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Sudbury’s Transit System to Make Accessibility Improvements

Published Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Some changes to Sudbury’s transit system are coming later this summer, including the new name GOVA.

Buses are about to become a lot more accessible thanks to a series of changes being made including current lifts, which will soon become a thing of the past.

Sudbury’s new Transit Action Plan will see the lifts replaced with lower buses and ramps as the city looks to replace this aging fleet.

“It will look like a conventional bus, low floor, just a little bit smaller, and geared for our Handi-Transit residents.” said Michelle Ferrigan, of Sudbury Transit Services.

Another change in protocol is the elimination of the term “physical disability,” opening up the service to those who may be otherwise disabled.

SENIOR SCENE: Financial Help in Renovating Homes

Intelligencer Staff
Published on: July 9, 2019

Everyone always dreams of owning their own home and for seniors or other individuals with a disability, they dream of being able to continue to live in this home for as long as they choose. Dreams are wonderful, but, unfortunately, the reality of life and aging too often intervene and dash the dream.

Typically, the “dream dasher” includes accessibility and mobility issues that compromise safety and independence, and a financial situation that precludes the necessary modifications.

Province in British Columbia, Canada to Develop Online Tool to Track Accessible Parking Spaces

An online tool to track accessible parking spaces is being developed by Richmond Centre for Disability (RCD), thanks to a $28,000 provincial grant they received last year.

The province is once again calling for grant proposals for community projects that improve accessibility for the second year running, the province is giving out a total of $500,000 in grants.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/province-in-british-columbia-canada-to-develop-online-tool-to-track-accessible-parking-spaces/

Apps, Badges and 3D Rendering: Steps Being Taken to Improve Rail Accessibility

In the not-too-distant past rail, the considerations afforded to passengers with mobility issues or those whom require special assistance can sometimes be found lacking. For obvious reasons, having to travel when negotiating steps, stairs and trains that the majority of the travelling public find straightforward can make the idea of using public transport quite daunting.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/apps-badges-and-3d-rendering-steps-being-taken-to-improve-rail-accessibility/

‘I Had to Crawl’: Amputee Seeks Damages After United Airlines and Airport Security Seize Scooter Batteries

Stearn Hodge says he’s ‘had enough’ of airport security agents and airlines trying to take away the batteries for his portable scooter a disability violation. He’s fighting to take United Airlines, WestJet and the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority to the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/i-had-to-crawl-amputee-seeks-damages-after-united-airlines-and-airport-security-seize-scooter-batteries/

Autonomous Vehicle Design Should Benefit Broader Group of Potential Drivers

Washington At a time when major automakers are planning to deploy greater numbers of autonomous vehicles (AVs), they have a unique opportunity to ensure people with disabilities have access to this transformational technology.
That is one of the conclusions of “Designing the Future of Transportation for People with Disabilities,” released today by the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America).

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/autonomous-vehicle-design-should-benefit-broader-group-of-potential-drivers/

Proposed Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations now published in Part I of the Canada Gazette

The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) today announced that its proposed Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations (ATPDR) are now published in Part I of the Canada Gazette for public review and comment.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/proposed-accessible-transportation-for-persons-with-disabilities-regulations-now-published-in-part-i-of-the-canada-gazette/

Cost, Demand for DARTS Accessible Transit Service Continues to Grow

Mayor Fred Eisenberger wants to see city staff compare the cost of DARTS to accessible transit services in other municipalities.

The request followed a presentation by the DARTS’ CEO and executive director at Monday’s general issues committee meeting where he said the budget and demand for the door-to-door transportation service continue to rise.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/cost-demand-for-darts-accessible-transit-service-continues-to-grow/

Snow Causing Accessibility Issues in North Bay

A woman in North Bay is sharing her frustration about problems she’s facing with accessible sidewalks and bus stops with the city.

Butterfly Beth Fields uses a wheelchair to get around and says many of the stops in her area aren’t shoveled out, making it difficult for her and other riders facing similar challenges to board the bus.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/snow-causing-accessibility-issues-in-north-bay/

Accessible Transportation for Colleges, Universities, and Hospitals in Ontario

Under the Transportation Standard of the AODA, colleges, universities, and hospitals that offer transportation services around or between their campuses must make those services accessible upon request. Accessible transportation for colleges, universities, and hospitals applies to all…

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https://aoda.ca/accessible-transportation-for-colleges-universities-and-hospitals-in-ontario/