Kathy Le, Video Journalist
Published Friday, September 13, 2019
For a handful of wheelchair-dependent, southeast Calgary apartment residents, getting into and out of their building is proving to be a very difficult task.
Robin Cummings says she and at least five or six other residents rely on a wheelchair or scooter to get around, but there isn’t an automatic door opener at the two entrance doors to help facilitate the process.
“We have to use our hands. One hand to hold the door open and one hand to try and operate a scooter to get in two sets of doors,” said Cummings.
Residents at Calgary Apartment Building Frustrated Over Lack of Accessible Door full article
Maya Bosdet, 14, uses a wheelchair and wants to attend the same high school her father did Adam van der Zwan · CBC News · Posted: Aug 29, 2019
Maya Bosdet and her mother Lisa say they were disappointed to find Claremont Secondary, the school near Maya’s home, is not accessible for the 14-year-old, who uses a wheelchair.
Maya Bosdet says she’s excited for the beginning of classes next week because it means continuing a family tradition of attending high school at Claremont Secondary, in Saanich, B.C.
But a tour of the school this week has her concerned the building won’t be accessible enough to meet her needs as a wheelchair user.
‘It’s a Basic Human Right:’ High School Should Prioritize Accessibility, Saanich Mother Says full article
Accessibility advocates in Vancouver call for upgrades to wheelchair ramp and steps Jesse Johnston · CBC News · Posted: Aug 22, 2019
The path at Robson Square in Vancouver, which zigzags across the stairwell like a switchback trail on a mountainside, is a crown jewel in the late architect Arthur Erickson’s portfolio.
Arnold Cheng doesn’t like it.
“There are two competing camps people who think it’s beautiful and wonderful and people who don’t think it’s beautiful and wonderful,” Cheng said.
“Quite often, one [camp] is people without disabilities and the other is people with disabilities.”
Cheng, who works as an accessibility consultant, says it’s dangerous to travel down the steep ramp in his wheelchair.
The Robson Square Steps are Beautiful but are They Safe? full article
‘The kids love it and it’s certainly a great feature to this facility’ Tom Steepe · CBC News · Posted: Aug 19, 2019
An accessible playground in Cornwall, P.E.I., has been getting positive feedback since it opened.
The playground, located at the Cornwall Civic Centre next to the curling club, includes a wide variety of structures designed to be fully accessible and inclusive through the use of stairs, climbers and slides.
“Everything has been positive, the kids love it and it’s certainly a great feature to this facility and to the programming that happens here,” said recreation manager Kim Meunier.
Meunier said the playground gets “upwards of 100 kids” visiting each day.
Accessible Playground in Cornwall, P.E.I., Getting Positive Reaction full article
By Connor Chan Digital Journalist Global News
A new way for people with accessibility issues to get active in Winnipeg has opened at the Whyte Ridge Community Centre.
The new Whyte Ridge Accessible Fitness Park was officially opened on Saturday.
“We have all ages and we want folks of all ages to enjoy this,” said Coun. Janice Lukes.
The park was first discussed in 2015, received funding last year and was built in just a few weeks.
All the exercises are performed primarily with your own body weight. The park has been built specifically for people with accessibility issues.
A chart of different exercises at the fitness park.
Whyte Ridge Community Centre Opens New Accessible Fitness Park full article
Published by Mike Draper
29th July 2019.
A national charity, that organises holidays for disabled people and their carers, has been assessing visitor attractions.
The Revitalise Accessible Tourism Report, first conducted in 2014, was carried out for a second time to see if visitor attractions have actively made any positive changes in accessibility for 2019.
The report identified Stonehenge as the number one attraction in Wiltshire for 2019
Revitalise creates holidays for disabled adults and their carers, but when it comes to accessibility, every family deserves to have access to Britain’s cultural attractions.
It’s a sunny day and we’re looking at the stone circle at Stonehenge.
The Revitalise report identified Stonehenge as the number one attraction in Wiltshire for 2019.
Stonehenge Gets Rated for ‘Accessibility’ as an Attraction full article
By Valerie Kipnis Jul 29, 2019
NEW YORK Sometimes it takes Sasha Blair-Goldensohn three times longer to get to work than it used to, and sometimes he’s stuck on a subway platform with no easy way to get up to street level.
The 43-year-old software engineer, who’s been using a wheelchair since 2009, is one of about a million differently-abled people facing daily struggles as they navigate New York City’s aging subway system.
“You can get almost all the way to work, and that last elevator that’s supposed to take you from the mezzanine section up to the pavement is out of service, and suddenly, it’s 40 minutes from home, and you’re a block away from work in the subway station, but there’s no way out,” Blair-Goldensohn says.
Navigating the NYC Subway in a Wheelchair Is Hell full article
By Steve Dorsey
June 28, 2019
The federal government, corporations, cities and even medical facilities across the country are looking past the needs of blind Americans by failing to address problems with braille signage.
CBS News has uncovered complaints to the Justice Department’s Disability Rights section about missing or incorrect braille at a number of public facilities, including Albuquerque’s bus system, restaurants in Kansas and Pennsylvania, and hospital and medical buildings in Chicago, among other locations. The records, spanning two years, were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.
Forty-one-year-old Vencer Cotton, who’s been blind since birth, often encounters bad braille in Washington, D.C. Cotton says he once entered the wrong restroom because of it.
Bad Braille Plagues Buildings Across U.S., CBS News Radio Investigation Finds full article
KYODO NEWS – Jun 2, 2019
TOKYO – A shortage of wheelchair-accessible hotel rooms remains an issue for Tokyo 2020 organizers who say they are committed to using the Paralympic Games to make Japan a more inclusive place.
As the clock ticks down to the Aug. 25, 2020, Paralympic opening ceremony, the Tokyo metropolitan government admits that by its own estimations it is still about 300 rooms short of the projected 850 accessible rooms needed each night during the two-week sporting festival.
“We’re nowhere near the number. There’s no denying that we’re behind schedule,” said a representative of a Japanese disability organization.
Japan Struggling to Ramp Up Accessibility Efforts Ahead of Paralympics full article
4th April 2019
Now in its fifth year, Design Council Spark is putting a new focus on driving accessible home innovation; Design Council Spark: The Home Innovation Challenge is aiming to deliver major impact, both financially and socially, for people with reduced mobility or disabilities.
In the UK, there are currently 14 million people living with a disability and 25 percent of the population are due to be over the age of 65 by 2046. Design Council Spark showcases how innovative design is fundamental to futureproofing peoples ability to live independently and enabling bright ideas to transform future homes for everyone.
Innovators Challenged to Design Products for Homes to Win Investment Fund and Help Disabled People Live Independently full article
Allen Mankewich says the wheelchair lift at 201 Portage Ave. is often out of service
Holly Caruk · CBC News · Posted: Mar 04, 2019 10:16 AM CT | Last Updated: March 4
Allen Mankewich, a consultant with the Independent Living Resource Centre who uses a wheelchair, says the broken lift forces people in wheelchairs to travel blocks out of their way on snowy sidewalks just to cross the street.
A Winnipeg man is frustrated after a broken wheelchair lift has gone unrepaired for weeks at downtown Winnipeg’s busiest intersection.
Broken Elevator at Portage and Main Suggests Accessibility’s Not A Priority, Advocate Says full article
February 17, 2019 (Mainichi Japan)
TOKYO — Paralympic medalists have inspected parts of the capital’s Koto Ward, host to two Tokyo 2020 swimming venues, to see if the area meets the growing demand for easier access for people with disabilities.
A Mainichi Shimbun reporter joined the athletes’ first check of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics venue sites on Jan. 20. The aim: to assess the current environment as well as facilities with barrier-free concepts. The meeting point with Paralympians Association of Japan (PAJ) chairman Junichi Kawai, 43, and former Japan national wheelchair basketball player Katsumi Miyake, 48, was outside the Tokyo Metro’s Tatsumi Station ticket gate.
Paralympic Medalists Check Accessibility of 2020 Tokyo Games Venue Area full article
by Kayla Bruch
Originally Posted Jan 22, 2019
CALGARY (660 NEWS) Seventy-two thousand dollars will go a long way in renovating a local community space.
Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, Honourable Carla Qualtrough, said the Evergreen Community SPACES building in Calgary is receiving this money through the Enabling Accessibility Fund.
“The idea of creating initiatives that remove barriers for people with disabilities is really the idea of making our country better and more equal,” said Qualtrough.
She adds Canada can’t succeed as a country unless we give everyone an equal opportunity, and we can’t achieve this if 20 per cent of the population is excluded.
Calgary Building Receives $72,000 Toward Accessibility Renovations full article
By Evan Jones
January 17, 2019
Many East Lansing residents go through doorways and live in apartments without realizing the barriers common designs present to older members of the community.
Through the Age-Friendly Community Committee, citizens and government leaders are working to improve accessibility and bridge the generational gap.
The City of East Lansing created the committee in 2017 to continue working toward an Age-Friendly Community designation, which the World Health Organization, or WHO, describes in a 76-page guide(opens in new tab/window). While the problem is described by the WHO through a global lens, they aim to inspire communities to improve access for their own aging populations.
Age-Friendly Community Committee aims to increase accessibility full article
Controversy rang out in November 2018 when the Home Builders Federation objected to councils across England wanting to increase the number of homes with universal home designed centered around accessibility.
Organizations such as Age UK and the Centre for Ageing Better and Disability Rights UK released reports stating that only 7% of homes classify as accessible, causing a rift in a housing market that so poorly serves those with limited mobility.
While currently trying to fight this injustice, organizations are being met with resistance in their fight for housing options that are suitable for all and meet higher accessibility standards.
UK Faces Accessible Housing Crisis – Only 7% of Homes Deemed Accessible full article
Maureen Feighan, The Detroit News
Published Dec. 20, 2018
Aging baby boomers who’d like to stay in their homes as they grow older are making accessibility a big part of their bathroom renovations plans, making them bigger and adding features like grab bars, according to Houzz.com’s new 2018 U.S. Bathroom Trends Study.
The survey of 1,100 homeowners, released in mid November, found that one-third of Baby Boomers are addressing current aging needs, while nearly a quarter are planning ahead for future needs as they renovate a master bathroom.
The survey also found 47 percent change the bathroom layout and 34 percent remove the bathtub.
Welcome Mat: Study Finds Accessibility Key in Bathroom Reno Designs full article
Of more than 50 recommendations to improve access for the disabled at the MUHC superhospital, six have been implemented so far. Aaron Derfel, Montreal Gazette
Updated: October 16, 2018
More than a year after an independent report found numerous problems with accessibility for the disabled and other patients at the MUHC superhospital, the McGill University Health Centre has still not fixed most of the deficiencies, the Montreal Gazette has learned.
The MUHC commissioned the report by two experts at the Université de Montréal after the patients committee raised repeated concerns about the lack of clear signage, the scarcity of wheelchairs in the lobby, the confusing layout and poor access to public bathrooms for the mobility-challenged. The report uncovered visual and physical obstacles in 19 categories, a dozen of which were deemed urgent.
Accessibility Problems Still Not Fixed at MUHC SuperHospital: Report full article
The Associated Press
October 02, 2018
BALTIMORE Three wheelchair users are suing the Baltimore Orioles over accessibility at Camden Yards.
News outlets report the lawsuit filed Friday against the team and the Maryland Stadium Authority says each plaintiff has been stuck in a wheelchair lift while trying to get to their seats. And the view from lower-level wheelchair-accessible seats is obstructed whenever fans stand up.
Plaintiff’s attorney Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum says the Americans with Disabilities Act mandated “equal enjoyment of the services.” Another plaintiff’s attorney, Kevin D. Docherty, criticized the Orioles for July’s “Celebrate ADA Day.”
The plaintiffs seek damages of at least $75,000 each, and a Camden Yards that’s compliant by the next baseball season.
Wheelchair Users Sue Orioles Over Camden Yards Accessibility full article
After the province said there would be no accessible parking spots at the new museum, RAM said there would be. Julia Parrish, Web Reporter, CTV Edmonton
Published Wednesday, September 26, 2018 3:51PM MDT
In an online post, the Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) says there will be accessible parking spots at the new museum.
The statement was posted Tuesday on the museum’s Facebook page, saying there would be three accessible parking spots just outside the main doors on the west side.
The post said there are wheelchair ramps outside the building leading up to the doors, and there is direct access to the museum through the LRT pedway, with elevators available to get to public transit. The building also features accessible washrooms.
RAM Clarifies Accessible Parking Plans for New Museum full article
Posted: Jul 19, 2018
When C.J. Campbell moved back to Rockford 8 years ago, it was an uphill battle to find a place to call home.
“There’s a two year waiting list generally and its very limited apartments and generally the apartments are quite old and not up to ADA standards,” Campbell said.
That’s a big challenge for Campbell, who’s been using a wheelchair his whole life.
“I discovered that it’s very difficult to find accessible housing not just here in the Stateline, but everywhere in the United States,” Campbell said.
“Housing really is one of the biggest barriers people with disabilities face,” Eric Brown said.
Disability Community Struggles to Find Accessible Apartments in Rockford full article