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In this Issue
* Ontario Educational System Failing Students With Intellectual Disabilities: Report
* How Ontario Traps Those With Disabilities in Lives of Poverty
* Increasing Access to Financial Support Programs for People With Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Would Lead to Economic and Social Benefits
* With 2.6 Million Followers and Counting, Disabled Chinese Woman Inspires Social Change
* Lyft Sued for Discriminating Against Wheelchair-Users
* HealthHack 2018 Winner Aims for Better Accessibility in Edmonton
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Ontario Educational System Failing Students With Intellectual Disabilities: Report
Students face “daunting” academic and social barriers that can leave them excluded, vulnerable to bullying and set them up for low expectations for the future, said the report, a joint project by experts in disabilities law and education.
How Ontario Traps Those With Disabilities in Lives of Poverty
Restrictions on assets and gifts keep many in a state of profound uncertainty and crisis.
In August 2016, Ontario’s ombudsman released “Nowhere to Turn,” a report outlining multiple systemic failures in provincial supports and services that
lead to crisis for many adults with developmental disabilities. The stories in the report are often heart-breaking and speak to the many ways our current system leaves persons with disabilities vulnerable and trapped in poverty.
Increasing Access to Financial Support Programs for People With Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Would Lead to Economic and Social Benefits
Improving financial support programs for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) would increase their labour force participation and boost economic activity. A new Conference Board of Canada report released during MS Awareness Month finds that expanding the employment insurance (EI) sickness benefit
program and making the disability tax credit (DTC) refundable would allow approximately 11,400 people to remain in or re-enter the workforce and boost economic activity by an estimated $1.1 billion annually.
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With 2.6 Million Followers and Counting, Disabled Chinese Woman Inspires Social Change
Let’s shake hands,” Yang Li says, getting up from the couch to greet a visitor. She lifts her right foot above her waist, curls it around and gives a slight squeeze to an outstretched hand.
It’s the kind of unexpected everyday gesture that has won the young office worker a huge and growing following in China.
Lyft Sued for Discriminating Against Wheelchair-Users
Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) filed a major class action lawsuit against Lyft, challenging the popular ride-sharing service’s failure to make wheelchair-accessible vehicles available in the Bay Area through its rideshare service.
HealthHack 2018 Winner Aims for Better Accessibility in Edmonton
Navigating Edmonton in a wheelchair takes a lot of force, according to the Click N’ Push application
The winner of this year’s HealthHack Smart Cities Challenge is aiming to make Edmonton more accessible to those who use wheelchairs.
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