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In this Issue

*When Will Disabled Lives Also Matter?
*The Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation OSSTF and Ten Disability Organizations Have Already Endorsed the AODA Alliance’s 19 Recommendations on What the Ontario Government Must Now Do to Meet the Needs of A Third of A Million Students with Disabilities in Ontario Schools
*New Transport Rules for Disabled Travellers a Step Forward but Not Enough: Advocates
*New York State Maintains Discriminatory Bar to Employment for Those with Less Than 20/40 Vision
*City Improving on Accessibility But More Can Be Done
*Accessible School Resources After the COVID-19 Pandemic
*BC Transit is Using COVID Safety Precautions as An Excuse to Infringe the human Rights of Disabled People
*Twitter Just Rolled Out a Feature That’s Inaccessible to Disabled Users

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ARTICLES:

When Will Disabled Lives Also Matter?

By John Rae

The 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission spotlighted centuries of genocide and assimilation that is the legacy of indigenous peoples in Canada and elsewhere. It included 94 calls to action for change in Canada, but change has been very slow in coming. The Report was followed up by the report Of the two and a half year National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls whose final Report found “state actions and inactions rooted in colonialism and colonial ideologies” were a key driving force in the disappearance of thousands of Indigenous women.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/when-will-disabled-lives-also-matter/

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation OSSTF and Ten Disability Organizations Have Already Endorsed the AODA Alliance’s 19 Recommendations on What the Ontario Government Must Now Do to Meet the Needs of A Third of A Million Students with Disabilities in Ontario Schools

Last week, the AODA Alliance made public a detailed brief showing the Ontario Government what it must now do to address the needs of a third of a million students with disabilities in Ontario schools during the transition to schools eventually re-opening, hopefully this fall. This brief draws on grassroots feedback we have received from many sources both before and during the COVID-19 crisis.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/the-ontario-secondary-school-teachers-federation-osstf-and-ten-disability-organizations-have-already-endorsed-the-aoda-alliances-19-recommendations-on-what-the-ontario-government-must-now-do/

New Transport Rules for Disabled Travellers a Step Forward but Not Enough: Advocates

New rules aimed at making travel within Canada safer and more accessible for people with disabilities mark a welcome step forward but don’t yet go far enough to removing long-standing barriers, advocates said Thursday as the new regulations officially came into effect.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/new-transport-rules-for-disabled-travellers-a-step-forward-but-not-enough-advocates/

New York State Maintains Discriminatory Bar to Employment for Those with Less Than 20/40 Vision

Disability Rights Advocates challenges the State’s irrational, blanket disqualification of workers based on disability, seeks to bring hiring standards into compliance with the law

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/new-york-state-maintains-discriminatory-bar-to-employment-for-those-with-less-than-20-40-vision/

City Improving on Accessibility But More Can Be Done

While the City is taking several important steps in leading the way for greater accessibility and mobility in its business units, more effort is needed to apply the effort more evenly, explained City of Lethbridge Mobility/Accessibility Master Plan project lead Chris Witkowski.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/city-improving-on-accessibility-but-more-can-be-done/

Accessible School Resources After the COVID-19 Pandemic

School staff, and other producers of educational resources, are adapting to the need for school resources in new formats. In the same way, schools, school boards, and other educational institutions can learn to improve the accessibility of school resources.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/accessible-school-resources-after-the-covid-19-pandemic/

BC Transit is Using COVID Safety Precautions as An Excuse to Infringe the human Rights of Disabled People

I, an individual who requires a scooter for mobility, assured the driver that I was physically capable of securing myself without the driver’s assistance after the driver indicated that they were not comfortable securing my scooter due to the proximity and associated COVID 19 risks. The driver still refused to allow me to board the bus.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/bc-transit-is-using-covid-safety-precautions-as-an-excuse-to-infringe-the-human-rights-of-disabled-people/

Twitter Just Rolled Out a Feature That’s Inaccessible to Disabled Users

The company’s blunder is symptomatic of broader issues that pervade social media design and computer science education.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/twitter-just-rolled-out-a-feature-thats-inaccessible-to-disabled-users/

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