Accessibility News September 19,2020 Update

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In this Issue

*Canadians Relying on ODSP Facing Constant Struggle to Make Ends Meet
*Advocates for Canadians With Disabilities Say the Federal Government Isn’t Doing Enough to Help People Struggling With New Barriers in the Midst of A Pandemic
*2020 Celebrating Accessibility Awards looking for nominations
*Landmark Toronto Star Guest Column by the Authors of the Three Successive Government-Appointed Independent Reviews of Ontario’s Disabilities Act Demands Immediate Strong New Government Action on Serious Hardships Facing People with Disabilities
*Tough Times for Special-Needs Students
*Disability Barriers in Education
*Opinion: As Employment in Canada Continues to Struggle, It’s Disabled Folks Who Feel It the Worst

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Canadians Relying on ODSP Facing Constant Struggle to Make Ends Meet

Those lucky enough to be in ignorance of how the Ontario disability (ODSP) program works easily can shrug it off with the notions of âmoneyâ and âbenefitsâ. However, there are many unpleasant realities to this essential social service system that only ensures a maximum monthly stipend of $1,169 â well below Canada’s official poverty line.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/canadians-relying-on-odsp-facing-constant-struggle-to-make-ends-meet/

Advocates for Canadians With Disabilities Say the Federal Government Isn’t Doing Enough to Help People Struggling With New Barriers in the Midst of A Pandemic

More than six months into the global pandemic, the Liberal government is being accused of failing to meet the needs of the Canadians with disabilities who number among those hardest-hit by the public health crisis.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/advocates-for-canadians-with-disabilities-say-the-federal-government-isnt-doing-enough-to-help-people-struggling-with-new-barriers-in-the-midst-of-a-pandemic/

2020 Celebrating Accessibility Awards looking for nominations

KINGSTON- Kingstonians are being asked to spread some love by nominating a person or an organization for an award for helping make Kingston more accessible for all residents.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/2020-celebrating-accessibility-awards-looking-for-nominations/

Landmark Toronto Star Guest Column by the Authors of the Three Successive Government-Appointed Independent Reviews of Ontario’s Disabilities Act Demands Immediate Strong New Government Action on Serious Hardships Facing People with Disabilities

The Ontario Government has failed to effectively implement the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, and must now show the much-needed missing leadership that Ontarians with disabilities need. That was the message of a powerful guest column appearing in today’s online Toronto Star, set out below. This column is an amazing and unprecedented combined effort by the three people who have conducted ground-breaking Government-appointed Independent Reviews over the past decade into the AODA’s implementation and enforcement:

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/landmark-toronto-star-guest-column-by-the-authors-of-the-three-successive-government-appointed-independent-reviews-of-ontarios-disabilities-act-demands-immediate-strong-new-government-action-on-seri/

Tough Times for Special-Needs Students

Usually I greet my high-school students, all with mild intellectual delays, with the following question, âyou like a hug, a handshake or a high-five?â This year, I’ll have to come up with a new greeting.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/tough-times-for-special-needs-students/

Disability Barriers in Education

In the third review of the AODA, the Honourable David Onley recommends needed improvements to the Act. During the public meetings Onley held while preparing his review, attendees outlined many barriers that people with disabilities face. More improvements to the AODA would help to remove existing barriers and prevent future ones. Therefore, in addition to direct recommendations, Onley’s review also includes suggestions from attendees about how to remove these barriers. This article will explore disability barriers in education and ways to remove them.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/disability-barriers-in-education/

Opinion: As Employment in Canada Continues to Struggle, It’s Disabled Folks Who Feel It the Worst

Because of my disability, I spent almost two decades trying to find stable, gainful employment. I never found it. Instead, I teetered between employment, underemployment and unemployment. I struggled to pay my bills, sometimes choosing between food, rent or mounting student debt payments.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/opinion-as-employment-in-canada-continues-to-struggle-its-disabled-folks-who-feel-it-the-worst/

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