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Wellington Beach Expands Public Inclusion with Mobility Mats

Author of the article:David LeClair
Published May 16, 2024

With over 250 beaches in Canada, less than 15% have accessibility for people depending on mobile devices.

Wellington Rotary Beach has now become a place to relax on the sandy waterfront for people of all abilities with the addition of the new mobility mats that stretch from the boardwalk that runs along the top of the beach down into the water, giving those that are in a wheelchair, or rely on a mobility device, access to go for a dip in Lake Ontario.

UNB Law Grad ‘Humiliated’ by Inability to Cross Stage at Own Graduation

Blair Curtis, who uses a wheelchair, says he tried to get ahead of this issue months ago Hannah Rudderham, CBC News
Posted: May 17, 2024

Crossing the stage at graduation for many is the official symbol of being done with your degree and moving onto the next chapter of your life – a moment of pride and joy.

Blair Curtis didn’t get that moment.

Curtis was graduating from the University of New Brunswick with a law degree, but at the ceremony on Thursday at the Richard J. Currie Center, he was unable to get onto the stage to accept his diploma.

“It was a hard day,” he said through tears.

Paris Promised the Olympics Would Be Accessible. The Clock Is Ticking.

The city, which put inclusivity at the center of its bid, has improved access for people with disabilities, but with the opening ceremony about 12 weeks away, obstacles remain. By Anne-Marie Williams
May 6, 2024

During a trip to Paris last November, Samantha Renke just couldn’t seem to find a taxi that could accommodate her motorized wheelchair.

“Every time I logged on, it just kept saying, ‘Unavailable, unavailable, unavailable,'” Ms. Renke said, recounting her struggle to book an accessible cab using the G7 taxi app. Eating out was also a problem for Ms. Renke, a 38-year-old British actress and disability campaigner who has a genetic condition commonly known as brittle bones: Too few restaurants had step-free access.

‘We Can Be Proud’: Regina City Council Unanimously in Favour of Improving City’s Accessibility

Drew Postey
Digital Journalist – CTV News Regina
Donovan Maess
Multimedia Journalist – CTV News Regina
Published April 25, 2024 1:16 p.m. EDT

Work to improve accessibility in Regina will move forward after unanimous approval from city council that will see a plan address issues from snow removal to transportation and employee training.

In all, the initiative known as the Regina Accessibility Plan, includes 17 recommendations on how to make the Queen City more approachable for everyone.

“This isn’t just a little bit of people, this is 30 per cent of the community,” mother Sarah Turnbull said.

UPEI Student Frustrated by Lack of Wheelchair Access on Campus

Antwaun Rolle says he’s raised concerns but nothing has changed CBC News
Posted: Apr 20, 2024

A University of Prince Edward Island [UPEI] student says he’s spent the past six years feeling frustrated about his inability to get around campus.

Antwaun Rolle has been at UPEI since 2018 and is graduating this spring with a political science degree.

He gets around using a wheelchair. He says 80 to 90 per cent of the campus is inaccessible to him without help.

“Sometimes it’s a little bit embarrassing, or sometimes I would feel like a burden because I didn’t want to always ask people,” said Rolle.

Elevator Planned for Accessible Waterslide at New Regina Aquatic Centre

By Brooke Kruger Global News
Posted April 7, 2024

Regina’s mayor said the city will be adding an elevator to an aquatic centre design to make the new facility’s waterslide accessible.

The new aquatic centre is currently in the design phase and will be built in the Taylor Fields land behind the Lawson Centre.

“It will be put into the design phase and so it won’t be an add on after the fact,” Regina mayor Sandra Masters said. “We know that it’s going to have a very high ceiling and so the idea is that you put an elevator in there to access the second level which will then be able to access the high waterslide.”

Local State Parks Receive All-Terrain Wheelchairs to Increase Accessibility

By LAKEN GREENE lgreene@sixriversmedia.com
April 5, 2024

Currently, 13 Tennessee state parks have all-terrain wheelchairs available, increasing the parks’ accessibility for those with mobile issues.

As part of a statewide initiative to increase park accessibility, Warriors’ Path and Rocky Fork state parks each received an all-terrain wheelchair to offer to park guests free of charge.

The introduction of all-terrain wheelchairs to various state parks is funded by the $1.2 million appropriated by Gov. Bill Lee and the Tennessee General
Assembly and supported by the additional $1.6 million appropriated to making improvements on trail accessibility.

Vancouver Schools Lag on Playground Accessibility, Parents Say

While some Lower Mainland school districts have publicly released accessibility plans, Vancouver’s is still in “formative stage” 18 months past legislated deadline. Author of the article:Dan Fumano
Published Mar 30, 2024

Parents of children with disabilities say new playgrounds at Vancouver elementary schools are inaccessible for their kids.

Wheelchair users are finding the thick, slippery artificial turf surface recently installed at some schools difficult or impossible to navigate, parents say.

It has been frustrating Laura Van Doormaal, who has a son at Dickens Elementary in east Vancouver and a daughter, who uses a wheelchair, expecting to go there next year. Van Doormaal hopes that by the time her daughter starts kindergarten, the inaccessible play surface installed in December will have been replaced.

Halifax Student Disappointed at Delay in Work to Improve School’s Accessibility

Stairlift to basement classroom now expected to be in place by end of May, HRCE says Gareth Hampshire, CBC News
Posted: Mar 28, 2024

A Halifax student who launched a petition calling for a stairlift to a basement classroom in her school is frustrated the installation has been delayed.

“It’s disappointing that they didn’t get it done, but it’s not surprising,” said Lux Melanson, who is in Grade 9 at Fairview Junior High School. “There was absolutely no work done on the stairs throughout this entire month.”

Melanson started the petition in February, because she was upset that some students are unable to access the school’s technology-education classroom.

New Hiking Trail Set to Revolutionize Outdoor Accessibility in Green River

Erick Pauley March 24, 2024

GREEN RIVER – Outdoor enthusiasts and those with mobility challenges alike will soon have a new trail to use when the Skyline Trail Project prepares to break ground in April. Boosters of the trail promise a unique hiking experience with accessibility features for wheelchair-bound individuals. The project is an extension of the Green Belt Trail System.

Spanning four miles and with a width of five feet, the Skyline Trail will wind its way from Upland Way, ascending South Hill, tracing the ridge line, and descending behind Western Wyoming Community College. Unlike traditional concrete or asphalt paths, this trail will feature a soft surface, providing a more natural and immersive experience for visitors.