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Coroner Calls Inquest Into Death of Teen at Brantford School for the Blind

The parents of a disabled teen who died in the care of an Ontario residential school for the blind say they’re hopeful a newly called inquest into their son’s death may protect a future generation of vulnerable students.

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https://aoda.ca/coroner-calls-inquest-into-death-of-teen-at-brantford-school-for-the-blind/

Accessibility News May 30,2020 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 4 years, 30 weeks, 6 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

Accessibility Training for Web Designers After the COVID-19 Pandemic

Web developers and other communications professionals should learn more about accessibility during any courses they take to educate themselves. These professionals should be prepared to design web layouts and content for all people, not just people without disabilities. Therefore, any courses or modules that teach people about web design should show them how to design accessibly. For example, they should be aware of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, which ensure that website content and layouts are accessible. Similarly, they could learn about the various ways people with disabilities access the web using assistive technology, such as:

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https://aoda.ca/accessibility-training-for-web-designers-after-the-covid-19-pandemic/

David C. Onley Initiative Making Recommendations to Advance Employment for Post-Secondary Students with Disabilities

Companies often assume that accommodating an employee with a disability will cost thousands of dollars. It’s a misperception that can create an additional barrier to finding employment, and it contributes to the job gap between students with disabilities and those without.

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https://aoda.ca/david-c-onley-initiative-making-recommendations-to-advance-employment-for-post-secondary-students-with-disabilities/

Watch the Captioned May 27, 2020 Online Fireside Chat with AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky and Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner on the Impact of COVID-19 on Ontarians with Disabilities

Tell Us What Barriers Students with Disabilities Face in Colleges and Universities

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https://aoda.ca/watch-the-captioned-may-27-2020-online-fireside-chat-with-aoda-alliance-chair-david-lepofsky-and-green-party-leader-mike-schreiner-on-the-impact-of-covid-19-on-ontarians-with-disabilities/

Malhotra and Johnson: People With Disabilities Must Not Be Forgotten Once the Lockdown Lifts

As municipalities ponder creative ways to open up after the end of the COVID-19 lockdown and revitalize the battered economy, it is imperative city planning incorporate the needs and perspectives of people with disabilities.

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https://aoda.ca/malhotra-and-johnson-people-with-disabilities-must-not-be-forgotten-once-the-lockdown-lifts/

Why Do Provinces Often Confiscate Federal Benefits From People Who Clearly Need Them?

Amanda Demerse lost her part-time job as a rink attendant with the City of North Bay in March when the municipality closed recreation facilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What happened next, amid a global health emergency, is an example of what goes on every day for vulnerable people living on the fault lines of creaking federal and provincial income support systems, social policy experts say.

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https://aoda.ca/why-do-provinces-often-confiscate-federal-benefits-from-people-who-clearly-need-them/

Internet, Social Media Open Doors of Accessibility for Those With DeafBlindness

Originally Posted May 21, 2020
By: NewmarketToday Staff

During a time when we are physically separated from family, friends, and our peers, technology helps to bridge the gap and encourage social connection from afar.

Although checking social media platforms, browsing the internet, and navigating video and audio streaming services are considered normal interactions, they also open doors of accessibility for others.

For Steven, a man with deafblindness, Facebook and email connect him with the outside world. “I communicate online because I like to talk to people” it is faster and easier [for me] to communicate.”

Deafblindness, a combined loss of hearing and vision, impacts access to information, communication, and mobility. Born with Rubella, also known as the German measles, Steven is profoundly deaf and blind in his left eye. He is legally blind in his right.

Accessibility News May 23,2020 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 4 years, 31 weeks, 6 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

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).

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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/