Accessibility News March 26,2022 Update

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In this Issue

*Mobility Tech Startup Kalogon Introduces Its All-New Connected Smart Cushion For Wheelchair Users
*Justice Department Breaks its Silence Regarding Website Accessibility
*Trains, Buses to be More Accessible in Mississauga, Brampton, Hamilton and Beyond
*The Ontario Government Needs to Substantially Reform How It Plans For, Designs, and Funds Building and Infrastructure Construction, to Ensure that Public Money Is Never Used to Create or Perpetuate Disability Barriers
*Disability Advocate Files Complaint with Ottawa’s Integrity Commissioner Because Ottawa’s Transportation Committee Failed to Provide Proper Disability Accommodation When Considering Whether to Support a 3rd Pilot Project With E-Scooters that Endanger People with Disabilities
*Urban Planner and Disability Advocate Wants a Toronto That’s Accessible to All

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*eSSENTIAL Accessibility Appoints Jamie Hurewitz as General Counsel
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*eSSENTIAL Accessibility Named One of North America’s Fastest-Growing Tech Companies
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ARTICLES:

Mobility Tech Startup Kalogon Introduces Its All-New Connected Smart Cushion For Wheelchair Users

Developed by ex-SpaceX engineers the aerospace company started by Elon Musk Kalogon describes the cushion as being designed to “assist in the healing and prevention of pressure ulcers or bed sores.” The company notes these injuries are the leading cause of preventable death for the more than 3 million Americans who use a wheelchair.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/mobility-tech-startup-kalogon-introduces-its-all-new-connected-smart-cushion-for-wheelchair-users/

Justice Department Breaks its Silence Regarding Website Accessibility

The Guidance explains at a high-level how state and local governments (entities covered by Title II of the ADA) and places of public accommodation (entities covered by Title III of the ADA and virtually any business that sells goods and services to retail consumers) can make their websites accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/justice-department-breaks-its-silence-regarding-website-accessibility/

Trains, Buses to be More Accessible in Mississauga, Brampton, Hamilton and Beyond

Officials with Metrolinx, the agency responsible for many of the public transit services and projects across the Golden Horseshoe, say they’ve partnered with the Ontario Public Transit Association (OPTA) to raise awareness about accessibility on transit.

Read more at
https://www.aoda.ca/trains-buses-to-be-more-accessible-in-mississauga-brampton-hamilton-and-beyond/

The Ontario Government Needs to Substantially Reform How It Plans For, Designs, and Funds Building and Infrastructure Construction, to Ensure that Public Money Is Never Used to Create or Perpetuate Disability Barriers
In our latest effort on this agenda, we have just written the very top public servant in the entire Ontario Public Service, to seek her leadership. You can find that letter below.

Read more at
https://www.aoda.ca/the-ontario-government-needs-to-substantially-reform-how-it-plans-for-designs-and-funds-building-and-infrastructure-construction-to-ensure-that-public-money-is-never-used-to-create-or-perpetuate-di/

Disability Advocate Files Complaint with Ottawa’s Integrity Commissioner Because Ottawa’s Transportation Committee Failed to Provide Proper Disability Accommodation When Considering Whether to Support a 3rd Pilot Project With E-Scooters that Endanger People with Disabilities

Read more at
https://www.aoda.ca/disability-advocate-files-complaint-with-ottawas-integrity-commissioner-because-ottawas-transportation-committee-failed-to-provide-proper-disability-accommodation-when-considering-whether-to-suppo/

Urban Planner and Disability Advocate Wants a Toronto That’s Accessible to All

“At the end of the day, we want to live in a livable city where everyone feels like they’re able to participate.”

It’s 1990s Etobicoke. Young Igor Samardzic is crafting narratives as he plays with his LEGOs. He imagines tension between the figurines and gets to work figuring out how to accommodate their differences in his finished LEGO masterpiece.

Read more at
https://www.aoda.ca/urban-planner-and-disability-advocate-wants-a-toronto-thats-accessible-to-all/

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