Accessibility News March 3,2018 Update

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In this Issue

* New Initiatives on Campus Aim to Improve Accessibility
* Pacific Autism Family Network and Miriam Foundation Receive Federal Funding to Help Canadians Impacted by Autism
* Uber Sued By Disability Rights Groups For Illegal Discrimination Against Wheelchair Users
* Ninety-six percent of Visually Impaired Adults Watch TV on a Regular Basis, According to Comcast and the American Foundation for the Blind
* Why Do Gyms Make Things So Difficult for Blind People?
* Dundas Service Ontario Office Encouraged to Improve Accessibility

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New Initiatives on Campus Aim to Improve Accessibility

NC State efforts to improve accessibility on campus for students, faculty, staff and visitors have increased over the past year to include not only physical accommodations, but educational and online ones as well.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/new-initiatives-on-campus-aim-to-improve-accessibility/

Pacific Autism Family Network and Miriam Foundation Receive Federal Funding to Help Canadians Impacted by Autism

The movement to assist Canadians living with autism, intellectual and development disabilities, and their families gained ground today when the government of Canada announced an investment of $20 million over 5 years as part of the 2018-2019 federal budget.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/pacific-autism-family-network-and-miriam-foundation-receive-federal-funding-to-help-canadians-impacted-by-autism/

Uber Sued By Disability Rights Groups For Illegal Discrimination Against Wheelchair Users

Today, Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) filed a major class action lawsuit against Uber challenging the popular ride-sharing service’s lack of wheelchair-accessible vehicles. The suit, brought by a coalition of individuals and disability rights groups in the San Francisco Bay Area, is the first legal challenge to Uber’s wheelchair-inaccessibility on its home turf.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/uber-sued-by-disability-rights-groups-for-illegal-discrimination-against-wheelchair-users/

Ninety-six percent of Visually Impaired Adults Watch TV on a Regular Basis, According to Comcast and the American Foundation for the Blind

“It’s a myth to think that you can’t enjoy television just because you have a visual disability,” said Tom Wlodkowski, Vice President of Accessibility for Comcast, who was born blind.

But it’s not always easy for the visually impaired to enjoy their favorite shows: of those surveyed, 65 percent encountered problems with looking up what’s on TV, and 53 percent experienced difficulty in following along with key visual elements. Less than half surveyed were aware of assistive technologies like video description and talking TV guides.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/ninety-six-percent-of-visually-impaired-adults-watch-tv-on-a-regular-basis-according-to-comcast-and-the-american-foundation-for-the-blind/

Why Do Gyms Make Things So Difficult for Blind People?

When smartphones, TVs and even washing machines are set up for visually impaired people to use, why isn’t exercise equipment?

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/why-do-gyms-make-things-so-difficult-for-blind-people/

Dundas Service Ontario Office Encouraged to Improve Accessibility

Ontario’s Ministry of Government and Consumer Services has been encouraging the private operator of Dundass’ Service Ontario office at 17 King St. . to improve accessibility, and local pressure appears to have resulted in at least a temporary fix.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/dundas-service-ontario-office-encouraged-to-improve-accessibility/

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