Report: Canadians with Disabilities Could Boost Economy by $50 Billion

Posted on October 21st, 2019 by Best Brothers Group

Americas, Misc., October 21 2019 CANADA: Canadians with disabilities are already a large part of the working age population and will increase in importance as the population ages, says a new report by TD Economics. Yet labour market outcomes for these individuals continues to lag. Even moderate success in narrowing gaps between people with disabilities (PWD) and […]

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Communities in British Columbia Urged to Improve Access for Persons with Disabilities

Posted on September 16th, 2019 by Best Brothers Group

Americas, News, September 16 2019 CANADA: The unemployment rate for people with disabilities is close to 50 per cent, and B.C. needs them as much as they want to work, the president of the B.C. Chamber of Commerce says. Val Litwin spoke Monday at an announcement by the B.C. government on its plan to help […]

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Government of Canada Announces New Accessible Technology Program Funding Recipients

Posted on September 9th, 2019 by Best Brothers Group

Americas, Assistive Technology, September 9 2019 CANADA: Canadians with disabilities deserve the same opportunities to find good jobs, contribute to their communities, and build a better life for themselves and their families. Yet many Canadians with disabilities still face barriers to full participation in the digital economy. Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science […]

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University Students Design Wheelchair Hand Warmer for Persons with Muscular Dystrophy

Posted on August 8th, 2019 by Best Brothers Group

Americas, Assistive Technology, Universal Design, August 8 2019 MANITOBA, CANADA: Aiming to enhance patients’ lives, a team of University of Manitoba biomedical students has produced autonomous designs — including a wheelchair hand warmer for those living with muscular dystrophy (MD). The overarching goal during the University of Manitoba Biomedical Engineering Design (BMED) Team’s first year was to give students experience in design, public speaking, […]

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Tactile Model Makes a Stadium Accessible to Persons with Visual Impairment  

Posted on April 19th, 2019 by Best Brothers Group

Americas, April 19 2019 The Tower and the 1976 Olympic Games Olympic Stadium, a symbol of the city of Montreal in Québec, Canada, can now be explored with the fingertips. They have been reproduced as a tactile model for people with visual disabilities, thanks to a collaboration between the Olympic Park, Kéroul and Tactile Studio. […]

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Proposed Canadian travel regulations for people with disabilities don’t go far enough, critics say – BC

Posted on March 11th, 2019 by Best Brothers Group

For people living with disabilities, travelling can be a challenge. The Canadian Transportation Agency and federal accessibility minister announced new proposed regulations that promise to be a game-changer for travellers with disabilities. The proposed regulations would affect communication, training, accessibility and service on large airlines, rail, ferries, buses and terminals. For example, terminals would be […]

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Accessibility in the digital age: Okanagan parent voices concern

Posted on February 25th, 2019 by Best Brothers Group

When School District 23 recently introduced a new app for parents to report their child’s absence from class, not everybody was able to fully use it. Derek Wilson is blind. The app the school district chose is inaccessible, he said. “I think that the school district, if they’re going to use public funds to provide […]

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Developer forced to backfill Capital Pointe site after losing appeal – Regina

Posted on February 5th, 2019 by Best Brothers Group

The City of Regina has won its appeal against the developer of Capital Pointe. Westgate Properties has been ordered to backfill the hole on Albert Street and Victoria Avenue. READ MORE: Court rejects Regina’s appeal on Capital Pointe project According to the 14-page decision by the Saskatchewan Building and Accessibility Standards Appeal Board, the hole […]

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Calgary Building Receives $72,000 Toward Accessibility Renovations  

Posted on January 29th, 2019 by Best Brothers Group

Americas, Built Environment, January 29 2019 Picture credit: (ET Monroy – 660 NEWS CALGARY, Alberta: 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 […]

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Remapping accessibility around the world

Posted on November 18th, 2018 by Best Brothers Group

Maayan Ziv was born with muscular dystrophy and has used a wheelchair since she was a child. She’s had to come up with creative solutions to get around on the busy streets of Toronto. That led to developing an app that’s remapping accessibility around the world. Robin Gill reports. Source link

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