Accessibility News April 28,2012 Update

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In this Issue

*Andrew Pinto Refuses to Read the AODA Alliance’s Supplemental Brief to the Pinto Human Rights Code Review
*Parents Wire Kids to Prove Teachers’ Verbal Abuse
*Canadian Technology Improving the Lives of the Mentally Challenged
*Paying For a Taxi in New York Just Became More Accessible
*GLAD vs CNN Closed-Captions Lawsuit: Finding a Win-Win for Broadcasters and Deaf People
*New Low-Cost Handheld Device Offers Independence for Millions of Visually Impaired Americans
*Addressing Poverty a Big Issue, Quality of Life Survey Finds
*Web Accessibility Myths – A Call for Accessibility Advocates to be More Business-Minded

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ARTICLES:
Andrew Pinto Refuses to Read the AODA Alliance’s Supplemental Brief to the Pinto Human Rights Code Review
On April 12, 2012 the AODA Alliance submitted a supplemental brief to the Andrew Pinto Human Rights Code Review. The McGuinty Government appointed Toronto lawyer Andrew Pinto to conduct an Independent Review of how effectively human rights are enforced in Ontario.

On April 16, 2012, we received an email from Mr. Pinto’s assistant. It states that Mr. Pinto has refused to read our supplemental brief, because it was delivered after Mr. Pinto’s stated deadline for receiving submissions. We set out that email below.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1788

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Parents Wire Kids to Prove Teachers’ Verbal Abuse
CHERRY HILL, N.J. — Teachers hurled insults like “bastard,” ”tard,” ”damn dumb” and “a hippo in a ballerina suit.” A bus driver threatened to slap one child, while a bus monitor told another, “Shut up, you little dog.”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2602

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Canadian Technology Improving the Lives of the Mentally Challenged
In a quest for increased independence and constant learning, tech developers throughout the country have begun designing apps and technology for some of those who can use it the most – those with disabilities that make it hard for them to step out on their own. Beyond telling you the weather or what time the next bus is coming, apps can now tell you which shirt and pants you should wear in today’s weather; and show you a picture of the bus that’s going to take you where you need to go.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2598

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Paying For a Taxi in New York Just Became More Accessible
Posted by Matilda

I am not an experienced cab rider by any means, but the few times I’ve taken one, I’ve had to trust that the driver was honest with me about how much I owed since there was no accessible way for me to know the cost per mile or how far I had traveled. This is just one example of the many situations where the blind have to trust their sighted peers to not lie to them about the cost of things.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2600

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GLAD vs CNN Closed-Captions Lawsuit: Finding a Win-Win for Broadcasters and Deaf People
Lack of captions is the number one accessibility concern of most Deaf and hard of hearing web users – without captions online video is pretty much useless for them. And the amount of video on the web is growing exponentially – Gartner reckon that over 25% of the content that workers see in a day will be dominated by pictures, video or audio.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2596

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New Low-Cost Handheld Device Offers Independence for Millions of Visually Impaired Americans
Enhanced Vision Launches “Pebble-mini” – a Feature-Rich Magnifying Solution for Extreme Portability at Affordable Price

Enhanced Vision, America’s leading manufacturer of magnifying solutions for the visually impaired, launched a powerful new lightweight hand-held device today that can bring affordable independence to the 15 Million+ Americans suffering from low vision conditions such as macular degeneration.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2594

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Addressing Poverty a Big Issue, Quality of Life Survey Finds
By Leith Dunick, tbnewswatch.com

Not having enough money to pay bills or buy groceries carries with it a sense of shame for those forced to live under the yoke of poverty.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=2404

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Web Accessibility Myths – A Call for Accessibility Advocates to be More Business-Minded
By Professor Jonathan Hassell

As nothing stays still on the web, and many of these blogs are rather old (other than Ian Pouncey’s great blog earlier this year), it’s important that our understanding of accessibility myths moves on too…

Read more at
http://www.badeyes.com/?p=397

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