Accessibility News September 12,2020 Update

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In this Issue

*I’ve Been Paralyzed Since I Was 3. Here’s Why Kindness Toward Disabled People Is More Complicated Than You Think
*Action Kit: Protect Torontonians with Disabilities from the Dangers of Electric Scooters
*Dear Everybody: Disability Is Missing From the Picture
*ODSP Recipients Calling for Help, Exploring Assisted Dying
*Medical Practice Sued for Discriminatory Policy That Jeopardizes Patients with Disabilities
*Families, Advocates of Students With Disabilities Seek Clarity in School Reopening Plans

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ARTICLES:

I’ve Been Paralyzed Since I Was 3. Here’s Why Kindness Toward Disabled People Is More Complicated Than You Think

I am a magnet for kindness. Like the center of a black hole, my body attracts every good deed from across the universe to the foot of my wheelchair. I move through parking lots and malls, farmers’ markets and airports, bookstores and buffets, and people scramble to my aid.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/ive-been-paralyzed-since-i-was-3-heres-why-kindness-toward-disabled-people-is-more-complicated-than-you-think/

Action Kit: Protect Torontonians with Disabilities from the Dangers of Electric Scooters

How to Help In a Nutshell

Please take five minutes to help us stop Toronto from allowing electric scooters (e-scooters), a serious new danger to the safety and accessibility of people with disabilities, seniors and the public. If you live in or visit Toronto, please email Toronto Mayor John Tory at mayor_tory@toronto.ca You can also call Mayor Tory’s office at 416-397-2489 and talk to whoever answers the phone.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/action-kit-protect-torontonians-with-disabilities-from-the-dangers-of-electric-scooters/

Dear Everybody: Disability Is Missing From the Picture

While 22% of Canada’s population lives with a disability, that number is not reflected in our advertisements, films, television shows, books, and on the radio. That is why Dear Everybody aims to create a shift in the media landscape by asking brands, companies, broadcasters, and producers to start including disability in the picture. We encourage the public to sign the Dear Everybody Agreement and join us in demanding inclusive and diverse representation.

Read more at
https://deareverybody.hollandbloorview.ca/

ODSP Recipients Calling for Help, Exploring Assisted Dying

COVID-19 has proven itself as not an equal opportunity crisis, revealing cracks in the system that leave the most vulnerable exposed.

Low income and racialized communities have been hit the hardest, but there is another group that feels abandoned and ignored – people with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/odsp-recipients-calling-for-help-exploring-assisted-dying/

Medical Practice Sued for Discriminatory Policy That Jeopardizes Patients with Disabilities

Yesterday, following the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Disability Rights Advocates filed a putative class action lawsuit against First Urology, challenging the medical practice’s illegal policy of refusing to help patients with disabilities transfer from wheelchairs or other mobility devices to examination tables and diagnostic equipment, in violation of the ADA and other disability rights laws.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/medical-practice-sued-for-discriminatory-policy-that-jeopardizes-patients-with-disabilities/

Families, Advocates of Students With Disabilities Seek Clarity in School Reopening Plans

Students with disabilities face extra complications heading back to school in a pandemic, including how to access support services, and parents say more planning was needed from governments.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/families-advocates-of-students-with-disabilities-seek-clarity-in-school-reopening-plans/

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