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2022 Begins with A Blast of New Media Coverage on Different Disability Accessibility Issues

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Society for All People with Disabilities Web: https://www.aodaalliance.org
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January 21, 2022

SUMMARY

2022 has begun with a diverse number of disability accessibility issues already getting media coverage. Here is just a sampling, all of which is set out below. Some of these articles quote the AODA Alliance. In each case, it was the media that came to us, seeking comment:


Alternative Transition Programs and Pathways for Students with Disabilities

Currently, there are no AODA education standards. However, two AODA standards development committees have drafted recommendations of guidelines that AODA education standards should include. One committee has recommended guidelines for the kindergarten to grade twelve (K-12) education system. In contrast, the other committee has recommended guidelines for the university and college education system. In addition, some members from both committees have joined to form the Education Technical Sub-Committee. This Sub-Committee recommends guidelines to prevent and remove barriers students face during transitions. Transitions include beginning school, between elementary school and high school, and from high school to work, community life, or postsecondary education. In this article, we outline recommendations from the Postsecondary Committee and the Sub-Committee for alternative transition programs or pathways for students with disabilities.


How Niagara-on-the-Lake Can Take Charge in Ontario’s Quest for Full Accessibility by 2025

‘It’s going to be a battleground’: Dave Antaya on potential pushback in NOTL against accessibility changes Zahraa Hmood
Niagara-on-the-Lake Advance
Wednesday, January 19, 2022

The clock is ticking for the province of Ontario, a clock critics say the government hopes to hit the snooze button on.

Ontario is coming up on its 20-year anniversary since passing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) in 2005, which stipulates Ontario must become fully accessible for people with disabilities by 2025.


School Transition Assessments for Students with Disabilities

Currently, there are no AODA education standards. However, two AODA standards development committees have drafted recommendations of guidelines that AODA education standards should include. One committee has recommended guidelines for the kindergarten to grade twelve (K-12) education system. In contrast, the other committee has recommended guidelines for the university and college education system. In addition, some members from both committees have joined to form the Education Technical Sub-Committee. This Sub-Committee recommends guidelines to prevent and remove barriers students face during transitions. Transitions include beginning school, between elementary school and high school, and from high school to work, community life, or postsecondary education. In this article, we outline the Sub-Committee’s recommendations for school transition assessments for students with disabilities.


People With Disabilities ‘Left Out’ of Ontario’s Pandemic Response

Activists say 2.9M Ontarians with disabilities are being disproportionately affected by the pandemic Nicole Williams, CBC News
Posted: Jan 13, 2022

Advocates and people with disabilities say they have been left behind in Ontario’s COVID-19 pandemic response, particular its testing and vaccination efforts.