Accessibility News January 5,2019 Update

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In this Issue

* Conventional Public Transit in Ontario
* Accessible Public Transit Vehicles in Ontario
* Things You Should Know Before Getting A Service Dog
* Tokyo Paralympics Aim to Leave Legacy of Accessibility
* Mentally Disabled Man Anxious About Presto After Transit Card Problems Nearly Left Him Stranded * Compass Slapped With Lawsuit Over Website Access for the Blind * Blind Juror in Toronto Impaired Driving Case Was Almost Rejected

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Conventional Public Transit in Ontario

Under the Transportation Standard of the AODA, conventional public transit services must have accessible announcements on all their vehicles. Vehicles that must have accessible announcements are:

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/conventional-public-transit-in-ontario/

Accessible Public Transit Vehicles in Ontario

Under the Transportation Standard of the AODA, municipalities that offer public transit in Ontario must have accessible public transit for passengers with disabilities. Public transit vehicles that should be accessible are:

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/accessible-public-transit-vehicles-in-ontario/

Things You Should Know Before Getting A Service Dog

In the United States there are around 500,000 service dogs that assist people for various reasons, from vision impairments and seizures to diabetes and disabilities. People are dependent on their service dogs and their lives wouldn’t be the same without them, but for people who are about to get a service dog it can be difficult to know what to expect and what you need to do to get the best results.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/things-you-should-know-before-getting-a-service-dog/

Tokyo Paralympics Aim to Leave Legacy of Accessibility

Japan hopes to use the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics as an opportunity to become a more inclusive and accessible society, and in 2018 games organizers made some strides towards making it a reality.

When hosting a major sporting event, people usually talk about what kind of legacies, tangible or intangible, will remain, while the event’s success is often determined by factors such as spectator numbers or cost, as well as the volume and nature of media coverage which is generated.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/tokyo-paralympics-aim-to-leave-legacy-of-accessibility/

Mentally Disabled Man Anxious About Presto After Transit Card Problems Nearly Left Him Stranded

Community advocates say incident highlights challenges of transitioning to Presto for those with disabilities

The family of a Toronto man with a developmental disability says he’s now anxious about using his Presto card after an incident where he says he was kicked off a bus because his card didn’t work even though there was money on it.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/mentally-disabled-man-anxious-about-presto-after-transit-card-problems-nearly-left-him-stranded/

Compass Slapped With Lawsuit Over Website Access for the Blind

Compass is being sued for allegedly failing to make its website fully accessible to blind people, raising the specter that real estate brokerages remain exposed to a legal risk about which the National Association of Realtors had previously warned members.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/compass-slapped-with-lawsuit-over-website-access-for-the-blind/

Blind Juror in Toronto Impaired Driving Case Was Almost Rejected

A recent criminal trial at Toronto’s downtown Superior Court featured what may be a first in Ontario: a blind juror.

The fact that is, if not a first, an extremely rare occurrence in Ontario underscores that much more needs to be done to remove the barriers to equal treatment in the criminal justice system, disability advocates say.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/blind-juror-in-toronto-impaired-driving-case-was-almost-rejected/

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