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U.S. Department of Labor Announces New Employment Initiative for Inclusive Employment

The U.S. Department of Labor on December 16 announced a new initiative designed to assist states in aligning policy, programs and funding across multiple state agencies to increase competitive integrated employment for people with mental health conditions. Led by the Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), the Advancing State Policy Integration for Recovery and Employment (ASPIRE)… Continue Reading »

Canada to Develop a New Accessible Homes Standard

CANADA: The federal government, through the National Housing Strategy (NHS) delivered by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), is providing $190,000 in funding to the CSA Group to support research and develop a national standard for affordable, adaptable, and accessible homes across the country. “Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. Research is key… Continue Reading »

Ontario Human Rights Commission Issues Statement on Accessible Housing

CANADA: While the COVID-19 pandemic has spotlighted the need for safe housing, Ontarians with disabilities have always lived with the harsh reality that their housing choices are extremely limited, chronically inaccessible and often substandard and unsafe. One in seven Ontarians have a disability. Yet, Ontarians with disabilities routinely face discriminatory screening practices by landlords and… Continue Reading »

The World Games 2022 to Include a New Initiative for Disability Inclusion

U.S.A: The World Games 2022 has joined Lakeshore Foundation in a new initiative for disability inclusion and access with A Journey to One World, One Games. What is the World Games? The World Games is an Olympic-style sports experience where elite athletes from all over the world compete for gold in 34 unique, multi-disciplinary sports. Sports featured are those not… Continue Reading »

New Accessibility Requirements for Restaurants in Nova Scotia

Amendments to the Nova Scotia Building Code come into effect on Oct. 31 requiring any new restaurants, cafés, lunch counters and delis to be accessible to all Nova Scotians. In order to get a food safety permit, any new restaurant with seating will need to have accessible entrances, pathways and washrooms. These changes will be paired with… Continue Reading »

Accessibility Standards Canada Survey Open Until September 30, 2020

CANADA: Accessibility Standards Canada creates and reviews accessibility standards for federally regulated organizations. It also supports and promotes innovative research that aims to identify and eliminate barriers, and to prevent new ones. Accessibility Standards Canada recently launched their first online consultation! Have your say. Take the Survey: Priorities for engagement, accessibility standards and research from 2020… Continue Reading »

IAAP Launches Accessible Built Environments Initiative

ATLANTA (August 27, 2020) — IAAP, a division of the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ict), is pleased to announce a new stream of resources for its membership.  The initiative leverages and expands on the impressive work of the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), a leading international organization dedicated to promoting Accessibility… Continue Reading »

CNIB Announces New Partnership with LEARNstyle

CANADA  – CNIB, Canada’s largest non-profit serving people with sight loss, has signed a new partnership agreement with LEARNstyle, experts in specialized education and assistive technology training. Through this exciting new partnership, LEARNstyle will provide high-quality, specialized training to support Ontario teachers and students in their journey to take full advantage of accessible products, technology and… Continue Reading »

UNBC Professors Participate in Collaborative Effort to Make B.C.’s Outdoors More Accessible

CANADA: Several UNBC professors have been working to make outdoor spaces across the province more accessible to British Columbians. The research is being supported with a $24,000 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnership Engage grant. The professors, Drs. Mark Groulx, Shannon Freeman and Pamela Wright have been working collaboratively with Spinal Cord Injury BC’s… Continue Reading »

I Love NY Unveils Accessible New York Initiative

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: In tandem with the 30th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, I Love NY unveiled Accessible New York, an initiative designed to enhance the travel experiences of visitors with disabilities. The Accessible New York website will serve as an information hub to publicize accessible attractions for people with accessibility needs. The first… Continue Reading »