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Coroner Calls Inquest Into Death of Teen at Brantford School for the Blind

Michelle McQuigge
The Canadian Press, May 29, 2020

The parents of a disabled teen who died in the care of an Ontario residential school for the blind say they’re hopeful a newly called inquest into their son’s death may protect a future generation of vulnerable students.

The province’s coroner’s office has confirmed to The Canadian Press that it will hold an inquest in to the February 2018 death of 18-year-old Samuel Brown at the W. Ross Macdonald School for the Blind in Brantford, Ont.

David C. Onley Initiative Making Recommendations to Advance Employment for Post-Secondary Students with Disabilities

By Tyrone Burke

Companies often assume that accommodating an employee with a disability will cost thousands of dollars. It’s a misperception that can create an additional barrier to finding employment, and it contributes to the job gap between students with disabilities and those without.

“In reality, accommodations often cost $500 or less” says Julie Caldwell, assistant director of program operations for the David C. Onley Initiative.

Watch the Captioned May 27, 2020 Online Fireside Chat with AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky and Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner on the Impact of COVID-19 on Ontarians with Disabilities

Tell Us What Barriers Students with Disabilities Face in Colleges and Universities

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Society for All People with Disabilities
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May 26, 2020


1. Check Out an Online Fireside Chat Tomorrow Night on the Impact of COVID-19 on 2.6 Million Ontarians with Disabilities

Malhotra and Johnson: People With Disabilities Must Not Be Forgotten Once the Lockdown Lifts

Author of the article: Ravi Malhotra, Christina Johnson
Publishing date: May 25, 2020

Luke Anderson along with the grade six students from Albert College delivered 12 ramps to storefronts in Picton on Wednesday. After Anderson’s biking accident in 2002, his life changed as he became dependant on a wheelchair and others help. The need for accessibility is what drove him to start the StopGap Foundation.

Why Do Provinces Often Confiscate Federal Benefits From People Who Clearly Need Them?

By Laurie MonsebraatenSocial Justice Reporter
Toronto Star, May 22, 2020

Amanda Demerse lost her part-time job as a rink attendant with the City of North Bay in March when the municipality closed recreation facilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What happened next, amid a global health emergency, is an example of what goes on every day for vulnerable people living on the fault lines of creaking federal and provincial income support systems, social policy experts say.