UWindsor President Hopes Pandemic Experience Leads to Better Accessibility for Learners

During the annual state of the university address, University of Windsor president Robert Gordon touched on how learning could develop after the pandemic, saying the institution should listen to student concerns regarding increasing accessibility to learning.

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https://www.aoda.ca/uwindsor-president-hopes-pandemic-experience-leads-to-better-accessibility-for-learners/

Today is The Ford Government’s Troubling Three Year Anniversary of Inaction On the Onley Report, Which Had Urged Bold New Action on Accessibility for 2.6 Million Ontarians with Disabilities

The Onley report concluded that Ontario needs the Premier to show strong new leadership on disability accessibility. In the 2018 Ontario election, Doug Ford pledged to Ontarians with disabilities that:

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In this Issue

AODA Alliance Calls on the Ford Government to Swiftly Post Online the Final Report of the K-12 Education Standards Development Committee Which It Received Today

This is a major milestone on the road to a barrier-free Ontario for people with disabilities. The AODA Alliance campaigned from 2009 to 2016 to get the Government to agree to develop an Education Accessibility Standard. It has had to campaign time and again to move the process along to develop that much-needed regulation.

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https://www.aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-calls-on-the-ford-government-to-swiftly-post-online-the-final-report-of-the-k-12-education-standards-development-committee-which-it-received-today/

P.E.I. Residents With Disabilities Struggling to Get Outside with Icy Sidewalks, City Landscape

Alan Stanley made sure to call ahead and see if the restaurants were accessible.

He was in Montreal on his first trip out of Prince Edward Island since an injury. It was snowy.

“Yes, we have ramps,” the restaurants all told him.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/p-e-i-residents-with-disabilities-struggling-to-get-outside-with-icy-sidewalks-city-landscape/

New Campaign Highlights Public Transit Accessibility Features

The LTC is one of several transit systems across the province participating in the EnAbling Change campaign from the Ontario Public Transit Association. Through on-board messaging and social media posts, the campaign will highlight accessibility features such as priority seating and service animal policies. It will also encourage riders to consider giving up their seat to individuals with visible and non-visible disabilities.

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https://www.aoda.ca/new-campaign-highlights-public-transit-accessibility-features/

‘It’s Discriminatory’: Students Of Ontario School For The Blind Urge Province To End Virtual Learning

In a video circulating online, blind and low-vision students of W. Ross Macdonald School in Brantford, Ontario urged the provincial government to reopen lodging so they can return to in-person learning.

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https://www.aoda.ca/its-discriminatory-students-of-ontario-school-for-the-blind-urge-province-to-end-virtual-learning/

Disability Rights Advocate Files Court Application Today Against Ford Government for Discriminating Against Blind People Like Him

By Only Allowing Online Renewal of an Expired Health Card if a Person Has a Driver’s License Ontario’s Own Official Photo ID Card isn’t Accepted

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https://www.aoda.ca/disability-rights-advocate-files-court-application-today-against-ford-government-for-discriminating-against-blind-people-like-him/

Supreme Court of Canada Hears Case That Could Revise the Test for Public Interest Standing

On Jan. 12 and 13, the court heard Attorney General of British Columbia v. Council of Canadians with Disabilities.The dispute concerns whether the CCD, a human rights organization which advocates for accessibility and inclusivity for people with disabilities, has legal standing to challenge provisions in British Columbia’s mental-health-related legislation.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/supreme-court-of-canada-hears-case-that-could-revise-the-test-for-public-interest-standing/

Why Disability Bias is A Particularly Stubborn Problem

As part of her research, Tessa Charlesworth challenged the longstanding assumption that implicit biases are so ingrained that they cannot be changed.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/why-disability-bias-is-a-particularly-stubborn-problem/