Marilyn Golden, Champion for Disability Rights, Dies at 67

Ms. Golden, who had worked with DREDF since 1988, was a leading advocate for passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act, a landmark law, signed by President George H.W. Bush in 1990, that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in areas including transportation, employment and access to public accommodations.

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Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health Launches 2021 Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW)

The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health is proud to launch the 2021 Mental Illness Awareness Week on October 3, 2021.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/canadian-alliance-on-mental-illness-and-mental-health-launches-2021-mental-illness-awareness-week-miaw/

Why Do We Still Have To Fight for Basic Accessibility?

New infrastructure funding should be tied to accessibility standards. Canada should be a leader in accessibility.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/why-do-we-still-have-to-fight-for-basic-accessibility/

People With Disabilities Demand Hike in Income Support, Give Province Failing Grade

Province says it raised social assistance rates by 1.5% in 2018 CBC News, Sept. 29, 2021

Kyle Vose says he doesn’t want to see people forced to make a choice between paying rent or feeding their households anymore.

“People with disabilities across Ontario want to be treated with respect,” he said.

Vose is the co-chair of the ODSP Action Coalition. The group organized a small rally outside Queen’s Park on Tuesday calling on the province to increase Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) payments.

Vose said the ODSP Action Coalition surveyed hundreds of residents who rely on ODSP as well as their families, asking them to give the program a grade.

“We saw a lot of Fs unfortunately,” he said.

Insurers are Denying Long-Term Disability Benefits to Those Afflicted with Long COVID. Here’s How to Fight Back

As long as the symptoms experienced by a long-hauler meet the definition of disability, as set out in the policy, and there is medical evidence to support this, insurance payouts should be guaranteed.

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https://www.aoda.ca/insurers-are-denying-long-term-disability-benefits-to-those-afflicted-with-long-covid-heres-how-to-fight-back/

Voice Assistants Don’t Understand Us. They Should

For people like me, the voice technology that is a part of so many people’s everyday lives can feel all but useless. Telling Alexa to play a song or asking Siri for directions can be almost impossible whenever prolonged (“Aaaaaaaaa-lexa”) or chopped (“Hey … Si … ri!”) sounds cause the devices to misunderstand my commands or stop listening altogether.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/voice-assistants-dont-understand-us-they-should/

Today 10 AM Court Virtual Hearing Livestream: Blind Disability Advocate David Lepofsky Argues Disability Rights Case Against Accessibility Minister Raymond Cho

The case is scheduled for about two hours. It will be livestreamed to the public on Youtube at https://youtu.be/LuD6fKu0dlE

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https://www.aoda.ca/today-10-am-court-virtual-hearing-livestream-blind-disability-advocate-david-lepofsky-argues-disability-rights-case-against-accessibility-minister-raymond-cho/

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 3 years, 14 weeks, 0 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

AODA Alliance: Monday September 27, 2021 10 AM Court Virtual Hearing

Livestream: Blind Disability Advocate David Lepofsky Argues Disability Rights Case Against Accessibility Minister Raymond Cho

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https://www.aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-monday-september-27-2021-10-am-court-virtual-hearing/

Saskatoon Voter Frustrated Over Accessibility Issues at Polling Station

Voting is a right every adult Canadian citizen has, but one Saskatoon man says his polling station wasn’t set up for him to enter in his wheelchair despite being led to believe it was accessible.

“The voter card said this site meets all 15 accessibility criteria for Roland Michener School,” Sikorski told CTV News.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/saskatoon-voter-frustrated-over-accessibility-issues-at-polling-station/