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City Staff Recommend Against Increasing Accessible Voting Options for Next Year’s Election

In a report heading to council’s committee of the whole next week, staff recommend against implementing a remote accessible vote by mail (RAVBM) option, despite the urging of the city’s accessibility advisory committee.


1,000 Days Ago Today, Doug Ford’s Government Received the David Onley Report, Calling for Strong New Action to Tear Down Disability Barriers – Where Is Premier Ford When We Need His Help the Most?

A quick glance at recent media shows how disability barriers persist in Ontario, as David Onley warned. Below we set out a sampling of four recent articles:


An Abysmal 1,000 Days of Inaction by the Ford Government on the David Onley Report on Accessibility for People with Disabilities, Says AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky’s the Toronto Star’s Metroland Newspapers Guest Column

This Wednesday, October 27, 2021 will mark a deeply-disturbing 1,000 days since the Doug Ford Government received the withering report by former Ontario Lieutenant Governor David Onley, who conducted a Government-appointed Independent Review of the implementation and enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.


March of Dimes Canada’s New Strategic Plan Promises Real Change for People Living With Disabilities

65+ years after the polio vaccine was developed, the leading charity is evolving once more to meet the needs of people living with disabilities


‘One in Five Live in Poverty’: Coalition Hopes to Reduce Poverty in St. Thomas, Ont.

Brent Lale
CTV News London Videographer
Published Oct. 18, 2021

ST. THOMAS, ONT. – Short on money this month, Andrea Alston took advantage of a free meal program in downtown St. Thomas, Ont. on Monday.

“Rent for us is $1,200 (per month) and we have gas, hydro, and water on top of that,” says Alston, a St. Thomas resident.

“By the time we’re done with ODSP (Ontario Disability Support Program),we have about $200 to do groceries and that’s get diapers and stuff like that.”

The Elgin-St. Thomas Coalition to End Poverty (ESCEP) met outside City Hall Monday to bring attention to the situation facing Alston and many others in the community.

COVID-19 Made Life More Accessible for People With Disability. Will it Stay That Way?

Measures introduced at the start of the pandemic to reduce the spread of COVID-19 made parts of society more accessible for people in Australia. But as we emerge, there’s concern that accessibility could be taken away again.


Disability Advocates Call on Ford Government Not to Endanger People with Disabilities and Others By Allowing Robots on Public Sidewalks

Believe it or not, the Ford Government is now considering allowing the use of robots on public sidewalks. These could, for example, be used to deliver packages or shovel snow.

This threatens to create serious new disability barriers. These robots would present a danger to people with disabilities, seniors, children and others. We oppose them. So should you!


Viewing Platform Opens at Peggy’s Cove in Nova Scotia With Eye to Improving Safety

About 100 people gathered near the postcard-perfect lighthouse at Nova Scotia’s Peggy’s Cove on Monday to mark the official opening of a viewing platform that had initially rankled some local residents.

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Ontario’s Enhanced Vaccine Certificate System Not Accessible to Marginalized People, Advocates Say

The new system, announced on Friday, assumes people have smartphones, computers, printers, internet access, a data plan and the ability to navigate the provincial website, the advocates told CBC News on Saturday.


CNIB Response – AODA K-12 Education Accessibility Standards

In June 2021, the Ontario government published a report that contained 197 recommendations for Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-12) Standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). These standards aim to identify, remove, and prevent accessibility gaps and barriers faced by students with disabilities from kindergarten to Grade 12.