On Monday, May 4, 2020 at 3 pm Eastern Time, Login and Take Part in a New Online Virtual Town Hall on How Teachers and Parents Can Try to Meet the Learning Needs of Students with Disabilities While Schools are Closed Due to the COVID-19 Crisis

On Monday Afternoon, May 4, 2020 from 3 to 4 pm Eastern time, please use your computer, smart phone, tablet or smart TV to attend the Virtual Town Hall that the AODA Alliance and Ontario Autism Coalition are jointly organizing and hosting.

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https://aoda.ca/on-monday-may-4-2020-at-3-pm-eastern-time-login-and-take-part-in-a-new-online-virtual-town-hall-on-how-teachers-and-parents-can-try-to-meet-the-learning-needs-of-students-with-disabilities-while-sc/

AODA Alliance Asks Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce to Take Important Actions to Meet the Urgent Needs of Students with Disabilities During the COVID-19 Crisis

Ontario Minister of Education Stephen Lecce has been in the public spotlight a great deal speaking about the Ford Government’s plans to meet the needs of students during the COVID-19 crisis. But what is he and his Ministry planning to do for students with disabilities during this crisis?

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-asks-ontario-education-minister-stephen-lecce-to-take-important-actions-to-meet-the-urgent-needs-of-students-with-disabilities-during-the-covid-19-crisis/

Hong Kong’s Visually Impaired Deprived of Covid-19 Information With Half of Chinese-Language News Apps Inaccessible, NGO Finds

Hong Kong Blind Union says 2,000 kept out of the loop over city’s infected tally, mask availability and other important updates
Five of the 10 Chinese-language media reviewed fell short in areas such as font size and screen display

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/hong-kongs-visually-impaired-deprived-of-covid-19-information-with-half-of-chinese-language-news-apps-inaccessible-ngo-finds/

Customers with Invisible Disabilities in the COVID-19 Pandemic

As Ontarians continue physical distancing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, essential services are offering hours of service especially for seniors and customers with disabilities. During these times, only customers who are seniors or who have disabilities are allowed to come into stores. As a result, store staff must understand that they cannot always tell by looking at a person whether or not that person has a disability.

Read more at
https://www.aoda.ca/customers-with-invisible-disabilities-in-the-covid-19-pandemic/

B.C. Woman With Disability Dies Alone in Hospital Due to COVID-19 Visitor Restrictions

The family of a B.C. woman with a disability is calling for an investigation after she died alone at the Peace Arch Hospital.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/b-c-woman-with-disability-dies-alone-in-hospital-due-to-covid-19-visitor-restrictions/

Innovative Masks to Help Persons with Visual Impairment

ISRAEL: For the hearing impaired, this is no easy task, as it adds an extra layer of difficulty to their ability to communicate, often times with various service providers such as doctors and nurses. As face masks have become an inseparable part of the lives of millions of Israelis there are those who may have more trouble with the new law requiring to wear them.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/innovative-masks-to-help-persons-with-visual-impairment/

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

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The AODA Alliance and Ontario Autism Coalition Are Considering Organizing An Online Virtual Town Hall Event on How to Effectively Teach Students with Different Disabilities at Home During the COVID-19 Crisis – We’re Looking for Your Suggestions on Who Would be Good Speakers

Here is a message jointly from two grassroots disability coalitions, the AODA Alliance and the Ontario Autism Coalition:
Teachers and parents all over Ontario are struggling to figure out how to effectively teach students with disabilities at home while schools are closed due to the COVID-19 crisis. They are eager for some practical ideas. The AODA Alliance and the Ontario Autism Coalition are looking into the possibility of holding another online virtual town hall meeting, this time focusing on action tips for teachers and parents of students with disabilities during the COVID-19 crisis.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/the-aoda-alliance-and-ontario-autism-coalition-are-considering-organizing-an-online-virtual-town-hall-event-on-how-to-effectively-teach-students-with-different-disabilities-at-home-during-the-covid/

Still More Media Reports Reveal Disproportionate Harm to Ontarians with Disabilities Due to the Ontario Government’s Failure to Effectively Plan for Urgent Disability Needs in its COVID-19 Emergency Efforts

and – Federal Government Announces Disability COVID-19 Advisory Panel, So We Offer Our Advice

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/still-more-media-reports-reveal-disproportionate-harm-to-ontarians-with-disabilities-due-to-the-ontario-governments-failure-to-effectively-plan-for-urgent-disability-needs-in-its-covid-19-eme/

Provincial government Responds to the CNIB Foundation About Accessibility Issues with Ontario Health Card Renewal Process

Over the last few months, the CNIB Foundation has been asking the Ontario government to ensure Ontarians who are blind, partially sighted or Deafblind have equal access to renewing their health card online. As it stands, a person needs a valid Ontario driver’s licence, which is unacceptable because it prevents Ontarians with sight loss from using the same process.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/provincial-government-responds-to-the-cnib-foundation-about-accessibility-issues-with-ontario-health-card-renewal-process/