Accessibility News November 1,2014 Update

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In this Issue
*Committee Calls for Greater Accessibility
*Town to Continue Public Transportation Beyond November 17
*EEOC Sues The Lash Group for Disability Discrimination
*To Siri, With Love
*The Varsity: The State of the Clubhouse
*Former Lieutenant Governor to Champion Accessibility in Ontario

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Committee Calls for Greater Accessibility

The City of Sault Ste. Maries Accessibility Advisory Committee made a formal proposal to the Sault Police Board Thursday that would require all taxi cab companies in city to have at least one accessible vehicle for the mobility disabled. Currently there are none. Read more at

Town to Continue Public Transportation Beyond November 17

After lengthy discussion at its October 7 meeting, council agreed to keep the service beyond the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) compliance deadline of November 17, while it works on implementing a compliant service.


EEOC Sues The Lash Group for Disability Discrimination

BALTIMORE The Lash Group, a Charlotte, N.C.-based consulting company, refused to provide a reasonable accommodation to an employee with post-partum depression and instead fired her because of her disability in violation of federal law, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it announced today.


To Siri, With Love

Apples personal assistant offers patience and companionship to an autistic boy, helping him learn social cues and enunciation, among other things.

A 13-year-old is autistic, and Siri, Apples intelligent personal assistant, is currently his BFF, showing how technology has seemingly changed the interface of childhood imaginary friends.


The Varsity: The State of the Clubhouse

Watson said that accessibility issues sometimes hinder service-users from accessing the SEC office. It is incredibly frustrating when people with disabilities are not able to access our office, Watson said.


Former Lieutenant Governor to Champion Accessibility in Ontario

Ontario has appointed The Honourable David C. Onley as a special advisor on accessibility to champion opportunities for people of all abilities in the public and private sectors.


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