Accessibility News February 12,2022 Update

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In this Issue

*This Musician Pushes Boundaries for People With Disabilities
*Parents Say New Model to Support B.C. Kids With Disabilities ‘Misses the Mark’
*Request to Have Oshawa’s Accessibility Committee Approve Downtown Patios Denied
*The Rise In Telework During The Pandemic, An Opportunity For Accessibility And Inclusion
*Brampton’s plan to unleash e-scooters prompts accessibility & safety concerns, questions about viability
*3 Years After Ontario Accessibility Report, ‘Little Progress’ Made, Former Lieutenant-Governor Says
*AODA Alliance Updates

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ARTICLES:

This Musician Pushes Boundaries for People With Disabilities

Gift Tshuma has dedicated his life to highlighting the daily challenges faced by people with disabilities and pushing for change.

It’s a mission he’s merged with his passion for music.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/this-musician-pushes-boundaries-for-people-with-disabilities/

Parents Say New Model to Support B.C. Kids With Disabilities ‘Misses the Mark’

Glen Hoos remembers being denied provincial funding to support his son, who has several rare disabilities, after a “long, stressful” process.

The Burnaby dad of two kids with special needs is worried more B.C. parents could be denied coverage when the government moves to a new “community hub model” to support children and youth with developmental challenges.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/parents-say-new-model-to-support-b-c-kids-with-disabilities-misses-the-mark/

Request to Have Oshawa’s Accessibility Committee Approve Downtown Patios Denied

Rosemary McConkey, who sits on the advisory committee, was surprised at the dissension she was hearing from her fellow councillors on the issue when it came before the Development Services Committee.

Read more at
https://www.aoda.ca/request-to-have-oshawas-accessibility-committee-approve-downtown-patios-denied/

The Rise In Telework During The Pandemic, An Opportunity For Accessibility And Inclusion

Focusing on inclusion and diversity is more important than ever during a crisis like the Covid-19 pandemic.

Throughout the pandemic, many were forced to socially isolate and physically distance themselves in order to limit the spread of the pathogen. Nations went into an economic recession, and millions lost their jobs. We saw people unable to work, and businesses closed.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-rise-in-telework-during-the-pandemic-an-opportunity-for-accessibility-and-inclusion/

Brampton’s plan to unleash e-scooters prompts accessibility & safety concerns, questions about viability

Brampton, with its gaping boulevards and suburban-style planning built around the car, does not seem like an ideal setting for the use of commuter e-scooters. But it’s set to be the first GTA municipality to authorize rentals of the increasingly popular electrified two-wheelers, under a pilot program.

Read more at
https://www.aoda.ca/bramptons-plan-to-unleash-e-scooters-prompts-accessibility-safety-concerns-questions-about-viability/

3 Years After Ontario Accessibility Report, ‘Little Progress’ Made, Former Lieutenant-Governor Says
While he thought it would be “relatively easy” for the government to fulfil the report’s recommendations, David Onley says Ontario is still failing on issues such as employment equity, social assistance and even the physical accessibility of schools and other buildings.

Read more at
https://www.aoda.ca/3-years-after-ontario-accessibility-report-little-progress-made-former-lieutenant-governor-says/

AODA Alliance Updates:

Brampton City Council and Mayor Patrick Brown Should Not Endanger People with Disabilities, Seniors and Others by Allowing the Silent Menace of Electric Scooters

Read more at
https://www.aoda.ca/brampton-city-council-and-mayor-patrick-brown-should-not-endanger-people-with-disabilities-seniors-and-others-by-allowing-the-silent-menace-of-electric-scooters/

Read the Evidence AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky Filed with the Superior Court of Ontario that Shows How the Ford Government’s Online Health Card Renewal Process Discriminates Against People with Disabilities Like Him

Read more at
https://www.aoda.ca/read-the-evidence-aoda-alliance-chair-david-lepofsky-filed-with-the-superior-court-of-ontario-that-shows-how-the-ford-governments-online-health-card-renewal-process-discriminates-against-people-with/

Ford Government Capitulates at the Court House Door
Belatedly Agrees in the Face of a Disability Discrimination Court Application to Extend to September 30 the Time to Renew an Expired Health Card and to Enable Online Health Card Renewal Using Ontario Photo ID Card In Lieu of Driver’s License

Read more at
https://www.aoda.ca/ford-government-capitulates-at-the-court-house-door/

Ford Government Appoints the Next Independent Review of the Disabilities Act After it Failed for Three Years to Implement the Blistering Report of the Last Independent Review

Read more at
https://www.aoda.ca/ford-government-appoints-the-next-independent-review-of-the-disabilities-act-after-it-failed-for-three-years-to-implement-the-blistering-report-of-the-last-independent-review/

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