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B.C. Senior Who Was Called A ‘Loser’ for Demanding Accessibility in Condo Building Wins $35K

B.C. Human Rights Tribunal orders Nanaimo strata to take action on barriers that trapped woman in condo

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Canadians Relying on ODSP Facing Constant Struggle to Make Ends Meet

Those lucky enough to be in ignorance of how the Ontario disability (ODSP) program works easily can shrug it off with the notions of “free money” and “limitless benefits”. However, there are many unpleasant realities to this essential social service system that only ensures a maximum monthly stipend of $1,169 ” well below Canada’s official poverty line.

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https://aoda.ca/canadians-relying-on-odsp-facing-constant-struggle-to-make-ends-meet/

Advocates for Canadians With Disabilities Say the Federal Government Isn’t Doing Enough to Help People Struggling With New Barriers in the Midst of A Pandemic

More than six months into the global pandemic, the Liberal government is being accused of failing to meet the needs of the Canadians with disabilities who number among those hardest-hit by the public health crisis.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/advocates-for-canadians-with-disabilities-say-the-federal-government-isnt-doing-enough-to-help-people-struggling-with-new-barriers-in-the-midst-of-a-pandemic/

2020 Celebrating Accessibility Awards looking for nominations

KINGSTON- Kingstonians are being asked to spread some love by nominating a person or an organization for an award for helping make Kingston more accessible for all residents.

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https://aoda.ca/2020-celebrating-accessibility-awards-looking-for-nominations/

Landmark Toronto Star Guest Column by the Authors of the Three Successive Government-Appointed Independent Reviews of Ontario’s Disabilities Act Demands Immediate Strong New Government Action on Serious Hardships Facing People with Disabilities

The Ontario Government has failed to effectively implement the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, and must now show the much-needed missing leadership that Ontarians with disabilities need. That was the message of a powerful guest column appearing in today’s online Toronto Star, set out below. This column is an amazing and unprecedented combined effort by the three people who have conducted ground-breaking Government-appointed Independent Reviews over the past decade into the AODA’s implementation and enforcement:

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https://aoda.ca/landmark-toronto-star-guest-column-by-the-authors-of-the-three-successive-government-appointed-independent-reviews-of-ontarios-disabilities-act-demands-immediate-strong-new-government-action-on-seri/

Tough Times for Special-Needs Students

Usually I greet my high-school students, all with mild intellectual delays, with the following question, “Would you like a hug, a handshake or a high-five?” This year, I’ll have to come up with a new greeting.

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https://aoda.ca/tough-times-for-special-needs-students/

Disability Barriers in Education

In the third review of the AODA, the Honourable David Onley recommends needed improvements to the Act. During the public meetings Onley held while preparing his review, attendees outlined many barriers that people with disabilities face. More improvements to the AODA would help to remove existing barriers and prevent future ones. Therefore, in addition to direct recommendations, Onley’s review also includes suggestions from attendees about how to remove these barriers. This article will explore disability barriers in education and ways to remove them.

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https://aoda.ca/disability-barriers-in-education/

Opinion: As Employment in Canada Continues to Struggle, It’s Disabled Folks Who Feel It the Worst

Because of my disability, I spent almost two decades trying to find stable, gainful employment. I never found it. Instead, I teetered between employment, underemployment and unemployment. I struggled to pay my bills, sometimes choosing between food, rent or mounting student debt payments.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/opinion-as-employment-in-canada-continues-to-struggle-its-disabled-folks-who-feel-it-the-worst/

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.

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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.

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