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Town Encourages People to Report Accessibility Barriers

Online feedback form available for people to submit if they encounter accessibility barriers at town facilities CollingwoodToday Staff
April 2, 2024

The Town of Collingwood is encouraging residents and visitors to report any accessibility barriers they encounter while accessing town services.

The town, together with the accessibility advisory committee, is currently undertaking an Accessible Collingwood campaign, meant to raise awareness about the work being done to increase accessibility and also to identify areas of town services that still need work.

Those who encounter barriers can submit an online feedback form or call customer service at 705-445-1030 to report the barrier.

Vancouver Schools Lag on Playground Accessibility, Parents Say

While some Lower Mainland school districts have publicly released accessibility plans, Vancouver’s is still in “formative stage” 18 months past legislated deadline.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/vancouver-schools-lag-on-playground-accessibility-parents-say/

New Hiking Trail Set to Revolutionize Outdoor Accessibility in Green River

Spanning four miles and with a width of five feet, the Skyline Trail will wind its way from Upland Way, ascending South Hill, tracing the ridge line, and descending behind Western Wyoming Community College. Unlike traditional concrete or asphalt paths, this trail will feature a soft surface, providing a more natural and immersive experience for visitors.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/new-hiking-trail-set-to-revolutionize-outdoor-accessibility-in-green-river/

Toronto e-scooter Pilot Program Facing Roadblocks

Budget constraints and continued opposition stand in the way of an e-scooter program possibly being launched any time soon. Mark McAllister looks at the roadblocks and the city’s efforts to create an overall micromobility strategy. By Mark McAllister and John Marchesan
Posted March 27, 2024

Toronto will soon see more e-scooters taking over the streets now that spring has arrived even though they’re still banned.

An e-scooter pilot program was first discussed at City Hall last summer in an effort to tackle what some consider to be a nuisance while also dealing with the reality that they, and other ‘micromobility’ vehicles, are here to stay.

Action Kit – Press Toronto City Council Not to Lift the Ban on Electric Scooters

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update

United for a Barrier-Free Society for All People with Disabilities

Web: https://www.aodaalliance.org
Email: aodafeedback@gmail.com
Twitter: @aodaalliance
Facebook: www.facebook.com/aodaalliance/

March 27, 2024

Act Now, Before May 2, 2024

It is important to take action now, before May 2, 2024! Help keep people who live in Toronto or who visit Toronto safe from the serious dangers created by electric scooters (e-scooters). Three years ago, Toronto City Council wisely voted unanimously to ban people from riding e-scooters in public. Now, a new Toronto City Council is considering whether to change its mind. Its Infrastructure and Environment Committee will vote on this on May 2, 2024.

People With Disabilities Face Additional Barriers at Tax Time

Spring brings fresh flowers, melting snow and, like it or not, a looming tax deadline. Navigating taxes can be difficult at the best of times, but for disabled people, there can be added complexity.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/people-with-disabilities-face-additional-barriers-at-tax-time/

Brock Opens Facility Dedicated to Enhancing Adaptive Physical Activity

MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2024 | by Jocelyn Titone

After three decades of offering programming at community locations across the region, the Brock-Niagara Centre of Excellence in Inclusive and Adaptive Physical Activity (CAPA) has officially opened its own space.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house was held for the Centre on Thursday, March 21 at 130 Lockhart Dr. in St. Catharines. Members of the local community, Brock employees and student volunteers, CAPA members and their families, and representatives from all levels of government attended the celebration.

CAPA’s developmentally appropriate movement programs cater to people with complex profiles and those requiring individualized support. The new space is fully accessible, with easy in and out access, and includes three large activity spaces, a fine motor room and a quiet room for self-regulated personal time.

Therapy Dogs to Be More Accessible in Nanaimo-Ladysmith schools

“What we have been seeing and welcoming the notion around animal support is a little bit of a universal nature,” Tait said. “That could be an animal that supports more generally in a classroom or in a counselling area” for circumstances such as alleviating stress and anxiety, for example.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/therapy-dogs-to-be-more-accessible-in-nanaimo-ladysmith-schools/

Accessibility is the Housing Crisis That No One is Talking About

Advocates call for adoption of universal design principles to ensure easy conversion of residential units for people with disabilities

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/accessibility-is-the-housing-crisis-that-no-one-is-talking-about/

Urge School Trustees, School Board Senior Managers, and Ontario’s Minister of Education to Watch a New 27 Minute Captioned Video that Shows How to Start Tearing Down the Serious Barriers Impeding Students with Disabilities in Ontario Schools

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities Website: https://www.aodaalliance.org
Email: aodafeedback@gmail.com
Twitter: @aodaalliance
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/aodaalliance

March 21, 2024

The AODA Alliance today unveils a new 27-minute captioned video. It speaks directly to those who run Ontario’s school system. That includes elected school trustees, Directors of Education at each school board as well as their senior executive teams, and Ontario’s Minister of Education and their senior Ministry officials.

This video explains why at least one third of a million students with disabilities in Ontario schools face so many disability barriers. It offers a short list of practical recommendations for starting to rectify this situation. It points to additional resources that will help even further. The video is available to all on YouTube for any audiences and can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dV0Zwv5Yih8