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8 Accessible Beaches in Canada

If there is one thing we know for sure its that wheelchairs and sand are a bad combination. Unless you're prepared to dig yourself out of a deep sandy ditch, it can be pretty tricky to access beaches and waterfronts. With the addition of new pathways, boardwalks, and...

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11 Accessible Attractions in Canada

Yesterday we ventured across the country to take in the natural sights of Canada's accessible parks and trails. Today we are exploring the best of arts and culture, history and more. With tons to offer, Canada is rich with a wide spectrum of museums and galleries, and...

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8 Accessible Parks and Trails in Canada

Today marks the beginning of National AccessAbility Week in Canada. Yes, thats right, an entire week focused on creating awareness and change for accessibility across the country. Province to province, this time is intended to promote and encourage opportunities for...

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Why we need to stop saying “Special Needs”

The term "Special Needs" is one of those cringe-worthy, euphemistic, ways to speak about people with disabilities. For years I couldn’t put my finger on what it is about this phrase that bothers me so much…but this PSA for World Down Syndrome Day perfectly illustrates...

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What a year it has been! 🌟

Hands down, 2016 is a monumental year for us at AccessNow. We are counting our wins this season and have much to be thankful for. AccessNow was named Best Product for Social Good from Azure Magazine, was chosen for a cash prize at the Social Venture Pitch Competition...

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Maayan Ziv receives City of Toronto’s Access Award 2016

Congratulations to our founder Maayan Ziv who took home the 2016 City of Toronto Access Award last night. The city handed out its 2016 Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards Tuesday evening to activists who are working to break down barriers to equality in the city....

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AccessNow x VICE

"Accessibility can be sexy" - just one of the many memorable statements from our new feature with VICE. At AccessNow we are passionate about changing the conversation about accessibility. For too long now, access has been associated with a medical model, and we are...

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IDPD at Accessible Canada

We live in one of the most exciting times. It is a time for innovation, for new ideas, for inclusion, and a celebration of diversity. We are on our way to establishing legislation that will break down barriers for millions of Canadians, recognizing the importance that...

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When Advertising Gets Disability Right

Almost always people with disabilities are poorly represented in media. Disability is used as a trope, or an appeal to emotion, resulting in ableist perspectives that reinforce tired stereotypes. But sometimes marketing folks get it right, and its like a breath of...

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Happy Birthday AccessNow!

Today we celebrate our 1st birthday and we want to say thank you. A lot has happened in this last year. AccessNow has grown to feature thousands of places in cities around the world. We have collaborated with awesome individuals and organizations and highlighted the...

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How to Add Pins to the AccessNow Map (web)

Want to add pins to the AccessNow map on our website? It's super easy, just follow these quick steps: Step 1: Focus on the general area of the map Step 2: Search the name or address of the place you want to add. This search function works just like Google Maps...

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Disrupting the Failure in Accessibility

written by Ahmed Saleh from the DMZ. We liked it so much we had to share.   Looking for an industry that’s ripe for disruption? Try accessibility; or rather, the lack thereof. It’s 2016 and things have come a long way, but Canadians with disabilities still face a...

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Shifting Space airs on CBC Radio

Are people disabled or is it our environment that is disabling? - This was the question I posed to CBC Radio when they asked me what I wanted to talk about on the radio. Recently I've had the opportunity to work with CBC Radio - on Monday I'll be hosting a one hour...

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AccessNow on CTV National News

When the media shows support for us...and does this good a job at authentically telling our story -just as it is, with no ableist spin...I couldn't be more thrilled. I had so much fun working with the folks at CTV News to shoot this segment. Any day I get to bust...

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