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Tell the Ford Government, School Boards and Others To Use Recommended New Standard for Ensuring Accessibility of the Built Environment

Ontario desperately needs to modernize its outdated laws to ensure that buildings and the built environment becomes accessible to people with disabilities. The Ford Government has received a promising blueprint for this. This can help propel Ontario in the right direction towards becoming accessible to people with disabilities. Will the Ford Government act?

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/tell-the-ford-government-school-boards-and-others-to-use-recommended-new-standard-for-ensuring-accessibility-of-the-built-environment/

New Service Offers One-Stop Help to Connect Kids With Mental Health Care

Author of the article: Taylor Blewett
Publishing date: Jun 14, 2021

Kids’ mental health has been front of mind during the pandemic. A new service will simplify the search for mental health care in the region.

A groundbreaking new resource is available in eastern Ontario to help de-mystify and de-stress the process of finding accessible, appropriate mental health or addiction services for a child or youth in need.

Instead of scrolling for help on Google, alone at home, or repeatedly rehashing their stories to new providers only to find out they don’t qualify for a particular service, young people and their families can now phone or visit 1Call1Click.ca(opens in new window/tab)

For Canadians With Disabilities, Supports are Often too Little, too Late

Last week I received a mysterious direct deposit of $600 from the government of Canada. I checked my CRA online account and searched my memory. Finally, it dawned on me. It was a federal COVID-19 disability payment for my son Albert Jucker-Kiddle, who died at the young age of seven on March 4, 2019.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/for-canadians-with-disabilities-supports-are-often-too-little-too-late/

Bills Threaten Disabled Voters: ‘We Don’t Have a Voice Any more’

Legislation across the country would restrict voting methods and accommodations that people with disabilities are disproportionately likely to rely on.

The experience was so demeaning that Susie Angel did not vote again for two decades.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/bills-threaten-disabled-voters-we-dont-have-a-voice-any-more/

Ottawa Ride-Sharing Companies Agree to Hike Accessibility Fee to 10 Cents Per Ride

Ride-sharing companies have agreed to pay more for an accessibility fee to the city of Ottawa, but it’s not the 30 cents a ride charge Council was hoping for.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/ottawa-ride-sharing-companies-agree-to-hike-accessibility-fee-to-10-cents-per-ride/

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In this Issue

Huron County Accessibility Crusader Tackles Bathrooms

Since losing the use of her legs, after being hit by passing motorist while cycling near Goderich in 2015, Julie Sawchuk has been tackling the sometimes uncomfortable world of bathroom accessibility.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/huron-county-accessibility-crusader-tackles-bathrooms/

Upcoming Municipal Election Is Not Accessible to All, Says Advocate

‘At the end of the day, if we can’t even have a vote, then we’re not even being counted in society,’ says Lorelei Root

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/upcoming-municipal-election-is-not-accessible-to-all-says-advocate/

Workplace Accessibility and the Upcoming AODA Compliance Deadlines

With the deadline now fast approaching, organizations must review any accessibility areas they need to address in order to certify compliance with AODA requirements by this new deadline (to the extent they have not already done so).

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/workplace-accessibility-and-the-upcoming-aoda-compliance-deadlines/

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