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Some Media Cover the Federal Election’s Disability Accessibility Issues and/or the Inaccessibility of Mail-In Ballots

As we have found in past elections, it is very hard to get the media to cover this election issue. This is so, even though major media outlets devote a great deal of time and space to election issues. Of course, the accessibility issue on which the AODA Alliance has concentrated is only one of several important disability issues in this election.

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https://www.aoda.ca/some-media-cover-the-federal-elections-disability-accessibility-issues-an-or-the-inaccessibility-of-mail-in-ballots/

Blind Lawyer Says Lack of Accessible, Private Voting Options Violates Charter

David Lepofsky was not able to mark his choice independently on the mail-in ballot Elections Canada sent to him because he is blind.

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https://www.aoda.ca/blind-lawyer-says-lack-of-accessible-private-voting-options-violates-charter/

Survey: Accessibility Challenges Persist as Hybrid and Online Learning Continues

With fully online or hybrid course formats still very much in play at colleges and universities around the world, accessibility issues remain a key challenge, according to a recent study.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/survey-accessibility-challenges-persist-as-hybrid-and-online-learning-continues/

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In this Issue

Canadians With Disabilities Say They’re Missing from the Election Discussion

Sarah Jama, co-founder of the Disability Justice Network of Ontario, said this lack of scope boils down to a “lack of understanding of what systemic ableism looks like.”

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https://www.aoda.ca/canadians-with-disabilities-say-theyre-missing-from-the-election-discussion/

In this Close Election, Will Erin O’Toole Stand By the Tories’ 2018 Pledge in the House of Commons to Strengthen the Accessible Canada Act?

Will Erin O’Toole’s Tories keep their three-year-old pledge to six million people with disabilities in Canada to strengthen the 2018 Accessible Canada Act?

Read more at
https://www.aoda.ca/in-this-close-election-will-erin-otoole-stand-by-the-tories-2018-pledge-in-the-house-of-commons-to-strengthen-the-accessible-canada-act/

This AI Could Help Diagnose ADHD Sooner

Early ADHD diagnoses could help cut crime and drastically improve lives, but a cash-starved NHS is struggling to keep up

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/this-ai-could-help-diagnose-adhd-sooner/

Changing Workplaces: Organising an Accessible Virtual Presentation

With much of the country in lockdown, and with the ever-changing nature of work, organisations are pivoting to virtual events and presentations. While it’s a necessity to conduct presentations virtually during the pandemic, we may also see some events continue to offer both a virtual and in-person option.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/changing-workplaces-organising-an-accessible-virtual-presentation/

Paralympians Know ‘Inspiration Porn’ When They See It

Athletes reject the idea that they should be admired just for coping with disabilities, and not also for what they’ve accomplished.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/paralympians-know-inspiration-porn-when-they-see-it/

Concerns Raised Over Accessibility Ahead of Digital Vaccine Passport Rollout in Ontario

Penny Frankland, 75, has a phone with no internet access on it, and is feeling forgotten after hearing about the vaccine passport plan.

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https://www.aoda.ca/concerns-raised-over-accessibility-ahead-of-digital-vaccine-passport-rollout-in-ontario/