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Traveling Poses a Unique Set of Challenges for People with Blindness

Getting from “here to there” can be challenging and require patience from most everyone. But for people with blindness or visual impairment, overcoming mobility challenges often takes more than just patience it takes planning, flexibility and, at times, courage particularly given the public’s lack of awareness and compliance with safety and anti-discrimination laws.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/traveling-poses-a-unique-set-of-challenges-for-people-with-blindness/

City of Toronto Offers Voters with Disabilities Scytls Solutions for Internet and Telephone Voting

Scytl, the worldwide leader in secure online voting and election modernization, has been awarded a contract by the City of Toronto, Canada to provide improved accessibility for persons with disabilities via Scytl’s secure Online Voting and Scytl’s secure Phone Voting in the October 2014 election.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/city-of-toronto-offers-voters-with-disabilities-scytls-solutions-for-internet-and-telephone-voting/

CRTC Announces That Canadians Who Are Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Speech Impaired Will Have Access to a New Telecommunications Service

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today announced that video relay service will be made available in Canada for users of American Sign Language (ASL) and Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ).

When it launches, the service will facilitate conversations between people who are Deaf, hard of hearing and speech impaired and other Canadians, and vice versa.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/crtc-announces-that-canadians-who-are-deaf-hard-of-hearing-or-speech-impaired-will-have-access-to-a-new-telecommunications-service/

Canadian Airlines Told To Allow Free Attendant Fare

Given a year to implement free attendant fares for severely disabled, how did Canadian airlines do?

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/canadian-airlines-told-to-allow-free-attendant-fare/

Turkish Scientists Create ‘Talking Hands’ for Deaf

Two young Turkish scientists have built a prototype of “talking gloves” that translate sign language into vocal language, helping people with hearing and speech impairments make their voices heard.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/turkish-scientists-create-talking-hands-for-deaf/

A Weighty Issue: Power Wheelchairs vs Ramp and Lift Restrictions

by Wheelchairdemon

I found a major flaw in the new Integrated Accessibility Act Regulations. It doesn’t specify load capacity on ramps or lifting devices for wheelchairs.

Read more at
http://wheelchairdemon.blogspot.ca/2014/04/a-weighty-issue-power-wheelchairs-vs.html

National Federation of the Blind and Four Blind People File Suit Against RideCharge, Inc. and Three Taxicab Companies in California

Among other features, sighted passengers are able to review trip and fare information, privately pay fares with a credit card, and select tip amounts without interacting with the driver. The exclusively visual interface lacks common accessibility features for blind riders.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/national-federation-of-the-blind-and-four-blind-people-file-suit-against-ridecharge-inc-and-three-taxicab-companies-in-california/

Banking on Website Accessibility Lawsuits

People with visual, auditory, cognitive recognition, speech or physical special needs have difficulties accessing many popular banking websites due to the startling lack of support for assistive technology.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/banking-on-website-accessibility-lawsuits/

Canadians’ Mental-Health Info Routinely Shared With FBI, U.S. Customs

Ontario’s privacy commissioner has discovered that the mental-health information of some Canadians is accessible to the FBI and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/canadians-mental-health-info-routinely-shared-with-fbi-u-s-customs/

OnlineCandidate.com Partners with eSSENTIAL Accessibility to Offer Politicians an Easy Solution for Better Reaching, Serving and Empowering People with Disabilities

Online Candidate, the political website design service, has partnered with eSSENTIAL Accessibility to offer its clients the option of adding an assistive technology app to their homepage when using onlinecandidate.com to build their campaign websites.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/onlinecandidate-com-partners-with-essential-accessibility-to-offer-politicians-an-easy-solution-for-better-reaching-serving-and-empowering-people-with-disabilities/

Accessibility Lipstick on a Usability Pig

Applying accessibility techniques to an unusable site is like putting lipstick on a pig. No matter how much you apply, it will always be a pig.

Read more at
http://webaim.org/blog/accessibility-lipstick-on-a-usability-pig/

Disability Community ‘Has Lost a True Champion’ in Jim Flaherty

Outside of financial circles, Jim Flaherty is best remembered as a relentless champion of Canadians with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/disability-community-%c2%91has-lost-a-true-champion%c2%92-in-jim-flaherty/

New Communications Technology Reconnecting People who are Deaf-Blind

Gayle Aamold, a 72-year-old grandmother from Hartford, South Dakota, is computer savvy. Shes a whiz on email, surfing the internet, posting on Facebook and calling with Skype. But her low vision and hearing combined with a failing computer eventually made communicating with her family more and more difficult.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/new-communications-technology-reconnecting-people-who-are-deaf-blind/

Families Sue Disney; Claim Park Violates Americans with Disabilities Act(ADA)

Sixteen families are suing the Walt Disney Corporation, claiming it does not provide adequate access to rides for theme park visitors with autism.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/families-sue-disney-claim-park-violates-americans-with-disabilities-actada/

Universities Breaking Distance Barriers with Fuze Video Collaboration

Hearing impaired students in disparate locations learning together through a rich visual experience. Nursing school students interning at hospitals able to remotely attend classes. Fuze video collaboration technology is enabling leading universities across the U.S. to eliminate distance and other barriers to make these types of enriched learning environments a reality.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/universities-breaking-distance-barriers-with-fuze-video-collaboration/

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