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Ontario Disabilities Act Means More Accessible Travel in 2012 and Beyond

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The first phase of a 10-year plan to make public and private businesses in Ontario more accessible to people with disabilities went into effect January 1, 2012. For travellers with disabilities, this provincial legislation could make navigating hotels and restaurants in the province much easier in years to come. (more…)

New Online Tool Rates Accessibility of Hotels, Restaurants and More

If you have mobility problems or a vision or hearing impairment—or have travelled with someone who does—you are probably familiar with the frustration of arriving somewhere only to find it inaccessible. Even some properties that claim to be accessible aren’t.

With the new Rick Hansen Global Accessibility Map you can instead rely on fellow accessibility-minded diners, shoppers and travellers. The new online application allows users to log in and rate the accessibility of restaurants, hotels, shops, conference centres and other places in cities worldwide.

Venues are given a score between one and five stars. You can  search by star rating and filter by impairment—mobility, vision or hearing. The tool is available for most mobile devices and GPS-pinpoints your location and the nearby rated listings on the map.

As yet the site doesn’t have an overwhelming number of rated venues. Only four restaurants in Toronto have been rated, for example. And only seven Canadian cities are represented thus far. (Calgary is notably absent.) But ultimately the Global Accessibility Map should be an extremely handy tool once the site catches on.

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