Accessibility News March 21,2020 Update

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In this Issue
*Disability Advocacy Coalition Calls for Strong Action by Governments At All Levels to Address the Emergency Needs of People with Disabilities during the Covid Crisis
*Disabled Canadians Feel Excluded From COVID-19 Messaging
*Accessibility Essential for Alberta’s COVID-19 Updates: We have no choice but to wait
*COMING TO TERMS WITH MY DISABILITY
*OC Transpo, STO Bring in Changes Due to COVID-19
*The Coronavirus Response Shows How Crucial Accessibility Is
*Stratford Residents to Benefit From New Public Transit Infrastructure and Accessible Buses

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ARTICLES:

Disability Advocacy Coalition Calls for Strong Action by Governments At All Levels to Address the Emergency Needs of People with Disabilities during the Covid Crisis

The Covid-19 virus crisis has serious implications for people with disabilities in our community. This cries out for immediate and major action by all levels of government. We call on our federal, provincial and municipal governments and other major public institutions to ensure that planning for the most vulnerable in our society, including people with disabilities, is a key part of all emergency planning in this area. We urge one and all to do what they can to stay isolated and safe.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/disability-advocacy-coalition-calls-for-strong-action-by-governments-at-all-levels-to-address-the-emergency-needs-of-people-with-disabilities-during-the-covid-crisis/

Disabled Canadians Feel Excluded From COVID-19 Messaging

Karen McCall clicked eagerly on the link tweeted out by her provincial health ministry, keen to read the promised list of tips meant to help her protect against COVID-19.

But a familiar sense of disappointment soon set in when she realized the pointers were provided in a format incompatible with the screen-reading technology she relies upon to access the internet. She soon resorted to trolling through a variety of other sites in a bid to access the information.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/disabled-canadians-feel-excluded-from-covid-19-messaging/

Accessibility Essential for Alberta’s COVID-19 Updates: We have no choice but to wait

On Monday, an ASL/English interpreter was present during an Alberta Health COVID-19 update for the first time.

It’s a significant moment for the deaf and hard of hearing community, which had called on the government to provide an interpreter or live captioning during the updates.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/accessibility-essential-for-albertas-covid-19-updates-we-have-no-choice-but-to-wait/

COMING TO TERMS WITH MY DISABILITY

I started my career as a 25-year-old professor eagerly running between classes, but my body held within it a debilitating illness. Looking back, there were clues. I was able to do “party tricks” (like bending my thumb backward until it touched my forearm), I had dental issues, I had knee surgery at the age of 16, I had multiple subluxations/dislocations of my hip, knees and shoulders, I had problems with my stomach, pain and migraines all signals of my then-undiagnosed chronic illness.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/coming-to-terms-with-my-disability/

OC Transpo, STO Bring in Changes Due to COVID-19

According to a memo sent Monday by OC Transpo boss John Manconi, only passengers with accessibility needs will be allowed to board buses through the front door. All other passengers must board through the rear door.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/oc-transpo-sto-bring-in-changes-due-to-covid-19/

The Coronavirus Response Shows How Crucial Accessibility Is

Seeing companies make drastic changes to accommodate working remotely during the coronavirus outbreak is great but it’s also frustrating for those of us who could have used those accommodations much sooner.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-coronavirus-response-shows-how-crucial-accessibility-is/

Stratford Residents to Benefit From New Public Transit Infrastructure and Accessible Buses

All of the projects will improve Stratford’s public transit fleet and supporting infrastructure. Five new conventional buses and two mobility buses will replace the aging fleet, improving the accessibility, reliability, and safety of the system for users.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/stratford-residents-to-benefit-from-new-public-transit-infrastructure-and-accessible-buses/

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