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Ontario Human Rights Commission Again Commendably Raises Human Rights Concerns with Ontario’s Critical Care Triage Plans, While the Ontario College of Physicians And surgeons Appears to Wrongly — Green Light Those Plans The AODA Alliance Responds!

Things are moving fast on the terrifying critical care triage front. The AODA Alliance and the disability organizations with whom we are collaborating are trying to stay ahead of a potential tidal wave facing us all.

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https://aoda.ca/ontario-human-rights-commission-again-commendably-raises-human-rights-concerns-with-ontarios-critical-care-triage-plans-while-the-ontario-college-of-physicians-and-surgeons-appears-to-wrongly-gr/

Danger of Disability Discrimination in Access to Life-Saving Critical Medical Care Grows as Overloaded Ontario Hospitals Near the Breaking Point

One year ago today, in an open letter to Premier Ford, over 200 community organizations first sounded the alarm that patients with disabilities will suffer disability discrimination if critical care is rationed under the Ford Government’s earlier secret triage protocol. One year later, Ford still hasn’t remove disability discrimination from the subsequent, revised January 13, 2021 critical care triage protocol that was sent to all hospitals.

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https://aoda.ca/danger-of-disability-discrimination-in-access-to-life-saving-critical-medical-care-grows-as-overloaded-ontario-hospitals-near-the-breaking-point/

Ontario is Prioritizing Dining Over the Disabled with Its Vaccination Policy

If the pandemic has proved anything to disabled folks, it’s that able-bodied people value being able to drink on a patio over their lives. The Ontario government’s decision to vaccinate restaurant workers in Phase 2 only perpetuates this ableist system.

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https://aoda.ca/ontario-is-prioritizing-dining-over-the-disabled-with-its-vaccination-policy/

Accessibility Compliance Service, AAAtraq, Has Teamed up With AbleDocs, Enabling Subscribers to Publish Accessible Documents More Easily on Their Websites.

By integrating AbleDocs’ class-leading technologies, subscribers will be able to manage all types of documents, including PDFs, directly from within the AAAtraq (https://www.aaatraq.com) platform.

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https://aoda.ca/accessibility-compliance-service-aaatraq-has-teamed-up-with-abledocs-enabling-subscribers-to-publish-accessible-documents-more-easily-on-their-websites/

Accessibility Advocates Raise Serious Concerns With New Policy Allowing Dogs on Nova Scotia Patios

One day after the Nova Scotia government announced a new policy allowing dogs on outdoor patios, some accessibility advocates and guide dog users are raising concerns that the presence of pets could compromise their safety.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/accessibility-advocates-raise-serious-concerns-with-new-policy-allowing-dogs-on-nova-scotia-patios/

As the COVID-19 Pandemic Again Worsens, Here’s Additional Media Coverage of the Ford Government’s Unwarranted Secrecy Over Ontario’s Seriously Flawed Critical Care Triage Protocol and Plans

The new and much more contagious COVID-19 variants are rapidly spreading. The media reports that Ontario hospital Intensive Care Units have more COVID-19 patients than ever. The Ford Government is understandably imposing more lock-down measures to stem the spread of the pandemic.

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https://aoda.ca/as-the-covid-19-pandemic-again-worsens-heres-additional-media-coverage-of-the-ford-governments-unwarranted-secrecy-over-ontarios-seriously-flawed-critical-care-triage-protocol-and-plans/

Please Write to the City of Toronto to Support the AODA Alliance’s New, Comprehensive Brief on Why Toronto Should Not Lift the Ban on Electric Scooters

The AODA Alliance has just submitted a comprehensive brief to the City of Toronto showing why it must not lift the ban on electric scooters (e-scooters). This brief, set out below, brings together and supplements all the work we have done on this e-scooters issue over the past 19 months. We set the brief out below.

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https://aoda.ca/please-write-to-the-city-of-toronto-to-support-the-aoda-alliances-new-comprehensive-brief-on-why-toronto-should-not-lift-the-ban-on-electric-scooters/

One Year After the First Secret Ontario Critical Care Triage Protocol Was Sent to Ontario Hospitals, the Threat of Critical Care Discrimination Against Some Patients with Disabilities Remains A Live Worry

It was one year ago yesterday that the Ford Government secretly sent Ontario hospitals a deeply-flawed critical care triage protocol, directing how hospitals should decide who will be refused life-saving critical care if hospitals get overloaded by the COVID-19pandemic. It was one year ago next week that the disability community learned of this, and made public the fact that the Government’s critical care triage protocol discriminates against some patients with disabilities.

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https://aoda.ca/one-year-after-the-first-secret-ontario-critical-care-triage-protocol-was-sent-to-ontario-hospitals-the-threat-of-critical-care-discrimination-against-some-patients-with-disabilities-remains-a-live-w/

Ontario COVID-19 Surge Could Force Doctors to Use Online Calculator to Make Life-and-Death Decisions

If COVID-19’s surging third wave overwhelms Ontario’s hospitals, doctors could soon be using an emergency triage protocol that includes an online calculator to help decide who gets lifesaving care and who does not.

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https://aoda.ca/ontario-covid-19-surge-could-force-doctors-to-use-online-calculator-to-make-life-and-death-decisions/

Mask Exemptions Must Be Respected, Disability Advocates Say

Failure to allow exemptions under mandatory mask order constitutes human rights discrimination, city’s accessibility committee says.

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https://aoda.ca/mask-exemptions-must-be-respected-disability-advocates-say/