Accessibility News February 2,2019 Update

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In this Issue

*We’re In the Media Two Days in a Row! A Globe and Mail Article on our January 30, 2019 Joint News Conference on School Principals Excluding Students from School and a Toronto Star Letter to the Editor from the AODA Alliance
*2019 AEBC/T-Base Scholarship Program
*The Shifting Stigma Around Mental Health
*Disability Advocates Call for Action Limiting When Principal Can Exclude Student from School
*Will Ontario’s New Government Ensure that New Courthouses, Built Using Public Money, Are Barrier-Free for People with Disabilities?
*Snow Causing Accessibility Issues in North Bay
*What is the Design of Public Spaces Standard?

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ARTICLES:

We’re In the Media Two Days in a Row! A Globe and Mail Article on our January 30, 2019 Joint News Conference on School Principals Excluding Students from School and a Toronto Star Letter to the Editor from the AODA Alliance

We’re starting 2019 with great media coverage early in the New Year:

* Below, check out an excellent January 31, 2019 Globe and Mail article. It reports on our January 30, 2019 joint Queen’s Park news conference with the unstoppable Ontario Autism Coalition.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/were-in-the-media-two-days-in-a-row-a-globe-and-mail-article-on-our-january-30-2019-joint-news-conference-on-school-principals-excluding-students-from-school-and-a-toronto-star-letter-to-the-edito/

2019 AEBC/T-Base Scholarship Program

The 2019 AEBC/T-Base Scholarship Program is now accepting applications.

The application deadline for the 2019 AEBC and T-Base Communications scholarship program is Friday, March 29th, 2019. All applications and supporting materials must be received by AEBC by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on Friday, March 29th, 2019, in order to be considered.

Read more at
http://www.blindcanadians.ca/programs/scholarship

The Shifting Stigma Around Mental Health

Approximately 30 per cent of people in Ontario age 15 and up will experience a mental health or addictions challenge at some point in their lives Opinion by Dr. Thomas Stewart Hamilton Spectator

Dr. Thomas Stewart says of the decision to go public with a mental health challenge: “That decision takes courage. And for far too many people the complicated and overwhelming web of services makes it difficult for people to get connected to the care they need, when they need it.”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/the-shifting-stigma-around-mental-health/

Disability Advocates Call for Action Limiting When Principal Can Exclude Student from School

January 30, 2019 Toronto: At a news conference in the Queen’s Park Media Studio today at 10:30 a.m., disability advocates will unite to demand that the Ford Government rein in the sweeping power of school principals to exclude a student from school. The Ford Government has so far announced nothing on this.
It hasn’t answered the Ontario Autism Coalition’s December 13, 2018 letter to Education Minister Lisa Thompson, which asks the minister to meet about exclusions.
It hasn’t publicly responded to recent media focusing on this issue. See e.g. the Globe and Mail.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/disability-advocates-call-for-action-limiting-when-principal-can-exclude-student-from-school/

Will Ontario’s New Government Ensure that New Courthouses, Built Using Public Money, Are Barrier-Free for People with Disabilities?

The Previous Government’s Plans for the New Toronto Courthouse Still Have Significant Accessibility Barriers.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/will-ontarios-new-government-ensure-that-new-courthouses-built-using-public-money-are-barrier-free-for-people-with-disabilities/

Snow Causing Accessibility Issues in North Bay

A woman in North Bay is sharing her frustration about problems she’s facing with accessible sidewalks and bus stops with the city.

Butterfly Beth Fields uses a wheelchair to get around and says many of the stops in her area aren’t shoveled out, making it difficult for her and other riders facing similar challenges to board the bus.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/snow-causing-accessibility-issues-in-north-bay/

What is the Design of Public Spaces Standard?

The design of public spaces standard of the AODA outlines the need for newly constructed or redeveloped public spaces to be accessible for people with disabilities. This requirement may leave people asking: What is the Design of Public Spaces Standard?

The Design of Public Spaces Standard describes ways to make communal spaces more accessible. Most of the spaces it covers are outdoors. For instance, there are requirements for accessible:

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/what-is-the-design-of-public-spaces-standard/

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