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Any Time, You Can Watch The Agenda with Steve Paikin’s Panel on Disability Discrimination Risks If Life-Saving Critical Medical Care Must Soon Be Rationed – and – Excellent Canadian Press Article on This Triage Issue

We continue our unbelievably uphill efforts to get the media to cover the immediate and important issue of the danger that patients with disabilities could be subjected to disability discrimination in access to life-saving critical medical care if overloaded hospitals must ration or “triage” critical medical care. The Ford Government still refuses to answer our letters on this issue.

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https://aoda.ca/any-time-you-can-watch-the-agenda-with-steve-paikins-panel-on-disability-discrimination-risks-if-life-saving-critical-medical-care-must-soon-be-rationed-and-excellent-canadian-press-article-on/

Watch TVO’s “The Agenda with Steve Paikin” Tonight at 8 or 11 PM

Watch TVO’s flagship current affairs program “The Agenda with Steve Paikin” tonight at 8 or 11 pm Eastern time for a half-hour panel on what the Ford Government should be doing to ensure that patients with disabilities do not face disability discrimination if life-saving critical medical care must be triaged or rationed. This rationing or triage could be needed soon if the soaring COVID-19 infection rates overload Ontario hospitals.

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https://aoda.ca/watch-tvos-the-agenda-with-steve-paikin-tonight-at-8-or-11-pm/

Remembering a Major Setback on the Road to Equality for People with Disabilities Forty Years Ago Today- But One that Was Thankfully Reversed a Mere 16 Days Later!

Four decades ago, people with disabilities were waging a battle to get equality rights for people with disabilities entrenched in the new Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms that Parliament was then considering for inclusion in Canada’s Constitution.

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https://aoda.ca/remembering-a-major-setback-on-the-road-to-equality-for-people-with-disabilities-forty-years-ago-today-but-one-that-was-thankfully-reversed-a-mere-16-days-later/

Hospitals Are Near the Breaking Point, but Only “The Pointer”, a Local Mississauga Online News Publication, Has Reported How the Ford Government Has Announced No Plans to Ensure that Any Triage or Rationing of Life-Saving Medical Care Won?t Discriminate Against Patients with Disabilities

To begin our volunteer advocacy for 2021, we wish one and all a happy, healthy, safe and barrier-free new year!

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https://aoda.ca/hospitals-are-near-the-breaking-point-but-only-the-pointer-a-local-mississauga-online-news-publication-has-reported-how-the-ford-government-has-announced-no-plans-to-ensure-that-any-triage-or-r/

Already In ‘Crisis Mode’, Ontario Hospitals Have No Protocol for Who Gets Priority Treatment, Human Rights Advocates Say

Doctors in Ontario could soon be forced to undergo the harrowing process their peers in Italy and New York experienced in the spring choosing who lives and dies when intensive care reaches its maximum capacity.

That’s the question many fear as COVID-19 patients continue to pile into intensive care beds in Ontario. In Peel Region, hospitals are at breaking point, cancelling surgeries and transferring some patients to neighbouring sites.

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https://aoda.ca/already-in-crisis-mode-ontario-hospitals-have-no-protocol-for-who-gets-priority-treatment-human-rights-advocates-say/

Bluewater Decides Against Captioning Recorded Council Meetings

During the Dec. 21 regular council meeting, Bluewater clerk Chandra Alexander presented a report to councillors which outlined the municipality’s obligations according to new provincial criteria being included in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) to provide captioning for recorded council meetings.

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https://aoda.ca/bluewater-decides-against-captioning-recorded-council-meetings/

Accessibility Principles Across Canada

Many separate accessibility standards development processes exist in Canada. Ontario, Manitoba, and Nova Scotia all have laws that mandate creation of provincial accessibility standards. In addition, the Accessible Canada Act mandates accessibility standards that apply to organizations under federal jurisdiction. However, the government of Canada intends to coordinate federal and provincial accessibility laws.

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https://aoda.ca/accessibility-principles-across-canada/

Accessibility and Remote Classrooms – Are Your Digital Learning Tools Leaving Students Behind?

By David Hsieh
January 04, 2021

Educators around the world are adopting digital learning tools to adjust to new remote educational environments necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, in an effort to reach and support students by virtual means, teachers risk leaving the most vulnerable behind.

In the U.S., the nearly 7 million students with disabilities make up 14% of public school enrollment, yet many edtech tools on the market lack advanced accessibility features to fully support disabled students. By hastily implementing digital learning tools, well-intentioned educators have inadvertently put thousands of students with auditory, visual, physical, and mental disabilities at a disadvantage. However, when implemented correctly and with the right features, digital learning tools actually present a unique opportunity to level the playing field.

Alaska Airlines Clamps Down on Emotional Support Animals on Flights

The airline says it will permit service dogs only, following a move by the U.S. Department of Transportation to reclassify the types of service animals allowed on flights.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/alaska-airlines-clamps-down-on-emotional-support-animals-on-flights/

Calgary Accessibility Advocate Reminds People to Clear Snow and Ice From Sidewalks

Anyone who has been outside in Calgary since the snow started falling on Monday evening knows it’s difficult to get around whether it’s vehicles slipping and sliding on roads or people trudging through heavy snow on walkways.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/calgary-accessibility-advocate-reminds-people-to-clear-snow-and-ice-from-sidewalks/