EasyConnect Project App Survey

The aim of this project was to bring together people with disabilities who were neglected during the pandemic and students who needed an additional source of income.

Students With Disabilities Face More Obstacles Returning to Class: Advocates

TORONTO — Advocacy groups in Ontario say students with disabilities will face additional obstacles returning to class following the pandemic, leaving parents unsure if their children will be fully and safely included in school reopening plans.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/students-with-disabilities-face-more-obstacles-returning-to-class-advocates/

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11am Eastern Today, Grassroots Virtual Town Hall Will Give Anxious Parents of One Third of a Million Ontario Students with Disabilities Practical Tips to Prepare for School Re-Openings

Today at 11am Eastern, a grassroots Virtual Town Hall will be held online to give deeply worried parents of one third of a million students with disabilities practical tips on what to do to prepare for and cope with the impending re-opening of Ontario schools, in the absence of a much-needed comprehensive provincial plan to ensure that students with disabilities are fully and safely included in re-opened schools. This event will have simultaneous captioning and American Sign Language interpretation.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/11am-eastern-today-grassroots-virtual-town-hall-will-give-anxious-parents-of-one-third-of-a-million-ontario-students-with-disabilities-practical-tips-to-prepare-for-school-re-openings/

The Ford Government’s Announced Measures for Students with Disabilities Largely Leaves it to Each of 72 School Boards to Figure Out What to Do to Fully and Safely Include Them in School Re-opening

Earlier this week, we asked this important question: What is the Ford Government’s plan to ensure that over 340,000 students with disabilities are fully and safely included in Ontario’s schools when they open next month? It is now clear that the Ford Government has no comprehensive plan.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/the-ford-governments-announced-measures-for-students-with-disabilities-largely-leaves-it-to-each-of-72-school-boards-to-figure-out-what-to-do-to-fully-and-safely-include-them-in-school-re-opening/

Toronto Restaurant Discriminated Against Woman Who Uses Mobility Aids, Tribunal Rules

In a decision issued this week, the tribunal says Haily ButlerHenderson “experienced adverse treatment” when she was repeatedly refused access to a downstairs washroom at the Pentagram Bar and Grill on Aug. 19, 2016.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/toronto-restaurant-discriminated-against-woman-who-uses-mobility-aids-tribunal-rules/

Winnipeg Transit Considering Priority Seating for People With Disabilities

City says current first come, first served option doesn’t line up with provincial rules around accessibility

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/winnipeg-transit-considering-priority-seating-for-people-with-disabilities/

On Friday, August 21, 2020 at 11 AM Eastern Time, Watch Preparing for School Re-Opening

Action Tips for Parents of Students with Disabilities” A Virtual Town Hall Organized by the Ontario Autism Coalition and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/on-friday-august-21-2020-at-11-am-eastern-time-watch-%c2%93preparing-for-school-re-opening/

Group Homes Need to Rethink Visiting Rules During COVID-19

by Rabia Khedr
Mississauga News, Jul 13,2020

People with intellectual disabilities and their elderly parents are silently falling victim to COVID-19 in Peel and throughout Ontario. It is not the virus, but rather inequitable policies adopted by agencies operating group homes backed by ill-informed provincial guidelines. Families are afraid to speak up, fearing reprisal.

Agencies imposed visitation bans, which prevented all except “essential visitors” from entering homes of their children. Initially, we understood the necessity of such restrictions. However, as public services and businesses open up, the strict guidelines on family visits are having a discriminatory impact and taking an emotional toll on persons with disabilities who have been isolated from their loved ones for four months.

What are the Ford Government’s Plans for Ensuring that One Third of a Million Students with Disabilities are Fully and Safely Included During School Re-Opening Next Month?

The Ford Government has received excellent advice on what it needs to do. We are still waiting for it to unveil a comprehensive plan of action, so that 72 school boards are not left to flounder, reinventing the wheel, with the serious risk that they may get it wrong. The Ford Government has had five months to plan for this issue.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/what-are-the-ford-governments-plans-for-ensuring-that-one-third-of-a-million-students-with-disabilities-are-fully-and-safely-included-during-school-re-opening-next-month/