Accessibility News July 18,2020 Update

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In this Issue

*ViewPoints: Brandt-CNIB Regina Development Scandal
*In A Second COVID-19 Wave If There Aren’t Enough Ventilators for All Patients Needing Them, A new Draft Ontario Medical Triage Protocol Would Continue to Discriminate Against COVID-19Patients with Disabilities *The Dangers of E-Scooters
*City’s Amphibious Wheelchairs Put the Beach Within Reach
*’They Were Given 20 Years’ – TTC Warns It Will Be Hard to Hit 2025 Target to Make the Subway Accessible *Glove Translates Sign Language in Real-time

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ARTICLES:

ViewPoints: Brandt-CNIB Regina Development Scandal

Ordinary citizens protested the secretive Brandt-CNIB development that would have developed commercial real estate on a provincially owned park in Regina. They are willing to fight it in court.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/viewpoints-brandt-cnib-regina-development-scandal/

In A Second COVID-19 Wave If There Aren’t Enough Ventilators for All Patients Needing Them, A new Draft Ontario Medical Triage Protocol Would Continue to Discriminate Against COVID-19Patients with Disabilities

Despite having four months to fix this serious problem, in the COVID-19 crisis the Ford Government has still not rooted out the current danger to people with disabilities, induced by a protocol that Ontario Health sent to all hospitals last spring. That protocol lets hospitals violate basic human rights of COVID-19 patients with disabilities if a surge in COVID-19 cases meant there’s not enough ventilators for all critical patients needing them.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/in-a-second-covid-19-wave-if-there-arent-enough-ventilators-for-all-patients-needing-them-a-new-draft-ontario-medical-triage-protocol-would-continue-to-discriminate-against-covid-19patients-with-di/

The Dangers of E-Scooters

Editor’s Note: This article is based on John Rae’s Presentation to the City of Toronto Infrastructure and Environment Committee, July 9, 2020

Chair Pasternak and members of the committee, I appear in opposition to any introduction of e-scooters in Toronto.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/the-dangers-of-e-scooters/

City’s Amphibious Wheelchairs Put the Beach Within Reach

All her life, whenever Delaney Dunlop’s friends asked her to go to the beach, she’d decline.

The 30-year-old’s battery-powered wheelchair just wasn’t built to traverse the sand.

“It took like six people to get it out of the sand,” Dunlop said of one earlier attempt.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/citys-amphibious-wheelchairs-put-the-beach-within-reach/

‘They Were Given 20 Years’ – TTC Warns It Will Be Hard to Hit 2025 Target to Make the Subway Accessible

David Lepofsky, chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act Alliance, a volunteer advocacy group, said the TTC has “absolutely no excuse” for not meeting the 2025 deadline, which the province set in 2005.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/they-were-given-20-years-ttc-warns-it-will-be-hard-to-hit-2025-target-to-make-the-subway-accessible/

Glove Translates Sign Language in Real-time

The cutting-edge glove features thin, stretchable sensors running to the fingertips. These sensors can detect motions and finger placement through electrically conducting yarns. Those sensors are then connected to a tiny circuit board ” approximately the size of a coin worn on users’ wrists.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/glove-translates-sign-language-in-real-time/

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