Ontario NDP Presses the Ford Government to Lift the Veil of Secrecy on Key Documents Addressing How Life-and-Death Medical Triage Decisions Will be Made if the Second Wave of COVID-19 Exceeds Ontario Hospital Capacity

The Ford Government is enshrouding far too much secrecy around its approach to what will happen if the second wave of COVID-19 infections overloads Ontario hospitals, i.e. if there are not enough critical care beds to accommodate all the patients in critical condition. This could become a truly life and death issue.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/ontario-ndp-presses-the-ford-government-to-lift-the-veil-of-secrecy-on-key-documents-addressing-how-life-and-death-medical-triage-decisions-will-be-made-if-the-second-wave-of-covid-19-exceeds-ontario/

AODA Alliance submits A Brief to Accessibility Standards Canada Listing the Federal Accessibility Standards We Need the Federal Government to Now Develop and Enact

Last year, Canada’s Parliament passed the Accessible Canada Act ACA. It requires Canada to become accessible to people with disabilities by 2040. It lets the Federal Government enact a series of enforceable federal accessibility standards. Those regulations would spell out what organizations within reach of the Federal Government must do to remove and prevent disability barriers.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-submits-a-brief-to-accessibility-standards-canada-listing-the-federal-accessibility-standards-we-need-the-federal-government-to-now-develop-and-enact/

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

SUMMARY

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.

We encourage you to sign up to attend an excellent virtual Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, October 1, 2020 from 1 to 2 pm local time, organized by the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) and Citizens with Disabilities Ontario (CWDO). It will give you easy-to-use tips and helpful training to take action on this issue. This forum will help you learn to take action on issue whether you live in Toronto (where e-scooters are not yet allowed), in Ottawa (where a pilot with e-scooters is already presenting problems for the public including people with disabilities) or elsewhere.

The AODA Alliance congratulates and thanks CILT and CWDO for organizing this event. Below we set out the announcement for this event. We are informed that it will be captioned. Please sign up to take part.

The AODA Alliance has been very active over this past year, raising serious disability concerns about e-scooters.

For helpful tips on how you can help this cause and why it matters to us all, check out the AODA Alliance’s new E-scooters Action Kit.

For lots of background on this issue, visit the AODA Alliance website’s E-scooters web page.

MORE DETAILS

Announcement of the October 1, 2020 CILT/CWDO Online Virtual Town Hall Meeting on How to Help Keep E-scooters Out of Toronto

CILT and CWDO Invite You Zoom Meeting to Take Action Against the Dangers of Electric Scooters in Toronto

Topic: Take Action Against the Dangers of Electric Scooters in Toronto
Description: CILT and CWDO Invite You to Join a 1-hour Live Email Writing Campaign to Toronto’s Mayor and Your City Councillor. Help stop the City of Toronto from allowing electric scooters (e-scooters), a serious new danger to the safety and accessibility of people with disabilities, seniors, and the public. When: Thurs. Oct 1, 2020, 1:00-2:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZApduGpqDsoE9KlJm1Tr8uHn8YjFGoakd1_

This workshop will have following objectives:
1) Background and Purpose of this Campaign
2) Real Time Email Writing and Sending Campaign
3) Question and Answers
4) Resources

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
As well, Workshop Participants who register will receive an AODA Alliance Action Kit to help you prepare an email and send it at the end of the workshop.

Workshop facilitators:
John Mossa, Independent Living Skills Coordinator, Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) and Tracy Odell, President, Citizens With Disabilities – Ontario (CWDO)

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

There are 4 years, 13 weeks, 6 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

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?
*Zoom Adds Accessibility Features for Video Meetings
*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
*How Online Courses Are Affecting Students With Disabilities
*B.C. Human Rights Tribunal orders nanaimo strata to take action on barriers that trapped woman in condo
*What is the Ford Government Doing to Effectively Enforce the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act?
*B.C. Senior Who Was Called A ‘Loser’ for Demanding Accessibility in Condo Building Wins $35K
*Ontario Woman Says She Wasn’t Welcome in Main Area of Hotel With Guide Dog

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ARTICLES:

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?

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

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/

B.C. Human Rights Tribunal orders nanaimo strata to take action on barriers that trapped woman in condo

A Nanaimo woman who has fought for accessibility improvements that would allow her to go to and from her home without help has won her human rights complaint.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/b-c-human-rights-tribunal-orders-nanaimo-strata-to-take-action-on-barriers-that-trapped-woman-in-condo/

What is the Ford Government Doing to Effectively Enforce the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act?

The Ford Government has the responsibility to effectively enforce the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Today, the AODA Alliance wrote the responsible Minister, Accessibility Minister Raymond Cho. We asked him for important and specific details on what The Government is doing to effectively enforce the AODA. We also asked for information on how many obligated organizations are complying with the AODA. We set out our letter below.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/what-is-the-ford-government-doing-to-effectively-enforce-the-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities-act/

B.C. Senior Who Was Called A ‘Loser’ for Demanding Accessibility in Condo Building Wins $35K

B.C. Human Rights Tribunal orders Nanaimo strata to take action on barriers that trapped woman in condo

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/b-c-senior-who-was-called-a-loser-for-demanding-accessibility-in-condo-building-wins-35k/

Ontario Woman Says She Wasn’t Welcome in Main Area of Hotel With Guide Dog

Incident violates Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act(AODA), lawyer Shannon Down says.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/ontario-woman-says-she-wasnt-welcome-in-main-area-of-hotel-with-guide-dog/

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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/