Accessibility News April 6,2013 Update

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In this Issue

*Government Announces $4.5 Million a Year Opportunities Program
*Accelerated Reader Student App Update Gives Visually Impaired Students Quiz-taking Independence
*Fedora Outlier LLC Blazes a Trail in Communicating with the Blind Community Using Social Media
*Transit for Disabled Riders Could Cost Millions
*Smartphone App Turns iPhone Into a Hearing Aid
*Website Accessibility and the ADA: An Update
*What Demographic Will Make the Biggest Change in Accessibility and Disability Employment

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ARTICLES:

Government Announces $4.5 Million a Year Opportunities Program

The government of Canada is pledging $4.5 million a year for the next three years to support people in the Lower Mainland with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/government-announces-4-5-million-a-year-opportunities-program/

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Accelerated Reader Student App Update Gives Visually Impaired Students Quiz-taking Independence

Renaissance Learning™ announced today that the newest update to the Accelerated Reader™ (AR™) Student App for iOS includes VoiceOver support to enhance learning for visually impaired and blind students.

Read more at
http://oldhatguide.com/accelerated-reader-student-app-update-gives-visually-impaired-students-quiz-taking-independence/

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Fedora Outlier LLC Blazes a Trail in Communicating with the Blind Community Using Social Media

In its first ever, revolutionary online Twitter Chat, Fedora Outlier LLC has reached out to the Blind Community in a very successful debut of what will become a monthly affair for the fast paced, talented and innovative Company.

Read more at
http://www.fedoraoutlier.com/fedora-outlier-llc-blazes-a-trail-in-communicating-with-the-blind-community-using-social-media/

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Transit for Disabled Riders Could Cost Millions

Hamilton councillors grappling with several options to meet new legislation

It’s possible for the city of Hamilton to have a means test for transit riders with disabilities, but it will have to be willing to pay for it.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/transit-for-disabled-riders-could-cost-millions/

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Smartphone App Turns iPhone Into a Hearing Aid

Researchers at the University of Essex have developed a free mobile app that turns an iPhone or iPod into a hearing aid that could revolutionize the future for people with hearing disabilities.

Read more at
http://oldhatguide.com/smartphone-app-turns-iphone-into-a-hearing-aid/

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Website Accessibility and the ADA: An Update

The U.S. Department of Justice is expected to issue new regulations on website accessibility later this year that could take a broad view of the ADA’s jurisdiction over websites. [¶] That could mean websites will be required to include spoken descriptions of photos and text boxes for the blind, as well as captions and transcriptions of multimedia features for the deaf.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/website-accessibility-and-the-ada-an-update/

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What Demographic Will Make the Biggest Change in Accessibility and Disability Employment

by Mark Wafer

All day long we hear of the chronic unemployment levels for people with disabilities and the sad stories of those who have waited for years for fundamental change in order to get their first job, any job and not exactly one they were trained to do. One of my employees with a disability waited 11 years to get her first job. Many of us would have given up, she didn’t and its one of the traits she brings to her job that makes her a fabulous employee.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/what-demographic-will-make-the-biggest-change-in-accessibility-and-disability-employment/

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