An Open Letter to Exiting TTC CEO Andy Byford – On your Legacy of Accessibility as a Second-Class Issue

Sit Down, Fight Back

Dear Mr. Byford,

I write to you as a concerned citizen of Ward 9 Etobicoke-Lakeshore, and the City of Toronto, in regards to your consideration of accessibility during your time as CEO of the TTC.

I would first like to congratulate you on your accessibility successes so far. In your time as CEO we now have more accessible subway stations, accessible streetcars are coming, and it’s easier than it used to be to find out if elevators are out of service. These are good improvements, worthy of acknowledgement, though they also happen to be legislated by the province of Ontario.

My concern is with the lack of priority given to accessibility on the TTC. There are many examples I could use here but for myself the three most prominent examples are the 501 streetcar route, the new PRESTO infrastructure and elevator repair times.

Since January 2017, accessible replacement buses have…

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Thank you for a great #TDPM2016!

Thank you to all of the marchers, speakers, and volunteers who supported us this year! We’re taking a break over the winter, but we’ll be right back to organizing for TDPM 2017 this spring.

You can still find us on Facebook and Twitter @DisabilityPM for updates on the Toronto disability community.

The latest: Silent No More: Ottawa consults on national disability act, demonstrations for disability justice remain strong from The Leveller.

Please stay in touch, we’re still here. Stay Loud! Stay Proud!

Wheelchairs are Not Suitcases: a great opportunity for some #RealChange

Sit Down, Fight Back

Sign the Petition.

Every time I fly I make a silent apology to my wheelchair. I leave the chair at the gate, fingers crossed, as I’m transported to the cushy seat on the plain with a small screen in front to distract me from what’s happening to my wheelchair in the cargo hold.

For my wheelchair this journey will be far more hazardous. Once it leaves my sight, this machine that provides me with daily independence, freedom, and mobility, gets thrown on the carts and on to the loading machines with the similar respect that passengers suitcases would expect.

Imagine watching you 600 pound chair get tossed on its side and just hoping your chair isn’t melted, broken, or taken apart by the time you reach your destination. Yes, these things actually happen to people.

I’ve looked up the standards and regulations, it turns out Transport Canada is really concerned about

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TDPM supports the Accessible Canada for All Campaign

Thursday December 3rd is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. It is also the day before Prime Minister Trudeau’s Throne Speech.

That is why on December 3rd we’re asking all of you to show our new Prime Minister and his Cabinet what an Accessible Canada for all looks like.

  • The need for accessible, affordable housing.
  • Protection of the rights of parents with disabilities.
  • Accessibility in healthcare, including Indigenous Peoples and refugees.
  • Police training in effectively and sensitively working with disabled people.
  • Distribution of Health and Social transfers to address the inequities in the systemic barriers that exist between provinces and territories.

Using the hashtag #AccessibleCanada4All please take to social media and remind them that real change is not a continuation of the status quo, where only the most advantaged of us move forward.

This is our time. Let’s make it count.

Please share the #AccessibleCanada4All campaign with your networks.

For more information check out https://exposingableism.wordpress.com/2015/11/16/accessible-canada-for-all/

Thank you for an amazing march!

Thank you for joining us for the 5th annual Toronto Disability Pride March on October 3, 2015.  There are so many thanks to give and so much to share. Roughly 100 people braved the cold to march this year!

We have so much to share about this and our upcoming projects, but until then you can check out the speeches from this year’s speakers, this interview, and photo essay.

Keep in touch there’s more to come!

Marchers from the 2015 march

Banner making Party!

In keeping with the tradition, you are invited again this year to join us for a DIY Banner making Party.

Where?

99 Gerrard Street East –  Board Room(5th. Floor)

Ryerson University – School of Disability Studies

When?

Saturday, September 19, 2015  from 2:00 to 6:00 pm

What do I bring?  

Your enthusiasm; your creative spirit; your friends and allies.

Whatever material you would like to contribute for the banner making.

The details of the march:

Like the previous year, the march will begin at Queen’s Park at 1:00 and end at Ryerson’s School of Disability, 99 Gerrard Street East, where the marchers will take a moment to hear concluding speeches and to celebrate in solidarity.

The Toronto Disability Pride March promotes a cross-disability atmosphere that also recognizes other forms of oppression based on race, class, gender, sexuality, age, etc. The organizers believe the disability movement is strongest in a harmony of voices, not one homogeneous voice and urge those who plan to attend the march to respect this approach and the other people within the space of the march. The invitation is for all; take it as political or celebratory, either way,  be LOUD be PROUD and come out to march!
TDPM organizers:  torontodisabilitypride@gmail.com

Access Awareness: “The Carter decision on physician-assisted suicide event

ARCH Disability Law Centre and The Law Society of Upper Canada are hosting an event for Access Awareness: “The Carter decision on physician-assisted suicide: where do people with disabilities go from here?”

To access the event listing, copy and paste or click on http://archdisabilitylaw.ca/node/1036
The recent decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in Carter has raised serious questions about its impact on persons with disabilities — many are concerned that the decision leaves them vulnerable.

Join the ARCH Disability Law Centre and the Law Society for a discussion about the Carter decision. The discussion will address what Carter means for persons with disabilities; explore the community’s concerns about the decision; and offer guidance on how community members can ensure that their voices are heard in any legislative process that develops, in order to guarantee that the interests of all persons with disabilities are recognized and protected.

When: June 4, 2015
4:00 – 6:00 pm – Panel Discussion
6:00 – 8:00 pm – Reception

Where: Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen St. W., Toronto
Please enter through east-side doors facing Nathan Phillips Square

RSVP
This public event is free, but space is limited.

Please note RSVPs are required for this event and are being received by the Law Society of Upper Canada. The invitation provides these details.

For additional information, visit: http://www.lawsocietygazette.ca/event/access-awareness-event-the-carter-decision/

To provide the optimal level of accessibility for participants, please let us know in advance of any accommodation requirements. Please do not wear fragrances and colognes.