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In this Issue
* David Onley Schedules Public Hearings of the Third Independent Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Without Notifying the AODA Alliance Dates Coming Up Fast
* Autism Service Dogs Can Keep a Child Safe and Calm, But Their Trainers Arent Always Allowed in Public Places
* Accessibility Must Be More Than an Add-On to Online Pedagogy
* Blind Workers Test Limitations of Online Hiring Systems
* Apple Sued Over Claims Website is Inaccessible to Visually Impaired Users
* Meow Cat Café Dispute Highlights Canadas Accessibility Problem, Paralympian Jeff Adams Says
* The High Cost of Special-Needs Programming
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David Onley Schedules Public Hearings of the Third Independent Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Without Notifying the AODA Alliance Dates Coming Up Fast
In February 2018, the previous Ontario Government appointed David Onley to conduct the next mandatory Independent Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. We have just recently learned through the grapevine that Mr. Onley has already scheduled some public hearings for this Independent
Review. We set out his announcement below, taken from the website of that Independent Review.
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Autism Service Dogs Can Keep a Child Safe and Calm, But Their Trainers Aren’t Always Allowed in Public Places
On a platform between GO Trains at Union Station, Deanna Allain gives her dog Carlin a firm tug on the collar.
The 90 pound chocolate labrador retriever looks up at her, but doesnt budge.
Despite appearances, Carlin isnt being stubborn or disobeying an order. Instead, hes performing a command that could one day save a childs life.
Accessibility Must Be More Than an Add-On to Online Pedagogy
If we are serious about accessible online learning, we must talk openly about disability as if it is right here, right now because it is.
Blind Workers Test Limitations of Online Hiring Systems
Hard Rock Cafe. GameStop. Dart Container. Albertsons. What do the theme-restaurant chain, gaming retailer, foam cup maker, and grocery store chain have in common? All are accused of having online job application systems that blind workers cant access fully.
Apple Sued Over Claims Website is Inaccessible to Visually Impaired Users
Apple has become the target of a new lawsuit, one that claims the iPhone producers website is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by not being fully accessible to blind or visually-impaired consumers, due to the way the website itself is coded.
Meow Cat Café Dispute Highlights Canadas Accessibility Problem, Paralympian Jeff Adams Says
The owners of the business argued that wheelchairs pose a danger to their cats.
Paralympian and law student Jeff Adams spent an uncomfortable few hours at Meow Cat Café in Toronto after hearing the business turned away a 16-year-old because he uses a wheelchair.
The High Cost of Special-Needs Programming
Afshan Tafler has left no stone unturned in a bid to get help for her son, who has pervasive developmental disorder and who also shows signs of giftedness. The Toronto-based whole-life coach enrolled him in a private school with smaller class sizes and an on-site occupational therapist. She also pays an additional
$10,000 a year above the schools $23,000 tuition for an even smaller, personalized program within the school that tailors the curriculum to his learning style.
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