blind
Many small businesses establish vision statements that detail their objectives and strategies. Toronto-based eSight Corp., however, gives the concept new meaning.
Companies, Give People With Disabilities Access to the Superhighway
Website use continues to grow and with that dynamic comes a need to make these online properties accessible to those with disabilities. It is no different than malls and office buildings providing ramps for those in wheelchairs or braille on elevator buttons for the blind. Today these efforts for the disabled are rightfully coming to the digital world.
Grand Theatre Announces the World Premiere of SILENCE
The Grand Theatre is thrilled to announce the world premiere of SILENCE, which brings an untold Canadian story to life on stage.
This inaugural production from the COMPASS New Play Development program features a cast that embodies the best in Canadian theatre with actors who are hearing, Deaf, and hard of hearing.
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