Accessibility News July 4,2020 Update

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In this Issue

*With the COVID-19 Crisis Creating a Nightmare for Us All, Why Does the City of Toronto’s Infrastructure Committee Think It’s More Important to Meet to Discuss Allowing Electric Scooters in Toronto?
*AbleDocs Inc. and axes4 GmbH Announce Merger to Become the Worldwide Leader in Document Accessibility Products and Services
*More Helpful Media Coverage and More Organizations Endorse the AODA Alliance Brief to the Ford Government on How to Meet the Needs of Students with Disabilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic *VIA Rail Pledges to Improve Rail Accessibility
*Fundraising: Peterborough Kiwanis Donates Trail Chairs to Camp Kawartha *A Disability Lens in the Time of COVID-19

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ARTICLES:

With the COVID-19 Crisis Creating a Nightmare for Us All, Why Does the City of Toronto’s Infrastructure Committee Think It’s More Important to Meet to Discuss Allowing Electric Scooters in Toronto?

The COVID-19 crisis now is into its fourth month with no end in sight. We need our politicians and public servants working 100% on alleviating the horrible burdens that COVID-19 has inflicted on us all. Yet the politicians on the City of Toronto’s Infrastructure Committee think it is more important to now debate allowing electric scooters (e-scooters) on Toronto street. This is so even though e-scooters are known to present a real danger to safety and accessibility for people with disabilities and others.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/with-the-covid-19-crisis-creating-a-nightmare-for-us-all-why-does-the-city-of-torontos-infrastructure-committee-think-it%c2%92s-more-important-to-meet-to-discuss-allowing-electric-scooters-in-tor/

AbleDocs Inc. and axes4 GmbH Announce Merger to Become the Worldwide Leader in Document Accessibility Products and Services

The deal combines the joint brain trust of recognized global accessibility leaders under one roof with the goal of continuing to provide unparalleled document accessibility services and industry leading PDF/UA compliant software offerings.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/abledocs-inc-and-axes4-gmbh-announce-merger-to-become-the-worldwide-leader-in-document-accessibility-products-and-services/

More Helpful Media Coverage and More Organizations Endorse the AODA Alliance Brief to the Ford Government on How to Meet the Needs of Students with Disabilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

With the delight of summer and the ongoing terrible stress of COVID-19 both upon us, here is a grab-bag of latest news in our multi-front campaign for accessibility for people with disabilities. We wish one and all a safe, happy and accessible Canada Day.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/more-helpful-media-coverage-and-more-organizations-endorse-the-aoda-alliance-brief-to-the-ford-government-on-how-to-meet-the-needs-of-students-with-disabilities-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

VIA Rail Pledges to Improve Rail Accessibility

VIA Rail Canada Inc. last week announced additional steps toward ensuring universal accessibility in order to meet requirements set out by the Canadian Transportation Agency.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/via-rail-pledges-to-improve-rail-accessibility/

Fundraising: Peterborough Kiwanis Donates Trail Chairs to Camp Kawartha

The hiking trails at Camp Kawartha, both at the main site on Clear Lake and others behind the Environment Centre in Peterborough, just became more accessible thanks to a generous donation of two specialized trail chairs by The Kiwanis Club of Peterborough and Motion Peterborough.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/fundraising-peterborough-kiwanis-donates-trail-chairs-to-camp-kawartha/

A Disability Lens in the Time of COVID-19

The Government of Canada recently marked May 31 to June 6 as National AcessAbility Week. Any other year, it would also be a time to recognize the efforts of individuals, communities and workplaces that are actively working to remove barriers to accessibility and inclusion.

However, during the COVID-19 pandemic we have seen the disability rights movement regress and the rights and needs of Canadians living with disabilities have been, for the most part, left out of the conversations and response. Identified below are four core areas in which people living with disabilities have affected by the lack of the use a disability lens when responding to a public health emergency.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/a-disability-lens-in-the-time-of-covid-19/

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