Accessibility News January 7,2023 Update

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In this Issue

*We Need to Do More to Ensure Disabled People Have Secure Housing
*Life Doesn’t Have to End Behind Bars, Says Ex-Inmate, Among Those Urging More Addictions Help in Ontario Jails
*Minister of Transport Announces New Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
*A Big Challenge: Waterdown Resident Calls on City to Clear Bridge Sidewalks
*Not Just the Ramp. Worship Spaces Need More Accessibility
*The Internet Doesn’t Have to Be Impossible to Navigate for Canadians With Disabilities

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We Need to Do More to Ensure Disabled People Have Secure Housing

A June Statistics Canada report found that almost 45 per cent of disabled renters were paying more than 30 per cent of their income towards housing. Disabled people were just over six per cent more likely to be renters than the total population.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/we-need-to-do-more-to-ensure-disabled-people-have-secure-housing/

Life Doesn’t Have to End Behind Bars, Says Ex-Inmate, Among Those Urging More Addictions Help in Ontario Jails

Alicia Gordon spends most of her days helping women involved in the criminal justice system get back on their feet, trying to give them hope.

She understands how difficult it can be, because just a few years ago, Gordon was at her lowest point.

Addiction had taken everything away from her – her home, her career, her children and her freedom – leaving Gordon behind bars in a northern Ontario jail.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/life-doesnt-have-to-end-behind-bars-says-ex-inmate-among-those-urging-more-addictions-help-in-ontario-jails/

Minister of Transport Announces New Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

Under the new requirements, all hybrid and electric vehicles will now be required to have sound emitters that would produce noise at low speeds. Automakers can determine the type of sound the vehicle makes, but the volume and pitch must allow a road user to hear if a vehicle is speeding up or slowing down.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/minister-of-transport-announces-new-sound-requirements-for-hybrid-and-electric-vehicles/

A Big Challenge: Waterdown Resident Calls on City to Clear Bridge Sidewalks

In fact, Nolan cited a 2021 Supreme Court of Canada case that found people can sue cities over snow removal activities that cause injury as evidence the city should update its snow clearing policy. In the case, a Nelson, B.C. woman brought a lawsuit against the city after injuring her leg while climbing over a snowbank created by city plowing operations.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/a-big-challenge-waterdown-resident-calls-on-city-to-clear-bridge-sidewalks/

Not Just the Ramp. Worship Spaces Need More Accessibility

Jerry Lamb could not maneuver his wheelchair into the rows of pews at his church. It wouldn’t fit. Nor could he sit in the aisles without awkwardly blocking the way.
So he adapted. It’s a regular part of his new life with limited mobility that requires near-constant calculations of how to navigate a world no longer set up for him. That included his longtime church in Camden, Tennessee – one of the many U.S. houses of worship with accessibility limitations.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/not-just-the-ramp-worship-spaces-need-more-accessibility/

The Internet Doesn’t Have to Be Impossible to Navigate for Canadians With Disabilities

Experts say weak accessibility regulations and lack of government enforcement are contributing to the digital divide, and the solutions are often simple.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-internet-doesnt-have-to-be-impossible-to-navigate-for-canadians-with-disabilities/

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