Accessibility News April 10,2021 Update

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In this Issue

*Ontario Human Rights Commission Again Commendably Raises Human Rights Concerns with Ontario’s Critical Care Triage Plans, While the Ontario College of Physicians And surgeons Appears to Wrongly Green Light Those Plans The AODA Alliance Responds!
*Danger of Disability Discrimination in Access to Life-Saving Critical Medical Care Grows as Overloaded Ontario Hospitals Near the Breaking Point
*Ontario is Prioritizing Dining Over the Disabled with Its Vaccination Policy
*HBO Max Rolls Out Audio Described Content
*Federal Appeals Court: Civil Rights Claims Against Uber Must Be Heard in Court
*Uber Ordered to Pay $1.1m to Blind Woman Refused Rides
*Accessibility Compliance Service, AAAtraq, Has Teamed up With AbleDocs, Enabling Subscribers to Publish Accessible Documents More Easily on Their Websites.

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ARTICLES:

Ontario Human Rights Commission Again Commendably Raises Human Rights Concerns with Ontario’s Critical Care Triage Plans, While the Ontario College of Physicians And surgeons Appears to Wrongly Green Light Those Plans The AODA Alliance Responds!

Things are moving fast on the terrifying critical care triage front. The AODA Alliance and the disability organizations with whom we are collaborating are trying to stay ahead of a potential tidal wave facing us all.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/ontario-human-rights-commission-again-commendably-raises-human-rights-concerns-with-ontarios-critical-care-triage-plans-while-the-ontario-college-of-physicians-and-surgeons-appears-to-wrongly-gr/

Danger of Disability Discrimination in Access to Life-Saving Critical Medical Care Grows as Overloaded Ontario Hospitals Near the Breaking Point

One year ago today, in an open letter to Premier Ford, over 200 community organizations first sounded the alarm that patients with disabilities will suffer disability discrimination if critical care is rationed under the Ford Government’s earlier secret triage protocol. One year later, Ford still hasn’t remove disability discrimination from the subsequent, revised January 13, 2021 critical care triage protocol that was sent to all hospitals.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/danger-of-disability-discrimination-in-access-to-life-saving-critical-medical-care-grows-as-overloaded-ontario-hospitals-near-the-breaking-point/

Ontario is Prioritizing Dining Over the Disabled with Its Vaccination Policy

If the pandemic has proved anything to disabled folks, it’s that able-bodied people value being able to drink on a patio over their lives. The Ontario government’s decision to vaccinate restaurant workers in Phase 2 only perpetuates this ableist system.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/ontario-is-prioritizing-dining-over-the-disabled-with-its-vaccination-policy/

HBO Max Rolls Out Audio Described Content

WarnerMedia has pledged to increase the accessibility of HBO Max, and in the first phase of delivering on that promise, the streaming platform will roll out major enhancements this week, including:

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/hbo-max-rolls-out-audio-described-content/

Federal Appeals Court: Civil Rights Claims Against Uber Must Be Heard in Court

The plaintiffs are people with disabilities who cannot use Uber’s on-demand transportation service in Pittsburgh because there are no wheelchair accessible vehicles available through Uber’s app.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/federal-appeals-court-civil-rights-claims-against-uber-must-be-heard-in-court/

Uber Ordered to Pay $1.1m to Blind Woman Refused Rides

Lisa Irving said on some occasions, drivers were verbally abusive, or harassed her about transporting her guide dog, Bernie, in the car.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/uber-ordered-to-pay-1-1m-to-blind-woman-refused-rides/

Accessibility Compliance Service, AAAtraq, Has Teamed up With AbleDocs, Enabling Subscribers to Publish Accessible Documents More Easily on Their Websites.

By integrating AbleDocs’ class-leading technologies, subscribers will be able to manage all types of documents, including PDFs, directly from within the AAAtraq (https://www.aaatraq.com) platform.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/accessibility-compliance-service-aaatraq-has-teamed-up-with-abledocs-enabling-subscribers-to-publish-accessible-documents-more-easily-on-their-websites/

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