New Pedestrian-Activated Crossing Signals Provide Safe Passage in Downtown St. Marys

With the new crossing signals, all three of St. Marys’ downtown intersections are compliant with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

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http://www.aoda.ca/new-pedestrian-activated-crossing-signals-provide-safe-passage-in-downtown-st-marys/

Uber Discriminates Against Riders With Disabilities, Class-Action Suit Says

All around Valerie Joseph, there is a fleet of Uber cars rolling by on New York City streets.

But though she could really use the ride-hailing app, Ms. Joseph said she does not bother because Uber has so few wheelchair-accessible cars to dispatch. “It’s plain unfair,” said Ms. Joseph, 41, who relies on a wheelchair.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/uber-discriminates-against-riders-with-disabilities-class-action-suit-says/

Wynne Government Extends to July 31, 2017 the Deadline for Answering the Government’s Education Barriers Survey and for Giving Feedback on Draft Reforms to Ontario’s Transportation Accessibility Standard

Wynne Government Responds to AODA Alliance Letter But Doesn’t Answer Our Concerns With the Government’s Consultation on Education Accessibility Barriers

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/wynne-government-extends-to-july-31-2017-the-deadline-for-answering-the-governments-education-barriers-survey-and-for-giving-feedback-on-draft-reforms-to-ontarios-transportation-accessibility/

nTIDE June 2017 Jobs Report: Ongoing Job Growth Reflects Americans with Disabilities Striving to Work

As the nation implements the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014, vocational rehabilitation (VR) services are evolving to better serve people with significant disabilities.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/ntide-june-2017-jobs-report-ongoing-job-growth-reflects-americans-with-disabilities-striving-to-work/

Microsoft’s New iPhone App Narrates the World for Blind People

Microsoft has released Seeing AI a smartphone app that uses computer vision to describe the world for the visually impaired. With the app downloaded, the users can point their phone’s camera at a person and it’ll say who they are and how they’re feeling. They can also point it at a product and it’ll tell them what it is. All of this is done using artificial intelligence that runs locally on their phone.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/microsofts-new-iphone-app-narrates-the-world-for-blind-people/

Accessibility News July 15,2017 Update

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In this Issue

Low-Cost Smart Glove Translates American Sign Language Alphabet

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a smart glove that wirelessly translates the American Sign Language alphabet into text and controls a virtual hand to mimic sign language gestures. The device, which engineers call “The Language of Glove,” was built for less than $100 using stretchable and printable electronics that are inexpensive, commercially available and easy to assemble. The work was published on July 12 in the journal PLOS ONE.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/low-cost-smart-glove-translates-american-sign-language-alphabet/

Communication Support for Disabled Crime Victims ‘Ignored’ by Justice System, Advocates Say

Disabled Canadians are at high risk of sexual abuse often because they can’t communicate with police.

Barbara Collier runs a training program to teach speech-language pathologists how to help people with disabilities communicate with police and in court.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/communication-support-for-disabled-crime-victims-ignored-by-justice-system-advocates-say/

Before Week’s End, Please Fill Out the Wynne Government’s Online Survey on Disability Barriers in Ontario’s Education system and Endorse the AODA Alliance’s Answers to This Survey, Which We Make Public Today

Please email the Wynne Government by the end of Friday July 14, 2017 to say you support the AODA Alliance’s answers to the Government’s survey on the disability accessibility barriers that over a third of a million students with disabilities face in Ontario’s education system. You might just say:

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/before-weeks-end-please-fill-out-the-wynne-governments-online-survey-on-disability-barriers-in-ontarios-education-system-and-endorse-the-aoda-alliances-answers-to-this-survey-which-we-make/

MobilityPlus to Take Another Look at Dialysis Rides

The eligibility criteria also need to be reconsidered in relation to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, expanding beyond physical disabilities. That could include people with dementia or cognitive issues who aren’t able to use regular public transportation.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/mobilityplus-to-take-another-look-at-dialysis-rides/