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New ‘Dynamic’ Accessibility Symbol in Cambridge a Long Time Coming: Advocates

Old ‘giant wheelchair’ was outdated and not as inclusive, says city rep

Tayo Bero · CBC News · Posted: Sep 06, 2019

The Dynamic Accessibility Symbol is being rolled out in Cambridge this month. Developed by accessibility advocacy group The Forward Movement, the symbol emphasizes the person in motion, not the wheelchair. (The Forward Movement)

The traditional accessibility symbol in Cambridge is getting a facelift, thanks to a recent push from accessibility advocates in the city.


Sign Language Interpreters in Schools

The AODA does not yet have an education standard. Two committees are making recommendations about what an education standard should include. One issue that an education standard should address is access to information. For instance, under the Information and Communications Standards, educational institutions must make information available to students using communication supports. This mandate should mean an accessible education for all students. However, there is an important service gap which an education standard should fill. Sign Language interpretation helps students who sign succeed in school and in later life, but there is a shortage of professional Sign Language interpreters. As a result, educators cannot communicate with some of their students. More Sign Language interpreters in schools would give more students the education they need to succeed as adults.


Quickly Send Us Feedback On Our Draft Brief to the Ontario Government’s Rushed Public Consultation on Its Proposal to Hold a Five-Year Pilot Project to Allow Electric Scooters in Ontario

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

September 6, 2019

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We welcome your feedback by Tuesday, September 10, 2019, on our draft brief to the Ford Government’s rushed public consultation on its proposal to allow electric scooters (e-scooters) in Ontario for a five year pilot project. Our draft brief is set out below. Feedback to us can be sent to aodafeedback@gmail.com or on Twitter @aodaalliance


Is Taxi Surcharge to Fund Accessible Cab Subsidy ‘Too Little, too Late’?

Megan Stacey
Updated: September 5, 2019

The head of the industry association calls it a “cesspool of problems.”

But the owner of a taxi company says it’s long overdue, and an accessibility advocate says it’s a start.

A new proposal from city hall to slap a five-cent fee on every taxi ride to pay for accessible cab subsidies an idea one driver says is sure to “open big, big drama” is earning mixed reviews.


Students with Visual Impairments: Braille Instruction in Schools Part 2

In Part 1 of this article, we explored some of the accessible formats that students with visual impairments can learn to read in school. We also discussed how eye specialists and teachers of the visually impaired (TVIs) may sometimes decide that Braille should not be one of these formats. In this article, we consider why some specialists may think that students should not learn Braille. We also suggest that more Braille instruction in schools could help more students achieve greater success as adults.