TaxiSavers: COSCO & BCCPD Applaud TransLink & the Community

The Council of Senior Citizens Organizations (COSCO) and the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities (BCCPD) applauds the TransLink Board for reversing its plan to eliminate the TaxiSaver Program. We would also like to congratulate the organizations and individuals who worked hard to show TransLink why Taxisavers are so important to the dignity and independence of seniors and people with disabilities.
  
By truly listening to the voices of people who use TaxiSavers and acting on what it heard the Board has demonstrated that it values community consultation. We are encouraged that going forward TransLink will continue to engage in true community consultation when it develops plans that impact people with disabilities and seniors.

Translink Announces TaxiSaver Program to Continue

Today, TransLink announced that TransLink’s Board of Directors has decided to reverse the decision to eliminate the TaxiSaver program. For the past several weeks TransLink has been hearing from the many people and groups about the importance of the TaxiSaver program to the disability community.

For the complete TaxiSavers statement from Translink, click on this link: http://www.translink.ca/en/About-Us/Media/2012/July/TaxiSaver-Program-Update-2.aspx

Volunteers with disabilities needed for Canadian Archival Website Accessibility Research Study

The goal of this study is to inform archivists about potential accessibility and usabilityRusty padlock barriers present on archival websites, and educate them on how to improve websites for all viewers. As well, this study will compare the experiences of users with disabilities to those from users without disabilities, in order to chart whether there are similarities or differences in the barriers found.

Volunteers may live anywhere in the world, have any level of computer/internet experience and don’t need any experience using an archives. The study is seeking people with visual disabilities (including blind, low vision, colour blind, etc.), physical disabilities (includes those who have limited or no use of arms or hands, etc.), cognitive/neurological/learning disabilities (includes those with dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, etc.), auditory disabilities (deaf and hard of hearing) and/or multiple disabilities.

More information about the study and contact information: http://www.lisasnider.ca/content/volunteers-needed-archival-website-research-study

Contact Lisa Snider, the Co-Investigator of the research study, at lsnider@interchange.ubc.ca or at (604) 347-5913