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Swimmer With Disabilities Finds Independence In the Pool

By Jade Nash Cleveland
PUBLISHED Mar. 14, 2022

CLEVELAND – The 2022 Paralympic Games in Beijing finished March 13, and one girl in northeast Ohio might get the honor to swim in the games sometime in the future.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/swimmer-with-disabilities-finds-independence-in-the-pool/

Advocates Call for Safer, More Accessible Taxis in Edmonton

The Accessibility Advisory Committee and Women’s Voice of Edmonton are calling on the city to create standardized training on cultural, gender, disability and age issues for all taxi drivers.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/advocates-call-for-safer-more-accessible-taxis-in-edmonton/

City Adds Wayfinding App to Increase Accessibility for Visually Impaired

Sault Transit buses are now equipped with an accessible navigation and wayfinding system that will help the visually impaired.

BlindSquare is a software that uses GPS technology to estimate the proximity of bus stops, when passengers will arrive at each stop and can audibly identify bus stops.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/city-adds-wayfinding-app-to-increase-accessibility-for-visually-impaired/

Toronto Woman Who Suffered Concussion After Fall From Mobility Scooter Says City Snow Clearing Protocols Need Review

Susan Hutchinson is calling for city crews to prioritize people with disabilities in the clearing of snow and make sure that when they do clear the path, what they leave behind is accessible – a recommendation echoed by a city committee this month.

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https://www.aoda.ca/toronto-woman-who-suffered-concussion-after-fall-from-mobility-scooter-says-city-snow-clearing-protocols-need-review/

Hamilton to Make Temporary Sidewalk Patios Permanent

Hamilton’s elected leadership has voted to permanently allow temporary patios throughout the city, although it appears disability justice advocates were not fully consulted prior to the vote.

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https://www.aoda.ca/hamilton-to-make-temporary-sidewalk-patios-permanent/

Ms. Wheelchair Minnesota Fighting For More Accessibility In Bathrooms

The clinical scientist has volunteered at the Olympics since 1984, she’s a marathoner and she’s climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.

“She’s full of life,” her husband, Richard Smith, said.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/ms-wheelchair-minnesota-fighting-for-more-accessibility-in-bathrooms/

Accessibility Consultant ‘Disappointed’ Calgary LuluLemon Store Inaccessible Despite Paralympic Partnership

“The fact this is a Paralympic sponsor has a different ring to it,” said Darby Young, who uses a mobility scooter. “(There is) irony behind it and its disappointing,”

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/accessibility-consultant-disappointed-calgary-lululemon-store-inaccessible-despite-paralympic-partnership/

Request to Have Oshawa’s Accessibility Committee Approve Downtown Patios Denied

Rosemary McConkey, who sits on the advisory committee, was surprised at the dissension she was hearing from her fellow councillors on the issue when it came before the Development Services Committee.

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https://www.aoda.ca/request-to-have-oshawas-accessibility-committee-approve-downtown-patios-denied/

Accessible Washroom Trailer, All-terrain Chair Focus of New Tecumseth Advisory Committee Discussion

New Tecumseth’s accessibility advisory committee is exploring ways to make the town’s events and amenities easier to enjoy for people who use wheelchairs and walkers.

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https://www.aoda.ca/accessible-washroom-trailer-all-terrain-chair-focus-of-new-tecumseth-advisory-committee-discussion/

‘Deplorable Every Year’: Accessibility Advocate in Halifax Calls for Better Sidewalk Clearing

“I don’t know exactly what needs to change, but I just know things do,” said Brian George, who uses a wheelchair and has been advocating for safer sidewalks in Halifax for the past seven years. “It’s deplorable every year. It is. It happens every single year.”

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/deplorable-every-year-accessibility-advocate-in-halifax-calls-for-better-sidewalk-clearing/