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In this Issue
*Ontario: Chihuahua as Service Dog Getting No Respect
*Ontario Taking Steps to Increase Employment for People with Disabilities
*Human Rights Commission Accuses Ontario of Mistreating Prisoners With Mental Health Issues
*Canada and Manitoba Invest in Rural Transit Projects Across the Province
*A Campus of Hurdles
*A seriously Flawed Human Rights Tribunal Decision Rules Against the Request of a Nine Year Old Boy with Autism Spectrum Disorder to Bring His Autism Service Dog to School
*CBC Radio Reports on Serious Recurring Accessibility Barriers on Toronto Transit Commission *Driving a Taxi is Not a Legal Right
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Ontario: Chihuahua as Service Dog Getting No Respect
I deal with PTSD and anxiety issues when Im outside the house. Chico helps me deal with that stress of going out, says Leo Hansen about his service dog
Ontario Taking Steps to Increase Employment for People with Disabilities
Ontario has established a new Employers Partnership Table to advise the government on innovative ways to connect more people with disabilities to jobs and businesses to talent.
Human Rights Commission Accuses Ontario of Mistreating Prisoners With Mental Health Issues
Province says it must do better in response to accusations By
The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) is taking legal action against the province over allegations that prisoners with mental health disabilities have been illegally forced into solitary confinement, also known as segregation.
Canada and Manitoba Invest in Rural Transit Projects Across the Province
The governments of Canada and Manitoba recognize that strategic investments in public transit and active transportation infrastructure play a key role in developing dynamic communities, encouraging healthy lifestyles and ensuring everyone can get around their communities easily and efficiently.
A Campus of Hurdles
Three student perspectives on accessibility issues at U of T
The University of Toronto remains inaccessible to its students in a number of ways. Below, Comment contributors reflect on access to campus spaces, note-taking
through Accessibility Services, and the need for comprehensive and detail-oriented accommodation.
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A seriously Flawed Human Rights Tribunal Decision Rules Against the Request of a Nine Year Old Boy with Autism Spectrum Disorder to Bring His Autism Service Dog to School
Here is yet another compelling reason why Ontario needs to enact a strong and effective Education Accessibility Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act to tear down the many unfair disability accessibility barriers that impede students with disabilities in Ontarios education system.
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CBC Radio Reports on Serious Recurring Accessibility Barriers on Toronto Transit Commission
Will Reforms to Ontarios 2011 Transportation Accessibility Standard Ensure These Barriers are Removed by 2025?
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Driving a Taxi is Not a Legal Right
Guide dogs can greatly increase accessibility for the blind, but
unfortunately they can also result in them being discriminated against and refused services. As a result, governments have passed legislation (e.g., Guide and Service Dog Act) to explicitly protect the rights of the blind and to prohibit anyone from denying them access to public buildings or public services. There are no exceptions or exemptions in the legislation.
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