Accessibility News May 6,2017 Update

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In this Issue

*Festival Showcases Disability and Deaf Cultures
*Raise Disability Accessibility Issues in the June 1, 2017 Sault Ste. Marie Ontario By-election
*Sidewalk Repairs This Year Include 65 Inaccessible Curbs
*Cobourg Brings Intellivote Back for 2018 Election
*Report Finds Adults With Disabilities Remain Outside the Economic Mainstream
*Federal Court Dismisses VIA Rail Appeal on Couples With Mobility Scooters Travelling Together
*Products and Services to Be Made More Accessible for Disabled Persons in the EU

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Festival Showcases Disability and Deaf Cultures

People with disabilities will be in the spotlight at Torontos second annual ReelAbilities Film Festival (RAFFTO).

The event, which runs from May 10 to 18, will screen 17 films that will showcase disability and deaf cultures.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/festival-showcases-disability-and-deaf-cultures/

Raise Disability Accessibility Issues in the June 1, 2017 Sault Ste. Marie Ontario By-election

On May 3, 2017, the Ontario Government called an Ontario by-election for June 1, 2017 in the Sault Ste. Marie riding. We urge anyone in or near that riding to raise disability accessibility issues with the candidates. Press them to make accessibility pledges.
This by-election comes just one year before the June 7, 2018 Ontario general election. This new by-election gives us a great opportunity to raise disability issues, and to start gearing up to do so with all candidates across Ontario, one year from now.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/raise-disability-accessibility-issues-in-the-june-1-2017-sault-ste-marie-ontario-by-election/

Sidewalk Repairs This Year Include 65 Inaccessible Curbs

Its also a big deal for accessibility in the city, said Dale Mosley, accessibility coordinator.

He hears from people all the time about inaccessible curbs, he said.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/sidewalk-repairs-this-year-include-65-inaccessible-curbs/

Cobourg Brings Intellivote Back for 2018 Election

Internet and telephone voting is in English and French, and enhanced accessibility features are made available and are improved on year-over-year in accordance with the AODA legislation, she said, referring to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

They just keep improving every year, Brace stated later. They meet all the AODA requirements and more.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/cobourg-brings-intellivote-back-for-2018-election/

Report Finds Adults With Disabilities Remain Outside the Economic Mainstream

Today, National Disability Institute (NDI) released a new report titled Banking Status and Financial Behaviors of Adults with Disabilities: Findings from the 2015 FDIC National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households. The report finds that, in the 27 years since the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law, ensuring all individuals with disabilities the opportunity to achieve economic self-sufficiency, this population still faces numerous financial hurdles and roadblocks to financial inclusion.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/report-finds-adults-with-disabilities-remain-outside-the-economic-mainstream/

Federal Court Dismisses VIA Rail Appeal on Couples With Mobility Scooters Travelling Together

Order means railway must expand mobility device spaces or prove doing so causes undue hardship

Martin Anderson and Marie Murphy say they have long been working to get additional tie-down spaces for scooters and wheelchairs on VIA trains and are tired of waiting for the railway to act.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/federal-court-dismisses-via-rail-appeal-on-couples-with-mobility-scooters-travelling-together/

Products and Services to Be Made More Accessible for Disabled Persons in the EU

Key products and services, like phones, e-book readers, operating systems and payment terminals, will have to be made more accessible to people with disabilities, under draft EU rules amended in committee on Tuesday.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/products-and-services-to-be-made-more-accessible-for-disabled-persons-in-the-eu/

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