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Ontario NDP Presses the Ford Government to Lift the Veil of Secrecy on Key Documents Addressing How Life-and-Death Medical Triage Decisions Will be Made if the Second Wave of COVID-19 Exceeds Ontario Hospital Capacity

The Ford Government is enshrouding far too much secrecy around its approach to what will happen if the second wave of COVID-19 infections overloads Ontario hospitals, i.e. if there are not enough critical care beds to accommodate all the patients in critical condition. This could become a truly life and death issue.

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https://aoda.ca/ontario-ndp-presses-the-ford-government-to-lift-the-veil-of-secrecy-on-key-documents-addressing-how-life-and-death-medical-triage-decisions-will-be-made-if-the-second-wave-of-covid-19-exceeds-ontario/

AODA Alliance submits A Brief to Accessibility Standards Canada Listing the Federal Accessibility Standards We Need the Federal Government to Now Develop and Enact

Last year, Canada’s Parliament passed the Accessible Canada Act ACA. It requires Canada to become accessible to people with disabilities by 2040. It lets the Federal Government enact a series of enforceable federal accessibility standards. Those regulations would spell out what organizations within reach of the Federal Government must do to remove and prevent disability barriers.

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https://aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-submits-a-brief-to-accessibility-standards-canada-listing-the-federal-accessibility-standards-we-need-the-federal-government-to-now-develop-and-enact/

Sign Up To Attend October 1, 2020 virtual town Hall on How to Advocate Against Allowing Electric Scooters in Toronto which Endanger People with Disabilities, Seniors and Others

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Society for All People with Disabilities
Web: http://www.aodaalliance.org Email: aodafeedback@gmail.com Twitter: @aodaalliance Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/aodaalliance/

September 28, 2020

SUMMARY

Here is a great way for you to help the important campaign to get Toronto Mayor John Tory and the Toronto City Council not to allow electric scooters (e-scooters) in Toronto. E-scooters would pose a serious danger to people with disabilities, seniors and others. This will be especially helpful if you know little or nothing about this issue, and want to know what you can do to help.

Websites Still Don’t Provide Equal Access in 2020 – and Lawsuits are Increasing

The coronavirus outbreak caused a shift in the usage of digital devices.

As people worldwide become heavily dependent on the internet for essential information, work, school, entertainment, and basic needs such as medication and groceries, it’s clearer than ever that digital inclusion is crucial.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/websites-still-dont-provide-equal-access-in-2020-and-lawsuits-are-increasing/

What Is the Ford Government Doing to Ensure Patients with Disabilities Don’t Face Discrimination in Access to Life-Saving Critical care If the Surge in COVID-19 Cases Overloads Ontario’s Hospitals?

Since early in the COVID-19 pandemic last spring, the AODA Alliance together with other disability advocates, has been pressing the Ford Government to ensure that patients with disabilities are not discriminated against because of their disability in getting access to needed critical medical care, in the event that a surge in COVID-19 cases exceeds the capacity of Ontario hospitals.

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https://aoda.ca/what-is-the-ford-government-doing-to-ensure-patients-with-disabilities-dont-face-discrimination-in-access-to-life-saving-critical-care-if-the-surge-in-covid-19-cases-overloads-ontarios-hospitals/

Zoom Adds Accessibility Features for Video Meetings

Zoom, which has become one of the most popular video meeting services, added new features Wednesday aimed at improving accessibility for those who are differently abled.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/zoom-adds-accessibility-features-for-video-meetings/

AODA Alliance calls on the Ontario Government to Appoint an Associate Deputy Minister of Education, to Create and Implement a Provincial Plan to ensure that A Third of a Million Students with Disabilities Are Fully and Safely Included in School Re-Opening

Today the AODA Alliance wrote Ontario’s Minister of Education Stephen Lecce. We called on the Ford Government to immediately appoint an Associate Deputy Minister of Education with specialized expertise in educating students with disabilities. That official should be immediately assigned to oversee the development and implementation of a desperately-needed and currently missing provincial plan to ensure that students with disabilities in Ontario, numbering at least 340,000, are fully and safely included in school re-opening. The AODA Alliance and others have been pressing for this much-needed plan for months. The letter to the Minister of Education is set out below.

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https://aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-calls-on-the-ontario-government-to-appoint-an-associate-deputy-minister-of-education-to-create-and-implement-a-provincial-plan-to-ensure-that-a-third-of-a-million-students-with-disabili/

How Online Courses Are Affecting Students With Disabilities

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020-21 school year is proving to be very different from past years, especially for students with disabilities. As many return to classes for the fall semester, the majority are doing so through their computer screens rather than sitting in a classroom.

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https://aoda.ca/how-online-courses-are-affecting-students-with-disabilities/

B.C. Human Rights Tribunal orders nanaimo strata to take action on barriers that trapped woman in condo

A Nanaimo woman who has fought for accessibility improvements that would allow her to go to and from her home without help has won her human rights complaint.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/b-c-human-rights-tribunal-orders-nanaimo-strata-to-take-action-on-barriers-that-trapped-woman-in-condo/

What is the Ford Government Doing to Effectively Enforce the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act?

The Ford Government has the responsibility to effectively enforce the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Today, the AODA Alliance wrote the responsible Minister, Accessibility Minister Raymond Cho. We asked him for important and specific details on what The Government is doing to effectively enforce the AODA. We also asked for information on how many obligated organizations are complying with the AODA. We set out our letter below.

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https://aoda.ca/what-is-the-ford-government-doing-to-effectively-enforce-the-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities-act/