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Dalhousie Students Honoured for Device That Helps People With Disabilities

Students hope to commercialize device that placed third in Universities Canada competition Richard Woodbury , CBC News
Posted: Sep 19, 2021

Four Dalhousie University students were recently honoured in a national competition for their design of a device that helps shield wheelchair users from the elements as they get in and out of vehicles.

Kaitlyn Busson, Kerilyn Kennedy, Sammy Pham and Jesimiel Ugbebor placed third in Universities Canada’s Innovative Designs for Accessibility competition in the architectural/industrial design barriers category for the Swing Door Shelter.

The device attaches to a vehicle’s roof and is connected to the door. When the door is opened, a cover made of polyurethane laminate rolls out between the roof attachment and the door. When the door is closed, the cover retracts.

Disabled Inmate Was Forced to Sleep On Cell Floor for 3 Weeks, Lawsuit Alleges

Correctional Services Canada declines to comment but has said facility has ‘accessible options’ for bathing John Chipman , CBC News
Posted: Sep 15, 2021

An Indigenous inmate in a federal women’s prison who uses a wheelchair is suing the attorney general of Canada for $10 million because she says she was forced to sleep on the bare floor of her cell when she couldn’t be moved from her wheelchair to her bed.

In the lawsuit, Kitten Keyes said she slept on the floor of her maximum security cell for 21 days straight in April at the Grand Valley Institution for Women (GVI) in Kitchener, Ont. She also said she was left to defecate on herself on the first night when no one came to help her get onto the toilet.

Paralympians Know ‘Inspiration Porn’ When They See It

By Gwen Knapp
New York Times, Sept. 5, 2021

Athletes reject the idea that they should be admired just for coping with disabilities, and not also for what they’ve accomplished.

TOKYO — Darlene Hunter, a three-time Paralympian and a college professor, begins her classes on disability issues exploring what may be the most provocative phrase ever associated with an international sports event: “inspiration porn.”

Hunter knows that when she introduces the term, she can count on her students at the University of Texas at Arlington to perk up, sometimes in shock.

Paralympics: Athletes with Intellectual Disability Battle for Space at the Games

TOKYO (AFP) – Athletes with an intellectual impairment could be forgiven for feeling a little left behind at the Paralympics, with just three sports in Tokyo open to them.

That is still more than at the Beijing Winter Games in five months’ time, when not a single sport will be available to competitors with intellectual disabilities.

Despite the growth of the Paralympic movement, the space available to people with a range of different intellectual impairments remains fairly limited even within the eligible sports, some argue.

They include the parents of Mikel Garcia, a Spanish athlete who has Down’s syndrome and whose athletics class does not exist at the Paralympics.

Nova Scotia Election Candidates Need to Step Up and Make Province More Accessible

By Paul Vienneau , Special to Global News
Posted August 12, 2021

In 2013, the incumbent Nova Scotia government committed to a ten-year plan for equality, making the province fully accessible for all persons living with disabilities by 2023. But Disability Rights Coalition is doubtful about that promise.

In Nova Scotia, we are famous for dragging our feet. Change comes, but only after so much wasted time and lives sacrificed while waiting to embrace it.

I would like to offer a couple of thoughts on how I would like the deaf and disabled communities to be treated by the provincial government.

Canada and Prince Edward Island Fund New Facility for Adults With Intellectual Disabilities in Charlottetown

PRESS RELEASE PR Newswire
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE, Aug. 11, 2021 /CNW/ – The governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island continue to invest in local infrastructure during this unprecedented time to meet the needs of communities across the province, enhance quality of life, and support economic recovery from COVID-19.

Today, Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable James Aylward, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, and Joel Dennis, Tremploy Inc. Executive Director, announced funding for a new facility to provide vocational training and support services to adults with intellectual disabilities in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

Record Canada Heat Harms Older People and People with Disabilities

Climate Crisis Requires Inclusive Heat Action, Planning, and Response

Ellen Spannagel
Social Connectedness Fellow 2021, Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness

Recent climate change-exacerbated heat waves in the western Canadian province of British Columbia have left hundreds dead. According to British Columbia’s chief coroner, of the 719 sudden deaths between June 25 and July 1, many were “older individuals living alone in private residences with minimal ventilation.” Many people waited hours for emergency medical assistance.

Studies show that excessive heat disproportionately harms people belonging to marginalized groups, including older people and people with disabilities.

How Accessibility at the Summer’s Gaming Events Stack Up

While a number of recent announcements highlighted accessibility in games, or offered great options for viewers, there’s more work to be done.

Before the game reveals at Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest last month, the host took to Twitter to announce several accessibility initiatives for his event. Not only would disabled viewers have access to an ASL costream led by Chris “DeafGamersTV” Robinson, they also had the opportunity to tune into a completely audio-described version on Brandon “Superblindman” Cole’s Twitch channel. And the Summer Game Fest was not the only E3 press conference to consider disabled audience members. Amid the exciting game reveals, disabled individuals found an industry event that not only acknowledged but welcomed their presence in a substantial way.

How Accessibility at the Summer’s Gaming Events Stack Up

While a number of recent announcements highlighted accessibility in games, or offered great options for viewers, there’s more work to be done.

Before the game reveals at Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest last month, the host took to Twitter to announce several accessibility initiatives for his event. Not only would disabled viewers have access to an ASL costream led by Chris “DeafGamersTV” Robinson, they also had the opportunity to tune into a completely audio-described version on Brandon “Superblindman” Cole’s Twitch channel. And the Summer Game Fest was not the only E3 press conference to consider disabled audience members. Amid the exciting game reveals, disabled individuals found an industry event that not only acknowledged but welcomed their presence in a substantial way.

Masks are Helping Control COVID-19, but They are Creating Problems for People With Disabilities

By Patrick Martin
Posted August 1, 2021

While masks are a vital barrier against the spread of COVID-19, they have also added a layer of complexity to even the most simple of tasks for people with a disability.

Key points:

Masks have been mandatory or “strongly” recommended in many settings across Australia
For people with disabilities, an unintended consequence has been social exclusion

Some are now calling for a permit system to prove they are entitled to exemptions

Masks are currently required in all indoor public spaces in South Australia and, since the state emerged from its week-long lockdown on Wednesday, have been “strongly” recommended in workplaces.