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Instagram Improving Accessibility for Users with Visual Impairments

On Wednesday, Instagram announced new features intended to provide a better experience for people with vision impairments.

Instagram is introducing automatic alternative text, which lets you hear descriptions of pictures when using Instagram with a screen reader. The automatic alternative text uses object recognition tech to generate a list of things that may appear in the photo, helping people know what they’re looking at.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/instagram-improving-accessibility-for-users-with-visual-impairments/

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Medi-Cal

On October 18, 2018, Disability Rights Advocates(DRA) and a coalition of blind advocates filed a class action lawsuit in Federal Court against the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and its county agents for failing to provide Medi-Cal notices in accessible formats, such as Braille.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/class-action-lawsuit-filed-against-medi-cal/

How to Work on Work

I lived through the euphoria surrounding the passage and signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and have lived through its emasculation by journalists and conservative legislators. For virtually all of that time, there is one statistic that has remained constant. For people who are blind, the unemployment rate is always pegged at 70 percent.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/how-to-work-on-work/

Passengers Taken Off Flight Due to Guide Dogs Allege Discrimination

Two visually-impaired Toronto women will have their complaint investigated by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal more than three years after they were removed from a flight at Pearson airport because of their service dogs.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/passengers-taken-off-flight-due-to-guide-dogs-allege-discrimination/

Blind Marylanders Sue Walmart, Saying Self-Serve Checkouts Violate ADA

Three blind Maryland residents and the National Federation of the Blind are suing Walmart, alleging that the company violates the Americans with Disabilities Act because its self-checkout kiosks are not fully accessible to blind customers.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/blind-marylanders-sue-walmart-saying-self-serve-checkouts-violate-ada/

World Federation of the Deafblind Launches Initial Global Report!

The World Federation of the Deafblind has launched the initial global report on the situation and rights of persons with deafblindness.

Representing between 0.2% to 2% of the population, persons with deafblindness are a very diverse yet hidden group and are, overall, more likely to be poor and unemployed, and with lower educational outcomes. Because deafblindness is less well-known and often misunderstood, people struggle to obtain the right support, and are often excluded from both development and disability programmes.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/world-federation-of-the-deafblind-launches-initial-global-report/

Blind Workers Test Limitations of Online Hiring Systems

Hard Rock Cafe. GameStop. Dart Container. Albertsons. What do the theme-restaurant chain, gaming retailer, foam cup maker, and grocery store chain have in common? All are accused of having online job application systems that blind workers can’t access fully.

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https://aoda.ca/blind-workers-test-limitations-of-online-hiring-systems/

Apple Sued Over Claims Website is Inaccessible to Visually Impaired Users

Apple has become the target of a new lawsuit, one that claims the iPhone producer’s website is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by not being fully accessible to blind or visually-impaired consumers, due to the way the website itself is coded.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/apple-sued-over-claims-website-is-inaccessible-to-visually-impaired-users/

Man Denied Service at Pierrefonds Tim Hortons Because of Service Dog

Police were called after the confrontation, who confirmed his dog was a service dog

A man in Pierrefonds had the police called on him outside a Tim Hortons because of his service dog.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/man-denied-service-at-pierrefonds-tim-hortons-because-of-service-dog/

Blind Woman Sues California Hospital for Employment Discrimination

Alina Sorling worked for ten years as a food service technician at Mercy Medical Center in Redding, California until she went blind from an illness. After successful rehabilitation in which she learned to manage her home and perform the duties of her job as a blind person, she sought reasonable accommodations from her employer to return to work. Instead, she was fired.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/blind-woman-sues-california-hospital-for-employment-discrimination/