Accessibility News (AcNews) The Premier Online Magazine for Disability Accessibility

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What's New This Week

Education Department Settles Civil Rights Complaints Over Accessible Websites

The U.S. Department of Education’s office for civil rights announced Wednesday that it has settled complaints in seven states and one territory over issues related to websites that are not accessible to people with certain disabilities.


Extra 10 Seconds at Lights for Pedestrians Along Algonquin/101

Accessibility activist Dan McKay of the Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee (MAAC) convinced Timmins city council this week of the need to increase the timing for pedestrians crossings on Algonquin Boulevard, by adding an extra 10 second to the traffic crossing cycle.


TTC Wheel-Trans services are changing

The Toronto Transit Commission is asking residents to be involved in important decisions to improve Wheel-Trans.

You are invited to a public consultation regarding upcoming modernization changes to TTC’s Wheel-Trans service. Learn about the TTC’s family of services, expanded Wheel-Trans eligibility and more. There will be opportunity to provide your input.


NuEyes, the Newest Head-Mounted and Hands-Free Wearable Technology, Makes CCTV and Text-to-Speech Capabilities Available in an Easy-to-Use Headset

NuEyes, featuring ODG smartglasses, magnifies (up to 12x) and displays enhanced versions of anything that a user looks at.


Deaf-Blind Housing Project Will Be 1st of Its Kind in Manitoba

Winnipeg will soon be one of the first cities in Canada to have specialized housing designed for people who are both deaf and blind.


Apparel Causes Additional Barriers for People Living with Disabilities

The mechanical aspects of getting dressed were found to be a significant challenge for people with disabilities and their
caregivers. Zippers, buttons, shoe laces and fabric texture often present challenges for those who live independently. Others reported problems when trying to find clothes that fit. In one example, a child with Down syndrome had to have her clothes attached with safety pins to prevent them from falling off, due to a mismatch between her body proportions and current clothing industry sizing.


Legislation Will Improve Access to Copyrighted Materials for Visually Impaired and Print-Disabled Canadians

Canadians who are visually impaired or print disabled will have better access to books and other copyrighted materials. The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, today announced that the Act to Amend the Copyright Act (access to copyrighted works or other subject-matter for persons with perceptual disabilities) has received royal assent.



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