People with disabilities, autism carry a heavier pandemic burden, advocates say – National

People with disabilities, autism carry a heavier pandemic burden, advocates say - National
People with intellectual disabilities and autism are dying of COVID-19 at higher rates than other people in at least two states in the U.S., according to new data collected by NPR.In Pennsylvania, people with intellectual disabilities and autism are dying at a rate twice as high as other people who contract the virus. In New York, they’re dying at 2.5 times the rate of others.One in four Canadians — about 25 per cent of the population — has a disability, according to the latest data from Statistics Canada, and experts worry the numbers are similar when it comes to COVID-19 deaths in Canada.READ MORE: Disability advocates say B.C. woman’s death shows need for clearer COVID-19 policy“We know that … when you look at the response (to COVID-19) and the (exclusion) of certain populations … people with disabilities is one of those...

University of Calgary leads research into the effects of social distancing on teenagers

University of Calgary leads research into the effects of social distancing on teenagers


Approximately 50% of mental illness begins in emerging adulthood. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased risk for this vulnerable age group. Dr. Gina Dimitropoulos is helping to lead a project in expanding access to mental health services for youth through online evidence-based psychotherapy.

Master plan aims at making Lethbridge more accessible – Lethbridge

Master plan aims at making Lethbridge more accessible - Lethbridge
After more than two years in the works, the City of Lethbridge’s mobility/accessibility master plan was presented to members of city council on Monday at the community issues committee meeting.The long-term strategy aims at making the city universally accessible and easier to navigate for people who struggle with mobility.The document — which is available on the city’s website — states that the plan’s vision is to “guide the optimization of our physical infrastructure to allow for equal access to programs and services for all people, including those with physical, sensory and cognitive challenges.”READ MORE: City of Lethbridge creating new Accessibility Mobility Master Plan Chris Witkowski, the plan’s project lead, said the emphasis is on accessibility.“We are trying to get accessibility to the forefront of thinking as we do...

Lethbridge’s mobility/accessibility master plan presented to city councillors

Lethbridge’s mobility/accessibility master plan presented to city councillors


The city’s mobility/accessibility master plan has been in the works since 2018. On Monday, it was presented to city councillors at a community issues committee meeting. Danica Ferris has more on the strategy, which is set to come back before council in July.

Green Line LRT: Calgary councillors approve alternative Stage 1 route – Calgary

Green Line LRT: Calgary councillors approve alternative Stage 1 route - Calgary
Calgary city council has approved a revised route for Stage 1 of the Green Line LRT expansion.The first approved stage of the project goes from 16 Avenue N. to Shepard and also comes with changes to construction staging. READ MORE: Green Line LRT: Calgary councillors discuss revised alignment of Stage 1 The first leg of the Green Line will be built in three segments:Segment 1: Elbow River to ShepardSegment 2A: 2 Avenue S.W. station to Elbow RiverSegment 2B: 16 Avenue N. to north of 2 Avenue S.W. stationBecause Stage 1 of the project is shovel-ready, details on qualifications that will be needed from companies hoping to work on the project are expected to be announced in June, and a request for proposal should be out by July 24, the city said. Story continues below advertisement “Given Segment 1 will...

Keeping accessibility in mind amid the pandemic

Keeping accessibility in mind amid the pandemic
Peterborough welcomes a new organization dedicated to accessibility in the city.Jenn MacDonald is Fund Development & Communications Coordinator of the new Accessibility and Inclusion Network. She tells Lindsay Biscaia about the network’s mission meet increased needs for accessibility awareness in the City of Peterborough and in Peterborough...

Road construction booming in downtown Montreal

Road construction booming in downtown Montreal


Everywhere you turn, construction is in full force, whether it be by the Bell Centre, Peel Street or Ste-Catherine Street. As Global’s Tim Sargeant explains, if you’ve been working from home for the last few months, you’re in for a surprise when you do finally come downtown.

Representatives from post-secondary schools highlight accessibility for students with disabilities – Halifax

Representatives from post-secondary schools highlight accessibility for students with disabilities - Halifax
Representatives from post-secondary institutions are taking part in a panel discussion on campus accessibility as part of the National AccessAbility Week Digital Conference, hosted by Halifax-based organization reachAbility. READ MORE: Halifax-based non-profit goes digital for week-long conference on accessibility and inclusion Accessibility & Inclusion in a Post-Secondary Environment is a two-part speaker series featuring representatives from some of Nova Scotia’s foremost post-secondary universities and colleges: Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD), Dalhousie University, Cape Breton University, Acadia University, Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), Mount Saint Vincent University and Saint Mary’s University.Speaker series moderator and reachAbility program facilitator Debra Wells-Hopey sees it as a great...

Accessibility in a Post-Secondary Environment

Accessibility in a Post-Secondary Environment
Peterborough welcomes a new organization dedicated to accessibility in the city.Jenn MacDonald is Fund Development & Communications Coordinator of the new Accessibility and Inclusion Network. She tells Lindsay Biscaia about the network’s mission meet increased needs for accessibility awareness in the City of Peterborough and in Peterborough...