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Sign Up To Attend October 1, 2020 virtual town Hall on How to Advocate Against Allowing Electric Scooters in Toronto which Endanger People with Disabilities, Seniors and Others

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Society for All People with Disabilities
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September 28, 2020

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Here is a great way for you to help the important campaign to get Toronto Mayor John Tory and the Toronto City Council not to allow electric scooters (e-scooters) in Toronto. E-scooters would pose a serious danger to people with disabilities, seniors and others. This will be especially helpful if you know little or nothing about this issue, and want to know what you can do to help.

Deaf Politician – The Gary Malkowski Story

CWDO is pleased to present this webinar about Gary Malkowski’s life.

The biography, Deaf Politician – The Gary Malkowski Story follows Gary from being born deaf into an immigrant, working-class family in Hamilton, Ontario through his education at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC to his community activism and political career in Toronto.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/deaf-politician-the-gary-malkowski-story/

Websites Still Don’t Provide Equal Access in 2020 – and Lawsuits are Increasing

The coronavirus outbreak caused a shift in the usage of digital devices.

As people worldwide become heavily dependent on the internet for essential information, work, school, entertainment, and basic needs such as medication and groceries, it’s clearer than ever that digital inclusion is crucial.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/websites-still-dont-provide-equal-access-in-2020-and-lawsuits-are-increasing/

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

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In this Issue

What Is the Ford Government Doing to Ensure Patients with Disabilities Don’t Face Discrimination in Access to Life-Saving Critical care If the Surge in COVID-19 Cases Overloads Ontario’s Hospitals?

Since early in the COVID-19 pandemic last spring, the AODA Alliance together with other disability advocates, has been pressing the Ford Government to ensure that patients with disabilities are not discriminated against because of their disability in getting access to needed critical medical care, in the event that a surge in COVID-19 cases exceeds the capacity of Ontario hospitals.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/what-is-the-ford-government-doing-to-ensure-patients-with-disabilities-dont-face-discrimination-in-access-to-life-saving-critical-care-if-the-surge-in-covid-19-cases-overloads-ontarios-hospitals/

Zoom Adds Accessibility Features for Video Meetings

Zoom, which has become one of the most popular video meeting services, added new features Wednesday aimed at improving accessibility for those who are differently abled.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/zoom-adds-accessibility-features-for-video-meetings/

How Blind Nova Scotians Are Navigating the Strange World of COVID-19

Carrying on a normal life during the pandemic can be difficult for everyone, but some people with vision loss say it can be a minefield.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/how-blind-nova-scotians-are-navigating-the-strange-world-of-covid-19/

AODA Alliance calls on the Ontario Government to Appoint an Associate Deputy Minister of Education, to Create and Implement a Provincial Plan to ensure that A Third of a Million Students with Disabilities Are Fully and Safely Included in School Re-Opening

Today the AODA Alliance wrote Ontario’s Minister of Education Stephen Lecce. We called on the Ford Government to immediately appoint an Associate Deputy Minister of Education with specialized expertise in educating students with disabilities. That official should be immediately assigned to oversee the development and implementation of a desperately-needed and currently missing provincial plan to ensure that students with disabilities in Ontario, numbering at least 340,000, are fully and safely included in school re-opening. The AODA Alliance and others have been pressing for this much-needed plan for months. The letter to the Minister of Education is set out below.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-calls-on-the-ontario-government-to-appoint-an-associate-deputy-minister-of-education-to-create-and-implement-a-provincial-plan-to-ensure-that-a-third-of-a-million-students-with-disabili/

How Online Courses Are Affecting Students With Disabilities

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020-21 school year is proving to be very different from past years, especially for students with disabilities. As many return to classes for the fall semester, the majority are doing so through their computer screens rather than sitting in a classroom.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/how-online-courses-are-affecting-students-with-disabilities/

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