Topic

disability rights

20 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Sheila Cary-Meagher, Uton Robinson, John Chasty, Mitzie Hunter, Arthur Potts, Kathleen Wynne

Make Malvern C.I. Accessible!

Help us get an elevator in our school! Malvern Collegiate Institute is a high school located in Ward 16 of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). Our school is not accessible to students with a physical disability or to those who use mobility devices because it is three stories and offers no ramps, stair lifts, or elevators. This means that many teachers, guest speakers, parents, and other visitors to the school who have certain disabilities are unable to enter the school and participate in school events either easily or at all. This also means that future students with disabilities must be differed to other schools because our school is not accessible. The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act was created with the purpose of developing and enforcing accessibility standards to create an accessible Ontario by January 1 2025. With respect to this act, we are seeking to implement an elevator in our school to make the facility more accessible to people with physical disabilities or users of mobility devices. The Fraser Institute ranks schools across Ontario, and Malvern Collegiate Institute has received a ranking in the top thirty. We believe that all students should have the right to attend a good school and we want to see Malvern become a place that is welcoming and accommodating of all students. Help us achieve this goal.

Emma Fletcher
436 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Shri U K Bandyopadhyay (Security Officer), Bureau Of Civil Aviation Security in India (BCAS) - 6, Bureau Of Civil Aviation Security in India (BCAS) -8, Bureau Of Civil Aviation Security in India (BCAS) - 7, Bureau Of Civil Aviation Security in India (BCAS) -5, Bureau Of Civil Aviation Security in India (BCAS) -4, Bureau Of Civil Aviation Security in India (BCAS) - 3, Bureau Of Civil Aviation Security in India (BCAS) - 2, Shri Rahul Naferia, Shri A.K.S. Billawaria, Pusapati Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Sh. Vishal Gagan, Sh. K.V.S. Rao, Dr. Vinod Aggarwal, B.S. Bhullar, J.S. Rawat, JDG, G. T. Selvan, K. P. Srivastav, Lalit Gupta, Shri. Jyoti Narayan

Enforce Disabled Friendly Screening Procedures at Indian Airports Security Check Points

I fly frequently for work, both domestically and internationally from several Indian airports. Each time I pass through the security check points at the airports, I am treated like a criminal because I use a prosthetic limb (artificial leg) for my mobility.  I am asked and many a times even forced to strip and to remove my prosthetic. The security staff then picks up my prosthetic limb and puts it on the x-ray machine as if it is a piece of luggage, while I am left immobile and in a state of agony praying that I receive my prosthetic undamaged. The international norms for checking prosthetic do not require amputees to strip, to remove their prosthetic/artificial limb; nor do they require wheel-chair users to stand up & to not use their own wheel chairs. Shouldn't that be equally easy to implement in India as well? I understand that the security staff/CISF is simply following the dictates of BCAS, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security.  I therefore, protest against the human rights violation by BCAS not only on my behalf but also on the behalf of my fellow beings/PwDs, Persons with disabilities- for enforcing the most inhumane and insensitive screening procedures that PwDs are forced to go through at the cost of their physical safety, privacy, dignity and emotional trauma, at the Indian airports. The dictate of BCAS to the CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) at Indian Airports to regard persons with disabilities including amputees like me who use/wear prosthetics such as artificial limb/limbs, a bigger security risk; to ask them to strip and remove their prosthetic and, to make the wheel chair users stand up for thorough checking & not use their wheel chairs - as they all may be carriers of explosives and weapons - is a violation of their human rights of life, liberty, fairness, respect, equality and dignity. The entire screening procedure for the persons with disabilities and medical conditions, and the insensitivity of the rustic security staff (CISF) at the Indian airports towards them need a makeover.  We are living in a human world.  These procedures and the rustic security staff got to have a humane face.  They need to be sensitized and humanized.  I am asking that CISF treats people with disabilities (including those with medical conditions and limited mobility) with dignity, respect, care & courtesy. I am not asking that the national security & the security of fliers be compromised. I am only asking BCAS to: 1) Enforce mine's and my team's manual- "Screening Guidelines to be followed by CISF Security Staff for Passengers with Disabilities at Indian Airports" and include the manual in the Standard Operating Procedure.  Doing so will go a long way in sensitising CISF. The manual abides by the world class screening procedures for persons with disabilities and medical conditions. It also abides by the language of CRPD and it was composed under the guidance of leading disability experts of India. I had personally handed over the manual to Mr. Ajay Kumar and Mr. O.P. Singh, senior CISF officers, in June, 2014. The manual was approved by the office of CISF in New-Delhi. However BCAS has not incorporated it in its SOP. 2) Install full body scanners (like in U.S.) at Indian airports. The scanners will ensure highest level of security while safeguarding the privacy, safety and dignity of persons with disabilities. 3) Enforce zero tolerance policy for any form of harassment, discrimination and infringement of the privacy, dignity, respect and human rights of PwDs. My sister Smiti Bhatia and I have written several letters and emails to BCAS and CISF officials, PM Modi, Ashok Gajapathi and several others.  However we have not received any response from them. I am asking for a meeting with PM Shri Narendra Modi, Minister of Civil Aviation Shri P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, and the Director General of BCAS Shri Kumar Rajesh Chandra to discuss with them the difficulties faced by Persons with Disabilities and how we can resolve them.   Sign my petition to ask PM Modi, Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Shri Kumar Rajesh Chandra to implement policies and procedures that will make security screening at Indian airports hassle free for Persons with Disabilities. Petitioner, Rajesh Bhatia      

Rajesh Bhatia
1,659 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Brian McClendon (Vice President of Google Maps), Alan Eustace (Senior VP of Knowledge), Eric Schmidt (Executive Chairman, Google)

Google Maps: Help people with mobility challenges. Make your maps accessible!

Multiple sclerosis landed me in a wheelchair in 2006. Suddenly a too-narrow door, or one step outside of a restaurant turned the daily activities I had always taken for granted into huge obstacles. When most people plan to go to a restaurant they don't have to worry about whether they'll actually be able to get in the door to meet their friends, or whether they'll be able to get into a bathroom stall. Many of us just choose stay home rather than face these challenges - there's got to be a better way. Google Maps has the ability to help people with disabilities across the world. Currently Google Maps has different options -- you can add traffic info, bike info or weather info to your maps. People with mobility challenges like me need Google Maps to include an accessibility option so that we are able to find out in advance which buildings, transit stations etc. are accessible to us or not! No one wants to discriminate, but accessibility isn't something most people have to think about ever, thankfully. Most of the time I just need to point out why something is inaccessible for people in wheelchairs and people spring into action. I'm hoping that's the case with Google. After all, their motto is: don't be evil.  Google already designs their products to be accessible for blind and deaf people, so we know they already care about accessibility.  When I first lost the ability to walk, I felt invisible. I had been an industrial millwright mechanic for 30 years and suddenly couldn't do that anymore. But I decided to see my disability as a new challenge. I went back to college to study Community and Justice Services, and I developed a passion for helping others.  I started this because I know that not only would an accessibility feature on Google Maps change the daily lives of people with disabilities around the world, but more importantly, it would be saying that people with accessibility challenges matter too.  Sign my petition and spread the word! Thanks, Randy McNeil ___ There are two ways this should happen that would be easy for Google!  1) Work with other map aps that are working on mapping accessibility. There are a couple map programs that I know of already. They are excellent, but Google has the ability to reach the whole world. One solution could be for Google to work with aps like Axsmap, Wheelmap or and Planat and integrate their data into google maps. Everyone would benefit.  2) Include an "accessibility" review on Google+ so that when people click on a location on Google maps they are able to look up or contribute to an accessibility review. This could be useful for people with different challenges. For example, the fact that a restaurant has a ramp outside and also a menu in braille could be listed.

Randy McNeil
32,555 supporters