Accessibility News April 30,2022 Update

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In this Issue

*The Ford Government’s 2022 Ontario Budget is a Slap in the Face for 2.6 Million Ontarians with Disabilities
*AMI Announces the Opening of The Disability Screen Office
*Celebrating Inclusivity in Our Communities Region of Durham
*Help Ensure a Strong Voice for People with Disabilities at the Local Level Action Tips for Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committees and School Boards’ Special Education Advisory Committees
*New Website Accessibility Guidance a Welcomed Tool for Businesses and Agencies
*Ontario’s Public Education System Fails to Meet Needs of Students With Reading Disabilities: Report
*Coping With Canada’s Mental Well-Being, Post-Pandemic

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ARTICLES:

The Ford Government’s 2022 Ontario Budget is a Slap in the Face for 2.6 Million Ontarians with Disabilities

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/the-ford-governments-2022-ontario-budget-is-a-slap-in-the-face-for-2-6-million-ontarians-with-disabilities/

AMI Announces the Opening of The Disability Screen Office

AMI, in partnership with the Canada Media Fund (CMF) and Telefilm Canada, is excited to announce the launch of the Disability Screen Office (DSO).

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/ami-announces-the-opening-of-the-disability-screen-office/

Celebrating Inclusivity in Our Communities Region of Durham

Durham Region is once again celebrating its accessibility achievements via the 2022-2025 Multi-Year Accessibility Plan, a document designed to highlight the achievements of past accessibility plans and reports, while outlining efforts that will continue into 2025.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/celebrating-inclusivity-in-our-communities-region-of-durham/

Help Ensure a Strong Voice for People with Disabilities at the Local Level Action Tips for Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committees and School Boards’ Special Education Advisory Committees

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/help-ensure-a-strong-voice-for-people-with-disabilities-at-the-local-level-action-tips-for-municipal-accessibility-advisory-committees-and-school-boards-special-education-advisory-committees/

New Website Accessibility Guidance a Welcomed Tool for Businesses and Agencies

The U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) has issued web accessibility guidance under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). While many courts have historically held that business and public agency websites are required to be accessible under respective provisions of the ADA, there are no enforceable standards on website accessibility, as there are under Section 508 for federal government websites.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/new-website-accessibility-guidance-a-welcomed-tool-for-businesses-and-agencies/

Ontario’s Public Education System Fails to Meet Needs of Students With Reading Disabilities: Report

Report contains recommendations calling for critical changes to Ontario’s approach to early reading

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/ontarios-public-education-system-fails-to-meet-needs-of-students-with-reading-disabilities-report/

Coping With Canada’s Mental Well-Being, Post-Pandemic

The good news is more and more people are openly discussing their struggles

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/coping-with-canadas-mental-well-being-post-pandemic/

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