Accessibility News October 14,2023 Update

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In this Issue

*Coffee Shop Hires Workers With Disabilities. Why Do Some Say That’s Bad News?
*Feds’ Dental Care Plan to Come This Fall, but Disability Advocates Have Concerns
*Vaughan Becomes First Municipality to Join Accelerating Accessibility Coalition
*A Test Case of Another Kind for the Supreme Court: Who Can Sue Hotels Over Disability Access
*’Just Screwed’, Says London, Ont. Woman Who Can’t Get Mobility Scooter on Transit to Toronto
*Labor Department Scrutinizing Subminimum Wage Employment

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Coffee Shop Hires Workers With Disabilities. Why Do Some Say That’s Bad News?

Bitty and Beau’s Coffee is a national chain of coffee shops that predominantly hires people with developmental and intellectual disabilities such as Down syndrome and autism.

The company boasts the slogan “a human rights movement disguised as a coffee shop.”

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/coffee-shop-hires-workers-with-disabilities-why-do-some-say-thats-bad-news/

Feds’ Dental Care Plan to Come This Fall, but Disability Advocates Have Concerns

The federal government’s new dental insurance plan has yet to be introduced, but advocates are warning the eligibility criteria for people with disabilities could be cumbersome and may not capture everyone who should have access to the program.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/feds-dental-care-plan-to-come-this-fall-but-disability-advocates-have-concerns/

Vaughan Becomes First Municipality to Join Accelerating Accessibility Coalition

Vaughan expects to be barrier-free by 2025

The City of Vaughan is now the first municipality to join the Accelerating Accessibility Coalition (AAC).

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/vaughan-becomes-first-municipality-to-join-accelerating-accessibility-coalition/

A Test Case of Another Kind for the Supreme Court: Who Can Sue Hotels Over Disability Access

A few years back, Joseph Stramondo was a last-minute replacement as a conference speaker in Salt Lake City. He went online and made a reservation for a room accessible for people with disabilities.

“I figured, ‘OK, I should be set,'” Stramondo said.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/a-test-case-of-another-kind-for-the-supreme-court-who-can-sue-hotels-over-disability-access/

‘Just Screwed’, Says London, Ont. Woman Who Can’t Get Mobility Scooter on Transit to Toronto

Travelling back and forth from London to Toronto with her mobility scooter is about to get much harder for Charlene Finch, 75, once the Go Train service between the two cities permanently ends on Friday.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/just-screwed-says-london-ont-woman-who-cant-get-mobility-scooter-on-transit-to-toronto/

Labor Department Scrutinizing Subminimum Wage Employment

Facing rising pressure to stop allowing people with disabilities to work for less than minimum wage, federal officials say they plan to undertake a “comprehensive review” of the employment model.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/labor-department-scrutinizing-subminimum-wage-employment/

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