Send Your Feedback on the Initial Report/Recommendations by the Post-Secondary Education Standards Development Committee on What Must Be Done to Make Ontario Colleges and Universities Accessible for Students with Disabilities

There are now three different public consultations going on at the same time on the content of new accessibility standards to be enacted under the AODA. The first, ending on August 11, 2021, concerns the disability barriers facing patients with disabilities in Ontario hospitals. The second, ending on September 2, 2021, concerns the barriers impeding students with disabilities in Ontario schools between Kindergarten and Grade 12. The third, which ends on September 29, 2021, and which we are focusing on in this Update, concerns the barriers impeding students with disabilities in Ontario colleges and universities.


Canadians Concerned About Disability Poverty, On-Board with Proposed New National Benefit

Recognizing the challenges faced by Canadians with disabilities –
problems that have only been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic – the federal Liberal government laid out plans to help in its September 2020 Speech from the Throne. The government promised a new Canadian Disability Benefit, modelled after the seniors’ guaranteed income supplement.


I Chose Not to Disclose My Condition for Many Years, But I Came to Change My Mind

“You’re a very big guy and awkward with the way you move. You have this large presence that is off-putting. If I had an opening and you were the applicant, I wouldn’t hire you.”


Largest U.S. Blind Advocacy Group Bans Web Accessibility Overlay Giant AccessiBe

The National Federation of the Blind, America’s most powerful civil rights and advocacy group for the visually impaired has launched a scathing attack on web accessibility overlay market leader accessiBe, accusing the company of engaging in “harmful” practices.


Violation of Ontario Human RIGHTS!

June 27, 2021

Ontario Human Rights Commission:

After extensive research I am learning that Ontario young adults between 20 and 64 are being denied OHIP funded services at our private Physiotherapy Clinics for the following Groups of People:

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In this Issue

Check Out the New Video that Explains the K-12 Education Standards Development Committee’s 185-Page Initial Report and Gives Tips on How to Give Feedback

This public consultation is the first time in a generation or longer that the Ontario Government has taken a good look at Ontario’s school system from the perspective of students with disabilities. The AODA Alliance wants to help you have your say. This video will be helpful for you if you are:


Feds Propose New Canada Disability Benefit

Benefit would supplement existing federal, provincial/territorial supports


Help Make Ontario Schools Accessible for Students with Disabilities Action Kit

Help Tear Down the Many Disability Barriers Facing a Third of a Million Students with Disabilities in Ontario Schools
Here’s an important and rare opportunity right now to help tear down the many barriers facing students with disabilities in Ontario schools. A public consultation is underway on this topic from now until September 2, 2021. This Action Kit explains how you can help.


Calgary Councillor Asks for Improved Accessibility Around Popular Pop-Up Patios

Calgarians with or without mobility issues are taking to social media to point out flaws with some of the temporary sidewalk setups around pop-up patios.