Accessibility News October 7,2017 Update

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In this Issue

*EU One Step Closer to Accessibility Act as MEP Mizzi welcomes EP vote
*Will the Massive New Courthouse that The Wynne Government Is Planning for the Heart of Downtown Toronto Have Sufficient Disability Accessibility?
*Daniels Leads Industry in Accessible Housing
*DOJ Halts Plan to Create Website Accessibility Regulations
*Exploring a $55-Billion Untapped Market
*A Prisoner in Her Own Home

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EU One Step Closer to Accessibility Act as MEP Mizzi welcomes EP vote

The European Accessibility Act, which seeks to bolster existing accessibility requirements for products and services, was voted through the European Parliament yesterday. The Act must be approved by the EU Council before becoming law.


Will the Massive New Courthouse that The Wynne Government Is Planning for the Heart of Downtown Toronto Have Sufficient Disability Accessibility?

Many think any new building built in Ontario must be fully accessible for people with disabilities. Sadly, neither the Ontario Building Code nor the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act ensures this. To the contrary, new buildings are now built in Ontario, even with public money, that lack proper accessibility.


Daniels Leads Industry in Accessible Housing

Accessibility Designed Program creates inclusive living spaces for people using mobility devices

The Daniels Corporation announced a new program offering condominium suites designed specifically for purchasers who use mobility devices. Called Accessibility Designed Program (ADP), suites within this innovative program will exceed Ontario Building Code (OBC) requirements by including features such as roll-out/low-threshold balconies with a swing door and large roll-in showers with mosaic tile flooring as standard, at no extra cost.


DOJ Halts Plan to Create Website Accessibility Regulations

Careers sites, applications must still be accessible to candidates with disabilities, advocates say

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) had planned to write regulations for employers to follow to make sure their websites are accessible and readable by people with disabilities, but no more.


Exploring a $55-Billion Untapped Market

Canadian business has struggled since 1989 to hire people with disabilities in any material numbers. This is not a uniquely Canadian phenomenon. The experience has been repeated globally by millions of companies.

This struggle is rooted in knee-jerk reactions to regulation and can be avoided by doing what business does best: understanding and serving a new market a big new market.


A Prisoner in Her Own Home

In 2008, when Sandra Groves moved into her Roehampton Avenue apartment she was walking. Now, nine years later, due to multiple health issues including a balance and muscle condition, she uses an electric wheelchair to get around if she can get out of her building.

When she first applied for a wheelchair, two barriers presented themselves: the first was a three-inch drop from the buildings outer door to the sidewalk;
the second were the doors themselves an exterior and interior security door, too heavy for a 70-year-old woman with considerable muscle atrophy to manage alone.


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