Accessibility News May 9,2020 Update

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In this Issue

*Watch TVO’s “The Agenda with Steve Paikin” Tonight at 8 or 11 PM for an Interview on the Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on People with Disabilities
*CERB ‘A Slap In the Face’ for Ontarians Scraping By On Disability Payments
*The AODA Alliance Calls on TVO to Take Prompt Action to Fix its Educational Web Content’s Accessibility Problems
*Girl and Her Dog Share Life-Altering Bond
*Pressing Need for the Ford Government to Ensure that Hospital Patients with Communication Disabilities Face No Barriers to Using Technology that Lets Them Effectively Communicate
*Yesterday’s Virtual Town Hall Reveals Serious Hardships Facing Hundreds of Thousands of Ontario Students with Disabilities and Makes Practical Recommendations for Urgent Action
*City Urged to Think About People With Disabilities in CurbTO Plan to Create Space on Sidewalks
*Ontario’s Ministry of Education Must Now Meet the Urgent Needs of A Third of a Million Students with Disabilities During the COVID-19 Crisis

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ARTICLES:

Watch TVO’s “The Agenda with Steve Paikin” Tonight at 8 or 11 PM for an Interview on the Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on People with Disabilities

And More News on the COVID-19 and Disability Front

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/watch-tvos-the-agenda-with-steve-paikin-tonight-at-8-or-11-pm-for-an-interview-on-the-impact-of-the-covid-19-crisis-on-people-with-disabilities/

CERB ‘A Slap In the Face’ for Ontarians Scraping By On Disability Payments

Federal aid for people affected by pandemic nearly double provincial disability support

Some Ontarians who rely on provincial disability support say the federal government’s new emergency benefit for people affected by COVID-19 is laying bare a double standard when it comes to the question of what’s considered a livable income.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cerb-a-slap-in-the-face-for-ontarians-scraping-by-on-disability-payments/

The AODA Alliance Calls on TVO to Take Prompt Action to Fix its Educational Web Content’s Accessibility Problems

As part of its emergency plans for supporting K-12 students while schools are closed due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Ford Government announced that it has partnered with TVO, the Government-owned educational TV network. However, the AODA Alliance has revealed that there are accessibility problems with some of TVO’s educational web content.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/the-aoda-alliance-calls-on-tvo-to-take-prompt-action-to-fix-its-educational-web-contents-accessibility-problems/

Girl and Her Dog Share Life-Altering Bond

Words do little to express the bond shared by Minden teen Emma Gillam and her Doberman, Biggie, who wouldn’t be one without the other. They’re pretty much inseparable.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/girl-and-her-dog-share-life-altering-bond/

Pressing Need for the Ford Government to Ensure that Hospital Patients with Communication Disabilities Face No Barriers to Using Technology that Lets Them Effectively Communicate

Even More Media Coverage of Disability COVID Issues

Here are three more important media reports that focus directly or indirectly on disability issues during the COVID-19 crisis. All are set out below.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/pressing-need-for-the-ford-government-to-ensure-that-hospital-patients-with-communication-disabilities-face-no-barriers-to-using-technology-that-lets-them-effectively-communicate/

Yesterday’s Virtual Town Hall Reveals Serious Hardships Facing Hundreds of Thousands of Ontario Students with Disabilities and Makes Practical Recommendations for Urgent Action

But Will the Ford Government Do What’s Needed?

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/yesterday%c2%92s-virtual-town-hall-reveals-serious-hardships-facing-hundreds-of-thousands-of-ontario-students-with-disabilities-and-makes-practical-recommendations-for-urgent-action/

City Urged to Think About People With Disabilities in CurbTO Plan to Create Space on Sidewalks

David Lepofsky, a disability rights advocate, says: ‘The real question that I would ask is: What are they doing to ensure that, in altering this part of the built environment, that the alteration will increase and not decrease accessibility?’

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/city-urged-to-think-about-people-with-disabilities-in-curbto-plan-to-create-space-on-sidewalks/

Ontario’s Ministry of Education Must Now Meet the Urgent Needs of A Third of a Million Students with Disabilities During the COVID-19 Crisis

A Captioned Online Virtual Town Hall Today at 3 PM Lets Experts Give Practical Action Tips for Teachers and Parents While Schools Remain Closed.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/ontarios-ministry-of-education-must-now-meet-the-urgent-needs-of-a-third-of-a-million-students-with-disabilities-during-the-covid-19-crisis/

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