Accessibility News May 23,2020 Update

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In this Issue
*On Global Accessibility Awareness Day, the AODA Alliance Again
Writes Ontario’s Education Minister and TVO’s Vice President to Try to Get the Urgent Learning Needs of Students with Disabilities Met
*UN Highlights the Unique Challenges Faced By Disabled Injured Workers During COVID-19
*United Nations Urged to Lead Action to End Discrimination Against People With Disabilities in the Response to COVID-19
*Ford Government Acknowledges Ontario Students with Disabilities Face Added Hardships Trying to learn at Home During COVID-19 But Announces No Comprehensive Plan to Remove the Added Disability Barriers that Online Learning Creates for Them
*Bond Head Residents Frustrated with Dilapidated Sidewalks
*Global Mental Health Crisis Looming Due to coronavirus Pandemic, UN Warns
*Qualifying for the CERB Can Put Ontarians With Disabilities in a Tricky Financial Spot

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ARTICLES:

On Global Accessibility Awareness Day, the AODA Alliance Again Writes Ontario’s Education Minister and TVO’s Vice President to Try to Get the Urgent Learning Needs of Students with Disabilities Met

In our continuing campaign to get the Ford Government to address the urgent needs of a third of a million vulnerable students with disabilities during the COVID-19 crisis, the AODA Alliance today wrote two important letters, set out below. These are especially timely, because today is the internationally recognized Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD).

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/on-global-accessibility-awareness-day-the-aoda-alliance-again-writes-ontarios-education-minister-and-tvos-vice-president-to-try-to-get-the-urgent-learning-needs-of-students-with-disabiliti/

UN Highlights the Unique Challenges Faced By Disabled Injured Workers During COVID-19

Imagine coming home from work at a hospital, grocery store, or care home with Coronavirus and, on top of knowing you’re gravely ill and you’ve put your family in serious danger, you need to engage in a battle with the compensation board to prove where you got this illness.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/un-highlights-the-unique-challenges-faced-by-disabled-injured-workers-during-covid-19/

United Nations Urged to Lead Action to End Discrimination Against People With Disabilities in the Response to COVID-19

Lack of concerted action from governments and health authorities is putting the lives of people with disabilities at greater risk during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC).

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/united-nations-urged-to-lead-action-to-end-discrimination-against-people-with-disabilities-in-the-response-to-covid-19/

Ford Government Acknowledges Ontario Students with Disabilities Face Added Hardships Trying to learn at Home During COVID-19 But Announces No Comprehensive Plan to Remove the Added Disability Barriers that Online Learning Creates for Them

Today, as the first media question at Premier Doug Ford’s Queen’s Park COVID-19 briefing, the Toronto Star told the premier that parents of special needs children have told the Star that they are particularly struggling at this time and that the Government needs to take a leading role in making sure that their children are being served during the school shutdown.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/ford-government-acknowledges-ontario-students-with-disabilities-face-added-hardships-trying-to-learn-at-home-during-covid-19-but-announces-no-comprehensive-plan-to-remove-the-added-disability-barriers/

Bond Head Residents Frustrated with Dilapidated Sidewalks

While Bond Head resident Dave Morton is glad to see the town taking action to ensure the safety of pedestrians in the downtown core, he is left wondering why, after years of complaints and letters to council, the rough-looking sidewalks in Bond Head have never been replaced.

In a letter to Mayor Rob Keffer and Coun. Ron Orr earlier this week, he attached three photos of the dilapidated sidewalks in Bond Head, and asked why they were not included in the town’s Road Safety and AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) audit, which was presented at the May 19 council meeting.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/bond-head-residents-frustrated-with-dilapidated-sidewalks/

Global Mental Health Crisis Looming Due to coronavirus Pandemic, UN Warns

While countries around the world continue to mobilize to contain the spread of COVID-19, mental health experts say we can’t lose sight of an equally alarming issue: The long-term mental health impact the coronavirus pandemic is going to leave on society.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/global-mental-health-crisis-looming-due-to-coronavirus-pandemic-un-warns/

Qualifying for the CERB Can Put Ontarians With Disabilities in a Tricky Financial Spot

Confusion around the Ontario Disability Support Program during the pandemic put writer Meagan Gillmore in a financial bind.

Recently, the Ontario government has made it even more difficult for them to self-isolate and afford basic needs, even if they qualify for the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/qualifying-for-the-cerb-can-put-ontarians-with-disabilities-in-a-tricky-financial-spot/

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