As a resident of Ontario who supports accessibility for all, you are in a powerful position to inspire important change in this province. In the weeks leading up to Election Day, you can highlight critical issues and encourage candidates to weigh in on what matters to us all – an equitable and accessible province. We’re here to make that process as easy and effective as possible.
Thank you for your participation in this campaign. We continue to work with our partnters and the federal government to enact a Canadians for Disabilities Act. We'll be in touch in the new year with further activities to achieve our goal.
Under the leadership of Barrier Free Canada, Spinal Cord Injury Ontario is supporting a campaign to encourage the new Federal Government to enact a Canadians with Disabilities Act.
Everyone – including people with disabilities, seniors, and families – deserves equitable access to taxicabs Sault Ste. Marie. In truth, we are perplexed that our City’s taxi owners do not share this view and are surprised by the resistance of taxi owners to add accessible taxis to their fleet.
SCI Ontario is leading a Toronto Mayoral Elections Campaign on TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) Accessibility and we need your help in convincing the mayoral candidates and the TTC that making every Subway/RT stop wheelchair accessible is the responsible thing to do.
Be it going to work and medical appointments, or reducing social isolation, Para Transpo is an essential service to many Ottawans with disabilities.
But between September 2012 and September 2013, over 80,000 ride requests could not be accommodated.
This needs to change - beginning with the upcoming budget!
On November 20th, the Transit Commission will meet to hear delegations and pass a budget for OC Transpo and Para Transpo.
On any given day, wheelchair users face substantial challenges accessing accessible, affordable on-demand taxicab service. Here are some challenges:
- Limited service in the evenings
- Limited transportation options in emergencies
- Limited access to employment
- Limited independence
- Limited options during inclement weather
It doesn't have to be this way.
Assistive devices are essential, but we hear from consumers that there are a range of challenges with the Assistive Devices Program, among them:
In recent years motorists with physical disabilities will have noticed the shrinking number of full-serve gas stations, making it increasingly difficult to find an attendant to top up the tank, check critical fluid levels under the hood and tire pressures. These services are so crucial for persons with disabilities in maintaining their independence in transportation, particularly in out-of-town locations. Well, some improvements in obtaining full-service gasoline even from self-serve outlets may be on the way.
We have much to celebrate regarding attendant services. In 2014, the provincial government announced $5 million for the self-adminstered Direct Funding program, as well as an additional $5 million over three years. In addition, several Local Health Integration Networks - regional health services planning bodies - have announed substantial increases to Outreach attendant services.