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Wheelchair Accessible Hotel near Vatican

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This wheelchair accessible hotel is located in one of the most wheelchair friendly neighborhoods in Rome. The accessible shopping on Via del Courso is within
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10 Of The Most Accessible Holidays - Traveling Bytes

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Some of the top destinations for accessible holidays and disability-friendly locations to help you plan a hassle-free trip.
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Hey @Toronto We hosted the @Parapangames last summer. Minimal legacy for Visitors Tourists with #Disabilities. We missed the boat.
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January | 2016 | Guy Osmond

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2 posts published by Guy Osmond during January 2016

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Need to learn more about ergonomics and evidence based practice of ergonomics and human factors design? Read Guy Osmond's posts.  OPC Inc. Designing to optimize human performance since 1991

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Lessons from London: how hosting the Paralympics can make cities more accessible

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Navigating a major metropolis with a disability is tough, but the Paralympics give us the chance to make it work.

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Excellent for disabled guests - Review of BEST WESTERN PLUS Dean Court Hotel, York - TripAdvisor

Excellent for disabled guests - Review of BEST WESTERN PLUS Dean Court Hotel, York - TripAdvisor | Inclusive | Scoop.it
BEST WESTERN PLUS Dean Court Hotel: Excellent for disabled guests - See 1,199 traveller reviews, 221 candid photos, and great deals for BEST WESTERN PLUS Dean Court Hotel at TripAdvisor.

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Dear clients and potential clients of #OptimalPerformanceConsultants Remember how we said social media is very powerful in spreading the word about accessible businesses including hotels? Here is the proof. Our experts in Canada can assist so this is always a positive message about your business.  Contact us AODA@optimalperformance.ca 

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Brian Seaman's curator insight, January 16, 10:35 AM

It sounds really good. If you're thinking of visiting York - or any other historic city centre - be aware of the presence of some cobbled routes. If you can cope with that then there are some truly attractive places to see.

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A Visit to Steelcase Worklife Los Angeles - Design Milk

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A tour inside Steelcase's newly opened 11,000 square feet showroom in Downtown Los Angeles, offering the latest in office solutions and technologies.

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At Optimal Performance Consultants we work with many design firms and furniture co's. Thus far Steelcase has the best ergonomic/human factors solutions which impact Wellbeing. Very functional looking office here in LA.  Well done.  JESleeth OPC Inc

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Go Accessible 365 - Home

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You can check out the website here: http://t.co/RUNodSwK5J - and if you drive an accessible taxi, van or bus, you can register on the site!

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This is a great site! Too bad Toronto Canada is not using this for the Para Pan Athletes about to come here in August!  When technology meets disability suddenly there is more ability!  JESleeth OPC Inc.

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Brian Seaman's curator insight, June 19, 2015 6:34 AM

Another resource if you need accessible accommodation, facilities and transport.

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Accessible beaches around the world

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Easter Seals is featuring information on accessible beaches in the United States, but I thought I'd share a great post that mentions cities around the world that have great beaches.

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Looks like we better start doing this on the many Ontario beaches. OPC Inc
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Samsung releases new ad 'Hearing Hands'

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Samsung released an advertisement this weekend for a new service intended to help people with hearing disabilities. In the ad, a person with a hearing disability encounters only people who know sig...
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The Disabled Marketplace is the size of the Chinese economy worldwide. Samsung, Microsoft, Apple all GET this and target this market. So why then are Ontario companies so reluctant if not set in not complying with the AODA? OPC Inc creating workplaces, commercial & condominium built environments for ALL users using Human Factors Design since 1991. We want to consult with the companies who "get" this.  Contact us to talk at AODA@optimalperformance.ca

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Former Lieutenant Governor to Champion Accessibility in Ontario

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Ontario has appointed The Honourable David C. Onley as a special advisor on accessibility to champion opportunities for people of all abilities in the public and private sectors. As former Lieutena...
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What a great and natural choice in D Onley to champion the AODA in other sectors and locations around the world. AT OPC Inc we are really seeing the potential & realized benefits in using this very unique approach to develop accessibility for the Province. The ROI is there waiting for private business to take early advantage of this over their competitors. Congratulations Mr Onley.  

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Ontario_Accessibility_Regula.pdf

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#BOMA members who need to learn more about the #OntarioBuildCode #ABES as part of the #AODA can refer to the Seminar presented by JESleeth of Optimal Performance Consultants in previous Webinars & Talks eg. September 16th 2014. There will be upcoming E Blasts as the OBC and the IASR timelines move along and another seminar February 2015. Contact Robyn Sauret rsauret@bomatoronto.org to learn more and obtain copies of Jane Sleeth's talks and seminars. AODA@optimalperformance.ca 

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How Accessible Is Your Hotel? - Spinal Cord Injury BC

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Can your hotel provide accurate information on the specifics of its accessible rooms? Make booking easier by avoiding these "accessible hotel" mistakes.

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Great to see this being discussed as using the ROI of accessible human centred design is really the only way businesses will move on the requirement to become accessible to all who may want to travel, use a hotel or have a drink in the local pub.  Thanks Brian for yet another great Scoop!  OPC Inc

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The Province of Manitoba Family Services and Labour; Welcome to an Accessible Province 2013

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Province of Manitoba | Family Services and Labour. First Ontario....and now Manitoba. Which Province will be next? The Accessibility for Manitobans Act became law on December 5, 2013. The purpose o...
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For Private companies in Canada who are still not certain if ACCESSIBILITY will become mandatory in each province of Canada, read our Blog optimalperformanceblog.com about Manitoba & their AMA Dec 2013. Accessibility and Barrier Free Build Codes will become the norm across Canada.  Putting this into strategic business planning is the best and most cost effective approach to bringing the 17-20% of disabled Canadian's into the fold! OPC Inc 

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Office space: What does the ideal workplace look like? - The Globe and Mail

Office space: What does the ideal workplace look like? - The Globe and Mail | Inclusive | Scoop.it
Cubicles are isolating and soul-sucking. Open offices are noisy and distracting. Alex Bozikovic reports on a trend that both extroverts and introverts can get behind

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A perfect example in this @GlobeandMail article as to how #architects #Interiordesigners do not take the time or invest in the expertise of #ergonomists who are experts in the #humanfactor and design. #employee productivity suffers as a result. Contact us to learn how to use our expertise in tandem with #AandD Info@optimalperformance.ca
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Jane Sleeth's curator insight, January 21, 2015 3:55 PM

What is the ideal office? We rarely see the ideal office in large measure because architects and interior designers don't use human factors and ergonomic knowledge when planning offices and determining furniture standards. Unless and until ergonomists are involved directly in the planning, "blueprint" and standards development phases, the ideal office will not be realized. Need to understand how ergonomics leads to human based design & accessibility? Contact us at 416 860-0002 or info@optimalperformance.ca 

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Sit-stand workstations in the UK

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Recently, I was asked about what employers are doing with sit-stand workstations and this prompted an overview of how I see the UK market at the moment. Whilst subjective, I hope it provides some useful indicators. In the United States, there has been a strong move to 100% sit-stand in new installations. As a result, this has…

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OPC Inc does not represent any lines of furniture or equipment. Therefore we are able to provide a more unbiased approach to the use of S2S. A thorough review of the literature finds:

Increased BP and cardiovascular loads when standing

Increased lower back pain with static standing

Increased loads on the joints of the lower extremities esp for overweight employees

After 6-12 months of implementation of S2S workstations less than 1 in 10 people still use them in a standing posture.

Conclusion - the Qualified ergonomist should review the individual request for S2S workstations & only after careful review of the underlying medical issues; the job demands are measured;, the NIOSH percentage of exposure is calculated and other solutions explored; then and only then should the S2S be considered as a solution.

If used this must be backed up by a formal and active ergonomic program so people use these properly PLUS they engage in regular DYNAMIC movement each and every day at work.

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Guy Osmond's curator insight, February 10, 9:12 AM

An overview of the UK market, which includes useful markers.

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REMI Network - Home

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The REMI Network is a leading news and information source servicing the real estate management industry.
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Michelle Ervin attended the sold out seminar by #OPCergo #optimalperformanceconsultants in January about the role of #FM #IT #Communications #HR in the new #IASR requirements of the AODA., Employment Stanadards. This article came from her summary of the talk and her interview with #JasonChiles #KimWalker and #JESleeth. This Seminar is being held again at the #Steelcase Training facility on King St West Toronto and at BOMATO Feb 9th 2016. Seats are filling up fast at both events so make sure you learn about the AODA and the ways to accommodate PwD. 

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Disabled room was tired and does not include double beds. - Review of Ibis London Earls Court, London - TripAdvisor

Disabled room was tired and does not include double beds. - Review of Ibis London Earls Court, London - TripAdvisor | Inclusive | Scoop.it
Ibis London Earls Court: Disabled room was tired and does not include double beds. - See 3,378 traveller reviews, 705 candid photos, and great deals for Ibis London Earls Court at TripAdvisor.

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Dear clients and potential clients of #OptimalPerformanceConsultants Remember how we said social media is very powerful in spreading the word about accessible businesses including hotels? Here is the proof. Our experts in Canada can assist so this is always a positive message about your business.  Contact us AODA@optimalperformance.ca 

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Brian Seaman's curator insight, January 15, 10:39 AM

There are probably twin beds only in the designated accessible bedrooms at this hotel, because it enables a carer to stay in the same room with someone who may need additional support.

 

Ideally the parking would be free - but that would be unusual in a city centre like London.

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Denied the Accessible Room I Reserved at Crowne Plaza Englewood, New Jersey

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Open Letter to IHG Hotels (Owners of Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn) Dear Management of the IHG Hotels group, My name is Karin Willison, and I'm a travel blogger. I have been disabled since birth by ...

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For Businesses in Ontario who still do not see there is a compelling and real ROI in being accessible the proof is in the pudding - brand damage is a cost and having accessibility in place means positive customer feedback and repeat business. JESeeth OPC Inc.
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Baby boomers and the accessible travel market

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As boomers reach retirement age, the tourism industry will need to adapt to meet their needs, according to a leading figure in accessible travel. Kahla Preston reports. Baby boomers are set to have...


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Amazing how hotels, restaurants and tourism in Canada has not figured out just how much discretionary money is available with disabled and aging populations within and outside of Canada. Apart from RBC + TD banks and now BMO, First Capital and 20 VIC plus BOMAToronto the # of large companies embracing this is paltry and not entrepreneurial in the least.  JESleeth OPC Inc

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'Responsive street furniture' in cities could boost accessibility

'Responsive street furniture' in cities could boost accessibility | Inclusive | Scoop.it
Imagine a city that could physically adapt to the individual needs of the people on the street.

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These design changes benefit everyone - not disabled people - it helps those of us who are distracted and walking; younger and older users of public space. Great article. OPC Inc.

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The AODA & Accessibility considerations in Event Planning & Conference Management JESleeth

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Ever wonder how to get more people to attend your events or conferences? Consider the fact that most event planners and conference organizers do not give much though to ensuring venues are accessible, that marketing materials can be read by people who have low vision or blindness. Flip that around & you can see how you can increase readership, and attendance from the 17-20% of the population who cannot access your event. Accessibility and the AODA make great business sense.  JESleeth OPC Inc.

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Customer accessibility compliance for business (AODA)

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By January 1, 2012 Ontario business must have employees trained with polices and procedures in place to deliver appropriate customer service to customers with disabilities.
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Optimal Performance Consultant's research finds only 30% of small & med size businesses are compliant with the first phase of the AODA called Customer Service Standards, CSS. This number is even lower for the IASR, Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulations.The AODA is not a large cost item for small/med business to undertake. The AODA will impact Ontario's economic recovery by having more PwD (People with Disabilities) in the workforce & becoming tax payers. Need to learn more? Join OPC Inc's team of IT, ID & strategic experts April 8th a.m. Steelcase Toronto AODA@optimalperformance.ca

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Conditional Building Permits: A Very Useful Tool | The Lay of the Land

Conditional Building Permits: A Very Useful Tool | The Lay of the Land | Inclusive | Scoop.it
There are many situations in which a developer may need to begin construction before a certain date, but cannot get their building permit in time. In Ontario that is usually because they cannot yet meet some very minor “applicable law” requirement that, according the Building Code Act, they must comply with in order to obtain the permit.[1]

A conditional building permit can often get around this problem, even though many municipalities in Ontario use them so infrequently that they seem barely aware that they have the authority to issue them. Conditional building permits are authorized pursuant to s. 8(3) of the Building Code Act, and allow an applicant to proceed with construction even though all “applicable law” requirements necessary to obtain a building permit have not yet been met. Instead, there is only a much shorter and less onerous list of “applicable law” requirements that must be met.[2] Even in larger municipalities conditional building permits are not always raised as an option to applicants, even if they could potentially benefit in reduced fees and commence their construction much sooner.

Some of the more common circumstances in which a conditional building permit can be useful include:

Beating an upcoming development charge (or other fee)
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It will be interesting in going forward into January 2015 when the OBC's Accessibility Requirements come into effect if these Conditional Building Permits will be granted or will the Municipalities really stick behind the AODA Design of Public Spaces & the ABES or Accessible Building requirements to not issue Building Permits. A serious approach by the City will ensure Permits are not granted unless and until ALL aspects of the ABES are in place to ensure ALL people in the province can access buildings, retail, hotels, casino's, theatres, restaurants and sporting facilities etc. Time to become aware of the AODA in your business and comply to make certain Ontario prospers in the new economy.

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The AODA is the Law In Ontario PLUS it makes for an excellent business case!

The AODA is the Law In Ontario PLUS it makes for an excellent business case! | Inclusive | Scoop.it
Only 30% of employers in Ontario are compliant with the Customer Service Standard (CSS) of the AODA. As part of the CSS compliance, Optimal Performance developed an easy to use, effective elearning...
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OPC Inc has both e learning tools for CSS and now Webinars on compliance with the IASR's phase of the AODA. Contact us to purchase licences aoda@optimalperformance.ca

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