Accessibility News November 14,2020 Update

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In this Issue
*Ontario Human Rights Commission Corroborates that the Ford Government withdrew the Government’s Widely-Condemned Critical Medical Care Triage Protocol
*Web Accessibility Guidelines for Making Content Visible
*Disability Advocates Say Assisted Dying Bill Fails to Protect Vulnerable Canadians
*Software Programs that Support Web Accessibility
*Veterans with Disabilities
*COVID-19 Means Accessibility Has Suddenly Become Everybody’s Priority. It Should Stay That Way.
*Ford Government Says it Rescinded its Widely-Condemned March 28, 2020 Protocol Directing Which Patients Will be Refused Life-Saving Critical Medical Care if the COVID-19 Surge Exceeds Hospital Capacity – But Won’t Reveal How It Will Fill that Vacuum

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Ontario Human Rights Commission Corroborates that the Ford Government withdrew the Government’s Widely-Condemned Critical Medical Care Triage Protocol

But as COVID-19 Infections Sky-Rocket, the Government Continues to Conceal Its Plans for Critical Care Triage

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/ontario-human-rights-commission-corroborates-that-the-ford-government-withdrew-the-governments-widely-condemned-critical-medical-care-triage-protocol/

Web Accessibility Guidelines for Making Content Visible

A new AODA requirement for Ontario websites will come into force on January 1st, 2021. Under the Information and Communications Standards, organizations must make their websites and web-based apps accessible. Organizations must do so by making their websites compliant with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, Level AA. This international standard gives web developers guidelines on how to make their webpages accessible to computer users with disabilities.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/web-accessibility-guidelines-for-making-content-visible/

Disability Advocates Say Assisted Dying Bill Fails to Protect Vulnerable Canadians

The House of Commons justice committee heard today from opponents of the federal government’s plan to change the rules for medical assistance in dying.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/disability-advocates-say-assisted-dying-bill-fails-to-protect-vulnerable-canadians/

Software Programs that Support Web Accessibility

A new AODA requirement for Ontario websites will come into force on January 1st, 2021. Under the Information and Communications Standards, organizations must make their websites and web-based apps accessible. Moreover, accessible websites must be compatible with hardware and software that make computers and other smart devices accessible. Here we outline some software programs that support web accessibility.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/software-programs-that-support-web-accessibility/

Veterans with Disabilities

Today is Remembrance Day! Remembrance Day, celebrated on November 11th every year, honours the sacrifice of soldiers who have fought to protect Canada. Canadians pause in a moment of silence at 11:00 A.M. to remember the men and women who have served, and continue to serve Canada in times of war. In this moment of silence, people often remember soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for their country. In addition to these brave men and women, we should spend some moments remembering veterans with disabilities.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/veterans-with-disabilities/

COVID-19 Means Accessibility Has Suddenly Become Everybody’s Priority. It Should Stay That Way.

By the time Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held a press conference announcing that Canada was closing its borders and Ontario Premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency across the province, I had already been cooped up inside my Toronto home for days. It was not because I had taken prescient isolation measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 it’s because I am disabled and social isolation is a lifestyle that I have long been accustomed to.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/covid-19-means-accessibility-has-suddenly-become-everybodys-priority-it-should-stay-that-way/

Ford Government Says it Rescinded its Widely-Condemned March 28, 2020 Protocol Directing Which Patients Will be Refused Life-Saving Critical Medical Care if the COVID-19 Surge Exceeds Hospital Capacity – But Won’t Reveal How It Will Fill that Vacuum

“It’s great that when pressed in Question Period, the Ford Government finally announced it had rescinded its deeply flawed March 28, 2020 critical care triage protocol, but we’ve seen no proof that they’ve told all Ontario hospitals this,” said David Lepofsky, chair of the non-partisan AODA Alliance that allied with other disability advocates to protect patients with disabilities against such discrimination.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/ford-government-says-it-rescinded-its-widely-condemned-march-28-2020-protocol-directing-which-patients-will-be-refused-life-saving-critical-medical-care-if-the-covid-19-surge-exceeds-hospital-capacit/

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