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Abbotsford Student’s Speech About Accessibility Challenges at Her School Censored by Administrators

As part of her Grade 12 art activism class, Lexis De Meyer was tasked with investigating accessibility challenges faced by people with disabilities in her community of Abbotsford.

Just days after her presenting her report, she broke her ankle playing rugby. She was on crutches, and she learned her own school, Robert Bateman Secondary, is not easy to navigate for students with physical disabilities.

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Abbotsford Student’s Speech About Accessibility Challenges at Her School Censored by Administrators

Accessibility News April 13,2024 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 37 weeks, 3 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

*THE PARALYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS WILL BE MOVED TO TORONTO
*New Patented Wearable Technology Provides Support
*’Overwhelming Support’ for Disability Benefit Complicated by Slow Implementation, Survey Finds
*Return of Accessible Lift Making a Splash at Timmins Pool
*In a Wheelchair, the REM is an Obstacle Ride
*Remembering All that Roy McMurtry Achieved for People with Disabilities
*Ford Government to Spend 1.3 Billion Dollars on School Construction Without Ensuring that these Schools will be Fully Accessible to Thousands of Students, Parents and School Staff with Disabilities

ARTICLES:

THE PARALYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS WILL BE MOVED TO TORONTO

TORONTO – The Olympic & Paralympic Swimming Trials, Presented by Bell, will be moved to Toronto due to the closure of the Olympic Pool in Montreal.

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THE PARALYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS WILL BE MOVED TO TORONTO

New Patented Wearable Technology Provides Support

Canine Companions is proud to introduce our groundbreaking CanineAlert Device, a patented wearable technology designed to provide essential support. Developed in-house, this innovative technology represents a significant advancement in assisting people with disabilities.

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New Patented Wearable Technology Provides Support

‘Overwhelming Support’ for Disability Benefit Complicated by Slow Implementation, Survey Finds

As Canada’s Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland prepares to deliver the federal government’s budget next week, new data suggests overwhelming support for the Canada Disability Benefit, a form of financial support for people living with disabilities signed into law last June.

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‘Overwhelming Support’ for Disability Benefit Complicated by Slow Implementation, Survey Finds

Return of Accessible Lift Making a Splash at Timmins Pool

A new pool lift at the Timmins pool is a step toward a more accessible facility.

A pool lift is a seat connected to a mechanical arm that can safely lower a person into the water or lift them out of it. The lift is mobile and can be set up wherever it’s needed in the facility. The new unit replaces the old lift, which has been out of use since before the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Return of Accessible Lift Making a Splash at Timmins Pool

In a Wheelchair, the REM is an Obstacle Ride

Only two minutes into their first trip on the Reseau express metropolitain and it’s not going well for Marie Turcotte and Francois Bourbonniere – and they haven’t even gotten on the train.

That’s because they use wheelchairs.

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In a Wheelchair, the REM is an Obstacle Ride

Remembering All that Roy McMurtry Achieved for People with Disabilities

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Remembering All that Roy McMurtry Achieved for People with Disabilities

Ford Government to Spend 1.3 Billion Dollars on School Construction Without Ensuring that these Schools will be Fully Accessible to Thousands of Students, Parents and School Staff with Disabilities

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Ford Government to Spend 1.3 Billion Dollars on School Construction Without Ensuring that these Schools will be Fully Accessible to Thousands of Students, Parents and School Staff with Disabilities

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Accessibility News March 23,2024 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 40 weeks, 3 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

*Employers Should Focus on Proactive Steps on Mental Health, Not Just Legal Requirements: Lawyer
*Beachway Park to Get Portable Beach Mats Thanks to Provincial Funds
*Accessibility is the Housing Crisis That No One is Talking About
*Air Canada CEO, Special Needs Advocates Clash on Passenger Accessibility
*Feds Announce Air Accessibility Summit to Confront ‘Unacceptable’ Barriers
*E-Bike Pilot Project Approved for City Trails and Paths
* AODA Alliance Updates(2)

ARTICLES:

Employers Should Focus on Proactive Steps on Mental Health, Not Just Legal Requirements: Lawyer

Mental illness personally affects the majority of Canadians, according to numbers from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Each year, 20 percent of Canadians experience a mental illness. By the time they reach 40, one-in-two Canadians will have had a mental illness.

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Employers Should Focus on Proactive Steps on Mental Health, Not Just Legal Requirements: Lawyer

Beachway Park to Get Portable Beach Mats Thanks to Provincial Funds

The Ontario government announced $750,000 will be spent this year to improve accessibility and support people of all ages and abilities throughout the province, including here in Burlington

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Beachway Park to Get Portable Beach Mats Thanks to Provincial Funds

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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Accessibility is the Housing Crisis That No One is Talking About

Air Canada CEO, Special Needs Advocates Clash on Passenger Accessibility

‘To be able to say you’re doing a good job and these are the numbers is to be shockingly out of touch with our experience’

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Air Canada CEO, Special Needs Advocates Clash on Passenger Accessibility

Feds Announce Air Accessibility Summit to Confront ‘Unacceptable’ Barriers

David Lepofsky, visiting research professor of disability rights at Western University, says the time for “chit-chat” has long passed and that tougher rules and enforcement are needed to ensure a dignified travel experience for all passengers.

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Feds Announce Air Accessibility Summit to Confront ‘Unacceptable’ Barriers

E-Bike Pilot Project Approved for City Trails and Paths

Sarnia council approved a one-year pilot project, allowing city staff time for an in depth review of actual operating conditions and uptake.

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E-Bike Pilot Project Approved for City Trails and Paths

AODA Alliance Updates:

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

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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

House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport Gets an Earful on the Recurring Unfair Accessibility Barriers Facing Air Passengers with Disabilities and a Practical Roadmap to Fix the Problem

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House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport Gets an Earful on the Recurring Unfair Accessibility Barriers Facing Air Passengers with Disabilities and a Practical Roadmap to Fix the Problem

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New School Opening in Barrie for Children With Autism the First-Of-Its-Kind in Region

Kim Phillips
CTVNews.ca Barrie Digital Producer
Published Oct. 30, 2023

A private school specializing in supporting children on the autism spectrum is expanding operations with a new facility in central Barrie, and becoming the only school of its kind in northern Ontario.

“We provide customized education plans; we cater specifically to autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, various learning challenges or delays,” explained IBI Behavioural Services Owner and Director Amanda Baysarowich.

The IBI Private Academy currently works with about 40 full-time students, which will double in January when it moves to its new Cedar Pointe Drive location.

Baysarowich mentioned the government’s cuts to funding for families with children on the spectrum prompted a greater need for this type of facility in the community.

“Ideally, our goal is to bridge the gap between the regular school system and what we can offer, which is a leading-edge level of education when it comes to neurodiversity,” Baysarowich explained.

The academy will also have a new name, Unique Minds Academy.

“Unique Minds Academy is a place where excellence meets education, unlocking our students’ full potential from within. We believe every child has a journey, and together we can help them write their own story and success,” IBI Behavioural Services posted on social media.

Baysarowich said the name change will encompass all neurodiverse students and provide inclusivity in a neuro-affirming environment.

“While the name is changing, the standards remain high,” she added.

The new 12,000-square-foot facility will have state-of-the-art equipment, a sensory room, customized seating to accommodate learners, a library space, an outdoor play space, and specialized programming.

Catherine Epken-House’s two children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder attended the public school system, but after finding they couldn’t offer the support they needed, she enrolled them with the IBI academy and says it has made all the difference.

“It is 100 per cent helping him in his growth, and his advocacy for his own regulation, and also in his communication,” she said.

Families drive from across Simcoe County and Muskoka so their children can attend the academy. Baysarowich said she’s even had families move from outside the province to attend the school.

Jessica Knowles’ nine-year-old son Elliott has been with the centre for six years.

“When Elliott started, he was completely non-verbal. Now he’s excelling above his grade level for his age,” the Barrie mom said.

The Unique Minds Academy will move into the former MPAC building at 65 Cedar Pointe Drive in Barrie in the new year. Tuition costs $2,250 per month per child for a full-time spot. Financial funding is available for those who qualify.

The academy is Ministry of Education licenced and accredited.

With files from CTV’s Rob Cooper

Original at https://barrie.ctvnews.ca/new-school-opening-in-barrie-for-children-with-autism-the-first-of-its-kind-in-northern-ontario-1.6623455

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.

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

Drinking Diet Sodas and Aspartame-Sweetened Beverages Daily During Pregnancy Linked to Autism in Male Offspring

In this case-control study, boys who had been diagnosed with autism were more than three times as likely as neurotypically developing boys to have been born to mothers who reported consuming one or more servings per day of diet soda, or comparable amounts of the leading artificial sweetener aspartame, during pregnancy or breastfeeding. No statistically significant association was found in female offspring.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/drinking-diet-sodas-and-aspartame-sweetened-beverages-daily-during-pregnancy-linked-to-autism-in-male-offspring/

Eye-Tracking Tool May Help Diagnose Autism More Quickly and Accurately, New Studies Suggest

Most families of children with autism may face long wait times to diagnose their child with the disorder, and once a diagnosis is made, it sometimes may not be definitive.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/eye-tracking-tool-may-help-diagnose-autism-more-quickly-and-accurately-new-studies-suggest/

Raising a Child With Disabilities Amid Accessibility Shortcomings

Cayden has infantile-onset Pompe disease, a genetic disease that he will have for his entire life. Cayden has very low muscle tone, which prevents him from walking and moving on his own. He needs assistance for almost everything. While we’ve learned to live and adapt inside our home, it’s tricky when we’re out in public.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/raising-a-child-with-disabilities-amid-accessibility-shortcomings/

A Paralyzed Man Can Walk Naturally Again With Brain and Spine Implants

In a new study, researchers describe a device that connects the intentions of a paralyzed patient to his physical movements.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/a-paralyzed-man-can-walk-naturally-again-with-brain-and-spine-implants/

Unified Sports, Unified Schools: Program Builds Bonds that Break Down Barriers

The atmosphere is buzzing inside the Milford High School gym, where a basketball game is underway, the score seesawing as the clock ticks down.

Milford is up by two with seconds to go. Then a player on the visiting Souhegan team scores, and the place erupts in cheers.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/unified-sports-unified-schools-program-builds-bonds-that-break-down-barriers/