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Disabled Ottawa woman suing WestJet

Disabled Ottawa woman suing WestJet | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
An Ottawa woman with muscular dystrophy is suing WestJet after her wheelchair arrived at her destination broken and unusable.
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Jane Sleeth's curator insight, November 8, 2013 12:03 PM

Too bad this has lead to a law suit versus a request on the part of this woman with WestJet. WestJet is an employee owned company who has a vested interest in making things better for all customers. Law suits tend to shut down conversations which lead to improved training, design and solution finding.  I would like to see the disabled community use Human Rights and AODA to make their requirements known.  Just my opinion as litigators are rarely interested in making things right (except in their profit centres).  JESleeth OPC Inc

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Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company

Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
New Helping Hand card scheme is designed to make bus travel more accessible for everyone in Brighton & Hove; http://t.co/piFovCEBUG
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Company seeks licence to provide limo service to people with disabilities

Company seeks licence to provide limo service to people with disabilities | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
Sunshine Transit Services is going before the Manitoba Taxicab Board seeking a special limo licence. Owner Gary Jakeman said the limo service for people with disabilities is needed because no one else offers it in Winnipeg.
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Japan Accessible Tourism Center / transport / escalator adapted wheelchair

Japan Accessible Tourism Center / transport / escalator adapted wheelchair | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
This is awesome. Wheelchair adapted escalator in Japan http://t.co/3YsKDfWIuO
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VIA Rail’s New Accessible Cabin for Two Makes its Inaugural Trip from Vancouver on the Canadian | VIA Rail

VIA Rail’s New Accessible Cabin for Two Makes its Inaugural Trip from Vancouver on the Canadian | VIA Rail | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
2014 August 21st, 2014 Official Opening of the Overhead Walkway and Central Platform at Cobourg Station August 19th, 2014 VIA Rail’s New Accessible Cabin for Two Makes its Inaugural Trip from Vancouver on the Canadian August 18th, 2014 Official...
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Accessibility concerns raised over bus services

Accessibility concerns raised over bus services | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
Arriva has been criticised for running buses with poor access for disabled and push-chair travellers, but the company insists it is transforming its fleet to make them more user-friendly.
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VIA Rail's New Accessible Cabin for Two Makes its Inaugural Trip from ... - Canada NewsWire (press release)

VIA Rail's New Accessible Cabin for Two Makes its Inaugural Trip from ... - Canada NewsWire (press release) | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
VIA Rail's New Accessible Cabin for Two Makes its Inaugural Trip from ...
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Accessible entertainment - Times of Malta

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Emirates has become the first airline to introduce audio description on films for visually impaired customers on its inflight entertainment system.
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Good news for blind or partially sighted customers on Emirates - sit back and enjoy the films.

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Government halves Access for All funding | Disability Rights UK

Government halves Access for All funding | Disability Rights UK | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
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New Amtrak Wheelchair Ramp - YouTube

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My grateful thanks to Scott Rains for sharing this video of a new ramp being trialled by Amtrack in America.

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London-style taxi hits the streets of Melbourne - The Age

London-style taxi hits the streets of Melbourne - The Age | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
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London-style taxi hits the streets of Melbourne
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A spokeswoman for the Victorian Taxi Association said it would welcome any commercial solution that made Melbourne's taxi fleet more accessible.
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Phila. to add 45 disabled-accessible cabs

Phila. to add 45 disabled-accessible cabs | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
After years of lobbying for more cabs that can handle wheelchairs, disabled people and their advocates Thursday got their wish: The Philadelphia Parking Authority will issue 45 taxi medallions for...
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ITV Fixers: Help visually impaired people gain independence on public transport

ITV Fixers: Help visually impaired people gain independence on public transport | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
A visually impaired young woman from Hawick is calling on local bus companies to provide more support for those with poor sight, so that journeys are not an uncertain ordeal.
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New accessible bus stop in Muswell Hill for 144

New accessible bus stop in Muswell Hill for 144 | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
(Lynne Featherstone MP, local resident Tom Southern and Cllrs Gail Engert, Pippa Connor and Martin Newton at the new 144 bus stop in Muswell Hill) New accessible bus stop in Muswell Hill for 144 The 144 bus will now use a new accessible bus stop...
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TfL announces new accessible transport exhibition

TfL announces new accessible transport exhibition | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
Disabled and older Londoners are being invited to a special exhibition setting out how Transport for London is making the capital’s transport network more accessible.
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Czech car firm mobilises the disabled - YouTube

Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/reuterssubscribe Czech engineers want to expand production of 'Elbee', their vehicle designed for disabled persons in wheelchai...
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It would be even better if it was family-sized....

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Parking pay stations in Pittsburgh being lowered to aid disabled

Parking pay stations in Pittsburgh being lowered to aid disabled | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
The Pittsburgh Parking Authority is close to settling a lawsuit filed in May over the height of its electronic parking meters, which are being modified to make them easier to use for people with disabilities, the authority’s contractor says. The parking authority board voted Thursday to authorize Executive Director David Onorato to settle a lawsuit filed by Debra Stemmler, who uses a wheelchair and claimed the pay stations violated the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. That’s because the meters’ “operable parts,” specifically coin slots and buttons, must be no higher than 48 inches off the ground. Mr. Onorato would not discuss details of the settlement negotiations, which he said are ongoing. “I would hope it’s settled very shortly,” he said. The resolution the board passed
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Disabled woman abandons court appeal over bus 'discrimination' - BBC News

Disabled woman abandons court appeal over bus 'discrimination' - BBC News | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
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Disabled woman abandons court appeal over bus 'discrimination'
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Arriva said it was "committed to making buses as accessible as possible".
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£500k Ferries Accessibility Fund for harbour or ferry operators

£500k Ferries Accessibility Fund for harbour or ferry operators | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
Transport Minister, Keith Brown, announced yesterday a new £500,000 fund, launched to improve accessibility on Scotland’s ferry network. The Ferries
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Denver Union Station not friendly to disabled, says group

Denver Union Station not friendly to disabled, says group | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
Advocacy group for the disabled sues RTD and Denver for not providing access to Denver Union Station
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Yes - it looks like it still happens! A station revamp that get access wrong for disabled passengers...

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Does Ireland provide equal public transport to wheelchair users?

Does Ireland provide equal public transport to wheelchair users? | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
Wheelchair users are to be treated the same as any other passengers under the law, but is that the case?
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World’s first travel app for blind and partially sighted people: Talking Buses | RNIB

World’s first travel app for blind and partially sighted people: Talking Buses | RNIB | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
A brand new bus tracking app Talking Buses aims to transform how blind and partially sighted people travel.
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Strong push for better accessibility on NSW public transport - Government News

Strong push for better accessibility on NSW public transport - Government News | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
Fair and equal access a focus for Universal Design Conference
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8 tips for wheelchair users on trains | Rica

8 tips for wheelchair users on trains | Rica | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
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This is a good list of advice - please share with your contacts - especially if they too use a wheelchair

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Accessible Transportation in Nova Scotia - Disabled World

Accessible Transportation in Nova Scotia - Disabled World | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
Nova Scotians in rural communities will have more accessible transportation after a government investment announcement. ... A transit train car that is accessible for all users and identified with the International symbol ...
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Crossrail extension to Hertfordshire being considered

Crossrail extension to Hertfordshire being considered | Accessible Travel | Scoop.it
Proposals to extend Crossrail to Hertfordshire are being considered by the government, the transport secretary announces. (Will #crossrail extension to #Herts mean more #accessible travel options for #disabled ppl in #Buckinghamshire?
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