Accessibility News March 28,2020 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 4 years, 39 weeks, 6 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

COVID-19 and Disability: Recommendations to the Canadian Government from Disability Related Organizations in Canada

If Canada’s healthcare system becomes overburdened by COVID-19, most triaging guidelines will result in people with disabilities being denied care, triaged out of care solely on the basis of having a disability. This was the case during the SARS and H1N1 pandemics and we have no reason to believe that guidelines have changed. Canadians with disabilities may be refused ventilators or life support in a moment of crisis because they have a disability. This discriminatory policy is of great concern.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/covid-19-and-disability-recommendations-to-the-canadian-government-from-disability-related-organizations-in-canada/

AODA Alliance Writes Premier Doug Ford to Urge Actions to Protect the Urgent Needs of Ontarians with disabilities During the Covid Crisis

The current COVID crisis is especially threatening for people with disabilities. As a result, we today wrote Ontario Premier Doug Ford to call for strong action to protect the urgent needs of Ontarians with disabilities during this critical time. Our letter is set out below.

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https://aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-writes-premier-doug-ford-to-urge-actions-to-protect-the-urgent-needs-of-ontarians-with-disabilities-during-the-covid-crisis/

Accessible Online Learning in the COVID-19 Pandemic

When a school or school board offers lessons online, it must first choose the educational apps or online platforms that will host courses. To reach every student, schools and school boards must choose platforms that are accessible for students and educators using assistive technology. For example, the website students log onto should be accessible using:

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https://aoda.ca/accessible-online-learning-in-the-covid-19-pandemic/

Microsoft Joins Forces With Enable Ireland to Embed AI Into Assistive Technology Passport

Microsoft and Enable Ireland have joined forces today to announce a new commitment to embed AI into the Assistive Technology Passport which is being developed to empower people with disabilities to have an independent life.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/microsoft-joins-forces-with-enable-ireland-to-embed-ai-into-assistive-technology-passport/

Accessibility = Inclusion and Belonging for Kids with Physical Disabilities

Accessibility means more than just ramps, elevators and electric door openers. It is also being able to join a group and play together, enabling a child with a disability to be included and have a sense of belonging.

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https://aoda.ca/accessibility-inclusion-and-belonging-for-kids-with-physical-disabilities/

Accessibility News March 21,2020 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

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Disability Advocacy Coalition Calls for Strong Action by Governments At All Levels to Address the Emergency Needs of People with Disabilities during the Covid Crisis

The Covid-19 virus crisis has serious implications for people with disabilities in our community. This cries out for immediate and major action by all levels of government. We call on our federal, provincial and municipal governments and other major public institutions to ensure that planning for the most vulnerable in our society, including people with disabilities, is a key part of all emergency planning in this area. We urge one and all to do what they can to stay isolated and safe.

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https://aoda.ca/disability-advocacy-coalition-calls-for-strong-action-by-governments-at-all-levels-to-address-the-emergency-needs-of-people-with-disabilities-during-the-covid-crisis/

Disabled Canadians Feel Excluded From COVID-19 Messaging

Karen McCall clicked eagerly on the link tweeted out by her provincial health ministry, keen to read the promised list of tips meant to help her protect against COVID-19.

But a familiar sense of disappointment soon set in when she realized the pointers were provided in a format incompatible with the screen-reading technology she relies upon to access the internet. She soon resorted to trolling through a variety of other sites in a bid to access the information.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/disabled-canadians-feel-excluded-from-covid-19-messaging/

Accessibility Essential for Alberta’s COVID-19 Updates: We have no choice but to wait

On Monday, an ASL/English interpreter was present during an Alberta Health COVID-19 update for the first time.

It’s a significant moment for the deaf and hard of hearing community, which had called on the government to provide an interpreter or live captioning during the updates.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/accessibility-essential-for-albertas-covid-19-updates-we-have-no-choice-but-to-wait/