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Campaign Gives Children With Disabilities Chance to Trick-or-Treat Without Barriers

For nine-year-old Gabriel Nikolakakis, Halloween has not always been a holiday he could participate in easily because of his limited mobility, but one organization is helping to change that by creating accessible trick-or-treating neighbourhoods, one home at a time.

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https://www.aoda.ca/campaign-gives-children-with-disabilities-chance-to-trick-or-treat-without-barriers/

Nominations Open for 2021 Celebrating Accessibility Awards

Nominations for the 2021 Celebrating Accessibility Awards are now being accepted by the City of Kingston and the municipal accessibility advisory committee (MAAC).

Eligible nominees are Kingston residents, organizations or businesses who have had a positive impact on accessibility in the city in the past three years.

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https://www.aoda.ca/nominations-open-for-2021-celebrating-accessibility-awards/

Marilyn Golden, Champion for Disability Rights, Dies at 67

Ms. Golden, who had worked with DREDF since 1988, was a leading advocate for passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act, a landmark law, signed by President George H.W. Bush in 1990, that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in areas including transportation, employment and access to public accommodations.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/marilyn-golden-champion-for-disability-rights-dies-at-67/

People With Disabilities Demand Hike in Income Support, Give Province Failing Grade

Province says it raised social assistance rates by 1.5% in 2018 CBC News, Sept. 29, 2021

Kyle Vose says he doesn’t want to see people forced to make a choice between paying rent or feeding their households anymore.

“People with disabilities across Ontario want to be treated with respect,” he said.

Vose is the co-chair of the ODSP Action Coalition. The group organized a small rally outside Queen’s Park on Tuesday calling on the province to increase Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) payments.

Vose said the ODSP Action Coalition surveyed hundreds of residents who rely on ODSP as well as their families, asking them to give the program a grade.

“We saw a lot of Fs unfortunately,” he said.

Insurers are Denying Long-Term Disability Benefits to Those Afflicted with Long COVID. Here’s How to Fight Back

As long as the symptoms experienced by a long-hauler meet the definition of disability, as set out in the policy, and there is medical evidence to support this, insurance payouts should be guaranteed.

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https://www.aoda.ca/insurers-are-denying-long-term-disability-benefits-to-those-afflicted-with-long-covid-heres-how-to-fight-back/

Voice Assistants Don’t Understand Us. They Should

For people like me, the voice technology that is a part of so many people’s everyday lives can feel all but useless. Telling Alexa to play a song or asking Siri for directions can be almost impossible whenever prolonged (“Aaaaaaaaa-lexa”) or chopped (“Hey … Si … ri!”) sounds cause the devices to misunderstand my commands or stop listening altogether.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/voice-assistants-dont-understand-us-they-should/

Today 10 AM Court Virtual Hearing Livestream: Blind Disability Advocate David Lepofsky Argues Disability Rights Case Against Accessibility Minister Raymond Cho

The case is scheduled for about two hours. It will be livestreamed to the public on Youtube at https://youtu.be/LuD6fKu0dlE

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https://www.aoda.ca/today-10-am-court-virtual-hearing-livestream-blind-disability-advocate-david-lepofsky-argues-disability-rights-case-against-accessibility-minister-raymond-cho/

AODA Alliance: Monday September 27, 2021 10 AM Court Virtual Hearing

Livestream: Blind Disability Advocate David Lepofsky Argues Disability Rights Case Against Accessibility Minister Raymond Cho

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https://www.aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-monday-september-27-2021-10-am-court-virtual-hearing/

Specialty Pharmacies Cater to the Blind and Those with Impaired Vision

The pandemic has exposed flaws in services for people who can’t easily access a drive-through window for Covid shots or testing or can’t read prescription labels.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/specialty-pharmacies-cater-to-the-blind-and-those-with-impaired-vision/

After the Federal Election, New Opportunities for People with Disabilities in Canada and a Pressing Need for the Media to Take a Hard Look at the Short Shrift It Too Often Gave Disability Issues

Canada’s Media Must Take a Long Hard Look at Its Troubling Treatment of Disability Election Issues

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https://www.aoda.ca/after-the-federal-election-new-opportunities-for-people-with-disabilities-in-canada-and-a-pressing-need-for-the-media-to-take-a-hard-look-at-the-short-shrift-it-too-often-gave-disability-issues/