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...

Quebec invests $4.2M toward better accessibility at Place des Arts metro – Montreal

Quebec invests $4.2M toward better accessibility at Place des Arts metro - Montreal
A corridor built in 1966 that grants access to Montreal’s Place des Arts will be more accessible thanks to a $ 4.2 million grant from the Quebec government.The corridor, which will be the subject of major works, connects the complex to Place des Arts metro station. A staircase will first be demolished, then a long replacement ramp with a gentle slope will be built along the entire length of the 50-metre corridor.Just over three-quarters of the amount will go to renovate the structure. The rest will be used to refresh the corridor.The renovation, which was announced on Sunday, will make it easier for people with reduced mobility to access the six rooms and other spaces of the complex.“Often, we talk about access to culture in the sense of offering the chance to all Montrealers and all Quebecers to appropriate it, (…) but today we are talking...

Accessibility in the City of Peterborough

Accessibility in the City of Peterborough
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...

New pool pod to improve accessibility at Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre – Peterborough

New pool pod to improve accessibility at Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre - Peterborough
[ad_1] A new portable “pool pod” has been installed at the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre to improve pool accessibility for people with mobility impairments.The new lift equipment will enable individuals to use the leisure pool where they previously may have required assistance from a lifeguard. The equipment was courtesy of a $50,000 grant from the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities. READ MORE: Remapping accessibility around the world With the installation of the pool pod, aquatics co-ordinator Chelsey Gray says work has begun to “develop and deliver specialized aquatics programming supporting recreational and therapeutic participants.”“Our new programming will support children, families and agencies such as Five Counties Children’s Centre with recreational and therapeutic adapted swim...