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Canadian Human Rights Tribunal: Khouri and Khouri vs. Virgin Mobile Canada

The Complainants, Roger Khouri and Francois Khouri, are brothers, and are mobile phone customers of the Respondent, Virgin Mobile Canada (Virgin Mobile), a brand operated by Bell Mobility Inc. Both Roger Khouri and Francois Khouri are legally blind and are unable to read printed material. Fran├žois has been a Virgin Mobile customer since February of 2014, and Roger since June of 2015.

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https://decisions.chrt-tcdp.gc.ca/chrt-tcdp/decisions/en/item/423804/index.do

UW Student Helps to Develop Online Accessibility Tool

Prototype eases web navigation for those with visual impairments

A University of Waterloo student has helped develop a new tool to make online navigation easier for people with visual impairments.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/uw-student-helps-to-develop-online-accessibility-tool/

Blind People Can Struggle to Understand Memes, So They Made Their Own

Screen-reading software allows visually impaired people to use the internet, but it hits a wall when it comes to memes.

In January, a photo of a woman holding a probing cane and looking at a phone went viral on Facebook after the poster implied that the subject was faking blindness given that she was clearly able to see her phone screen. Though the image was shared thousands of times by people who believed the joke, commenters were eventually informed of the reality, which is that blind people and people with low vision depend on their phones just as much as anyone else.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/blind-people-can-struggle-to-understand-memes-so-they-made-their-own/

What It’s Like to Be Blind in a World of People Distracted By Cellphones

On other occasions, after bumping into me, I hear a stammered “sorry” as they For someone who is visually impaired, it can be difficult to simply walk down the street, evading pedestrians more focused on their phones than who is in front of them. Ironically, others still will tell me to watch where I’m going. I’m always a little blown away by that.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/what-its-like-to-be-blind-in-a-world-of-people-distracted-by-cellphones/

Copy Machines Being Upgraded for Accessibility

Copy machines capable of producing documents accessible to those with low vision or other sight impairment will soon be in place at 11 locations across campus. It’s the start of a campaign to ensure these machines are readily available for the campus community.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/copy-machines-being-upgraded-for-accessibility/

Qualtrough Named Person of the Year by Canadian Council of the Blind

The Canadian Council of the Blind has awarded Delta MP Carla Qualtrough with its CCB Person of the Year.

Qualtrough, the federal minister of public services and procurement and accessibility, received the award at a special presentation Feb. 6 in Ottawa.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/qualtrough-named-person-of-the-year-by-canadian-council-of-the-blind/

Court Says Domino’s Pizza Website Must Be Accessible to the Blind

Domino’s Pizza must make its website and mobile app accessible to blind people using screen-reading software, the Ninth Circuit ruled Tuesday.

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https://aoda.ca/court-says-domino%c2%92s-pizza-website-must-be-accessible-to-the-blind/

Bird Box Challenge: There’s More to Being Blind Than Just Wearing a Blindfold

The recent popular Netflix movie Bird Box has inspired the Bird Box challenge, which encourages viewers to wonder what it is like to be blind.

When people injure themselves doing ordinary tasks under blindfolds, they may conclude that the activities which have hurt them are dangerous for all blind people. This belief is not true. Real blind people, like the character Malorie, move around safely every day. They cook, clean, raise their children, climb stairs, cross streets, play games and sports, visit friends, and go to work.

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https://aoda.ca/bird-box-challenge-theres-more-to-being-blind-than-just-wearing-a-blindfold/

Compass Slapped With Lawsuit Over Website Access for the Blind

Compass is being sued for allegedly failing to make its website fully accessible to blind people, raising the specter that real estate brokerages remain exposed to a legal risk about which the National Association of Realtors had previously warned members.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/compass-slapped-with-lawsuit-over-website-access-for-the-blind/

Blind Juror in Toronto Impaired Driving Case Was Almost Rejected

A recent criminal trial at Toronto’s downtown Superior Court featured what may be a first in Ontario: a blind juror.

The fact that is, if not a first, an extremely rare occurrence in Ontario underscores that much more needs to be done to remove the barriers to equal treatment in the criminal justice system, disability advocates say.

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https://aoda.ca/blind-juror-in-toronto-impaired-driving-case-was-almost-rejected/