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Blind Juror in Toronto Impaired Driving Case Was Almost Rejected

Disability advocates seek removal of courtroom barriers
Betsy Powell Toronto Star
Dec. 29, 2018

A recent criminal trial at Toronto’s downtown Superior Court featured what may be a first in Ontario: a blind juror.

The fact that is, if not a first, an extremely rare occurrence in Ontario underscores that much more needs to be done to remove the barriers to equal treatment in the criminal justice system, disability advocates say.


Airline Fined for Separate Disabled-Accessible Website

Advertising Law
December 13, 2018
Jesse M. Brody

Offering a separate website for those with disabilities does not comply with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) website accessibility requirements, the agency made clear with a $200,000 fine to the Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS).


Accommodating Students With Disabilities on Campus: Moving Beyond Silos

A new report looks at how accessibility and accommodations are meeting the needs of disabled students across Canada. By MICHAEL RANCIC | NOV 21 2018

A new study aims to challenge how accessibility and accommodations are understood at postsecondary institutions. Released in October, the Landscape of Accessibility and Accommodation in Post-Secondary Education for Students with Disabilities report says that accessibility remains siloed within postsecondary education.


AODA Review Hopes to Address What it Means to Be Accessible

Former Ontario lieutenant governor is conducting the third legislative review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Posted October 31, 2018
by: Matt Vis

THUNDER BAY The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, passed in 2005, gave the province 20 years to become fully accessible.

With that target date now less than a decade away, David Onley believes it’s important to figure out what exactly it means to be accessible.


Yes We Can: U of T Students Create Prize-Winning IDeA Project for Accessibility

Stairs and narrow doorways are not the sole barriers to accessing sport and physical activity spaces. Once up the steps and through the doors, stereotypes and prejudices still obstruct the way.

For U of T Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education recent graduate Sara Santos and fourth-year student Natasha Bruno, increasing accessibility means taking down attitudinal as well as physical barriers to participation. They are strong believers in the principle that no single barrier to accessibility should take precedence over another.