Accessibility News December 25,2021 Update

Follow us on Twitter at

AbleDocs is proud to support Accessibility News!

With AbleDocs’ Document Accessibility Services, we are able to provide full content accessibility solutions that are unmatched by any other provider in the marketplace. We are the only organization that guarantees the compliance of every document we produce, and we back that compliance with a $10,000,000 liability policy.


AbleDocs Inc. The Worldwide Leader in PDF Accessibility Products and Services

The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 3 years, 1 week, 0 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

*Grim Days to Come for Seniors, Residents With Disabilities: York Region Legal Clinic
*EEOC Confirms COVID-19 Can Be A Disability Under ADA
*Waiting Game to Make City More Accessible Feels Like ‘Kick in the Face’
*Merge-Interpreter Platform Provides Simultaneous Interpretation of Sign Language
*Covid-as-Disability Bound to Spur Workplace Conflicts, Lawsuits
*AODA Alliance Updates

eSSENTIAL Accessibility is an Accessibility-as-a-Service platform. It helps organizations deliver inclusive web, mobile, and product experiences in compliance with legal requirements to ensure that no one with a disability is left behind.

To learn more, visit


Grim Days to Come for Seniors, Residents With Disabilities: York Region Legal Clinic

Community Legal Clinic of York Region executive director Jeff Schlemmer points a finger at the provincial and federal governments for not doing enough to ward off a worsening homelessness crisis


EEOC Confirms COVID-19 Can Be A Disability Under ADA

On December 14, 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) supplemented its guidance concerning COVID-19, the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), the Rehabilitation Act, and other Equal Employment Opportunity (“EEO”) Laws to confirm that COVID-19 can qualify as a disability under any of the three “disability” definitions in the ADA.


Waiting Game to Make City More Accessible Feels Like ‘Kick in the Face’

‘When buildings are more accessible, you’re increasing your customer base and sending a message you’re an inclusive business,’ says BIA chairman Nikki Cole


Merge-Interpreter Platform Provides Simultaneous Interpretation of Sign Language

The platform enables users to communicate easily through video calls, with round-the-clock assistance from sign language interpreters with a third party, the company said in a statement today


Covid-as-Disability Bound to Spur Workplace Conflicts, Lawsuits

The EEOC’s determination that Covid-19 can be a disability in many circumstances will create confusion, and tee up litigation, as companies grapple with how to accommodate workers who contract the virus and experience symptoms including brain fog, headaches, and shortness of breath.


AODA Alliance Updates:

AODA Alliance’s Year-End Report on Our Advocacy Efforts This Year


Why Did the Ford Government Fail to Hold an Open Merit-Based Competition for the Chair of the Long-Overdue Design of Public Spaces Standards Development Committee, under Ontario’s Disabilities Act?


Smorgasbord of Recent Media Coverage of Disability Barriers Shows Why the Ford Government Must Ramp Up Action to Make Ontario Accessible to 2.6 Million Ontarians with Disabilities


Omicron Surge Amplifies the Need for The Ford Government to Remove the Disability Discrimination From the Critical Care Triage Protocol in Ontario Hospitals


As Omicron Surges, Ford Government Flagrantly Discriminates Against Many Ontarians with Disabilities in Access to Health Care by Requiring A Driver’s License to Renew Ontario Health Card Online


Past Newsletters

View past issues of the Newsletter at

Inclusive Media and Design Inc is a proud supporter of Accessibility News.

Inclusive is ready to caption and video describe all your video for web, DVD, and computer desktop. They can also assist you in understanding and implementing Ontario’s AODA Integrated Standards’ media requirements. Consider having them check that any of your new web site content is compliant with an Accessibility Audit.

Visit to find out more.

Want to advertise in this spot or make an Announcement? Email for more info

To unsubscribe from this Newsletter, send an email to or just reply to this Update and state your intentions.

The views and opinions expressed throughout Accessibility News do not represent those of the various organizations or associated individuals and are exclusively those of the contributor and/or author of the specific article or commentary.

Accessibility News, since November 8, 2006