Accessibility News July 23,2016 Update

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In this Issue

*StopGap Founder Wins Jane Jacobs Prize
*Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act, 2005, Part I: Is Your Business Subject to the Laws Customer Service Standards? The Answer May Surprise You
*City Boosts LIMO Transit Service to Better Serve Ridership
*Concert Goers Criticize Bluesfests Accessibility Policy
*32 urgent issues for minister
*4 Reasons Why Accessibility Needs to be Part of Your Plan Right From the Start

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StopGap Founder Wins Jane Jacobs Prize

Our current building codes and bylaws are getting in the way of creating a fully barrier-free city by 2025 (as set out in the provincial Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act). Weve got some serious barriers to overcome before we can get there, especially with the way the legislation is written.
Its a great goal, but without this project and other advocates really spreading the word and getting accessibility on the radar, were not going to make
it in time. As Ontarians, we have this tremendous opportunity to be trailblazers. We cant stop.


Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act, 2005, Part I: Is Your Business Subject to the Laws Customer Service Standards? The Answer May Surprise You.

A misconception exists that the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service (usually referred to as the customer service standards) under Ontarios Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 apply only to businesses that provide goods and services directly to individual members of the
public, such as restaurants, retail stores, hotels, and theatres. All too often, businesses mistakenly believe that they are not covered by the customer service standards because they dont offer to the public or they only operate on a business to business (B2B) basis.


City Boosts LIMO Transit Service to Better Serve Ridership

The report notes the information gathered was presented to the Kawartha Lakes Accessibility Advisory Committee on June 16. Although the committee accepted that Transit Operations are doing everything possible to address the ridership situation, they acknowledge that many riders have given up trying to obtain
a ride on the LIMO Service and that the number of customers not being accommodated has increased because they have given up trying to book appointments through this service.


Concert Goers Criticize Bluesfests Accessibility Policy

Amy Gibson, AKA DJ Amy Volume, tried to see a show at Bluesfest last week. She has rheumatoid arthritis and because of the construction had to walk a long distance with her husband to get to the gate because the Uber cab could not get close. A festival worker saw she was limping and suggested they go to the
accessibility zone. When they got there she was asked for proof of her disability even though that is not required in the festivals accessibility policy.


32 urgent issues for minister

The provincial government must beef up resources to improve accessibility for those with disabilities or risk failing to meet timelines set out in Manitoba law.


4 Reasons Why Accessibility Needs to be Part of Your Plan Right From the Start

Web and digital accessibility should be a vital part of any business plan. Everyones communication requirements should be acknowledged and planned for from the beginning, as accessibility is just as important as even security and virus protection, if not more so. This article offers four good reasons
why accessibility needs to be integrated into your business plans, before you roll them out.


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