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Blind Man Says Tribunal Ruling Aids in Discrimination

Graeme McCreath stood in the B.C. Court of Appeal, his German shepherd guide dog at his feet, and asked the judges to imagine being refused hotel or rental accommodation or having taxis deliberately pass by.

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http://www.aoda.ca/blind-man-says-tribunal-ruling-aids-in-discrimination/

Guide Dogs Do Serious Work

Many blind and partially sighted Canadians still find themselves in challenging and frustrating situations when trying to access public spaces such as cabs, B&Bs, restaurants and shopping establishments.

In all of Canada’s 13 jurisdictions, human rights legislation prohibits discriminating against a person with a disability working with a service animal. Discrimination includes denial of access to any premises to which the public would normally have access.

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http://www.aoda.ca/guide-dogs-do-serious-work/

UAE Students Invent Photo-to-Braille Translator; To Make Reading Easier for Visually Impaired

Abu Dhabi: An innovative student-led project at the UAE University in Al Ain is hoping to make reading easier for visually impaired people by developing a pocket-sized portable device that can translate reading materials into Braille.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/uae-students-invent-photo-to-braille-translator-to-make-reading-easier-for-visually-impaired/

Toronto Couple with Service Dog Barred From Prince Edward County B&B

A Toronto couple were shocked when they were forced to leave a Prince Edward County bed and breakfast that wouldn’t accept their service dog.

David Greenwood is visually-impaired and relies on Romy, his black Labrador, to get him around. “She’s basically my eyes,” he told CBC Toronto.

Prominent lawyer and accessibility advocate says that’s against the law

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http://www.aoda.ca/toronto-couple-with-service-dog-barred-from-prince-edward-county-bb/

NASA Paves A Way for People Who are Blind to Experience A Total Solar Eclipse

But what about those who will not be able to “see” this event NASA now has a solution. The Eclipse Soundscapes Project by NASA’s Heliophysics Education Consortium will help deliver a multisensory experience of this celestial event.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/nasa-paves-a-way-for-people-who-are-blind-to-experience-a-total-solar-eclipse/

World’s Blind Population to Triple by 2050: study

The number of blind people across the world is set to triple from about 36 million to 115 million by 2050, due to a growing ageing population, says a study in ‘The Lancet’

The researchers estimate that crude prevalence of global blindness declined from 0.75% in 1990 to 0.48% in 2015, while the rate of moderate to severe vision impairment reduced from 3.83% to 2.90%.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/worlds-blind-population-to-triple-by-2050-study/

A Robot to Help Visually Impaired Schoolchildren Find Their Way

Alexandre Foucqueteau has taught Cellulo, a little hand-sized robot, how to help visually impaired children find their bearings and avoid obstacles in the classroom.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/a-robot-to-help-visually-impaired-schoolchildren-find-their-way/

Guide Dog Users, Providers Say Proposed Rules Disregard Needs of Visually Impaired

TORONTO Providers and users of guide dogs for the visually impaired say new proposed federal standards for service dog teams disregard their current needs and could pose barriers to future access.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/guide-dog-users-providers-say-proposed-rules-disregard-needs-of-visually-impaired/

Big Win for Blind Shopper in First U.S. ADA Web Accessibility Trial

On June 12, a judge in the federal District Court in South Florida made history. That history came in the form of a court order in a lawsuit filed by blind Florida resident Juan Carlos Gil against regional grocer Winn-Dixie.

The lawsuit argued that the Winn-Dixie website wasn’t accessible. Mr Gil could not read the store’s online coupons using his screen reader or use other features on the site.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/big-win-for-blind-shopper-in-first-u-s-ada-web-accessibility-trial/

Wearable System Helps Visually Impaired Users Navigate

Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a new system that uses a 3-D
camera, a belt with separately controllable vibrational motors distributed around it, and an electronically reconfigurable Braille interface to give visually impaired users more information about their environments.

The system could be used in conjunction with or as an alternative to a cane. In a paper they’re presenting this week at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation, the researchers describe the system and a series of usability studies they conducted with visually impaired volunteers.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/wearable-system-helps-visually-impaired-users-navigate/