Accessibility News February 17,2024 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking
There are 45 weeks, 3 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

*’It’s Discriminatory’: Regina Advocacy Group Challenges Government on Disability Program in Court
*New Accessible Lift to Be Installed at Sports Centre Pool
*The Census Bureau Halts Changing How it Asks About Disabilities Following a Backlash
*The Music Teacher Who Just Won a Grammy Says It Belongs to Her Students
*Orangeville Transit Works to Address Accessibility Issues: CAO
* AODA Alliance Updates(3)

ARTICLES:

‘It’s Discriminatory’: Regina Advocacy Group Challenges Government on Disability Program in Court

The Regina Anti-Poverty Ministry is claiming the government is forcing those who are on the program to take out their Canada Pension Plan money at age 60.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/its-discriminatory-regina-advocacy-group-challenges-government-on-disability-program-in-court/

New Accessible Lift to Be Installed at Sports Centre Pool

A few accessibility upgrades will be included in the current pool renovation at the Memorial Sports Centre in Fort Frances, says Nathan Young, recreation & culture manager, raising high hopes that individuals who need support getting into the pool will be able to participate in future swim activities.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/new-accessible-lift-to-be-installed-at-sports-centre-pool/

The Census Bureau Halts Changing How it Asks About Disabilities Following a Backlash

Advocates for disabled people had argued that proposed changes to disability questions on the bureau’s American Community Survey would artificially reduce their numbers by more than 40%, limiting the ability of some to get vital resources for housing, schools or program benefits. They also argued that they weren’t properly consulted on such a major overhaul.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-census-bureau-halts-changing-how-it-asks-about-disabilities-following-a-backlash/

The Music Teacher Who Just Won a Grammy Says It Belongs to Her Students

The Music Educator Award, presented by the Recording Academy and Grammy Museum, recognizes those who have made a “significant contribution and demonstrate a commitment to music education.”

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-music-teacher-who-just-won-a-grammy-says-it-belongs-to-her-students/

Orangeville Transit Works to Address Accessibility Issues: CAO

Orangeville Transit has a distance to go in some respects to address accessibility issues.

Town council heard about some of those issues from members of the community during its regular meeting on Feb. 5.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/orangeville-transit-works-to-address-accessibility-issues-cao/

AODA Alliance Updates:

At Last Minute, House of Commons Standing Committee Cancels AODA Alliance Appearance to Give Evidence on Airline Disability Barriers Because His Mic was Unapproved, Even Though its IT Official Cleared it in a Test 2 Days Earlier

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/at-last-minute-house-of-commons-standing-committee-cancels-aoda-alliance-appearance-to-give-evidence-on-airline-disability-barriers-because-his-mic-was-unapproved-even-though-its-it-official-cleared/

For the 3rd Time in Four Years, Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee Tells the City of Toronto to Say No to Electric Scooters – Will Mayor Olivia Chow and City Council Listen?

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/for-the-3rd-time-in-four-years-toronto-accessibility-advisory-committee-tells-the-city-of-toronto-to-say-no-to-electric-scooters-will-mayor-olivia-chow-and-city-council-listen/

Vital Supports for Vulnerable Students with Disabilities Imperiled at Peel District School Board, But Parents Fight Back

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/vital-supports-for-vulnerable-students-with-disabilities-imperiled-at-peel-district-school-board-but-parents-fight-back/

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