Accessibility News March 12,2022 Update

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In this Issue

*Covid Long-Haulers Face Grueling Fights for Disability Benefits
*People With Disabilities Left Behind by Telemedicine and Other Pandemic Medical Innovations
*UBCO Researchers Call Out Scientists for Ignoring People With Disabilities
*Brampton Accessibility Advisory Committee Gets Seriously Troubling Presentation on Electric Scooters by Brampton City Staff
*As the Winn-Dixie Saga Finally Concludes in Florida, 181 Advocacy Groups Urge DOJ to Issue Website Accessibility Regulations
*Advocates Call for Safer, More Accessible Taxis in Edmonton
*Tell Ottawa City Council Not to Use People with Disabilities, Seniors and Others as Unwilling Guinea Pigs in the Dangerous Third Pilot Project with E-Scooters that Ottawa City Staff Proposes
*Are You Preparing for Disability Pride Month?

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ARTICLES:

Covid Long-Haulers Face Grueling Fights for Disability Benefits

Deepa Singh, 30, of Louisville, has been seriously ill for two years, racked with extreme fatigue, racing heartbeat and memory problems from long covid that she says prevent her from working. Adding to her distress, she says, has been a grueling – and so far unsuccessful – battle for disability payments.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/covid-long-haulers-face-grueling-fights-for-disability-benefits/

People With Disabilities Left Behind by Telemedicine and Other Pandemic Medical Innovations

Divya Goel, a 35-year-old deaf-blind woman in Orlando, Florida, has had two telemedicine doctors’ appointments during the pandemic. Each time, she was denied an interpreter.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/people-with-disabilities-left-behind-by-telemedicine-and-other-pandemic-medical-innovations/

UBCO Researchers Call Out Scientists for Ignoring People With Disabilities

While the light shines on athletes participating in Beijing’s Paralympic Games this week, UBC researchers are asking why more people who live with disabilities are not included in basic health research.

Dr. Sarah Brears and Dr. Kathleen Martin Ginis say that while more than one billion people-15 per cent of the world’s population-live with some form of disability, they are notably absent from much of the scientific research that takes place.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/ubco-researchers-call-out-scientists-for-ignoring-people-with-disabilities/

Brampton Accessibility Advisory Committee Gets Seriously Troubling Presentation on Electric Scooters by Brampton City Staff

Read more at
https://www.aoda.ca/brampton-accessibility-advisory-committee-gets-seriously-troubling-presentation-on-electric-scooters-by-brampton-city-staff/

As the Winn-Dixie Saga Finally Concludes in Florida, 181 Advocacy Groups Urge DOJ to Issue Website Accessibility Regulations

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Eleventh Circuit has refused to reconsider its decision to vacate its prior order and the trial court’s judgment because of mootness; while disability rights advocates demand regulatory action from DOJ on accessible websites.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/as-the-winn-dixie-saga-finally-concludes-in-florida-181-advocacy-groups-urge-doj-to-issue-website-accessibility-regulations/

Advocates Call for Safer, More Accessible Taxis in Edmonton

The Accessibility Advisory Committee and Women’s Voice of Edmonton are calling on the city to create standardized training on cultural, gender, disability and age issues for all taxi drivers.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/advocates-call-for-safer-more-accessible-taxis-in-edmonton/

Tell Ottawa City Council Not to Use People with Disabilities, Seniors and Others as Unwilling Guinea Pigs in the Dangerous Third Pilot Project with E-Scooters that Ottawa City Staff Proposes

Read more at
https://www.aoda.ca/tell-ottawa-city-council-not-to-use-people-with-disabilities-seniors-and-others-as-unwilling-guinea-pigs-in-the-dangerous-third-pilot-project-with-e-scooters-that-ottawa-city-staff-proposes/

Are You Preparing for Disability Pride Month?

It might only be March, but now is a great time for publishers and bookshops to start preparing for Disability Pride Month in July. Historically, as it originated in the US (back in 1990), Disability Pride Month hasn’t had as much coverage in the UK as over the Atlantic, but that’s changing as disabled people, their allies and companies work together to put disabled people in the spotlight as opposed to being kept behind closed doors as in the past.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/are-you-preparing-for-disability-pride-month/

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