disability rights

19 petitions

Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Google Inc., 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 M
32,627 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Upper Canada Mall

Get Physically Disabled Children, Adults/Seniors off the Upper Canada Mall Floor!

Hi, I'm writing to you for your support in seeing the Upper Canada Mall provide a washroom for children, adults and seniors with severe physical disabilities. With a $60 million renovation, it would be such a great, innovative yet basic accommodation to add. Children, adults and seniors who visit the Upper Canada Mall or any mall and need to use the washroom must be physically lifted from their wheelchair and be laid on the floor near toilets and the garbage inorder to be changed.  This type of activity is happening everyday.  In 2018, does this seem fair?  Does this bother you? Does it shock you? I'm one of many who does this when I support someone at the mall. It is really unfair, unhygienic, unsafe and not dignified. If you agree, please sign your name in support of having a proper washroom with a adult change table and lift.  Just to give you an idea, please check out changingplaces on youtube for an example.   Currently, there are over 1000 in the UK!  Why not here?  Its not hard....just a widening of our minds.  We all need to make @uppercanadamall realize what they could start in York Region. We can do this!  What a great addition it would be to our region.  It would put UCM on the map for sure and how proud they could be to meet the needs of the physically disabled shopper. There are over 13,000 people in York Region who are in wheelchairs and ride the local transit. What great business sense to make a large indoor, cultural and social building inviting and truly accessible. Way to go Stouffville, ON for having the Accessible Washroom Trailer for spring, summer and fall outdoor events!  Check it out!  Made by Innovative Trailer Designs in Canada/USA.  

People With Disabilities
25,587 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Canadian National Exhibition

Keep the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) free for people with disabilities.

As of 2018, the CNE has decided to do away with its long-standing policy and tradition of allowing people with disabilities and their attendants/caregivers to enter free of charge. For many people with mobility and sensory disabilities, about two thirds of what is available at the CNE is not accessible to them to even enjoy, like the rides and games. They are basically free to walk around and see a few shows or grab a bite to eat. For many people with disabilities, the CNE represents a place where they can be social with friends and families. The new policy will require people with disabilities to pay full admission, or 50% admission with a valid Access 2 Entertainment card, and will continue to give free admission to caregivers/attendents. The primary argument from the Advisory Council implementing this change in policy is that issues of disability ought to be kept separate from financial need, or rather that disability does not necessarily equal financial need. Whether or not a person with a disability is employed in Canada, financial hardship is a very pressing issue faced by most people with moderate to severe disabilities. There are some very real and hard facts that do show of a direct link between financial need and disability: Less than 6% of Canadians with moderate to severe disabilities attain a post-secondary education Of those with post-secondary educations, the vast majority are either severely underemployed or unemployed. According to stats Canada, only 30-50% of people with moderate disabilities are employed Equal employment opportunity legislation for people with disabilities was struck down by the federal courts in 2006 People on ODSP – the Ontario Disability Support Program receive on average between $800-$1000 per month. ODSP does not fund in any way transportation for people with disabilities outside of medical appointments. This means that many people with disabilities have to pay 1/8-1/10 of their income on transportation or remain largely secluded at home if they cannot afford it. ODSP also does not fund attendant care services. Attendant care services that are funded by our government include basic activities for daily living, like eating, bathing, meal prep, dressing, toileting, etc. There is no funded attendant care service for people who require assistance to go out of their home for social activities. This means that many people with disabilities cannot engage in community activities because they cannot afford a caregiver to accompany them. The current minimum wage for caregivers in Ontario is $16.50. Not all medications or necessary dental care is covered by ODSP, even when prescribed. Of those citizens with disabilities who are employed in Ontario, the benefits and assistance are cut dramatically. For example, the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) that funds mobility and writing aids for people with disabilities will only cover 70% of a mobility aid for people not on ODSP, and will no longer fund writing aids. Wheelchairs are only built to last five years. Most motorized wheelchairs cost between $35,000-$50,000, of which 30% means that every five years working adults with mobility impairments are paying between $10,000 and $15,000 for a wheelchair every five years. They will also be required to fund their own lifts (roughly $10,000) pay repairs on all of their equipment, their medications unless provided through their work, and pay out-of-pocket for leisure related attendant care (including paying for travel, accommodation, and food for caregivers travelling with them for any reason--even work or academically-related). Employed persons with disabilities also lose out on assistance with a communication aid every five years, which helps people who need things like DragonDictate or text magnifiers. In many cases, people with disabilities who work lose housing subsidies in the amount of $800 – $1000 per month. This list of disability related expenses is by no means exhaustive. Because of the loss of assistance, services, and funding, many people with disabilities will not venture into the workforce (even if they are able to work full time) because the cost to them is not worth the massive loss in supports. Unfortunately, many people with disabilities cannot, or rarely can, afford recreational activity, even when their caregivers are given free admission to recreational places within the community. For many people with disabilities, the CNE represented one place that we could still go and look forward to at the end of every summer without worrying about paying admission. Indeed, the CNE would have repeat visitors with disabilities throughout the Ex's season attending with friends or family because of the free admission policy. While the CNE has promised to “create a more accessible environment for people with disabilities” of the people who they hope to serve will not be able to see these benefits as they may no longer be able to justify going. This new policy is truly a step backwards toward social equality for people with disabilities. Please sign this petition if you feel that the CNE should remain free to people with disabilities as it has for so many years.

Boundless in the City
710 supporters