YouTube Makes Captioning More Accessible for Deaf Viewers

Millions of people enjoy viral videos each day, but some people aren’t getting the jokes — and it’s not for a lack of humor, either. Because many videos on YouTube do not include closed captioning, deaf viewers can be left out. But thanks to a new change at YouTube, more hard-of-hearing people will be able to indulge in the wealth of online videos.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2503

App Will Help Blind, Visually Impaired Navigate Streets

The app tells pedestrians what direction they are traveling.

A University of Minnesota researcher is developing an app that would tell the blind and visually-impaired not only when to cross the street, but which direction they’re going and how many lanes they have to cross.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2500

See No Evil? Definitely Not Without Audio Description

Senator Stephen Conroy last week announced that ABC1 will trial audio description in 2012, giving people who are blind or vision impaired access to something most of us take for granted.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2498

Saskatchewan to Close One of Last Remaining Institutions for Mentally Disabled

MOOSE JAW, Sask. – The Saskatchewan government has announced it will close one of the few remaining large facilities in Canada for housing the mentally disabled.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2492

Accessibility News February 25,2012 Update

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Inclusive is ready to caption and video describe all your video for web, DVD, and computer desktop. They can also assist you in understanding and implementing Ontario’s AODA Integrated Standards’ media requirements.

Visit www.inclusivemedia.ca to find out more.

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In this Issue

*Cut Frustrate Disabled
*BrailleTouch App to Help Visually Impaired Send Text Messages
*‘We Need Each Other’
*Vets Deserve Better From Feds Regarding Disability Benefits, Ombudsman Says
*City not compliant on transit access
*Deaf Community Puts Hope in New Phone Technology
*Human Rights Review Bypasses Thunder Bay
*Visually-impaired Never Lose Sight of Their Goals

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Cut Frustrate Disabled

ACCESSIBILITY: Council chopped a $500,000 contribution to a reserve fund for upgrades

“This decision sends a bold, clear message that the needs of the disabled just don’t matter,” said Preston, a PhD student at Western University and an advocate for people with disabilities.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1722

BrailleTouch App to Help Visually Impaired Send Text Messages

A group of researchers at Georgia Tech has developed an app, designed for helping out blind people to write and read text messages using touch screen mobile devices.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2489

‘We Need Each Other’

DRUMMOND REPORT: A Grade 6 pupil at Robarts School for the Deaf in London makes an emotional plea to save her school

By The London Free Press
Last Updated: February 22, 2012 8:20am

Hope Rehman, a Grade 6 pupil at Robarts School for the Deaf in London, with the help of mom Kate’s typing skills, has written a letter to Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek, worried her school may close.

“I feel I am proud of being deaf,” Hope wrote. “I don’t feel ashamed or embarrassed. I feel complete. Robarts is not only my school, it is my family. I don’t want it to go away.”

City not compliant on transit access

Judi Mansfield-Jones, Hamilton

On Wednesday, my daughter Kristin and I presented a petition to City Hall on behalf of the Developmental Services Transportation Committee. The petition supports equal access to DARTS for all disabled adults.

In 2008, council passed a motion to revise the eligibility criteria for DARTS to comply with Human Rights and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act regulations for implementing a fair and equitable transportation system for all Hamiltonians. To date, access to DARTS remains restricted and not available to all disabled adults.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1717

Deaf Community Puts Hope in New Phone Technology

Getting heard isn’t easy when you’re deaf.

Changing a doctor’s appointment, ordering pizza, dialing 911: all are next to impossible without hearing. But Edmonton’s deaf community hopes Canada’s telecommunications regulator will change that.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2482