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ODSP Recipients Calling for Help, Exploring Assisted Dying

by Cynthia Mulligan and Mahnoor Yawar
City News, Sept. 2, 2020

COVID-19 has proven itself as not an equal opportunity crisis, revealing cracks in the system that leave the most vulnerable exposed.

Low income and racialized communities have been hit the hardest, but there is another group that feels abandoned and ignored – people with disabilities.

There are fears some with disabilities are considering assisted dying as a last resort.

Kim is a recipient of Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and says her life has been “pure hell” during the pandemic. CityNews has honoured Kim’s request not to use her last name.

“It’s like I’m being punished for being born disabled, like I committed some kind of crime,” said Kim.

Medical Practice Sued for Discriminatory Policy That Jeopardizes Patients with Disabilities

Yesterday, following the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), Disability Rights Advocates filed a putative class action lawsuit against First Urology, challenging the medical practice’s illegal policy of refusing to help patients with disabilities transfer from wheelchairs or other mobility devices to examination tables and diagnostic equipment, in violation of the ADA and other disability rights laws.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/medical-practice-sued-for-discriminatory-policy-that-jeopardizes-patients-with-disabilities/

Advocates Push for Changes to Mental Health Act

A week after giving birth to her daughter, Shareen Nimmo was forced to enter a psychiatric facility without being informed of her rights or having access to independent legal advice.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/advocates-push-for-changes-to-mental-health-act/

Group Homes Need to Rethink Visiting Rules During COVID-19

by Rabia Khedr
Mississauga News, Jul 13,2020

People with intellectual disabilities and their elderly parents are silently falling victim to COVID-19 in Peel and throughout Ontario. It is not the virus, but rather inequitable policies adopted by agencies operating group homes backed by ill-informed provincial guidelines. Families are afraid to speak up, fearing reprisal.

Agencies imposed visitation bans, which prevented all except “essential visitors” from entering homes of their children. Initially, we understood the necessity of such restrictions. However, as public services and businesses open up, the strict guidelines on family visits are having a discriminatory impact and taking an emotional toll on persons with disabilities who have been isolated from their loved ones for four months.

Global Mental Health Crisis Looming Due to coronavirus Pandemic, UN Warns

While countries around the world continue to mobilize to contain the spread of COVID-19, mental health experts say we can’t lose sight of an equally alarming issue: The long-term mental health impact the coronavirus pandemic is going to leave on society.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/global-mental-health-crisis-looming-due-to-coronavirus-pandemic-un-warns/

‘You Just Spiral’: UBC President Who Overcame Mental Health Crisis Determined to Help Canadian Students

University of British Columbia president Santa J. Ono understands the immense pressures students face, having dealt with his own mental health crisis as a student.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/you-just-spiral-ubc-president-who-overcame-mental-health-crisis-determined-to-help-canadian-students/

Local Artist Hopes to Help Improve Accessibility of Art

Orillia’s Robyn Rennie has found an alternative way to create art.

After losing most of her vision, the artist turned to technology.

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https://barrie.ctvnews.ca/local-artist-hopes-to-help-improve-accessibility-of-art-1.4792818

Dad’s Invention for Disabled Daughter Gets Recognition at National Contest

A device developed by a Saanich father to keep his disabled daughter’s diaper dry has taken second prize in a Canadian national contest.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/dads-invention-for-disabled-daughter-gets-recognition-at-national-contest/

Could Assistive Tech Transform the Social Care Sector?

Learning disability charity Hft has partnered with Tunstall Healthcare, a specialist in connected healthcare solutions, to release a new report on how assistive technology can support and transform the social care sector.

The report looks at the untapped potential of assistive technology and how it can support disabled people, increase independence and free up carers to focus on more meaningful support. It also highlights how assistive technology could help bridge the disability employment gap and get more disabled people into work.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/could-assistive-tech-transform-the-social-care-sector/

SENIOR SCENE: Financial Help in Renovating Homes

Intelligencer Staff
Published on: July 9, 2019

Everyone always dreams of owning their own home and for seniors or other individuals with a disability, they dream of being able to continue to live in this home for as long as they choose. Dreams are wonderful, but, unfortunately, the reality of life and aging too often intervene and dash the dream.

Typically, the “dream dasher” includes accessibility and mobility issues that compromise safety and independence, and a financial situation that precludes the necessary modifications.