Accessibility News December 28,2019 Update

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In this Issue

*Halifax New Year’s Eve Celebration at Grand Parade Aims to Be Accessible for First Time
*Americans With Disabilities Have $200 Billion in Spending Power. Comcast Isn’t Leaving Them Behind
*Jasmin Simpson Challenges Discriminatory Student Loans Programs
*Queens Borough Public Library Sued for Excluding Persons with Disabilities from Full and Equal Access to Hunters Point Library
*Incentive Agreements For Accessibility Services

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ARTICLES:

Halifax New Year’s Eve Celebration at Grand Parade Aims to Be Accessible for First Time

A well-known accessibility advocate in Nova Scotia has been working alongside the municipality to ensure that one of Atlantic Canada’s largest outdoor New Year’s Eve celebrations, happening at Halifax’s Grand Parade, is fully accessible to anyone wanting to attend.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/halifax-new-years-eve-celebration-at-grand-parade-aims-to-be-accessible-for-first-time/

Americans With Disabilities Have $200 Billion in Spending Power. Comcast Isn’t Leaving Them Behind

James Baldwin thought he’d never see his granddaughter’s face again.

That was until October, when Baldwin put on a pair of NuEyes electronic glasses, which enhance the vision of visually impaired people. Suddenly, he could clearly see his wife sitting beside him. Leaves on trees. A picture of his granddaughter in her basketball uniform.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/americans-with-disabilities-have-200-billion-in-spending-power-comcast-isnt-leaving-them-behind/

Jasmin Simpson Challenges Discriminatory Student Loans Programs

Jasmin, who is blind, Deaf, and has lupus, has been waiting for this for nearly two decades. She graduated from Gallaudet University with a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Social Work in 2008. Jasmin took 60% longer to complete her degrees than her peers without disabilities. She also accrued 60% more debt.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/jasmin-simpson-challenges-discriminatory-student-loans-programs/

Queens Borough Public Library Sued for Excluding Persons with Disabilities from Full and Equal Access to Hunters Point Library

Editors Note: Doesn’t matter what Country some things just stay the same
Disability Rights Advocates calls out shocking disregard for community, seeks to force library to fix this unjust and discriminatory situation

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/queens-borough-public-library-sued-for-excluding-persons-with-disabilities-from-full-and-equal-access-to-hunters-point-library/

Incentive Agreements For Accessibility Services

Under the AODA, the minister in charge of the act can make incentive agreements with organizations. Incentive agreements encourage organizations to provide more accessible services than the AODA requires them to. These agreements may help businesses find new and creative ways to serve citizens with disabilities.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/incentive-agreements-for-accessibility-services/

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