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In this Issue
* Bill C-49 Empowers Goliath and Takes Away David’s Sling Shot
* Accessibility Advisory Committee is seeking new members
* City Pays $25K Fine for Not Calling Out OC Transpo Bus Stops
* U.S. Sues New York City Subway Operator Over Disabled Access
* AODA Alliance Writes New Ontario Conservative Leader Doug Ford to Request a Meeting to Brief Him and His Team on Pressing Disability Accessibility Issues in Ontario
* Petition Calls on Upper Canada Mall to Get Disabled Off Washroom Floor
* Trudeau Liberals Axe Funding for Blind and Vision-Impaired Books
* Fake Service Dogs a Menace for Legitimate Owners, Businesses Alike
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Bill C-49 Empowers Goliath and Takes Away David’s Sling Shot
Bill C-49, the Transportation Modernization Act, will make some aspects of Canada’s federally regulated transportation system more inaccessible than it already is for people with disabilities.
Travelers with disabilities routinely encounter accessibility barriers, such as damaged or delayed mobility equipment, kiosks without audio output to make them accessible to blind travelers.
Accessibility Advisory Committee is seeking new members
Brockville The Leeds and Grenville Accessibility Advisory Committee is seeking new members. The Counties is required under the Provincial Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 to have a committee if its population is over 10,000.
The membership includes community volunteers and members of Counties Council, including the Warden. The Committee, which meets four times a year, assists Counties Council with changes that will make the Counties more accessible to people with disabilities.
City Pays $25K Fine for Not Calling Out OC Transpo Bus Stops
Fine comes after CBC Ottawa report of riders flagging problems with automated call system
U.S. Sues New York City Subway Operator Over Disabled Access
NEW YORK (Reuters) The U.S. government on Tuesday sued the agencies that run New York City’s subway, claiming they failed to make a Bronx station accessible to disabled people despite an expensive renovation.
AODA Alliance Writes New Ontario Conservative Leader Doug Ford to Request a Meeting to Brief Him and His Team on Pressing Disability Accessibility Issues in Ontario
On March 12, 2018, the AODA Alliance wrote the new leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party and Leader of the Official Opposition, Doug Ford. He won this leadership position this past weekend. We set out this letter below.
Petition Calls on Upper Canada Mall to Get Disabled Off Washroom Floor
Derek Bunn and Tyler Barker have made it their mission to get children, adults and seniors living with a severe disability off public washroom floors.
Bunn, a special-education teacher from Sutton, often takes his students on field trips to Newmarket’s Upper Canada Mall. The outings help the students gain valuable life skills such as working with a budget, shopping, social skills and more.
Trudeau Liberals Axe Funding for Blind and Vision-Impaired Books
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has decided it will no longer fund the production of accessible books for blind and vision-impaired Canadians, Global News has learned.
Fake Service Dogs a Menace for Legitimate Owners, Businesses Alike
Pet owners are turning to the internet to buy fake harnesses, vests and even documents so they can pass off their dogs as service animals.
People who rely on service dogs to help them navigate through life are facing some unwanted competition frauds who dress their pets up as working animals so they can take advantage of some of the special services available to people with disabilities.
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Organizations that feature the app on their websites are committed to making it easier for people with disabilities to access information online.
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