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The AODA Clock is Ticking
There is 1 year, 6 weeks, 2 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?
In this Issue
*’Really far Behind’: Alberta Should Emulate Other Provinces’ Accessibility Legislation, Advocates Say
*Report Finds Disabilities ‘Severely Underrepresented’ On TV
*Investigation Reveals Ride-Share Rejections and Transit System Dangers for People With Disabilities
*Emily Spreeman has Been a Game-Changer for U.S. Soccer and Deaf Athletes
*’Gaping Holes’ in Rules Demean – and Injure – Travellers With Disabilities: advocates
* AODA Alliance Updates(2)
‘Really far Behind’: Alberta Should Emulate Other Provinces’ Accessibility Legislation, Advocates Say
Accessibility advocates say Alberta is one of the last provinces without provincial accessibility legislation. They’re calling on the province to take action to address barriers faced by those living with disabilities.
Report Finds Disabilities ‘Severely Underrepresented’ On TV
Despite playing significant roles in some of the most popular shows, people with disabilities remain nonexistent in most television series.
Investigation Reveals Ride-Share Rejections and Transit System Dangers for People With Disabilities
Michelle Weger relies on her service dog, Quinn, to get her through the day.
The Ottawa resident has narcolepsy, and the Great Dane can sense when Weger is tired, bracing against her or warning her when she’s about to experience cataplexy, a temporary muscle paralysis that can cause her to fall. That early warning gives Weger the time to get to a safe space.
Emily Spreeman has Been a Game-Changer for U.S. Soccer and Deaf Athletes
Emily Spreeman was born deaf, though her family was unaware of that until she was nearly 9 months old.
“My grandma was sitting next to my crib and my parents are like ‘I don’t think she can hear because the baby’s not waking to any loud noises’,” Spreeman remembered.
‘Gaping Holes’ in Rules Demean – and Injure – Travellers With Disabilities: advocates
On a cool day in May at the Vancouver airport last year, Heather Walkus found herself stuck on the curb without assistance for nearly an hour.
Eventually Walkus, who is blind and living with multiple sclerosis, was guided to the Air Canada check-in counter and escorted to her gate, but her flight to Penticton, B.C., was delayed.
AODA Alliance Updates:
Two of Four Ontario Liberal Leadership Candidates, Nate Erskine-Smith and Bonnie Crombie, Make Commitments on Accessibility for 2.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities – Still Waiting to Hear From Yasir Naqvi and Ted Hsu
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Disability Advocate Resorts to Freedom of Information Application to Force Premier Ford to Obey His Duty to Make Public the Final Report of a Government-Appointed Independent Review of the Government’s Poor Implementation of Ontario’s Disabilities Act
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