Accessibility News March 28,2020 Update

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In this Issue
*COVID-19 and Disability: Recommendations to the Canadian Government from Disability Related Organizations in Canada
*AODA Alliance Writes Premier Doug Ford to Urge Actions to Protect the Urgent Needs of Ontarians with disabilities During the Covid Crisis
*Accessible Online Learning in the COVID-19 Pandemic
*Microsoft Joins Forces With Enable Ireland to Embed AI Into Assistive Technology Passport
*Accessibility = Inclusion and Belonging for Kids with Physical Disabilities

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ARTICLES:

COVID-19 and Disability: Recommendations to the Canadian Government from Disability Related Organizations in Canada

If Canada’s healthcare system becomes overburdened by COVID-19, most triaging guidelines will result in people with disabilities being denied care, triaged out of care solely on the basis of having a disability. This was the case during the SARS and H1N1 pandemics and we have no reason to believe that guidelines have changed. Canadians with disabilities may be refused ventilators or life support in a moment of crisis because they have a disability. This discriminatory policy is of great concern.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/covid-19-and-disability-recommendations-to-the-canadian-government-from-disability-related-organizations-in-canada/

AODA Alliance Writes Premier Doug Ford to Urge Actions to Protect the Urgent Needs of Ontarians with disabilities During the Covid Crisis

The current COVID crisis is especially threatening for people with disabilities. As a result, we today wrote Ontario Premier Doug Ford to call for strong action to protect the urgent needs of Ontarians with disabilities during this critical time. Our letter is set out below.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-writes-premier-doug-ford-to-urge-actions-to-protect-the-urgent-needs-of-ontarians-with-disabilities-during-the-covid-crisis/

Accessible Online Learning in the COVID-19 Pandemic

When a school or school board offers lessons online, it must first choose the educational apps or online platforms that will host courses. To reach every student, schools and school boards must choose platforms that are accessible for students and educators using assistive technology. For example, the website students log onto should be accessible using:

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/accessible-online-learning-in-the-covid-19-pandemic/

Microsoft Joins Forces With Enable Ireland to Embed AI Into Assistive Technology Passport

Microsoft and Enable Ireland have joined forces today to announce a new commitment to embed AI into the Assistive Technology Passport which is being developed to empower people with disabilities to have an independent life.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/microsoft-joins-forces-with-enable-ireland-to-embed-ai-into-assistive-technology-passport/

Accessibility = Inclusion and Belonging for Kids with Physical Disabilities

Accessibility means more than just ramps, elevators and electric door openers. It is also being able to join a group and play together, enabling a child with a disability to be included and have a sense of belonging.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/accessibility-inclusion-and-belonging-for-kids-with-physical-disabilities/

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