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Log In Tuesday, April 7, 2020 from 10 to 11:30 AM Eastern Time for an Important Virtual Public Forum on What Government Must Do During the COVID-19 Crisis to Protect the Urgent Needs of Ontarians with Disabilities Convened by the AODA Alliance and the Ontario Autism Coalition

On Tuesday morning, April 7, 2020, from 10 to 11:30 am, please use your computer, smart phone or tablet to virtually attend the virtual public forum that the AODA Alliance and Ontario Autism Coalition are jointly organizing and hosting. We will talk to leading experts on the additional barriers and hardships that over 2.6 million Ontarians with disabilities are now facing during the COVID-19 crisis.

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https://aoda.ca/log-in-tuesday-april-7-2020-from-10-to-1130-am-eastern-time-for-an-important-virtual-public-forum-on-what-government-must-do-during-the-covid-19-crisis-to-protect-the-urgent-needs-of-ontarians-wit/

The Mass Migration to Online Learning is Leaving Disabled Students Behind

She tells Digital Trends, that “in many ways, online courses are more accessible” than attending lectures in person. But, in her experience with remote learning, Rachel notes that “there’s a tendency to see online classes as universally accessible, and that some disability accommodations don’t matter anymore because everything is now made available in ways that professors would not have made available before for students who were ill.”

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-mass-migration-to-online-learning-is-leaving-disabled-students-behind/

Disability Groups File Complaint On Rationing Policies In Coronavirus Pandemic

Ari Ne’eman, a visiting scholar at the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at Brandeis University looked at state policies for crisis care and found several that have set policies that ration care at the expense of people with disabilities.

In addition to Washington State, he said he found similar standards in New York, Alabama, Tennessee, Utah, Minnesota, Colorado and Oregon.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/disability-groups-file-complaint-on-rationing-policies-in-coronavirus-pandemic/

COVID-19 Visitation Bans for People in Institutions Put Many at Risk in Other Ways

Barring visitors ignores the specific needs of those with intellectual and psychiatric disabilities

Disabled people know a lot about social isolation.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/covid-19-visitation-bans-for-people-in-institutions-put-many-at-risk-in-other-ways/

COVID-19 and Disability: Recommendations to the Canadian Government from Disability Related Organizations in Canada

If Canada’s healthcare system becomes overburdened by COVID-19, most triaging guidelines will result in people with disabilities being denied care, triaged out of care solely on the basis of having a disability. This was the case during the SARS and H1N1 pandemics and we have no reason to believe that guidelines have changed. Canadians with disabilities may be refused ventilators or life support in a moment of crisis because they have a disability. This discriminatory policy is of great concern.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/covid-19-and-disability-recommendations-to-the-canadian-government-from-disability-related-organizations-in-canada/

AODA Alliance Writes Premier Doug Ford to Urge Actions to Protect the Urgent Needs of Ontarians with disabilities During the Covid Crisis

The current COVID crisis is especially threatening for people with disabilities. As a result, we today wrote Ontario Premier Doug Ford to call for strong action to protect the urgent needs of Ontarians with disabilities during this critical time. Our letter is set out below.

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https://aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-writes-premier-doug-ford-to-urge-actions-to-protect-the-urgent-needs-of-ontarians-with-disabilities-during-the-covid-crisis/

Microsoft Joins Forces With Enable Ireland to Embed AI Into Assistive Technology Passport

Microsoft and Enable Ireland have joined forces today to announce a new commitment to embed AI into the Assistive Technology Passport which is being developed to empower people with disabilities to have an independent life.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/microsoft-joins-forces-with-enable-ireland-to-embed-ai-into-assistive-technology-passport/

Accessibility = Inclusion and Belonging for Kids with Physical Disabilities

Accessibility means more than just ramps, elevators and electric door openers. It is also being able to join a group and play together, enabling a child with a disability to be included and have a sense of belonging.

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https://aoda.ca/accessibility-inclusion-and-belonging-for-kids-with-physical-disabilities/

Disability Advocacy Coalition Calls for Strong Action by Governments At All Levels to Address the Emergency Needs of People with Disabilities during the Covid Crisis

The Covid-19 virus crisis has serious implications for people with disabilities in our community. This cries out for immediate and major action by all levels of government. We call on our federal, provincial and municipal governments and other major public institutions to ensure that planning for the most vulnerable in our society, including people with disabilities, is a key part of all emergency planning in this area. We urge one and all to do what they can to stay isolated and safe.

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https://aoda.ca/disability-advocacy-coalition-calls-for-strong-action-by-governments-at-all-levels-to-address-the-emergency-needs-of-people-with-disabilities-during-the-covid-crisis/

Disabled Canadians Feel Excluded From COVID-19 Messaging

Karen McCall clicked eagerly on the link tweeted out by her provincial health ministry, keen to read the promised list of tips meant to help her protect against COVID-19.

But a familiar sense of disappointment soon set in when she realized the pointers were provided in a format incompatible with the screen-reading technology she relies upon to access the internet. She soon resorted to trolling through a variety of other sites in a bid to access the information.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/disabled-canadians-feel-excluded-from-covid-19-messaging/