School staff, and other producers of educational resources, are adapting to the need for school resources in new formats. In the same way, schools, school boards, and other educational institutions can learn to improve the accessibility of school resources.
I, an individual who requires a scooter for mobility, assured the driver that I was physically capable of securing myself without the driver’s assistance after the driver indicated that they were not comfortable securing my scooter due to the proximity and associated COVID 19 risks. The driver still refused to allow me to board the bus.
The company’s blunder is symptomatic of broader issues that pervade social media design and computer science education. By Sarah Katz
June 19, 2020
On Wednesday, Twitter announced that it added a new feature that will enable iOS users to create tweets using their voice. “Hear us out: we’re testing a new way to start a conversation,” it tweeted, sharing a flashing black-and-white image of its logo against a black background and an audio clip in which one can hear a voice saying, “One, two. One, two, mic check. (Taps mic.) Is this thing on? Tweet with your voice.”
Working at warp speed, the AODA Alliance has finalized and submitted its brief to the Ontario Government on what must be done to meet the needs of at least one third of a million students with disabilities in kindergarten to Grade 12 now and during the eventual transition to schools re-opening. We set out that 23-page brief below.
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As businesses encourage people to stay home and contact them remotely, people rely more on online information. For instance, more people may now use apps to access store flyers instead of reading hard-copy print versions. Similarly, people may order groceries online rather than browsing store aisles in person. Moreover, these ways of accessing information online may be new to some customers. As a result, staff may be supporting customers by describing how their online services work, or troubleshooting remotely.
“We shouldn’t – as anybody that needs a ramp – (have to) fight the city for years to get it done,” said Gorman.
The federal government is considering a one-time emergency benefit for people with disabilities to help them cope with the added costs imposed by the pandemic, but a B.C.-based disability advocate says even if the legislation does pass, it won’t go far enough.
More than a quarter of first-year students at Carleton self-identify as having a disability, and about 11 per cent have registered with the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities. An additional six per cent of university staff report having some type of disability.
Ensuring that all of our students, staff, and faculty fully participate in Carleton’s life, work, and community means building on a longstanding culture of accessibility and inclusiveness.
The group, known as the ‘Ability Co_op’, aims to promote awareness of students with disabilities on campus.