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In this Issue
*Employment May Lead to Improvement in Autism Symptoms
*TTC: Support Person Assistance Card
*Blind People Battle for Better Web Access Before EU Elections *Online Accessibility for Disabled Becomes a Must
*Why Do We Fear the Blind?
*BRITISH COLUMBIA ACCESS UPDATE
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Employment May Lead to Improvement in Autism Symptoms
More independent work environments may lead to reductions in autism symptoms and improve daily living in adults with autism, according to a Vanderbilt study released in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
TTC: Support Person Assistance Card
Available for eligible customers with disabilities
Effective January 1, 2014, a support person accompanying a person with a disability will not be required to pay a fare when travelling on the TTC. Customers with disabilities who travel with a support person on the TTC must apply for a TTC Support Person Assistance Card to be eligible for this fare exemption.
A support person is someone who assists the card holder with communication, mobility, personal care/medical needs or with access to goods, services or facilities.
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Blind People Battle for Better Web Access Before EU Elections
Blind and partially sighted people have asked the EU’s current Greek presidency to revive the debate on web accessibility before the May EU elections and push the European Parliament to strengthen the legislation.
Online Accessibility for Disabled Becomes a Must
Social media is now a very important communications tool and it too has differing levels of accessibility that your communications and marketing staff need to understand. How accessible is Facebook? Can blind people access your tweets? Are blogs and forums good places to contact the community?
Why Do We Fear the Blind?
Christopher Hitchens called blindness “one of the oldest and most tragic disorders known to man.” How horribly excluded and bereft we would feel to lose the world and the way of life that sight brings us. Blindness can happen to any one of us. Myself, I used to be certain I’d rather die than be blind; I could not imagine how I would have the strength to go on in the face of such a loss.
BRITISH COLUMBIA ACCESS UPDATE
By Victor Schwartzman
Hello (the rest of) Canada! From Vancouver it’s your Accessibility News reporter Budd. Here is this week’s B.C. BUDD UPDATE.
B.C. GOVERNMENT CALLS ACCESS MEETING DUE TO SELECTIVE MEMORY LOSS
The B.C. Government said Lotus Land should lead the way on access issues. Everyone thought, way cool: at least it did something during
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