Accessibility News January 12,2019 Update

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In this Issue

* Courtesy Seating for Passengers with Disabilities
* Siri on the ReSound Linx Quattro Smart Hearing Aid a First for AI voice Control
* AODA Training for Transportation Workers in Ontario
* World’s First Fully-Accessible Condominium to Be Built in Pickering
* UK Faces Accessible Housing Crisis Only 7% of Homes Deemed Accessible
* Bird Box Challenge: There’s More to Being Blind Than Just Wearing a Blindfold

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ARTICLES:

Courtesy Seating for Passengers with Disabilities

Non-disabled passengers may sit in courtesy seats if they are empty. If a non-disabled passenger is using a courtesy seat when a passenger with a disability boards a vehicle and needs to use the seat, the non-disabled passenger should offer the seat to the passenger with the disability. Signage should alert
all passengers to this system. However, some passengers with disabilities may prefer not to use a courtesy seat. They may be able to sit or stand elsewhere in the vehicle. Each passenger with a disability will know whether or not a courtesy seat is useful for them.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/courtesy-seating-for-passengers-with-disabilities/

Siri on the ReSound Linx Quattro Smart Hearing Aid a First for AI voice Control

“Hey Siri, stream iTunes through my hearing aid.” That’s just one of many things you can do with the ReSound Linx Quattro, the first smart hearing aid to use AI to pair with Apple’s Siri assistant.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/siri-on-the-resound-linx-quattro-smart-hearing-aid-a-first-for-ai-voice-control/

AODA Training for Transportation Workers in Ontario

Under the Transportation Standard of the AODA, conventional transportation providers and specialized transportation providers must train all their workers and volunteers. AODA training for transportation workers must include how to:

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/aoda-training-for-transportation-workers-in-ontario/

World’s First Fully-Accessible Condominium to Be Built in Pickering

Pickering has approved the world’s first fully-accessible condo, planned for a parcel of land north of Highway 401 on Pickering Parkway.

It’s a development that officials say will fill a need in both the community and the region.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/worlds-first-fully-accessible-condominium-to-be-built-in-pickering/

UK Faces Accessible Housing Crisis Only 7% of Homes Deemed Accessible

Controversy rang out in November 2018 when the Home Builders Federation objected to councils across England wanting to increase the number of homes with universal home designed centered around accessibility.

Organizations such as Age UK and the Centre for Ageing Better and Disability Rights UK released reports stating that only 7% of homes classify as accessible, causing a rift in a housing market that so poorly serves those with limited mobility.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/uk-faces-accessible-housing-crisis-only-7-of-homes-deemed-accessible/

Bird Box Challenge: There’s More to Being Blind Than Just Wearing a Blindfold

The recent popular Netflix movie Bird Box has inspired the Bird Box challenge, which encourages viewers to wonder what it is like to be blind.

When people injure themselves doing ordinary tasks under blindfolds, they may conclude that the activities which have hurt them are dangerous for all blind people. This belief is not true. Real blind people, like the character Malorie, move around safely every day. They cook, clean, raise their children, climb stairs, cross streets, play games and sports, visit friends, and go to work.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/bird-box-challenge-theres-more-to-being-blind-than-just-wearing-a-blindfold/

eSSENTIAL Accessibility: helping organizations reach, serve and empower people with disabilities.

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Organizations that feature the app on their websites are committed to making it easier for people with disabilities to access information online.

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