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Disabled and Denied Electric Vehicle Charging

Issue before the Condominium Authority of Ontario Tribunal {CAT} involved visitor parking within a LEED certified condo. A disability accommodation request was made to the directors to improve the existing, and signed 120v outlets by installing above ground level 2 chargers to accommodate the owner’s disability while allowing for community access.

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https://www.aoda.ca/disabled-and-denied-electric-vehicle-charging/

Building Back BETTER: Will Disabled Lives Finally be Valued?

Presentation delivered at the Disability and Work in Canada 2021 National Employment Conference: Achieving equality of opportunity and choice in careers, jobs and work, December 1, 2021

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/building-back-better-will-disabled-lives-finally-be-valued/

Dire Challenges Facing Canadians With Disabilities During COVID-19

The COVID-19 Disability Survey captured perspectives from Canadians with different types of disabilities and their family members.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/dire-challenges-facing-canadians-with-disabilities-during-covid-19/

How are Workplaces Supporting Canadian Workers With Disabilities?

Dec. 3 is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. According to the most recent Statscan numbers, one in five (22 per cent) of people in Canada lives with a disability, both visible and invisible.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/how-are-workplaces-supporting-canadian-workers-with-disabilities/

County Waste Carts Raise Accessibility Questions for Local Committee

With the roll out of the new County of Simcoe automated waste collection system which started the week of Nov. 1, many resident concerns that vary in scope have been brought to the forefront about the choice to use a one-size-fits-all approach.

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https://www.aoda.ca/county-waste-carts-raise-accessibility-questions-for-local-committee/

CERB and CRB Discriminated Against Canadians With Disabilities, New Charter Challenge Claims The Star

Unlike other income replacement programs like parental or maternal benefits, the Canadian Pension Plan Disability benefit did not count toward the $5,000 threshold to qualify for CERB and CRB.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/cerb-and-crb-discriminated-against-canadians-with-disabilities-new-charter-challenge-claims-the-star/

On the Eve of the International Day for People with Disabilities, the Ford Government Publicly Admits in the Legislature It Needs to Do a Lot More to Lead Ontario to Become Accessible to People with Disabilities

On December 2, 2021, Opposition NDP MPP Joel Harden pressed the Ford Government in the Legislature during Question Period on what it plans to do to lead Ontario to become accessible to people with disabilities by 2025, as the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act requires. He did so to mark the next day, December 3, which is the International Day for People with Disabilities. Below we set out what was said in the Legislature.

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https://www.aoda.ca/on-the-eve-of-the-international-day-for-people-with-disabilities-the-ford-government-publicly-admits-in-the-legislature-it-needs-to-do-a-lot-more-to-lead-ontario-to-become-accessible-to-people-with-d/

Due to Years of Government Foot-Dragging, Ontario Won’t Become Accessible to 2.6 Million People with Disabilities by 2025, Violating Disabilities Act

“The AODA requires the Government to lead Ontario to become accessible to people with disabilities by 2025, twenty years after it was enacted. With great pain and frustration, we have reached a wrenching turning point. Ontario must recognize that Ontario will not reach the goal of being accessible by 2025. We reach this hurtful crossroads despite the grassroots efforts of many to get the AODA fully and effectively implemented.”

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https://www.aoda.ca/due-to-years-of-government-foot-dragging-ontario-wont-become-accessible-to-2-6-million-people-with-disabilities-by-2025-violating-disabilities-act/

E-scooter Safety Upgrades Still Not Enough, Say Accessibility Advocates

New noises, better technology won’t fix bad rider behaviour, critics say

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https://www.aoda.ca/e-scooter-safety-upgrades-still-not-enough-say-accessibility-advocates/

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