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In this Issue
*Accessible Transportation for Colleges, Universities, and Hospitals in Ontario
*The Ford Government Continues Its Freeze on the Work to Remove Barriers in Ontario’s Education System Against Hundreds of Thousands of Students With Disabilities, While the Media Shines A Much-Needed Spotlight on One Troubling Barrier – The Sweeping Power of School Principals to Exclude a Student from School
*Our Biased Web: Why Don’t We Care About Making The Web Accessible For All?
*Accessibility: A Source of Future Anxiety and a Significant Consideration for Canadian Consumers today
*Increased Demand for Specialized Transit
*Valuing the Voice of People Living with Disabilities in Manitoba
*Specialized Transportation in Ontario
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Accessible Transportation for Colleges, Universities, and Hospitals in Ontario
Under the Transportation Standard of the AODA, colleges, universities, and hospitals that offer transportation services around or between their campuses must make those services accessible upon request. Accessible transportation for colleges, universities, and hospitals applies to all…
The Ford Government Continues Its Freeze on the Work to Remove Barriers in Ontario’s Education System Against Hundreds of Thousands of Students With Disabilities, While the Media Shines A Much-Needed Spotlight on One Troubling Barrier – The Sweeping Power of School Principals to Exclude a Student from School
There have been 216 days since work on developing a new Education Accessibility Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act was frozen in the wake of the election of Ontario’s new Government. The work of the two Education Standards Development Committees, appointed to recommend
reforms in Ontario’s school system (the K-12 Education Standards Development Committee) and in Ontario’s colleges and universities (the Post-Secondary Education Standards Development Committee), still remains on hold. School boards, colleges and universities continue to leave disability barriers in place.
They spend public money to create new barriers, without an AODA Education Accessibility Standard in place to stop that from continuing.
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Our Biased Web: Why Don’t We Care About Making The Web Accessible For All?
As society has increasingly awoken to the dangers of algorithmic bias in the machine learning and AI systems that underlie an ever-greater portion of our lives, it is notable that for all of the attention and funding being focused on AI bias, there has been in comparison a deafening silence on the topic of accessibility bias.
As the web rushes ever faster towards a multimedia-first existence, why is it that there is comparatively so little conversation about making this content accessible to those with differing physical abilities?
Accessibility: A Source of Future Anxiety and a Significant Consideration for Canadian Consumers today
Seven-in-ten Canadians say universal accessibility should be the goal for newly constructed buildings
As Canada’s population grows older, millions of Canadians find themselves worrying about decreased mobility, vision and hearing and the impact it may have on their own lives or the lives of loved ones.
Increased Demand for Specialized Transit
The Transportation Standard of the AODA has numerous rules mandating how specialized transportation providers must operate. Many of these rules play an important role in ensuring that travellers with disabilities have equal opportunities to move around their communities. However, in practice, some specialized
transportation providers are unable to obey a few of the transportation standard’s regulations. Increased demand for specialized transit makes it more difficult for providers to follow the standard’s guidelines regarding bookings and hours of service.
Valuing the Voice of People Living with Disabilities in Manitoba
Recently the Manitoba Government made a decision to reject a core funding application from the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities (MLPD) for the 2018-19 fiscal year. It can be very difficult for an organization to function without core funding which diminishes its capacity.
Specialized Transportation in Ontario
Under the Transportation Standard of the AODA, specialized transportation providers must make their services accessible to passengers with disabilities.
Here we will outline how people use specialized transportation in Ontario and describe some of the rules that make these services a valuable alternative to conventional transit.
eSSENTIAL Accessibility: helping organizations reach, serve and empower people with disabilities.
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Organizations that feature the app on their websites are committed to making it easier for people with disabilities to access information online.
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