Accessibility News August 1,2020 Update

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In this Issue

*Ford Government to Spend Over a Half Billion Dollars on New Schools and Major School Additions, Without Announcing Effective Measures to Ensure that These Schools Will be Fully Accessible to Students, Parents and School Staff with Disabilities
*An Interim Victory for Disability Advocates –
Toronto City Council Directs City Staff to Investigate Dangers to People with Disabilities If Electric Scooters are Allowed
*More Myths about Workers with Disabilities After the COVID-19 Pandemic
*More Overwhelming Proof that Electric Scooters Endanger Public Safety
*15 Moments Within the Fight for Disability Rights

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ARTICLES:

Ford Government to Spend Over a Half Billion Dollars on New Schools and Major School Additions, Without Announcing Effective Measures to Ensure that These Schools Will be Fully Accessible to Students, Parents and School Staff with Disabilities

Last week, the Ford Government announced that it is investing over half a billion dollars into building new schools and expanding existing ones, without announcing any effective measures to ensure that those schools will be designed to be accessible to students, parents, teachers, or other school staff with disabilities. Public money should never be used to create new barriers against people with disabilities. If new barriers are created, it costs much more to later renovate to remove them.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/ford-government-to-spend-over-a-half-billion-dollars-on-new-schools-and-major-school-additions-without-announcing-effective-measures-to-ensure-that-these-schools-will-be-fully-accessible-to-students/

An Interim Victory for Disability Advocates –
Toronto City Council Directs City Staff to Investigate Dangers to People with Disabilities If Electric Scooters are Allowed

Yesterday disability advocates won an important interim victory in Toronto, Canadaâs largest city, in the campaign to protect the public, including people with disabilities, from the proven dangers to public safety and disability accessibility that are posed by electric scooters (e-scooters).

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/an-interim-victory-for-disability-advocates-toronto-city-council-directs-city-staff-to-investigate-dangers-to-people-with-disabilities-if-electric-scooters-are-allowed/

More Myths about Workers with Disabilities After the COVID-19 Pandemic

In our last article, we described some myths or false ideas that some employers may have about workers with disabilities. Here we outline more myths about workers with disabilities, and discuss how employers can find accurate information.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/more-myths-about-workers-with-disabilities-after-the-covid-19-pandemic/

More Overwhelming Proof that Electric Scooters Endanger Public Safety

On the eve of Toronto City Council considering the question of whether to allow electric scooters in Canadaâs largest city, here is yet more overwhelming proof that electric scooters pose a danger to the safety of the public. We set out a sampling of four news articles below. A CBC News July 21, 2020 report showed a troubling increase in serious personal injuries in Calgary, resulting in hospital emergency room visits, due to e-scooters.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/more-overwhelming-proof-that-electric-scooters-endanger-public-safety/

15 Moments Within the Fight for Disability Rights

The disability civil rights movement has many distinct narratives, but the prevailing themes are of community, justice and equity.

As with every other civil rights movement, the fight for disability rights is one that challenges negative attitudes and pushes back against oppression. But it is also more complex.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/15-moments-within-the-fight-for-disability-rights/

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