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Canadians will strive for a top spot at the World Wheelchair Basketball Championships

Canadians will strive for a top spot at the World Wheelchair Basketball Championships in Hamburg, Germany.  The men and woman’s teams will battle teams from around the world August 16-26, 2018. The competition takes place every four years.  It is also the largest international parasport event outside of the Paralympic Games. 
Belgium hosted the first official Men’s World Championships in 1975. The first Women’s World Championships took place 15 years later in France.  Canada has played an important role in the event. For example, Canada was the first to host the first-ever men under-23 world championship in 1997. Later, Canada hosted the first woman under-25 championship in 2011.
The Canadian men and women’s teams will have their first game on August 17th.   To begin with, the men are  facing off against Morocco. Then, the women will take on Great Britain.
 
Canada is sending two great teams to the event. Indeed, the twenty four athletes picked to play for Canada include fifteen Paralympians. Their experience will help the teams as they go for gold. Below, a quick look at each team shows their promise.

Team Canada Women

The woman’s team will defend their title from the 2014 world championships. They are the team to beat. Indeed, the team has five gold medals and two bronze medals.  Even more, they have reached the podium at every world championship since the first one held in 1990.  
 
The women’s roster includes:
  • Sandrine Bérubé – Beauharnois, Quebec

Premier Ford and Accessibility Minister Raymond Cho Write the AODA Alliance In Response to Our Recent Letters Recommending Key Accessibility Priorities for The Premier and Minister

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities http://www.aodaalliance.org aodafeedback@gmail.com Twitter: @aodaalliance

August 16, 2018

SUMMARY

We recently received letters from Ontario’s Premier Doug Ford, and Ontario’s new Minister for Accessibility and Seniors, Raymond Cho. These are the first official statements by the Ford Government on accessibility for people with disabilities, since it took office, as far as we have seen. We make these letters public in this Update. The text of these letters is set out below.


Smartboards are Making Learning Accessible in Classrooms

Chalkboards and basic whiteboards are out, and taking their place are interactive whiteboards, called smartboards. In fact, smartboards are making learning accessible for kids with disabilities.

Smartboards are visual learning tools. So, you might find yourself wondering how they are making learning accessible for kids with disabilities. In this article, we explore how smartboards help students who are:


  • Visually impaired
  • Physically impaired
  • Learning disabled

London Politicians Move Forward With Demands to Create Barrier-Free City

The citys accessibility advisory committee had threatened to resign if demands werent met Hala Ghonaim · CBC News
Posted: Aug 14, 2018

City of London is moving forward with a proposal to create an accessible-friendly city.

It took the threat of a mass resignation and a set of strict demands to “open the eyes” of city staff and council.


iCan Bike: Teaching Kids with Disabilities to Ride Bikes

Learning to ride a bike is a rite of passage. However, teaching kids with disabilities to ride bikes may be difficult. That’s because the process of learning to ride a bike doesn’t account for accessibility. So, parents may not teach kids with disabilities to ride a bike at all, or kids with disabilities may become discouraged. In response, iCan Bike is trying to make it easier to teach kids with disabilities to ride a bike. The program is designed to help kids with disabilities ride bikes using special techniques and adaptive bikes.