Accessibility News November 30,2019 Update

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In this Issue
*Today Is the AODA Movement’s 25th Birthday!
*Accessibility, the Future, and Why Domino’s Matters
*Ford Government Endangers Safety and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities in E-Scooter Pilot Regulation
*What’s Up With the Rules Around Emotional Support Animals on Campus?
*AODA Alliance Writes Premier Ford to Ask for a Meeting and AODA Alliance to Appear Tomorrow on TVO’s “The Agenda with Steve Paikin”
*Help Us Make Information and Communication Accessible to Ontarians with Disabilities
*Is the Ford Government Obeying the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act? And Other News from the Accessibility Front
*Toyota Canada Announces Partnership With StopGap, $100,000 Investment

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ARTICLES:

Today Is the AODA Movement’s 25th Birthday!

Watch Our Movement’s Latest Interview on TVO’s “The Agenda with Steve Paikin” Any Time on YouTube and Toronto Star Runs Very Troubling Editorial that Wrongly Applauds the Ford Government’s Unleashing Electric Scooters on Ontarians, Despite their Proven Dangers to Safety and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/today-is-the-aoda-movements-25th-birthday/

Accessibility, the Future, and Why Domino’s Matters

The US Supreme Court last week to weigh in on an argument that the Americans with Disabilities Act should not apply to websites and digital storefronts, leaving intact a lower ruling finding that the ADA does, indeed, apply to digital space. Internet and Web users with disabilities, as well as advocates for accessible design, are breathing a sigh of relief.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/accessibility-the-future-and-why-domino%c2%92s-matters/

Ford Government Endangers Safety and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities in E-Scooter Pilot Regulation

The Ford Government ignored serious safety and accessibility concerns documented by Ontarians with disabilities. A new regulation announced yesterday allows dangerously fast electric scooters (e-scooters) on roads, sidewalks and other public places. Ontarians with disabilities and others will be exposed to the danger of serious personal injuries, if not worse. E-scooters will become unpredictable new barriers blocking the accessibility of public spaces for people with disabilities.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/ford-government-endangers-safety-and-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities-in-e-scooter-pilot-regulation/

What’s Up With the Rules Around Emotional Support Animals on Campus?

Juvi Gardner, a student in the general arts and science, music industry arts program, was asked earlier this fall not to bring his emotional support dog, Zeke, with him while he played for Thunder’s varsity basketball team.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/what%c2%92s-up-with-the-rules-around-emotional-support-animals-on-campus/

AODA Alliance Writes Premier Ford to Ask for a Meeting and AODA Alliance to Appear Tomorrow on TVO’s “The Agenda with Steve Paikin”

AODA Alliance Seeks a Meeting with Premier Doug Ford

On November 26, 2019, the AODA Alliance wrote Premier Doug Ford to ask for a meeting with him. That letter is set out below.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-writes-premier-ford-to-ask-for-a-meeting-and-aoda-alliance-to-appear-tomorrow-on-tvos-%c2%93the-agenda-with-steve-paikin%c2%94/

Help Us Make Information and Communication Accessible to Ontarians with Disabilities

Please Tell the Ford Government If You Support the AODA Alliance’s Finalized Brief to the Information and Communication Standards Development Committee on that Committee’s Draft Recommendations to Improve the 2011 Information and Communication Accessibility Standard.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/help-us-make-information-and-communication-accessible-to-ontarians-with-disabilities/

Is the Ford Government Obeying the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act? And Other News from the Accessibility Front

Here is a sampling of news from the grassroots of Ontario’s non-partisan campaign for accessibility for people with disabilities.

1. Two Illustrations of How the Ford Government Has Not Obeyed the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/is-the-ford-government-obeying-the-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities-act-and-other-news-from-the-accessibility-front/

Toyota Canada Announces Partnership With StopGap, $100,000 Investment

Last night, StopGap Foundation announced a new national partnership with Toyota Canada at StopGap’s big annual fundraising event. A $100,000 nation from the company will support the development and growth of StopGap’s School Project. The partnership will ultimately contribute to the longevity and livelihood of the Foundation and all its important awareness-raising programs in communities all across Canada.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/toyota-canada-announces-partnership-with-stopgap-100000-investment/

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Organizations that feature the app on their websites are committed to making it easier for people with disabilities to access information online.

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