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After a Stroke at 27, He’s Ready to Get Out of Hospital. Amid a Housing Crunch, He Can’t Leave

Patrick Kunkel’s family struggling to find affordable, accessible housing in Toronto Lauren Pelley, CBC News
Posted: Feb 24, 2020

Slowly, steadily, Patrick Kunkel moves one foot in front of the other.

Standing between two parallel walking bars, and holding out his tattoo-covered arms to grip his physiotherapist for support, the 28-year-old is tentatively walking across the floor in a workout room at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.


Awareness of Every-Day Accessibility in Ontario

In the third review of the AODA, the Honourable David Onley recommends needed improvements to the Act. One of these improvements is the need to help Ontarians become more mindful of accessibility. During public meetings Onley held while preparing his review, attendees stated that the AODA alone cannot make Ontario accessible. Instead, people and organizations must understand that accommodating people with disabilities is an every-day part of serving the public. Organization staff should expect to be serving customers with disabilities and know more about what these customers’ needs are. This knowledge will help them prepare to meet those needs in advance, instead of as an afterthought. Therefore, the government needs to develop opportunities to grow awareness of every-day accessibility in Ontario.


What Must Be Done to Make Ontario’s Health Care System Fully Accessible to Patients with Disabilities? Check Out the AODA Alliance’s Finalized Framework for the Promised Health Care Accessibility Standard

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Society for All People with Disabilities
Web: http://www.aodaalliance.org Email: aodafeedback@gmail.com Twitter: @aodaalliance Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/aodaalliance/

February 25, 2020

SUMMARY

What must be done to make Ontario’s health care system accessible to patients with disabilities and to any patients’ support people with disabilities? What should be included in the Health Care Accessibility Standard that the Ontario Government is now developing under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act?


Toronto Man’s Lawsuit Against Apple a Reminder That Disability Discrimination in Tech Still Happens, Says Employment Lawyer

Alex Coop
Alex Coop @ItsJustAlexCoop
Published: February 6th, 2020

Interacting with customers, fixing their devices, and getting a front-row seat to Apple’s latest offerings were a regular occurrence for Robert Shaw, who, until last summer, worked for the tech giant since 2011.

But now the 33-year-old is suing his former employer for lost wages and damages, alleging that Apple repeatedly refused to work on an individual accommodation plan with him and instead provided piecemeal solutions to his disability.


Definition of Disability

In the third review of the AODA, the Honourable David Onley recommends needed improvements to the Act. One of these improvements is the need for a new definition of disability within the AODA. This updated definition could help the public better understand what disability is. During public meetings Onley held while preparing his review, attendees outlined the importance of redefining disability.