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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

Remote Work to Accommodate Workers with a Disability

As an employer, you may receive an accommodation request that seeks approval for remote work. Indeed. remote work can be beneficial to both employers and workers. Below, we describe when remote work might be a good idea, such as when:

  • Workers with physical disabilities need equipment
  • A worker’s home provides more comfort
  • Workers need a distraction-free, quiet workspace
  • A worker with an invisible disability may feel less anxiety at home

Supporting Autism in Classrooms with Different Strategies

According to a Global News Article, 1 in 66 children in Canada is born with autism. With numbers like these, it is clear that supporting autism in classrooms is necessary. Although Ontario school boards must provide accessibility training, there is still more work to be done. As well, teachers need to be mindful of including all abilities when planning their lessons. This article explores a few different methods that can assist teachers and support staff in supporting students with autism in classrooms.

New Ontario Throne Speech Offers More Mental Health and Addiction Supports, but Nothing New on Accessibility for 1.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities

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

March 19, 2018


Today’s Wynne Government pre-election Throne Speech at Queen’s Park offers nothing new on accessibility for 1.9 million Ontarians with disabilities. Its key new disability-related commitment is for more mental health and addiction services in Ontario. This would be a welcome improvement if it is substantial in size and content.

Accessibility Advisory Committee is seeking new members

March 14, 2018
Media Release

Brockville The Leeds and Grenville Accessibility Advisory Committee is seeking new members. The Counties is required under the Provincial Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 to have a committee if its population is over 10,000.
The membership includes community volunteers and members of Counties Council, including the Warden. The Committee, which meets four times a year, assists Counties Council with changes that will make the Counties more accessible to people with disabilities.