Accessibility News July 7,2012 Update

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In this Issue

*The Benefits of User Testing with Disabled Users
*Wolbert: Jobs About More Than Money to Disabled
*Can E-Readers Ease Reading for Dyslexics?
*The Mobile Accessibility Landscape
*HIMS Introduces the First High-Definition Handheld Video Magnifier for Low Vision Customers

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ARTICLES:

The Benefits of User Testing with Disabled Users

Disabled users are users.

This might seem like a straightforward or even a trite statement, but its a point worth making since Usability (or UX User Experience) is a growing field which has the fantastic goal (and one very close to my heart) of making websites, or pretty much you interact with, less annoying, more intuitive and generally just work better. Usability, however, is rarely seen by its experts as being linked to the accessibility concerns of disabled users.

Read more at
http://www.badeyes.com/?p=417#more-417

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Wolbert: Jobs About More Than Money to Disabled

According to Statistics Canada, 15.9% of Canadians have a disability and a whopping 49% of adults who have a disability are not in the workforce. In Manitoba the disability rate is 15.7%. Approximately 13.3% of Manitobans with disabilities are unemployed.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2721

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Can E-Readers Ease Reading for Dyslexics?

Surprisingly, the answer appears to be yes, and the methods experts are using to ease the act of reading are remarkably simple and concrete. With changes in the spacing, the size, and the appearance of text, studies are showing, children with dyslexia can read more quickly and accurately, allowing them to get the reading practice they need to improve.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2723

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The Mobile Accessibility Landscape

Cell phone usage continues to grow at a staggering rate. Recently Ars Technica reported that 110 percent of American residents have cell phones (there are more cell phones than people). This statistic parallels a large growth in cell phone usage among the disabled community as well.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2714

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HIMS Introduces the First High-Definition Handheld Video Magnifier for Low Vision Customers

HIMS, a worldwide developer and manufacturer of assistive products for the visually impaired, announces the introduction of the industry’s first high-definition 5.0” wide-screen LCD handheld video magnifier for people with low vision.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2718

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*CN Tower, La Tour CN 360 Restaurant Accessible Menu
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*Mandarin Chinese Buffet Restaurant Southern Ontario Accessible Menu
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*The Pickle Barrel (Yonge/Eglinton) Accessible Restaurant Menu
http://www.amenu.ca/the-pickle-barrel-yongeeglinton/

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*Village of Lakefield Wheelchair Accessible Home
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1115

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