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Big Investments Fuel Record Growth in Home Accessibility Market

In Iowa-where VGM Live at Home is based-there are two sayings from the iconic movie “Field of Dreams” that are reiterated often. They are, “If you build it, they will come;” and “Is this heaven? No, it’s Iowa.” I can’t help but think of these two phrases as I report on the current state of the home accessibility market.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/big-investments-fuel-record-growth-in-home-accessibility-market/

Unshoveled Sidewalks Isolate People With Disabilities, Accessibility Consultant says

The danger of navigating snowy sidewalks can confine people living with disabilities to their homes, says accessibility consultant Amy Amantea.

“We’re isolating people. We’re shutting them off. We’re closing them off getting to medical appointments, getting essential goods in their homes.”

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/unshoveled-sidewalks-isolate-people-with-disabilities-accessibility-consultant-says/

David Roche has Built a Career Joking That His Face is a ‘Gift from God’ – but He’s Not Kidding

David Roche’s face was first bathed in a spotlight more than 30 years ago, when he stepped onto a San Francisco stage to deliver a comedy routine in front of a champagne-sipping crowd, but people have been staring at him his whole life.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/david-roche-has-built-a-career-joking-that-his-face-is-a-gift-from-god-but-hes-not-kidding/

Newfoundland and Labrador Passes New Accessibility Legislation for Persons With Disabilities

The Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly has passed new legislation which will improve accessibility by identifying, preventing and removing barriers that prevent persons with disabilities from full participation in the community, according to the Ministry for Children, Seniors and Social Development.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/newfoundland-and-labrador-passes-new-accessibility-legislation-for-persons-with-disabilitiespwds/

Remote Work Increases Accessibility, Widens Talent Pool

The shift to remote work has meant tools once pitched as “reasonable accommodations” for people with disabilities are now mainstream. That opens up a previously underutilized hiring group for state and local government.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/remote-work-increases-accessibility-widens-talent-pool/

Lack of PCR Tests Should Not Impact Long-Term Disability Benefits for Those with Long COVID

As more people suffer from long COVID and attempt to access disability benefits, some are being asked to show proof they had the illness, but an Ottawa lawyer says it’s their ability to work, not the disease, that ultimately matters.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/lack-of-pcr-tests-should-not-impact-long-term-disability-benefits-for-those-with-long-covid/

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In this Issue

For People with Disabilities, Home Ownership is a Two-Headed Monster

Federally, the Canadian Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination in employment and services under federal jurisdiction, including housing, and the National Housing Strategy Act recognizes adequate housing as a human right.

Provincially however, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) – legislation with the stated goal of making Ontario fully accessible to people with disabilities by 2025 – does not mention housing.

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https://www.aoda.ca/for-people-with-disabilities-home-ownership-is-a-two-headed-monster/

Opinion: The World Should Not Fall Into Its Old Ableist Habits as Covid Re-Openings Continue

Matt McCann says despite the challenges of Covid, some welcome changes have come for those with disabilities and those changes should not be lost.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/opinion-the-world-should-not-fall-into-its-old-ableist-habits-as-covid-re-openings-continue-2/

Talking Labels Aid the Blind with Prescriptions

As some people age, they may have trouble reading prescription labels, knowing what dose to take and identifying proper pills.

Mistakes can have life-threatening consequences. The challenge is exacerbated for folks who don’t see well or have a severe visual impairment though some blind people have learned to figure out which pill is which by feeling its shape or texture.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/talking-labels-aid-the-blind-with-prescriptions/