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With the COVID-19 Crisis Creating a Nightmare for Us All, Why Does the City of Toronto’s Infrastructure Committee Think It?s More Important to Meet to Discuss Allowing Electric Scooters in Toronto?

The COVID-19 crisis now is into its fourth month with no end in sight. We need our politicians and public servants working 100% on alleviating the horrible burdens that COVID-19 has inflicted on us all. Yet the politicians on the City of Toronto’s Infrastructure Committee think it is more important to now debate allowing electric scooters (e-scooters) on Toronto street. This is so even though e-scooters are known to present a real danger to safety and accessibility for people with disabilities and others.

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AbleDocs Inc. and axes4 GmbH Announce Merger to Become the Worldwide Leader in Document Accessibility Products and Services

The deal combines the joint brain trust of recognized global accessibility leaders under one roof with the goal of continuing to provide unparalleled document accessibility services and industry leading PDF/UA compliant software offerings.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/abledocs-inc-and-axes4-gmbh-announce-merger-to-become-the-worldwide-leader-in-document-accessibility-products-and-services/

More Helpful Media Coverage and More Organizations Endorse the AODA Alliance Brief to the Ford Government on How to Meet the Needs of Students with Disabilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

With the delight of summer and the ongoing terrible stress of COVID-19 both upon us, here is a grab-bag of latest news in our multi-front campaign for accessibility for people with disabilities. We wish one and all a safe, happy and accessible Canada Day.

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https://aoda.ca/more-helpful-media-coverage-and-more-organizations-endorse-the-aoda-alliance-brief-to-the-ford-government-on-how-to-meet-the-needs-of-students-with-disabilities-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

VIA Rail Pledges to Improve Rail Accessibility

VIA Rail Canada Inc. last week announced additional steps toward ensuring universal accessibility in order to meet requirements set out by the Canadian Transportation Agency.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/via-rail-pledges-to-improve-rail-accessibility/

A Disability Lens in the Time of COVID-19

The Government of Canada recently marked May 31 to June 6 as National AcessAbility Week. Any other year, it would also be a time to recognize the efforts of individuals, communities and workplaces that are actively working to remove barriers to accessibility and inclusion.

However, during the COVID-19 pandemic we have seen the disability rights movement regress and the rights and needs of Canadians living with disabilities have been, for the most part, left out of the conversations and response. Identified below are four core areas in which people living with disabilities have affected by the lack of the use a disability lens when responding to a public health emergency.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/a-disability-lens-in-the-time-of-covid-19/

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation OSSTF and Ten Disability Organizations Have Already Endorsed the AODA Alliance’s 19 Recommendations on What the Ontario Government Must Now Do to Meet the Needs of A Third of A Million Students with Disabilities in Ontario Schools

Last week, the AODA Alliance made public a detailed brief showing the Ontario Government what it must now do to address the needs of a third of a million students with disabilities in Ontario schools during the transition to schools eventually re-opening, hopefully this fall. This brief draws on grassroots feedback we have received from many sources both before and during the COVID-19 crisis.

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https://aoda.ca/the-ontario-secondary-school-teachers-federation-osstf-and-ten-disability-organizations-have-already-endorsed-the-aoda-alliances-19-recommendations-on-what-the-ontario-government-must-now-do/

When Will Disabled Lives Also Matter?

By John Rae

The 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission spotlighted centuries of genocide and assimilation that is the legacy of indigenous peoples in Canada and elsewhere. It included 94 calls to action for change in Canada, but change has been very slow in coming. The Report was followed up by the report Of the two and a half year National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls whose final Report found “state actions and inactions rooted in colonialism and colonial ideologies” were a key driving force in the disappearance of thousands of Indigenous women.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/when-will-disabled-lives-also-matter/

New Transport Rules for Disabled Travellers a Step Forward but Not Enough: Advocates

New rules aimed at making travel within Canada safer and more accessible for people with disabilities mark a welcome step forward but don’t yet go far enough to removing long-standing barriers, advocates said Thursday as the new regulations officially came into effect.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/new-transport-rules-for-disabled-travellers-a-step-forward-but-not-enough-advocates/

City Improving on Accessibility But More Can Be Done

While the City is taking several important steps in leading the way for greater accessibility and mobility in its business units, more effort is needed to apply the effort more evenly, explained City of Lethbridge Mobility/Accessibility Master Plan project lead Chris Witkowski.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/city-improving-on-accessibility-but-more-can-be-done/

Accessible School Resources After the COVID-19 Pandemic

School staff, and other producers of educational resources, are adapting to the need for school resources in new formats. In the same way, schools, school boards, and other educational institutions can learn to improve the accessibility of school resources.

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https://aoda.ca/accessible-school-resources-after-the-covid-19-pandemic/