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In this Issue
*New Program Helps People With Autism Overcome Barriers in Accessing COVID-19 Vaccines *New School Misses Mark on Accessibility
*New Laws Let Americans With Disabilities Vote Online. They’ve Also Resurrected The Debate About Voting Access vs. Election Security. *Accessibility Gains Must Become Lasting Learning Practices
*Accessibility Standards Canada 2020-2021 annual report: Keeping our focus on an accessible Canada
*Neuroscientist Joey Ramp is Breaking Down Barriers for Disabled STEM Students With Service Dogs
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New Program Helps People With Autism Overcome Barriers in Accessing COVID-19 Vaccines
The noise, bright lights, winding lines and moving parts of mass immunization sites may be anxiety-inducing for plenty of people. But for some individuals with autism and others who have sensory issues, the experience can be entirely overwhelming.
New School Misses Mark on Accessibility
When the construction fences came down around the new school in June, Mary and Geoff did a walkabout and were alarmed when they found two doors at the front of the building on both sides of the main door that a person in a wheelchair would not be able to access. They contacted staff members and a trustee of the Bluewater District School Board (BWDSB) to express their concerns. The response was disheartening, according to Mary.
New Laws Let Americans With Disabilities Vote Online. They’ve Also Resurrected The Debate About Voting Access vs. Election Security.
Since the dawn of the internet, someone has inevitably raised this question every election cycle: Why can’t we vote online? (The question was particularly apt in 2020, when states had to grapple with how to run an election during a pandemic.) And every time, election security experts dutifully answer that there is currently no technological way to guarantee a secure online ballot.
Accessibility Gains Must Become Lasting Learning Practices
For too long, colleges and universities have waited for students with disabilities to request accommodations before deciding to remove barriers to access and full participation that existed all along.
Accessibility Standards Canada 2020-2021 annual report: Keeping our focus on an accessible Canada
Accessibility Standards Canada is proud to release its second annual report, which recounts a year that saw real progress in advancing their mandate. The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, tabled the report in Parliament on June 18, 2021.
Neuroscientist Joey Ramp is Breaking Down Barriers for Disabled STEM Students With Service Dogs
People with disabilities lack equal access in academia and this is especially the case in science and other STEM subjects. Having faced this, neuroscientist Joey Ramp is out to change the picture. Ramp helps disabled students with service dogs pursue STEM majors and works with universities to build an open minded, accessible culture.
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