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ANALYSIS: How Some Barrie Businesses Make a Double-Amputee Feel Like a ‘Second-Class Citizen

Many shops and offices could use some accessibility upgrades, Barrie woman says News 06:55 AM by Chris Simon
Barrie Advance

Barrie resident Marlene Watson, 73, has been a double-amputee for about two years. She needs a wheelchair, but is also training to use a walker. She says many properties throughout the city, from businesses to health-care facilities, could do more to promote accessibility.

How a Little Wooden Ramp Reshaped An Ontario City

Kenora’s downtown wasn’t accessible for people with physical disabilities. But thanks to municipal effort and some help from a Toronto-based non-profit, its streets are changing Published on Mar 12, 2019
by Glyn Bowerman

The Toronto-based StopGap Foundation, founded in 2011, distributes custom-made ramps that make businesses more accessible.

A look at TTC Accessibility Through The Eyes of A Rider Who Uses Two Canes

By Francine KopunCity Hall Bureau
Sun., March 10, 2019

Jessica Geboers steps off a busy subway car at College station, a cane in each hand, and confronts her first obstacle: two flights of stairs, 10 stairs each.

The stairwell is narrow and passengers headed down the stairs stop to give her the room she needs to make her way up. On this day, at rush hour, a bottleneck forms in seconds.

Still Work to Do in Meeting Accessibility Standards

By Sue Tiffin
Published Feb. 26, 2019

When Anna Froebe, an independent HR consultant who works with business owners in this community, is asked how many businesses are likely not compliant with the rules and deadlines they must follow to meet provincial accessibility standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, she doesn’t hesitate to offer a guess.

Make Waterloo Region’s Roundabouts Safer for Blind Pedestrians

Waterloo Region’s roundabouts are formidable barriers for the thousands of local residents who are blind or visually impaired. Opinion
Waterloo Region Record|

Gord Cummer, seen with his spouse Joanne, has about five per cent vision in one eye, and goes for walks everyday in his Waterloo neighbourhood, but says he won’t go anywhere near roundabouts, because they’re simply too difficult for a blind person to navigate.