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AODA Alliance Sends an Open Letter to the Candidates for Leadership of the Ontario Liberal Party, Seeking Specific Commitments on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities

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

January 12, 2020

SUMMARY

Happy new year to one and all. Although the new year has scarcely begun, were already back at it, sleeves rolled up, plowing ahead with advocacy to tear down the barriers that people with disabilities too often still face. Here is the first news for you in 2020.


‘People live in fear’: What the auditor general’s report could mean for disability support in Ontario

Bonnie Lysyk’s annual report highlighted issues with the Ontario Disability Support Program and advocates are worried about what ideas it might give Doug Ford’s government ByTebasum Durrani and Clara Pasieka
Published on Jan 09, 2020

Andrea Hatala lives with a visual impairment. But all her life, she says, people have told her, “Oh come on, you can really see.”


Accessibility Key Issue in Debate Over Sidewalk Snow Plowing

Megan Stacey
Updated: January 8, 2020

Winter weather is striking London as budget tensions hit city council, a combination that’s left some Londoners demanding better snow clearing, especially on sidewalks.

Residents and politicians are grappling with what it takes to clear the way ” and how fast it should happen ” after snow wallops the city.


Navigation App Breaks Down Barriers for the Visually Impaired

The AccessiBuild indoor navigation system will be launched in January 2020 By: Colleen Romaniuk
Jan. 7, 2019

Jeff Godfrey is doing his best to ensure a barrier-free Canada.

The general manager of Y4U Technologies in North Bay has created a platform to solve the issue of building accessibility for those who are blind or partially sighted.


Jasmin Simpson Challenges Discriminatory Student Loans Programs

BakerLaw, December 9, 2019

From January 14-16, 2020, Jasmin Simpson will finally get her day in court.

Jasmin, who is blind, Deaf, and has lupus, has been waiting for this for nearly two decades. She graduated from Gallaudet University with a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Social Work in 2008. Jasmin took 60% longer to complete her degrees than her peers without disabilities. She also accrued 60% more debt.