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In this Issue
*Tell Doctors, Nurses, EMTs or Others You Know That Work in the Health Care System About the AODA Alliance’s Discussion Paper on Ensuring that Medical Triage or Rationing of Health Care Services During the COVID-19 Crisis Does Not Discriminate Against Patients with Disabilities
*Morning Show Now with Dave Brown Puts News in the Lens of Disability
*The Live-Streaming Boom Proves That Accessibility in Live Music Can and Should Be a Priority
*A Discussion Paper on Ensuring that Medical Triage or Rationing of Health Care Services During the COVID-19 Crisis Does Not Discriminate Against Patients with Disabilities
*Transporting Passengers with Disabilities in the COVID-19 Pandemic
*Federal Government names group to ensure disabled Canadians included in COVID-19 response
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Tell Doctors, Nurses, EMTs or Others You Know That Work in the Health Care System About the AODA Alliance’s Discussion Paper on Ensuring that Medical Triage or Rationing of Health Care Services During the COVID-19 Crisis Does Not Discriminate Against Patients with Disabilities
Please help us ensure that no people with disabilities who get the COVID-19 virus face any discrimination due to their disability when they seek help from our health care system. This Update offers you ways that you can quickly help, while you remain self-isolating at home.
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Morning Show Now with Dave Brown Puts News in the Lens of Disability
Back in February, when protesters fighting the Coastal GasLink pipeline project erected blockades on Via Rail routes across Canada, at least 42,000 passengers in the Montreal-Toronto-Ottawa triangle were stranded.
News outlets jumped on the shutdown and its related issues ” Indigenous land rights, environmental costs and government intervention. But, says morning show host Dave Brown, the coverage was missing something.
The Live-Streaming Boom Proves That Accessibility in Live Music Can and Should Be a Priority
‘As soon as live music was taken away from everyone, suddenly it was made accessible to everyone’
A Discussion Paper on Ensuring that Medical Triage or Rationing of Health Care Services During the COVID-19 Crisis Does Not Discriminate Against Patients with Disabilities
From the experience in other countries with the COVID-19 crisis, we know that our health care system may get more people needing urgent medical treatment than there are facilities to provide that medical treatment. The Ontario Government has in circulation a health care “triage” (or rationing) protocol for health care facilities to use when making medical treatment decisions in case they must ration or triage critical medical care due to hospitals being overloaded by the COVID-19 crisis.
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Transporting Passengers with Disabilities in the COVID-19 Pandemic
Some public transit drivers state that they should not be assisting passengers with disabilities to board buses during the COVID-19 pandemic. These drivers state that this assistance requires them to come into close contact with passengers.
Nonetheless, the Transportation Standards of the AODA require public transit drivers to provide this assistance to people with disabilities. In other words, serving passengers with disabilities should not be an optional part of a driver’s job. Instead, it should be an essential service, because people of all abilities need to access services like stores or doctors.
Federal Government names group to ensure disabled Canadians included in COVID-19 response
The COVID-19 pandemic takes a particularly heavy toll on Canadians with disabilities and more efforts are needed to ensure they’re included in national efforts to respond to the crisis, the minister overseeing accessibility issues said Friday as she appointed an advisory group to take on the task.
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