Accessibility News October 23,2021 Update

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In this Issue

March of Dimes Canada’s New Strategic Plan Promises Real Change for People Living With Disabilities

65+ years after the polio vaccine was developed, the leading charity is evolving once more to meet the needs of people living with disabilities

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/march-of-dimes-canadas-new-strategic-plan-promises-real-change-for-people-living-with-disabilities/

‘One in Five Live in Poverty’: Coalition Hopes to Reduce Poverty in St. Thomas, Ont.

Brent Lale
CTV News London Videographer
Published Oct. 18, 2021

ST. THOMAS, ONT. – Short on money this month, Andrea Alston took advantage of a free meal program in downtown St. Thomas, Ont. on Monday.

“Rent for us is $1,200 (per month) and we have gas, hydro, and water on top of that,” says Alston, a St. Thomas resident.

“By the time we’re done with ODSP (Ontario Disability Support Program),we have about $200 to do groceries and that’s get diapers and stuff like that.”

The Elgin-St. Thomas Coalition to End Poverty (ESCEP) met outside City Hall Monday to bring attention to the situation facing Alston and many others in the community.

COVID-19 Made Life More Accessible for People With Disability. Will it Stay That Way?

Measures introduced at the start of the pandemic to reduce the spread of COVID-19 made parts of society more accessible for people in Australia. But as we emerge, there’s concern that accessibility could be taken away again.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/covid-19-made-life-more-accessible-for-people-with-disability-will-it-stay-that-way/

Disability Advocates Call on Ford Government Not to Endanger People with Disabilities and Others By Allowing Robots on Public Sidewalks

Believe it or not, the Ford Government is now considering allowing the use of robots on public sidewalks. These could, for example, be used to deliver packages or shovel snow.

This threatens to create serious new disability barriers. These robots would present a danger to people with disabilities, seniors, children and others. We oppose them. So should you!

Read more at
https://www.aoda.ca/disability-advocates-call-on-ford-government-not-to-endanger-people-with-disabilities-and-others-by-allowing-robots-on-public-sidewalks/

Viewing Platform Opens at Peggy’s Cove in Nova Scotia With Eye to Improving Safety

About 100 people gathered near the postcard-perfect lighthouse at Nova Scotia’s Peggy’s Cove on Monday to mark the official opening of a viewing platform that had initially rankled some local residents.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/viewing-platform-opens-at-peggys-cove-in-nova-scotia-with-eye-to-improving-safety/ that is home to 40 residents.

Ontario’s Enhanced Vaccine Certificate System Not Accessible to Marginalized People, Advocates Say

The new system, announced on Friday, assumes people have smartphones, computers, printers, internet access, a data plan and the ability to navigate the provincial website, the advocates told CBC News on Saturday.

Read more at
https://www.aoda.ca/ontarios-enhanced-vaccine-certificate-system-not-accessible-to-marginalized-people-advocates-say/

Accessibility News October 16,2021 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking
There are 3 years, 11 weeks, 0 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

CNIB Response – AODA K-12 Education Accessibility Standards

In June 2021, the Ontario government published a report that contained 197 recommendations for Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-12) Standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). These standards aim to identify, remove, and prevent accessibility gaps and barriers faced by students with disabilities from kindergarten to Grade 12.

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https://www.aoda.ca/cnib-response-aoda-k-12-education-accessibility-standards/

Blindness Group Asks States to Stop Sending People to Training Centers With Abuse Allegations

The American Council of the Blind is urging taxpayer-funded state agencies to halt sending blind and low-vision people to any blindness training centers where allegations of sexual abuse have taken place, specifically citing recent allegations at the Louisiana Center for the Blind.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/blindness-group-asks-states-to-stop-sending-people-to-training-centers-with-abuse-allegations/