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Crackdown on Illegal Use of Accessible Parking Spots Continues

Dan Brown
Updated: December 6, 2019

Accessible parking spots aren’t a nice-to-have thing for Jeff Preston, they’re a must-have.

“It’s so frustrating,” he said of the times when able-bodied people without permits park in the spots designed for those who have similar needs as he does.

Preston, a professor of disability studies at King’s University College, uses a wheelchair to get around because he was born with muscular dystrophy, which made him a quadriplegic. He drives a customized van using a joystick.

TransLink has Approved $7 Million in Funding to Upgrade the Transit System for the Visually Impaired.

The transit agency calls the program “industry-leading,” and says it will significantly improve the transit experience for blind and partially-sighted passengers.

Tactile and braille signage will be added to an estimated 8,500 bus stops in the system starting in 2020, while tactile walking surface indicators will be installed at stations and bus exchanges.

Disability and Attitudinal Barriers

Attitudinal disability barriers happen when non-disabled people do not understand how disabilities affect people’s lives. These misunderstandings can lead to false assumptions about what people with disabilities can do, want, or need. Businesses do not create attitudinal barriers purposely. Instead, barriers happen because businesses are unaware of how or why someone with a disability would access their services. In other words, attitudinal barriers happen because of stereotypes or lack of awareness.

Preventing Organizational Barriers

In Part 1 of this article, we explored how businesses can remove organizational disability barriers. For the most part, this process involves making changes to policies, practices, and procedures. Here, we will consider how businesses should be preventing organizational barriers in the first place.

Send Us Feedback on the Draft AODA Alliance Framework for the Health Care Accessibility Standard

And–Results of The December 3 Celebration of the 25th Birthday of the Grassroots AODA Movement

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Society for All People with Disabilities Twitter: @aodaalliance

December 5, 2019


After a very busy year, this may be our last AODA Alliance Update until the New Year. It is full of important news for you.