Committee Upholds T.O. e- Scooter Ban

Final decision on vehicles to be debated at council next month.

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https://aoda.ca/committee-upholds-t-o-e-scooter-ban/

Intel and AI Developer Create Backpack for Visually Impaired

Jagadish K. Mahendran, an independent Artificial Intelligence (AI) developer, and his team have collaborated with Intel to help ease the mode of transport for visually impaired people.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/intel-and-ai-developer-create-backpack-for-visually-impaired/

Manitoba Promises New Income Support Program for People With Severe Disabilities

New legislation will lift people out of EIA to a ‘better income,’ the province vows

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/manitoba-promises-new-income-support-program-for-people-with-severe-disabilities/

The Disabled Doctors Not Believed by Their Colleagues

When I was 15, I described what turned out to be the neurological symptoms of mental illness to my doctor. I told him I couldn’t do schoolwork, feel the cold, or understand a book. He suggested I go on walks if I was stressed.

This breakdown in communication, in which patient and doctor seem to live in different worlds, is well-documented by disabled people. Many feel they have to translate their experience, because disability and medical structures seem incompatible.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-disabled-doctors-not-believed-by-their-colleagues/

In One Day, Advocacy Action on 3 Accessibility Fronts- Critical Care Triage, Electric Scooters and B.C. Disabilities Act

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/in-one-day-advocacy-action-on-3-accessibility-fronts-critical-care-triage-electric-scooters-and-b-c-disabilities-act/

After a Major Outpouring from People with Disabilities, Toronto Infrastructure Committee Unanimously Votes to Leave in Place the Ban on Electric Scooters – Next Week Toronto City Council Will Decide

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE
Read more at
https://aoda.ca/after-a-major-outpouring-from-people-with-disabilities-toronto-infrastructure-committee-unanimously-votes-to-leave-in-place-the-ban-on-electric-scooters-next-week-toronto-city-council-will-decide/

Disability Advocates to Present Today at Virtual Meeting of Toronto’s Infrastructure Committee to Oppose Allowing Electric Scooters

Today starting at 9:30 am, the City of Toronto’s Infrastructure and Environment Committee will consider if the City should allow electric scooters (e-scooters) in Toronto. The AODA Alliance and other disability advocates are scheduled to make deputations to the Committee. The Committee meeting will be live-streamed at: http://www.youtube.com/torontocitycouncillive

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/disability-advocates-to-present-today-at-virtual-meeting-of-torontos-infrastructure-committee-to-oppose-allowing-electric-scooters/

if Hospital Overloads Require Critical Care Triage, Will the Ford Government Agree to Tell the Public the Daily Numbers of Patients Refused Life-Saving Critical Care They Need?

The AODA Alliance just wrote the Ford Government to request that key information about its critical care triage plans be immediately made public. That letter is set out below.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/if-hospital-overloads-require-critical-care-triage-will-the-ford-government-agree-to-tell-the-public-the-daily-numbers-of-patients-refused-life-saving-critical-care-they-need/

Accessibility News April 24,2021 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

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In this Issue

*Why Accessibility Is the Future of Tech
*Solicitor General Brushes Off Disability Advocate Concerns About Triage Protocol
*OPINION: In Anticipation of A BC Accessibility Act
*It Terrifies Me: Smiths Falls Mom at Risk of Homelessness Due to Lack of Affordable, Accessible Housing
*Hamilton Woman’s ODSP Cut After Selling Her Home to Pay Off Debt
*AODA Alliance Updates

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ARTICLES:

Why Accessibility Is the Future of Tech

Very few people think that those of us who are blind should be exiled from the web altogether, or that people with hearing loss shouldn’t have iPhones. That’s as it should be. But all too often, the importance of accessibility â the catch-all term for designing technology that people with disabilities can use â is framed in terms of charity alone. And that’s a shame because it makes accessibility seem grudging and boring, when the reality is that it’s the most exciting school of design on the planet.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/why-accessibility-is-the-future-of-tech/

Solicitor General Brushes Off Disability Advocate Concerns About Triage Protocol

Asked about concerns raised by disability advocates for months that the provincial triage guidelines discriminate against them, Ontario’s solicitor general got upset.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/solicitor-general-brushes-off-disability-advocate-concerns-about-triage-protocol/

OPINION: In Anticipation of A BC Accessibility Act

Imagine for a moment you were the keynote speaker at an event, but you arrived and couldn’t get onto the stage.

What if you couldn’t speak and were refused medical services unless you allowed someone to speak for you?

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/opinion-in-anticipation-of-a-bc-accessibility-act/

It Terrifies Me: Smiths Falls Mom at Risk of Homelessness Due to Lack of Affordable, Accessible Housing

“For 27 years I’ve called Smiths Falls home and now I’m facing having no home here and it terrifies me,” said Preece. “It makes me feel as a mother so guilty that because of me being in a wheelchair and there not being any accessible, affordable housing in this town that my son is now facing having no home through no fault of his own.”

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/it-terrifies-me-smiths-falls-mom-at-risk-of-homelessness-due-to-lack-of-affordable-accessible-housing/

Hamilton Woman’s ODSP Cut After Selling Her Home to Pay Off Debt

Patricia Atkinson says selling her home to her daughter was the best way to stay in her house.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/hamilton-womans-odsp-cut-after-selling-her-home-to-pay-off-debt/

AODA Alliance Updates

Feeding Frenzy by Corporate Lobbyist Continues at Toronto City Hall to Pressure City Council to Permit Electric Scooters Despite Their Proven Dangers to Vulnerable People with Disabilities, Seniors, Children and Others

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/feeding-frenzy-by-corporate-lobbyist-continues-at-toronto-city-hall-to-pressure-city-council-to-permit-electric-scooters-despite-their-proven-dangers-to-vulnerable-people-with-disabilities-seniors-c/

As The Ford Government Back-Pedals and Scrambles to Re-Invent Its Response to the COVID-19 Crisis, Will It Make Public and Fix Its Disability-Discriminatory Critical Care Triage Plans?

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/as-the-ford-government-back-pedals-and-scrambles-to-re-invent-its-response-to-the-covid-19-crisis-will-it-make-public-and-fix-its-disability-discriminatory-critical-care-triage-plans/

Great News! New Toronto City Staff Report Recommends that Toronto Not Allow Electric Scooters â Sign Up to Tell Toronto’s Infrastructure Committee’s April 28, 2021 Virtual Meeting To Say No To E-Scooters

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/great-news-new-toronto-city-staff-report-recommends-that-toronto-not-allow-electric-scooters-sign-up-to-tell-torontos-infrastructure-committees-april-28-2021-virtual-meeting-to-say-no-to-e-sco/

National CBC News Covers Disability Discrimination Problems with Ontario’s Critical Care Triage Protocol â Protocol’s Defenders Make Transparently Bogus Arguments to Defend It

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/national-cbc-news-covers-disability-discrimination-problems-with-ontarios-critical-care-triage-protocol-protocols-defenders-make-transparently-bogus-arguments-to-defend-it/

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Why Accessibility Is the Future of Tech

Very few people think that those of us who are blind should be exiled from the web altogether, or that people with hearing loss shouldn’t have iPhones. That’s as it should be. But all too often, the importance of accessibility – the catch-all term for designing technology that people with disabilities can use – is framed in terms of charity alone. And that’s a shame because it makes accessibility seem grudging and boring, when the reality is that it’s the most exciting school of design on the planet.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/why-accessibility-is-the-future-of-tech/