Accessibility News August 13,2016 Update

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In this Issue

*Virtual Schools Need to Serve Students With Disabilities Education Officials
*The Toronto Star Gives Great Coverage to the AODA Alliances Picture Our Barriers Social Media Campaign Join In the Blitz *Accessibility Advocates Tweet Their Barriers
*Please Circulate the AODA Alliances News Release Responding to the Wynne Governments Announcement on School Supports for Students with Disabilities
*Ontario Wont Close Schools for Deaf and Blind Children
*Struggle Ongoing for People with Service Dogs
*Action Kit for Raising Disability Accessibility Issues in the September 1, 2016 Ontario By-election in Scarborough-Rouge River

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Virtual Schools Need to Serve Students With Disabilities Education Officials

Students with disabilities who attend virtual public schools should get the same quality education they would find in a traditional school, Education Department officials warned.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/virtual-schools-need-to-serve-students-with-disabilities-education-officials/

The Toronto Star Gives Great Coverage to the AODA Alliances Picture Our Barriers Social Media Campaign Join In the Blitz

In this blitz, we encourage people to include the search term (or , in Twitter language, the hashtag) #AODAfail in their tweet. As a result, anyone can do a search on the term #AODAfail on the internet, even if they are not a Twitter user. This reveals an incredible collection of frustrating disability barriers that many people from all over Ontario have brought to the publics attention. Many find it hard to believe and inexcusable that these accessibility barriers persist in 2016.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/the-toronto-star-gives-great-coverage-to-the-aoda-alliances-picture-our-barriers-social-media-campaign-join-in-the-blitz/

Accessibility Advocates Tweet Their Barriers

Two social media campaigns are attracting attention to lackluster building, airline plans for people with disabilities.

David Lepofsky notes that the large hangout steps at Ryerson Universitys Student Learning Centre cant be used by people in wheelchairs. Despite an influx of design technology, Lepofsky said architects and city planners arent always aware of the hurdles they create.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/accessibility-advocates-tweet-their-barriers/

Please Circulate the AODA Alliances News Release Responding to the Wynne Governments Announcement on School Supports for Students with Disabilities

Even though Ontario is required by law to become fully accessible to all people with disabilities by 2025, less than eight and a half years from now, Ontarios publicly-funded education system is still full of barriers that can impede 334,000 students with special education needs. The Wynne Government still has
no plan in place to ensure that Ontarios education system becomes fully disability-accessible.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/please-circulate-the-aoda-alliances-news-release-responding-to-the-wynne-governments-announcement-on-school-supports-for-students-with-disabilities/

Ontario Wont Close Schools for Deaf and Blind Children

But critics like David Lepofsky of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance charged the latest step falls miles short of what is needed by 334,000 students with special education needs.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-wont-close-schools-for-deaf-and-blind-children/

Struggle Ongoing for People with Service Dogs

Judy German couldnt believe what she was hearing when she arrived for an appointment at a city business.

According to German, who has been blind for more than 25 years, a receptionist told her future appointments would have to be scheduled toward days end because she wasnt comfortable with her dog guide, Reno, a friendly four-year-old, black and tan Labrador retriever.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/struggle-ongoing-for-people-with-service-dogs/

Action Kit for Raising Disability Accessibility Issues in the September 1, 2016 Ontario By-election in Scarborough-Rouge River

The Ontario Government called a provincial by-election for September 1, 2016 in the Scarborough-Rouge River riding. Lets use this provincial by-election as a great opportunity to raise disability accessibility issues with all candidates, to get the Government to kick-start stalled efforts at getting Ontario back on schedule for full accessibility by 2025.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/action-kit-for-raising-disability-accessibility-issues-in-the-september-1-2016-ontario-by-election-in-scarborough-rouge-river/

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