Accessibility News April 24,2021 Update

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In this Issue

*Why Accessibility Is the Future of Tech
*Solicitor General Brushes Off Disability Advocate Concerns About Triage Protocol
*OPINION: In Anticipation of A BC Accessibility Act
*It Terrifies Me: Smiths Falls Mom at Risk of Homelessness Due to Lack of Affordable, Accessible Housing
*Hamilton Woman’s ODSP Cut After Selling Her Home to Pay Off Debt
*AODA Alliance Updates

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Why Accessibility Is the Future of Tech

Very few people think that those of us who are blind should be exiled from the web altogether, or that people with hearing loss shouldn’t have iPhones. That’s as it should be. But all too often, the importance of accessibility â the catch-all term for designing technology that people with disabilities can use â is framed in terms of charity alone. And that’s a shame because it makes accessibility seem grudging and boring, when the reality is that it’s the most exciting school of design on the planet.


Solicitor General Brushes Off Disability Advocate Concerns About Triage Protocol

Asked about concerns raised by disability advocates for months that the provincial triage guidelines discriminate against them, Ontario’s solicitor general got upset.


OPINION: In Anticipation of A BC Accessibility Act

Imagine for a moment you were the keynote speaker at an event, but you arrived and couldn’t get onto the stage.

What if you couldn’t speak and were refused medical services unless you allowed someone to speak for you?


It Terrifies Me: Smiths Falls Mom at Risk of Homelessness Due to Lack of Affordable, Accessible Housing

“For 27 years I’ve called Smiths Falls home and now I’m facing having no home here and it terrifies me,” said Preece. “It makes me feel as a mother so guilty that because of me being in a wheelchair and there not being any accessible, affordable housing in this town that my son is now facing having no home through no fault of his own.”


Hamilton Woman’s ODSP Cut After Selling Her Home to Pay Off Debt

Patricia Atkinson says selling her home to her daughter was the best way to stay in her house.


AODA Alliance Updates

Feeding Frenzy by Corporate Lobbyist Continues at Toronto City Hall to Pressure City Council to Permit Electric Scooters Despite Their Proven Dangers to Vulnerable People with Disabilities, Seniors, Children and Others


As The Ford Government Back-Pedals and Scrambles to Re-Invent Its Response to the COVID-19 Crisis, Will It Make Public and Fix Its Disability-Discriminatory Critical Care Triage Plans?


Great News! New Toronto City Staff Report Recommends that Toronto Not Allow Electric Scooters â Sign Up to Tell Toronto’s Infrastructure Committee’s April 28, 2021 Virtual Meeting To Say No To E-Scooters


National CBC News Covers Disability Discrimination Problems with Ontario’s Critical Care Triage Protocol â Protocol’s Defenders Make Transparently Bogus Arguments to Defend It


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