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Canadians Relying on ODSP Facing Constant Struggle to Make Ends Meet

September 18, 2020
By Kira Wronska Dorward

Those lucky enough to be in ignorance of how the Ontario disability (ODSP) program works easily can shrug it off with the notions of “free money” and “limitless benefits”. However, there are many unpleasant realities to this essential social service system that only ensures a maximum monthly stipend of $1,169 ” well below Canada’s official poverty line.


Improving AODA Customer Service Training

In the third review of the AODA, the Honourable David Onley recommends needed improvements to the Act. During the public meetings Onley held while preparing his review, attendees outlined many barriers that people with disabilities face. More improvements to the AODA would help to remove existing barriers and prevent future ones. Therefore, in addition to direct recommendations, Onley’s review also includes suggestions from attendees about how to remove these barriers. This article will explore improving AODA customer service training.


2020 Celebrating Accessibility Awards looking for nominations

The Whig-Standard
Published on: September 15, 2020

KINGSTON- Kingstonians are being asked to spread some love by nominating a person or an organization for an award for helping make Kingston more accessible for all residents.

The city and the Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee are now accepting nominations for the 2020 Celebrating Accessibility Awards online at http://www.CityofKingston.ca/AccessAwards.


Landmark Toronto Star Guest Column by the Authors of the Three Successive Government-Appointed Independent Reviews of Ontario’s Disabilities Act Demands Immediate Strong New Government Action on Serious Hardships Facing People with Disabilities

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/

September 16, 2020

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Tough Times for Special-Needs Students

By Jason Garramone
Globe and Mail, Sept. 16, 2020

Usually I greet my high-school students, all with mild intellectual delays, with the following question, “Would you like a hug, a handshake or a high-five?” This year, I’ll have to come up with a new greeting.