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Committee Approves 5-Year School Accessibility Plan

The plan describes the measures that Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has taken in the past and the measures that will be taken during the 2021-2026 school years to identify, remove and prevent barriers for persons with disabilities who work in, use or attend school board facilities and services.

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https://www.aoda.ca/committee-approves-5-year-school-accessibility-plan/

Opinion: The World Should Not Fall Into Its Old Ableist Habits as Covid Re-Openings Continue

COVID-19 HAS CHANGED the way the world works in numerous and dramatic ways. Since taking to the world stage, this virus has asserted itself and created a universal social disability for everyone, individuals, businesses and nations alike. It has, invariably, changed us all.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/opinion-the-world-should-not-fall-into-its-old-ableist-habits-as-covid-re-openings-continue/

Let’s Open Our Minds to People With Disabilities – Instead of Closing Doors

A high school teacher once told me “people like you” don’t belong in university.

This comment briefly made me feel invisible, worthless and incapable of achieving my dreams – but has fuelled me every step of the way since then.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/lets-open-our-minds-to-people-with-disabilities-instead-of-closing-doors/

A Troubling Setback Two Decades Ago Today in the Campaign for Strong Accessibility Legislation Sowed the Seeds for Later Progress

Let’s take an informative stroll down memory lane! Twenty years ago, today was an important, all be it frustrating day in the non-partisan grassroots campaign for a barrier-free Ontario for all people with disabilities.

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https://www.aoda.ca/a-troubling-setback-two-decades-ago-today-in-the-campaign-for-strong-accessibility-legislation-sowed-the-seeds-for-later-progress/

London Transit Partners with MagnusCards to Make Conventional Bus Service More Accessible

Originally designed for those with autism or other cognitive special needs, the MagnusCards app “provides structured, step-by-step guidance with a game design to help teach a variety of life skills through free card decks,” according to LTC officials.

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https://www.aoda.ca/london-transit-partners-with-magnuscards-to-make-conventional-bus-service-more-accessible/

The AODA Alliance Sends a Detailed Brief with 53 Recommendations to the Post-Secondary Education Standards Development Committee to Make Post-Secondary Education Accessible to Students with Disabilities

Today is the final day for the public to send feedback to the Post-Secondary Education Standards Development Committee on the measures needed to make colleges and universities in Ontario accessible for students with disabilities. The AODA Alliance has sent that Government-appointed Committee a detailed brief, set out below. It makes 53 recommendations.

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https://www.aoda.ca/the-aoda-alliance-sends-a-detailed-brief-with-53-recommendations-to-the-post-secondary-education-standards-development-committee-to-make-post-secondary-education-accessible-to-students-with-disabiliti/

1,000 Days After Receiving The Onley Report’s Call for Major New Actions to Make Ontario Accessible to People with Disabilities, the Ford Government Responds to Questions in the Legislature with Non-Answers and Evasions

Good Questions on Accessibility in the Ontario Legislature, But What Answers?

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https://www.aoda.ca/1000-days-after-receiving-the-onley-reports-call-for-major-new-actions-to-make-ontario-accessible-to-people-with-disabilities-the-ford-government-responds-to-questions-in-the-legislature-with-non/

New ‘enabling Legislation’ Aimed at Improving Accessibility in Newfoundland and Labrador

Legislation provides broad focus on areas of authority on which the government can act

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/new-enabling-legislation-aimed-at-improving-accessibility-in-newfoundland-and-labrador/

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.

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https://www.aoda.ca/city-staff-recommend-against-increasing-accessible-voting-options-for-next-years-election/

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:

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https://www.aoda.ca/1000-days-ago-today-doug-fords-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/