Media Advisory
April 4, 2020


Virtual Public Forum

Issues Affecting People With Disabilities During COVID-19 Pandemic

Date and Time:          Tuesday, April 7, 2020, from 10:00 to 11:30 am.

YouTube Link:  

This virtual public forum, jointly organized and hosted by the AODA Alliance and Ontario Autism Coalition, will address the impact of COVID-19 on the disability community. We will speak with leading experts about the additional barriers and hardships that over 2.6 million Ontarians with disabilities are now facing during the COVID-19 crisis. We will offer the Government constructive ideas on what should be done in the face of these additional hardships. Moderating the discussion will be OAC President Laura Kirby-McIntosh and AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky.

The Ontario Autism Coalition will provide captioning for this event.

Ideas for discussion topics, questions, and comments can be emailedto No individual responses will be sent. The account will be monitored during the forum, as will the YouTube comments. Please understand that we cannot answer individual emails.

The panel will include:
Barbara Collier               Communication Disorders Association of Canada

Irwin Elman                    Former Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth

Yola Grant                     Executive Director, Income Security Advocacy Centre

James Janeiro               Community Living Toronto

Thea Kurdi                     DesignABLE Environments

Rob Lattanzio                Arch Disability Law

Karen McCall                 Accessible Document Design Consultant & Trainer

Jane Meadus                 Advocacy Centre for the Elderly

David Onley                   Former Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario

Wendy Porch                 Centre for Independent Living Toronto

The Twitter hashtag before, during, and after this virtual public forum, is: #DisabilityUrgent


For more information please contact:

Bruce McIntosh, Past President, Ontario Autism Coalition, 416-451-8315

David Lepofsky, Chair, AODA Alliance,

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