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In this Issue
*Come to a March 9, 2021 Virtual Town Hall on Helping Stop Toronto from Allowing Electric Scooters that Endanger People with Disabilities, Seniors, children and Others
*Restoring Funding for Accessible Books: We Need Your Help!
*Kids With Physical Disabilities Struggling Through the Pandemic
*Advocacy Group for Visually Impaired Canadians Says Ottawa’s Funding Application was Inaccessible
*Ontario Human Rights Commission Echoes More Serious Concerns with the Ontario Critical Care Triage Plan – Will the Ford Government Start to Listen This Time?
*The Deadly Danger of Ableism in Health Care During A Pandemic
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Come to a March 9, 2021 Virtual Town Hall on Helping Stop Toronto from Allowing Electric Scooters that Endanger People with Disabilities, Seniors, children and Others
We’ll have more news to report to you over the coming days about the disability community’s campaign to protect Torontonians with disabilities and indeed all of us from the injuries and accessibility barriers that would be suffered if Toronto wrongly decides to allow electric scooters (e-scooters). Here is just some of the latest news.
Restoring Funding for Accessible Books: We Need Your Help!
In 2020, NNELS made over 2,500 alternate format versions of titles available to those with print disabilities. Of these, 45 were commissioned audiobooks and 26 were braille books that did not exist in any other accessible format and NNELS produced from start to finish. These titles were made available to NNELS users through their local libraries.
Kids With Physical Disabilities Struggling Through the Pandemic
“It has been almost a year that children with physical disabilities and their families have been without services like therapy, personal care and respite support, and it’s taking its toll,” says Kevin Collins, President and CEO, Easter Seals Ontario. “The kids have been isolated at home with very little social interaction, and many parents have had to quit their jobs to provide around the clock care. They are emotionally and physically exhausted.”
Advocacy Group for Visually Impaired Canadians Says Ottawa’s Funding Application was Inaccessible
The Alliance for Equality for Blind Canadians (AEBC), a national charitable organization that advocates for the inclusion of individuals who are blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted, tried to apply for funding to help build capacity for their organization, Ottawa-based lawyer Anne Levesque said.
Ontario Human Rights Commission Echoes More Serious Concerns with the Ontario Critical Care Triage Plan – Will the Ford Government Start to Listen This Time?
On March 1, 2021, the Ontario Human Rights Commission wrote the Ford Government a strong letter, set out below. It echoes a number of our serious problems with the Ontario critical care triage plan. It specifically references concerns that have been raised by the AODA Alliance and the ARCH Disability Law Centre.
The Deadly Danger of Ableism in Health Care During A Pandemic
Biased assumptions about living with disability could impact access to life-saving care, advocate says
These are stressful times and front-line workers have laboured heroically in this pandemic. However, heroes have Achilles’ heels.
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