Accessibility News December 26,2020 Update

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Looking Back at the Stressful 2020 and Forward to the Hopeful 2021 – a Year-End Report to Our Many Grassroots Accessibility Supporters from the AODA Alliance

This overwhelming year is almost over! Here are reflections on what we’ve done this year in our non-partisan campaign for accessibility and full inclusion for people with disabilities, and on what we will face in 2021. The battle for accessibility was more uphill this year, with previously-unimaginable barriers being created for people with disabilities. Yet we battled on, with the same determination, and honoured to be part of some successes amidst the many new challenges. And we are ready for whatever awaits us next year!

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Downtown Building’s Facelift Wins Award for Accessibility

Durham Region’s Accessibility Advisory Committee recently presented the honour to 29 Toronto St., home to Pharmasave, the Toronto Street Medical Centre, Uxbridge Physiotherapy and several other businesses. The building has had a major facelift of late, adding many features that not only update the building, but make it more accessible, hence the award.

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https://aoda.ca/downtown-buildings-facelift-wins-award-for-accessibility/

More Access Needed to Accessibility Services: Ramps, Home Care, Health Coverage Can Pose Challenges

Ahuja faces many challenges if he has to go somewhere alone: some handicap door buttons not working, navigating elevators, being able to access ATM machines and dealing with inadequate ramps that are sometimes put in just to fulfill the requirement.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/more-access-needed-to-accessibility-services-ramps-home-care-health-coverage-can-pose-challenges/

Netflix’s ‘Crip Camp’ is One of the Most Important Films About Disability I’ve Ever Seen

This documentary proves we can tell human stories about disabled people and our lives. And through those stories, we can show both how far we’ve come and where we must go next.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/netflixs-crip-camp-is-one-of-the-most-important-films-about-disability-ive-ever-seen/

‘For many persons with disabilities ‘ social isolation is status quo,’ says support worker Carlos Sosa

Yet for many persons with disabilities, this form of social isolation is status quo ‘ the norm in their daily lives.

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Just-Revealed Previously Secret Recommendations for Rationing Critical Medical Care in Ontario that the Ford Government is Considering Are Frightening for People with Disabilities

Could it soon be that if COVID-19 overwhelms Ontario hospitals, doctors could be told to decide to select some critical care patients to be taken off life-saving critical care that the patients are receiving, still need and want, on the ground that these services must be rationed and given to some other patients?

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Accessibility News December 19,2020 Update

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In this Issue

Yesterday’s Roundtable on Critical Care Triage during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Hosted by the Ontario Human Rights Commission, Leads the AODA Alliance to Again Write Health Minister Christine Elliott to Raise Important New Issues

Given the number of participants, we could only scratch the surface on this life-and-death issue during this two-hour roundtable. The painful fact that that day, Ontario had another record-breaking number of new COVID-19 infections made this discussion especially urgent and long-overdue.

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https://aoda.ca/yesterdays-roundtable-on-critical-care-triage-during-the-covid-19-pandemic-hosted-by-the-ontario-human-rights-commission-leads-the-aoda-alliance-to-again-write-health-minister-christine-elliott-to/

This Bill Would Make It Harder for People With Disabilities to Access the Internet | Opinion

As the COVID-19 pandemic has forced work, school and social life online, the web has taken on heightened importance. However, many of the online platforms we now depend on to work, take online classes, buy groceries and communicate with loved ones are difficult or impossible to use for millions of Americans who have disabilities.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/this-bill-would-make-it-harder-for-people-with-disabilities-to-access-the-internet-opinion/