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On Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Disability Advocates Press Reporters to Cover Accessibility Issues in The Most Important Ontario Election for Ontarians with Disabilities in Almost Two Decades

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May 19, 2022 Toronto: A major disability coalition turns a spotlight on the Ontario media today, Global Accessibility Awareness Day #GAAD, pressing reporters to ramp up coverage of the Ontario election’s disability accessibility issues. For over 2.6 million Ontarians with disabilities, this is the most important Ontario election in two decades. The next government must remedy the fact that Ontario will reach 2025 without becoming disability-accessible, the deadline set by Ontario’s Disabilities Act. The next Government must create accessibility for people with disabilities to jobs, education, housing, transit and health care.

Accessibility is Excluding the Neurodivergent

GUEST BLOG: In this contributed blog post, Craig Abbott, head of accessibility for DWP, explains the pros and cons of the current guidelines around web accessibility, and shares what companies need to do to include neurodivergent people in their web accessibility considerations.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/accessibility-is-excluding-the-neurodivergent/

Hollywood Disability Rights Groups Call on Cannes to Increase Accessibility

1in4 and FWD-Doc, which count Management 360’s Eryn Brown and Crip Camp director Jim LeBrecht among the co-founders, work to increase equity in Hollywood for filmmakers with disabilities. The groups have outlined a list of accessibility issues faced by disabled attendees of the French festival, as well as changes that they are demanding be made prior to the 2023 edition of the fest.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/hollywood-disability-rights-groups-call-on-cannes-to-increase-accessibility/

City Demands DARTS Pull a Third of Accessible Transit off Hamilton Roads Citing Safety Concerns

Executive director of DARTS says it will be changing its inspection process Dan Taekema, CBC News
Posted: May 19, 2022

The city of Hamilton has ordered accessible transit provider DARTS to immediately pull more than one-third of its fleet off the road amid an audit it says revealed “significant failure rates” during safety inspections.

It started with an anonymous complaint about safety that led to an initial inspection of 40 DARTS and subcontractor vehicles. Those inspections found 45 per cent were “deficient,” according to a letter from Mayor Fred Eisenberger to the transit provider.

However, the city wasn’t immediately able to provide the number of vehicles that have been deemed unsafe. Staff said they anticipate being able to share that figure later on Thursday.

After Years of Neglect, Ontario Politicians Pledge to Raise Disability Support Payments

Economist Mike Moffatt says rates have fallen well behind inflation Andrew Lupton, CBC News
Posted: May 17, 2022

Josie Brunet has been receiving Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) payments for six years due to a number of health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety.

She has roots in London but lives in Toronto and says the rates, in particular the $497 monthly shelter allowance she receives, is not enough.

“It’s not even close,” she said. “The rent portion needs to be increased. I’m originally from London but I live in Toronto and there’s no way you can pay rent for that.”

Accessibility with a Plan: New Accessibility Regulations in British Columbia and Manitoba

Following the lead of the federal and Ontario governments, British Columbia and Manitoba have introduced expanded accessibility requirements for organizations operating in those provinces.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/accessibility-with-a-plan-new-accessibility-regulations-in-british-columbia-and-manitoba/

On YouTube, Watch TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin’s Coverage of the Ontario Election’s Disability Issues

and Use Our Action Tips to Raise Disability Accessibility Issues in this Election

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

May 13, 2022

SUMMARY

All in one place, we give you ready-to-use action tips to raise disability issues in this election, whether on accessibility or other important disability issues! Just add water, stir, and swing into action!

MORE DETAILS

1. Any Time, Please Watch the Agenda with Steve Paikin’s May 11, 2022 Discussion of the Ontario Election’s Disability issues, with AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky.

Sign Up for May 17, 2022 Virtual and In-Person Ontario Election Candidates Debate on Disability Issues- And More Media Coverage of The Election’s Disability Issues

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

May 11, 2022

SUMMARY

So much to tell! So few days before the June 2, 2022 Ontario election. Please use these days to make the disability vote count!

Learn more by visiting the AODA Alliance website’s 2022 Ontario election page.

1. Sign Up for the May 17, 2022 Ontario Candidates’ Debate on Disability Issues

Please sign up to take part in the May 17, 2022 Ontario Elections Candidates Debate on Disability Issues. It will take place virtually and in person at 7:30 pm in Toronto. Details to sign up are set out below. It is being organized by three respected community organizations: the Reena Foundation, Community Living Toronto and the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Centre.

Tomorrow, Wednesday May 11, 2022, Watch The Agenda with Steve Paikin’s Interview with , AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky on the Ontario Election’s Disability Issues

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

May 10, 2022

With Ontario’s general election underway, lots will be happening on the disability front.

Please watch TVO’s flagship current affairs program “The Agenda with Steve Paikin” tomorrow at 8 or 11 pm Eastern time. It will include an extensive interview with AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky on disability issues in the 2022 Ontario general election.

This program will appear on TV. It will also stream tomorrow at 8 pm on the Twitter feed and Facebook page of The Agenda with Steve Paikin. It will be permanently available on YouTube. In a future AODA Alliance Update, we will provide the YouTube link once it is available.

Cape Breton Woman Selling Homemade Items with Dignity, Accessibility in Mind

A retired home economics teacher inspired to help others after visiting a loved one in hospital has turned her talent for sewing into a business creating items tailored to people with mobility issues, cancer patients, individuals with dementia, and others.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/cape-breton-woman-selling-homemade-items-with-dignity-accessibility-in-mind/