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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:


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.


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.


This Ontario Man has Waited Over 2 Years to Replace His Broken Electric Wheelchair

Ontario disabilities group says wait time for fixing and replacing electric wheelchairs is too long Bobby Hristova, CBC News
Posted: Jan 13, 2022

It was 4 a.m. on Boxing Day and Shawn Brush was stuck.

He was trying to watch Christmas movies when his electric wheelchair broke again. This time, it froze in a tilted position. The 62-year-old Burlington, Ont., man was trapped.


One Year After Disability-Discriminatory Critical Care Triage Protocol was Secretly Sent to Ontario Hospitals, Disability Advocates Sound the Alarm About the Danger of Disability Discrimination in Access to Health Care as the Omicron Variant Rapidly Overloads Hospitals

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE
NEWS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 13, 2022 Toronto: As the Omicron variant rapidly spreads, the danger that some patients will lose their lives because hospitals are overloaded grows closer. Sounding the alarm, a major disability coalition wrote Ontario’s Health Minister, calling for immediate action to ensure that patients with disabilities face no disability discrimination in access to health care. The AODA Alliance’s January 12, 2021 letter below, warns: