Topic

accessibility

22 petitions

Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Ryah Kazman, Judy Pfeifer, Tracy Mac Charles, Mary Proc, Phil Verster, Michael Wolczyk

Make GO Transit Long Branch Accessible for Everyone by 2018

There are 64 GO Train Stations across Ontario and MIMICO and LONG BRANCH are two of five that STILL DON'T have basic ACCESSIBILITY features, i.e. ramps and/or elevators, no accessible route off the platform. I have young children who are still in the stroller and so do many other parents in my neighbourhood, Go Transit is the only mean of transport in the area for us that is under 20 mins to downtown, but it is such a disappointment ... I cannot use it because it is not accessible. Long Branch Area is packed with families with young children, elderly and people with disabilities. We are in more need for accessible transit than anyone else and still, Metrolinx thinks it is not that important! Metrolinx planned to have all of the train stations upgraded by 2016, but didn't keep its promise, that was put on hold until 2025 as if this is something not that important. When you look through their budget plan for the upcoming year you can see that the funding priority shifts towards modernization and look upgrade of the existing stations that are already accessible. Every year they are upgrading something in the Union station as if this the only station they have in Ontario. What is the matter with you Go Transit? There is an obvious gap in your budget planning... Wake up! Accessibility should be the first priority. Articles from 2011 and 2016 (it is 7 years almost) on that same issue and still no changes:2016 Article in CBC News http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/accessibility-gotrain-metrolinx-toronto-wheelchair-1.38337122011 Article in The Star https://www.thestar.com/news/city_hall/2012/12/30/able_to_get_on_the_go_wheelchair_user_struggles_to_get_off.html

Yuliya Bondarenko
346 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Derek Kan, Logan Green, John Zimmer

Lyft without the use of Wi-Fi!

If you are like me, you not only use but rely on transportation services like Lyft, Uber, and STS to get you from place to place. Whether that be to work, or out for a night on the town, it is one of many sources of transportation that I have come to rely on a good amount of the time. However, Lyft, Uber and other ride-sharing services only operate on Wi-Fi connection. There are times when you're not able to get a signal, your phone is about to die, or there's a big storm like there just was on the East Coast (you lose power thus cancelling any future trips), but you really need a ride anyway. Without Wi-Fi, the chances are that you won't be able to get a ride, unless you're on a phone that operates on LTE when there's no Wi-Fi. But what about for those of us who don't have that option? Then you get stuck somewhere with no way home, or you can't get things done because you can't get around.  I am 24 going on 25, but still unable to drive, and there is a very good chance I won't ever be able to because of my disability. Born with Cerebral Palsy, I have trouble with operating a car because of the reflexes you need to have. I also get distracted very easily (by other cars, by the radio, by people talking, by not being able to see the road underneath the car...), and have panic episodes while driving. This causes me to have to rely on government-funded services like Transportation America's Special Transportation Services (for the senior and disabled), and ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber. Now that I live completely on my own, I have had to figure out how to navigate in life and this is something that has affected me personally that I would like to see changed. I also would like to tackle pricing for disabled passengers, but for now, I will focus on this petition. It would mean the world to me if you liked, commented, shared this petition with friends and family. I know I'm not the only one who this could benefit!

Megan Vineberg
8 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Amazon Studios, Movie Theaters, Roadside Attractions

Turn on Open Captions for "Wonderstruck" for Deaf Moviegoers!

What is Wonderstruck?This October, Amazon Studios is releasing the movie Wonderstruck, which is based on the juvenile fiction novel by Brian Selznick. The movie has two parts -- a black-and-white "silent film" part with a Deaf character (played by a Deaf actor), and a color film part with a character who loses hearing in one ear. The Deaf actor, Millicent Simmonds, will be in the spotlight as the deaf community's latest example of #DeafTalent! See her in the (open captioned) trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeh-HfGdOEAWhat are open captions? Open captions, in movie theaters, are words that appear on-screen for dialogue, sound effects, and music. In contrast, there are closed captions, which are captions that appear on an individual captioning device and are "closed" to the moviegoer using it. Captioning devices only exist in the place of open captions on the off-chance that some hearing moviegoers do not want to accommodate deaf moviegoers with words on-screen as a matter of accessibility.Why open captions for Wonderstruck?Open captions are already available for movies from all six major studios, and even smaller distributors like Wonderstruck's Amazon Studios have them available. They just have to be turned on in movie theaters! Since Wonderstruck is a deaf-themed movie, it is absurd not to have open captions. These would make the movie immediately accessible for any deaf and hard of hearing moviegoer to simply walk in, sit down, and enjoy the show.What can I do?Sign this petition, share it with other deaf and hard of hearing people who like going to the movies, and share it with hearing allies as well! We welcome hearing moviegoers who support open captions and even enjoy having them. Contact Amazon Studios asking them to ensure open captions for Wonderstruck. The movie has a limited release on October 20th and will be in more theaters in November, so get in touch with your local movie theaters and their general managers to have them set up open captions for all screenings of Wonderstruck.DC Deaf Moviegoers is a group for deaf and hard of hearing moviegoers in the Washington, DC area. Organizers for the group set up open captioned movie screenings on the behalf of its members. To find out more, check out its Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/dcdeafmoviegoers/

DC Deaf Moviegoers
164 supporters