Accessibility News May 18,2024 Update

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In this Issue

*’Improperly Discriminatory’: Alberta Ombudsman Report Finds Systemic Issues Impacting Access for Persons With Disabilities
*’Gives Me Hope’: Nova Scotia Creating Plan to Fill Gaps in Services for People with Autism
*People With Disabilities Say Changes are Needed Now to Ontario Building Code
*Air Accessibility Summit closes with pledge to improve services, but no new penalties
*1 Week Left to Tell Toronto City Council to Say No to E-Scooters
*Digital Inaccessibility: Blind and Low-Vision People have Powerful Technology but Still Face Barriers to the Digital World

ARTICLES:

‘Improperly Discriminatory’: Alberta Ombudsman Report Finds Systemic Issues Impacting Access for Persons With Disabilities

“It has been 10 years since the Court identified a flaw in the regulation affecting the rights of vulnerable Albertans, yet the department has not taken steps to remedy the situation. The ombudsman found this inaction to be unreasonable and unfair to vulnerable Albertans and those who care for them.”

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‘Improperly Discriminatory’: Alberta Ombudsman Report Finds Systemic Issues Impacting Access for Persons With Disabilities

‘Gives Me Hope’: Nova Scotia Creating Plan to Fill Gaps in Services for People with Autism

Elizabeth Mason-Squires knows first-hand the challenges autism can pose for a family and the lack of support many receive. Her daughter Rowan, who will be 13 next month, has autism.

“She’s been home for two years, 24-hours a day with no support,” said Mason-Squires. “We get zero funding of any kind for anything, so it’s been a struggle.”

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‘Gives Me Hope’: Nova Scotia Creating Plan to Fill Gaps in Services for People with Autism

People With Disabilities Say Changes are Needed Now to Ontario Building Code

Kristen Rhodes, 22, has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair to get around but has never allowed that to prevent her from doing the things she loves and going to places she wants to visit. Accessing some of those places, though has been a different story.

“Nearly everywhere I go there seems to be a barrier to accessing them,” she told us.

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People With Disabilities Say Changes are Needed Now to Ontario Building Code

Air Accessibility Summit closes with pledge to improve services, but no new penalties

Wrapping up the National Air Accessibility Summit on Thursday, federal ministers said the airline industry has agreed to adopt a common medical form and explore improved data-sharing but did not announce new penalties for mistreating travellers with disabilities.

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Air Accessibility Summit closes with pledge to improve services, but no new penalties

1 Week Left to Tell Toronto City Council to Say No to E-Scooters

At its next meeting starting May 22, 2024, Toronto City Council will decide whether to lift the ban on electric scooters. On May 13, 2024, the AODA Alliance wrote Toronto Mayor Olivia Chow and all members of Toronto City Council, urging them to say a loud and clear no to e-scooters. We set that letter out below.

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1 Week Left to Tell Toronto City Council to Say No to E-Scooters

Digital Inaccessibility: Blind and Low-Vision People have Powerful Technology but Still Face Barriers to the Digital World

Imagine that you have low vision and you’re completing an online job application using screen reader software.

You get through half the form and then come to a question with drop-down options the screen reader cannot access because the online form doesn’t conform to accessibility standards. You’re stuck. You can’t submit the application, and your time has been wasted.

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Digital Inaccessibility: Blind and Low-Vision People have Powerful Technology but Still Face Barriers to the Digital World

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