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How Ontario Communities are Making Themselves More Senior-Friendly

The right kind of infrastructure can keep older adults healthier and happier longer and cities and towns are starting to make it a priority

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https://aoda.ca/how-ontario-communities-are-making-themselves-more-senior-friendly/

We’re In the Media Two Days in a Row! A Globe and Mail Article on our January 30, 2019 Joint News Conference on School Principals Excluding Students from School and a Toronto Star Letter to the Editor from the AODA Alliance

We’re starting 2019 with great media coverage early in the New Year:

* Below, check out an excellent January 31, 2019 Globe and Mail article. It reports on our January 30, 2019 joint Queen’s Park news conference with the unstoppable Ontario Autism Coalition.

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https://aoda.ca/were-in-the-media-two-days-in-a-row-a-globe-and-mail-article-on-our-january-30-2019-joint-news-conference-on-school-principals-excluding-students-from-school-and-a-toronto-star-letter-to-the-edito/

2019 AEBC/T-Base Scholarship Program

The 2019 AEBC/T-Base Scholarship Program is now accepting applications.

The application deadline for the 2019 AEBC and T-Base Communications scholarship program is Friday, March 29th, 2019. All applications and supporting materials must be received by AEBC by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on Friday, March 29th, 2019, in order to be considered.

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http://www.blindcanadians.ca/programs/scholarship

Disability Advocates Call for Action Limiting When Principal Can Exclude Student from School

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE
NEWS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 30, 2019 Toronto: At a news conference in the Queen’s Park Media Studio today at 10:30 a.m., disability advocates will unite to demand that the Ford Government rein in the sweeping power of school principals to exclude a student from school. The Ford Government has so far announced nothing on this. It hasn’t answered the Ontario Autism Coalition’s December 13, 2018 letter to Education Minister Lisa Thompson, which asks the minister to meet about exclusions. It hasn’t publicly responded to recent media focusing on this issue. See e.g. the Globe and Mail.

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https://aoda.ca/disability-advocates-call-for-action-limiting-when-principal-can-exclude-student-from-school/

Will Ontario’s New Government Ensure that New Courthouses, Built Using Public Money, Are Barrier-Free for People with Disabilities?

The Previous Government’s Plans for the New Toronto Courthouse Still Have Significant Accessibility Barriers.

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https://aoda.ca/will-ontarios-new-government-ensure-that-new-courthouses-built-using-public-money-are-barrier-free-for-people-with-disabilities/

What is the Design of Public Spaces Standard?

The design of public spaces standard of the AODA outlines the need for newly constructed or redeveloped public spaces to be accessible for people with disabilities. This requirement may leave people asking: What is the Design of Public Spaces Standard?

The Design of Public Spaces Standard describes ways to make communal spaces more accessible. Most of the spaces it covers are outdoors. For instance, there are requirements for accessible:

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https://aoda.ca/what-is-the-design-of-public-spaces-standard/

The Ford Government Continues Its Freeze on the Work to Remove Barriers in Ontario’s Education System Against Hundreds of Thousands of Students With Disabilities, While the Media Shines A Much-Needed Spotlight on One Troubling Barrier – The Sweeping Power of School Principals to Exclude a Student from School

There have been 216 days since work on developing a new Education Accessibility Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act was frozen in the wake of the election of Ontario’s new Government. The work of the two Education Standards Development Committees, appointed to recommend reforms in Ontario’s school system (the K-12 Education Standards Development Committee) and in Ontario’s colleges and universities (the Post-Secondary Education Standards Development Committee), still remains on hold. School boards, colleges and universities continue to leave disability barriers in place. They spend public money to create new barriers, without an AODA Education Accessibility Standard in place to stop that from continuing.

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https://aoda.ca/the-ford-government-continues-its-freeze-on-the-work-to-remove-barriers-in-ontarios-education-system-against-hundreds-of-thousands-of-students-with-disabilities-while-the-media-shines-a-much-neede/

Our Biased Web: Why Don’t We Care About Making The Web Accessible For All?

As society has increasingly awoken to the dangers of algorithmic bias in the machine learning and AI systems that underlie an ever-greater portion of our lives, it is notable that for all of the attention and funding being focused on AI bias, there has been in comparison a deafening silence on the topic of accessibility bias.

As the web rushes ever faster towards a multimedia-first existence, why is it that there is comparatively so little conversation about making this content accessible to those with differing physical abilities?

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/our-biased-web-why-dont-we-care-about-making-the-web-accessible-for-all/

Accessibility: A Source of Future Anxiety and a Significant Consideration for Canadian Consumers today

Seven-in-ten Canadians say universal accessibility should be the goal for newly constructed buildings

As Canada’s population grows older, millions of Canadians find themselves worrying about decreased mobility, vision and hearing and the impact it may have on their own lives or the lives of loved ones.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/accessibility-a-source-of-future-anxiety-and-a-significant-consideration-for-canadian-consumers-today/

Valuing the Voice of People Living with Disabilities in Manitoba

Recently the Manitoba Government made a decision to reject a core funding application from the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities (MLPD) for the 2018-19 fiscal year. It can be very difficult for an organization to function without core funding which diminishes its capacity.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/valuing-the-voice-of-people-living-with-disabilities-in-manitoba/