Accessibility News October 3,2015 Update

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In this Issue

*Is There a Place for a Crowd Funding Website Just for Accessibility?
*Accessible Tourism Brazil Focuses on Visually Impaired Visitors
*Breaking News in the Campaign for a Barrier-Free Canada: Federal NDP Announces It will Support Enactment of the Canadians with Disabilities Act
*Accommodating Mental Illness in Condos
*How Universal Access Law Stopped The Borg And Saved The Universe
*Blind Parent Wins Battle for Access to Online Seattle School Resources
*Councils Set to Leave a Bad Taste in the Mouth of Disabled Event-Goers Across Australia

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ARTICLES:
Is There a Place for a Crowd Funding Website Just for Accessibility?

by Geof Collis

For those who arent familiar Crowd Funding sites help people raise money through the generosity of friends, family and strangers alike, they have varying types of Projects they want funded, 2 such sites are GoFundMe and Kick Starter.

Im trying to determine if there might be a similar need for a site to Crowd Fund for your Accessibility needs, from websites to wheelchair ramps to medical needs and beyond.

Read more at
http://accessifund.com/fund-this-site/

Accessible Tourism Brazil Focuses on Visually Impaired Visitors

Central & SouthBrazil has launched a set of unique projects based on sensory experiences aimed at visually impaired tourists.

What is known as sensory tourism allows people with visual impairments to enjoy attractions through other senses such as touch or smell. This is the type
of concept Brazils Tourism Ministry has been working on in several of its most iconic cities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/accessible-tourism-brazil-focuses-on-visually-impaired-visitors/

Breaking News in the Campaign for a Barrier-Free Canada: Federal NDP Announces It will Support Enactment of the Canadians with Disabilities Act

Federal New Democratic Party Promises to Pass a Canadians with Disabilities Act and Listen Live Online If You Cannot Attend the September 29 2015 Federal All Candidates Forum on Disability Issues

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/breaking-news-in-the-campaign-for-a-barrier-free-canada-federal-ndp-announces-it-will-support-enactment-of-the-canadians-with-disabilities-act/

Accommodating Mental Illness in Condos

To the extent that a condo wants to rely on the defence of undue hardship, the burden of proof rests squarely on the corporation. As such, the condo must demonstrate that the accommodation is too onerous because it unreasonably compromises health and safety or it jeopardizes the condos continued existence, though the courts have sometimes also considered the effect on other residents.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/accommodating-mental-illness-in-condos/

How Universal Access Law Stopped The Borg And Saved The Universe

By Victor Schwartzman

The starship Enterprise settled into orbit around Altair 4. Captain Jean-Luc Picard relaxed, sitting in his command chair, sipping Earl Grey tea. Checking on a distant planets progress was routine. For once, all would be easy.

Captain, there is a problem. Commander Data, sitting at the scanning console, told him, This planet is confused.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/how-universal-access-law-stopped-the-borg-and-saved-the-universe/

Blind Parent Wins Battle for Access to Online Seattle School Resources

Seattle Public Schools will make its website and other online resources more accessible to blind students, faculty members and parents as part of an agreement tied to a lawsuit filed by a blind parent last year.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/blind-parent-wins-battle-for-access-to-online-seattle-school-resources/

Councils Set to Leave a Bad Taste in the Mouth of Disabled Event-Goers Across Australia

Hobart City Council is on the verge of signing up to use the Commonwealth Banks inaccessible EFTPOS tablet, Albert as the key payment device for their 2015/16 Taste of Tasmania food festival.

The Digital Gap Initiative wrote about this device on 18 September, after its Founder and President met with CommBank to express their concerns.

Digital Gap Initiative Tasmanian member, James Newton, met with Hobart City Council representatives last Friday, 25 September.

Read more at
http://www.digitalgap.org/blog/

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