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eSchool News: 3 Steps to a More Accessible Classroom

“Turn on the subtitles, Ms. Olague!”
I clicked on the “CC” button underneath the YouTube video, and the closed-captioning appeared at the bottom of the screen. Suddenly, all my students were looking at the screen with wide eyes, eager to watch the video.

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eSchool News: 5 Steps to Ensure Accessibility

Rockville, MD: If we want to help every child reach his or her potential, we need to take the appropriate steps

While the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was last reauthorized in 2004, with amendments in 2015, and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) updated back in 2008, the demand for accessibility and equality in education continues to grow. Administrators and teachers, who want to help every child reach their potential, can’t afford to wait for new laws and policies. To ensure accessibility, educators need to constantly evaluate the effectiveness of accessibility initiatives, advocate for resources for their students, and anticipate where they need to go next.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/eschool-news-5-steps-to-ensure-accessibility/

Innovators Challenged to Design Products for Homes to Win Investment Fund and Help Disabled People Live Independently

Now in its fifth year, Design Council Spark is putting a new focus on driving accessible home innovation; Design Council Spark: The Home Innovation Challenge is aiming to deliver major impact, both financially and socially, for people with reduced mobility or disabilities.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/innovators-challenged-to-design-products-for-homes-to-win-investment-fund-and-help-disabled-people-live-independently/

Customers with Invisible Disabilities

Under the Customer Service Standards of the AODA, service providers must make their goods, services, and facilities accessible to customers with disabilities. The term “disability” often brings to mind visible disabilities. In other words, providers can tell that a customer has a disability if they use an assistive device or a service animal. However, many people with disabilities do not use assistive devices or service animals. Instead, their disabilities are invisible. Nonetheless, providers must offer accessible service to customers with invisible disabilities. In this article, we describe some invisible disabilities and outline how providers must serve customers who have them.

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https://aoda.ca/customers-with-invisible-disabilities/

IKEA Israel Makes Life Simpler for People With Disabilities

At IKEA Israel, 13 accessories designed for people with disabilities can now be scanned at no cost and printed out using 3D printers to add to the store’s furniture. The aim is to increase the products’ usability and raise awareness of inclusion and accessibility.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/ikea-israel-makes-life-simpler-for-people-with-disabilities/

Province Lays Out New Goals to Get to Full Accessibility by 2030

As Nova Scotia strikes two committees to develop the first provincial accessibility standards, some advocates say there is still an enormous amount of work to be done to keep the province on track toward its goal of becoming fully accessible by 2030.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/province-lays-out-new-goals-to-get-to-full-accessibility-by-2030/

Adaptive Sports Equipment Enables Outdoor Recreation for All

Stephen was 14 when he lost all use of his legs and the full mobility of his arms in a traffic accident. Three years after the crash, the Braddock youth, who asked that his last name not be used, said he sorely missed getting outside with family and friends.

“Hanging out in the park, fishing just doing anything outdoors it’s really hard when you can’t get around,” he said in 2018 during a fishing program organized by the state Fish and Boat Commission.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/adaptive-sports-equipment-enables-outdoor-recreation-for-all/

Canada: Federal Accessibility Legislation One Step Closer To Law

The Accessible Canada Act (Act), first introduced in June 2018 in Bill C-81, is now being considered by the Senate, and could soon be law.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/canada-federal-accessibility-legislation-one-step-closer-to-law/

NS Decision Finds Blatant Discrimination Against Three Persons with Intellectual Disabilities

HALIFAX, NS – Chairman John Walter Thompson, Q.C. found in Monday’s Human Rights Commission Board of Inquiry decision that the Province of Nova Scotia violated the rights of Beth MacLean, Sheila Livingstone, and Joseph Delaney under the Nova Scotia’s Human Rights Act.

The decision is a win for MacLean, Livingstone, and Delaney as individuals, and is an important victory in ensuring full recognition of the right of persons with disabilities to live in the community and access community-based services throughout the province.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/ns-decision-finds-blatant-discrimination-against-three-persons-with-intellectual-disabilities/

This Is How To Create The Biggest Changes for Women With Disabilities In Years

Each year when Women’s History Month comes around, there’s an explosion of content online about women. This year, there are plenty of signs that corporate America is poised to create change for women with disabilities the likes of which we haven’t seen in years. Here’s my thinking: The fight for equal pay and the #metoo movement have jumpstarted awareness of the huge challenges women face in the workplace.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/this-is-how-to-create-the-biggest-changes-for-women-with-disabilities-in-years/