Accessibility News December 25,2021 Update

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In this Issue

Grim Days to Come for Seniors, Residents With Disabilities: York Region Legal Clinic

Community Legal Clinic of York Region executive director Jeff Schlemmer points a finger at the provincial and federal governments for not doing enough to ward off a worsening homelessness crisis

Read more at
https://www.aoda.ca/grim-days-to-come-for-seniors-residents-with-disabilities-york-region-legal-clinic/

EEOC Confirms COVID-19 Can Be A Disability Under ADA

On December 14, 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) supplemented its guidance concerning COVID-19, the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), the Rehabilitation Act, and other Equal Employment Opportunity (“EEO”) Laws to confirm that COVID-19 can qualify as a disability under any of the three “disability” definitions in the ADA.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/eeoc-confirms-covid-19-can-be-a-disability-under-ada/

Waiting Game to Make City More Accessible Feels Like ‘Kick in the Face’

‘When buildings are more accessible, you’re increasing your customer base and sending a message you’re an inclusive business,’ says BIA chairman Nikki Cole

Read more at
https://www.aoda.ca/waiting-game-to-make-city-more-accessible-feels-like-kick-in-the-face/

Merge-Interpreter Platform Provides Simultaneous Interpretation of Sign Language

The platform enables users to communicate easily through video calls, with round-the-clock assistance from sign language interpreters with a third party, the company said in a statement today

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/merge-interpreter-platform-provides-simultaneous-interpretation-of-sign-language/

Covid-as-Disability Bound to Spur Workplace Conflicts, Lawsuits

The EEOC’s determination that Covid-19 can be a disability in many circumstances will create confusion, and tee up litigation, as companies grapple with how to accommodate workers who contract the virus and experience symptoms including brain fog, headaches, and shortness of breath.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/covid-as-disability-bound-to-spur-workplace-conflicts-lawsuits/

AODA Alliance’s Year-End Report on Our Advocacy Efforts This Year

Read more at
https://www.aodaalliance.org/whats-new/aoda-alliances-year-end-report-on-our-advocacy-efforts-in-2021/

Why Did the Ford Government Fail to Hold an Open Merit-Based Competition for the Chair of the Long-Overdue Design of Public Spaces Standards Development Committee, under Ontario’s Disabilities Act?

After years of failing to take needed action to tear down disability barriers in the built environment, the Ford Government failed to hold a fair, open, merit-based competition before announcing the appointment of a person as Chair of the long-overdue AODA Design of Public Spaces Standards Development Committee.

Read more at
https://www.aodaalliance.org/whats-new/why-did-the-ford-government-fail-to-hold-an-open-merit-based-competition-for-the-chair-of-the-long-overdue-design-of-public-spaces-standards-development-committee-under-ontarios-disabilities-act/

Smorgasbord of Recent Media Coverage of Disability Barriers Shows Why the Ford Government Must Ramp Up Action to Make Ontario Accessible to 2.6 Million Ontarians with Disabilities

As 2021 nears a close, we want to catch you up on a mix of different news items that have run on disability accessibility issues in Ontario that our earlier AODA Alliance Updates did not include.

Read more at
https://www.aoda.ca/smorgasbord-of-recent-media-coverage-of-disability-barriers-shows-why-the-ford-government-must-ramp-up-action-to-make-ontario-accessible-to-2-6-million-ontarians-with-disabilities/

Omicron Surge Amplifies the Need for The Ford Government to Remove the Disability Discrimination From the Critical Care Triage Protocol in Ontario Hospitals

and — Correction to the December 20, 2021 News Release on Online Health Card Renewals

Read more at
https://www.aoda.ca/omicron-surge-amplifies-the-need-for-the-ford-government-to-remove-the-disability-discrimination-from-the-critical-care-triage-protocol-in-ontario-hospitals/