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What's New This Week

New Website Answers ‘Where’s My Bus?’

“The enhancements we are unveiling today meet the needs of all of our riders students, seniors, those with disabilities,” said King, chairman of council’s community services committee.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/new-website-answers-wheres-my-bus/

Launch Today of New National Video Relay Service Empowers Canada’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community

A new service is launching today in Canada to empower the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community with tools to communicate better and provide them with greater independence.

SRV Canada VRS enables Deaf and Hard of Hearing people who use American Sign Language (ASL) and Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ) to conduct calls via video relay service (VRS) with hearing people through a professional ASL or LSQ interpreter. It simulates, as closely as possible, a conversation between two hearing people.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/launch-today-of-new-national-video-relay-service-empowers-canadas-deaf-and-hard-of-hearing-community/

New Obi™ Robotic Dining Device a Breakthrough for People Living with Physical Challenges

The simple act of eating a meal will become more dignified and enjoyable for many people with physical challenges with the launch of Obi, a revolutionary robotic dining device.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/new-obi-robotic-dining-device-a-breakthrough-for-people-living-with-physical-challenges/

Enabling Those Who THINK They are Unable!

By: Julie Ziel of FAZ Media & Public Relations

Terrence Ho from Toronto, Ontario founded Enables Me with his brother Torrance, when asked why he took on this goal “Enables Me started when I asked my brother, Torrance, the question, “What is your dream job?” He’s been a power wheelchair hockey player for over a decade and his answer without hesitation was, “I want to be an NHL goaltender”, we chuckled as we both knew it wasn’t physically possible, and I asked “what would be just as good?”;

that’s when Torrance said, “a sports reporter””

‘Just do it now:’ doctors encouraged to make offices accessible

It seems logical that doctors’ offices would be barrier-free, yet many patients face obstacles visiting their physician.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/just-do-it-now-doctors-encouraged-to-make-offices-accessible/

USBLN Technology HUB to Connect Certified Disability-Owned Businesses to Corporate Buyers

Tool Will Help Promote Job Creation and Competitive Contracts

The US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) is launching its new Disability Supplier Diversity Program (DSDP) technology tool, which will provide certified disability-owned and service-disabled veteran disability-owned businesses the opportunity to promote their cost-competitive businesses to corporate buyers and decision makers.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/usbln-technology-hub-to-connect-certified-disability-owned-businesses-to-corporate-buyers/

Uber Canada and Canadian Hearing Society Partner to Promote Accessibility

Uber Canada and the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) announced a partnership Friday that promotes employment access for the deaf and hard of hearing.

This partnership was announced during the Canadian Hearing Society’s International Week of the Deaf event “Creating an Accessible World.” The partnership will bring about several initiatives including promoting driver-partner opportunities at Uber for those who are hard of hearing and developing new features that improve communication between driver and client.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/uber-canada-and-canadian-hearing-society-partner-to-promote-accessibility/

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