Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Society for All People with Disabilities Web: https://www.aodaalliance.org
January 21, 2022
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:
2022 Begins with A Blast of New Media Coverage on Different Disability Accessibility Issues. Read full article.
‘It’s going to be a battleground’: Dave Antaya on potential pushback in NOTL against accessibility changes Zahraa Hmood
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.
How Niagara-on-the-Lake Can Take Charge in Ontario’s Quest for Full Accessibility by 2025. Read full article.
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.
People With Disabilities ‘Left Out’ of Ontario’s Pandemic Response. Read full article.
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.
This Ontario Man has Waited Over 2 Years to Replace His Broken Electric Wheelchair. Read full article.
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:
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. Read full article.