Join the Blitz to Press Candidates Across Ontario for School Board Trustee to Make the “Students with Disabilities Pledge” – Help Ensure Hundreds of Thousands of Students with Disabilities Fully Benefit From Ontario’s Education system

Please join the new non-partisan three month blitz that the AODA Alliance launches today. Help us help tear down the many unfair barriers impeding hundreds of thousands of students with all kinds of disabilities in Ontario schools from fully benefitting from a good education.

On October 22, 2018, voters across Ontario will vote for the school board trustees that will run Ontario’s public and Catholic schools for the next four years. Please press all candidates for school board trustee to make the “Students with Disabilities Pledge!” We seek three commitments from each candidate for school board trustee across Ontario:

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https://aoda.ca/join-the-blitz-to-press-candidates-across-ontario-for-school-board-trustee-to-make-the-students-with-disabilities-pledge-help-ensure-hundreds-of-thousands-of-students-with-disabilities-fully-ben/

Accessibility News July 28,2018 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 6 years, 22 weeks, 4 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

Blind Woman Sues California Hospital for Employment Discrimination

Alina Sorling worked for ten years as a food service technician at Mercy Medical Center in Redding, California until she went blind from an illness. After successful rehabilitation in which she learned to manage her home and perform the duties of her job as a blind person, she sought reasonable accommodations from her employer to return to work. Instead, she was fired.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/blind-woman-sues-california-hospital-for-employment-discrimination/

Greater Certainty and Choice at Victorian Elections

The changes to the Act allow for the possibility of electronic voting options such as telephone or computer-voting to be offered at all Victorian elections, including in the upcoming state election on November 24.

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https://aoda.ca/greater-certainty-and-choice-at-victorian-elections/

U of T’s Accessibility Report and Plan 2017-2018

In compliance with the AODA, the University of Toronto (U of T) has released its annual accessibility report for 2017-2018. U of T’s accessibility report marks a key change to previous reports. Namely, it includes sections on the school’s future plans. By listing future plans, the school hopes to enhance and support its work towards an accessible campus.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/u-of-ts-accessibility-report-and-plan-2017-2018/

Two Major Developments on the Accessibility Front Outside Ontario

Carla Qualtrough is Back as Federal Minister to Lead Bill C-81 Through Parliament and BC Government Commits to a BC Disabilities Act

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https://aoda.ca/two-major-developments-on-the-accessibility-front-outside-ontario/

Remote Work to Accommodate Workers with a Disability

As an employer, you may receive an accommodation request that seeks approval for remote work. Indeed. remote work can be beneficial to both employers and workers. Below, we describe when remote work might be a good idea, such as when:

  • Workers with physical disabilities need equipment
  • A worker’s home provides more comfort
  • Workers need a distraction-free, quiet workspace
  • A worker with an invisible disability may feel less anxiety at home

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/remote-work-to-accommodate-workers-with-a-disability/

From Trails to Exhibits, Parks Aim to Increase Accessibility

David Allgood and Tom Stokes glide up a slight incline to the wooden platform overlooking the Green River at Mammoth Cave National Park. From there, they watch through a glass panel as the Kentucky park’s lone ferry carries a Jeep across the water below.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/from-trails-to-exhibits-parks-aim-to-increase-accessibility/

Disability Community Struggles to Find Accessible Apartments in Rockford

“I discovered that it’s very difficult to find accessible housing not just here in the Stateline, but everywhere in the United States,” Campbell said.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/disability-community-struggles-to-find-accessible-apartments-in-rockford/

Most Business Websites Are Sitting Ducks for ADA Suits, Experts Say

Business owners who think that building a wheelchair ramp and grab bars in the restroom will ward off South Florida’s accessibility testers and their lawsuits need to fire up their computers, go to their websites and ask: “What’s missing?”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/most-business-websites-are-sitting-ducks-for-ada-suits-experts-say/