Accessibility News January 30,2021 Update

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For over 2.6 Million Ontarians with Disabilities, Sunday January 31, 2021 Will Be The Ford Government’s Sad Two Year Anniversary of Inaction On Disability Accessibility

Ontario is on the verge of a deeply troubling anniversary of Ontario Government inaction. This Sunday, January 31, 2021 marks the two year anniversary since the Ford Government received the blistering final report of the Independent Review of the Implementation of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

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https://aoda.ca/for-over-2-6-million-ontarians-with-disabilities-sunday-january-31-2021-will-be-the-ford-governments-sad-two-year-anniversary-of-inaction-on-disability-accessibility/

Today is the 40th Anniversary of Parliament Agreeing to Guarantee A Constitutional Right to Equality to People with Disabilities

A Victory Disability Advocates Now Invoke to Prevent Disability Discrimination in Access to Life-Saving Critical Care if Hospitals Start to Triage Critical Care

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https://aoda.ca/today-is-the-40th-anniversary-of-parliament-agreeing-to-guarantee-a-constitutional-right-to-equality-to-people-with-disabilities/

The Pandemic Has Made Post-Secondary students’ Mental Health Even Worse

Among the many negative effects of COVID-19, deteriorating mental health of post-secondary students has been one of the most serious and widespread.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-pandemic-has-made-post-secondary-students-mental-health-even-worse/

The Ford Government’s January 13, 2021 Critical Care Triage Protocol Would Make Every Triage Doctor a Law Unto Themselves, Denying Due Process or Fair Procedure to Patients Whose Lives Are In Jeopardy

In this Update we focus on one powerful and very disturbing illustration of how doctors would wrongly become a law unto themselves. They would too often be able to consciously or unconsciously bring to bear their own personal and subjective preferences when deciding which patients they will deny life-saving critical care. The January 13, 2021 triage protocol which was secretly sent to Ontario hospitals gives no due process or procedural fairness to a patient who needs life-saving critical care, but whom a doctor might refuse critical care.

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https://aoda.ca/the-ford-governments-january-13-2021-critical-care-triage-protocol-would-make-every-triage-doctor-a-law-unto-themselves-denying-due-process-or-fair-procedure-to-patients-whose-lives-are-in-jeopard/

COVID-19 Pandemic Boosts Visibility of Sign Language, Increases Accessibility for Deaf Community

Sign language interpreters said that they hope increased use of interpreters during major events helps increase accessibility for the deaf community.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/covid-19-pandemic-boosts-visibility-of-sign-language-increases-accessibility-for-deaf-community/

Online Learning Is Worsening the Already-Uneven Educational Experience for Neurodiverse Students

Students with ADHD are underrepresented in the university system, their symptoms poorly managed and their degree outcomes uncertain. This academic year may be the testing ground for the shape of higher education to come, and I worry that students with ADHD and other invisible disabilities will be placed at a particular disadvantage owing to a lack of social and institutional support as well as the realities of market-based higher education.

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Canada Isn’t Ready to Deal With Influx of Those Disabled From COVID-19: Advocates

Based on what disability advocates have seen so far, Canadian cities aren’t ready for the influx of people temporarily or permanently disabled from COVID-19. Long-term effects include breathing problems, mobility limitations from fatigue, and neurological and sleeping difficulties.

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CBC Program Reveals Disturbing Fact that, Far From Objective Scientific Decisions, Ontario Critical Care Triage Could Involve Doctors Guesstimating and Improvising When Deciding Which Patients Should be Refused Life-Saving Critical Medical Care They Need

And Other News on The Triage Issue

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https://aoda.ca/cbc-program-reveals-disturbing-fact-that-far-from-objective-scientific-decisions-ontario-critical-care-triage-could-involve-doctors-guesstimating-and-improvising-when-deciding-which-patients-should/

Accessibility News January 23,2021 Update

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