Accessibility tour: could you navigate Calgary streets blind? – Calgary

Accessibility tour: could you navigate Calgary streets blind? - Calgary
CALGARY – Councillor Druh Farrell got to experience Calgary in a very different way Thursday morning.She joined ten decision makers from the city’s transportation and planning and development and assessment departments, the Calgary Construction Association and Development and non-for-profit organizations in taking on a disability for a day.The group started at the Municipal Building, trying out doors and washrooms, before heading out on city streets, towards Olympic Plaza.“I have never noticed that! Whoop! Sorry! Curb!” remarked Farrell crossing the street on Stephan Avenue. She spent the first half of the tour blindfolded, with a cane, before moving around, albeit slowly, in a wheelchair.“It’s enlightening. I feel every little impediment… Every little obstacle, every little bump,” said Farrell.READ MORE: Edmonton cracks down on...

Toronto actors with disabilities kept out of auditions due to lack of accessibility – Toronto

Toronto actors with disabilities kept out of auditions due to lack of accessibility - Toronto
TORONTO — Actor Hal Myshrall has found himself on the outside of the film industry looking in. He literally can’t get inside Toronto casting houses for auditions due to a lack of accessibility.He said he was supposed to have an audition at Jigsaw Casting, but couldn’t get up the stairs.About five years ago he started having health problems, now, due to complications from diabetes, he can barely walk and gets around with the use of an electric scooter.He said he followed up with Jigsaw Casting asking why their studios are not accessible.“The person I had talked to turned around and said, ‘We are handicapped accessible, we have an elevator around the back of the building,'” said Myshrall.Global News went to the building. Down a muddy alley, there is a large yellow door, which presumably would reveal a freight elevator — nearly a...