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New York State Maintains Discriminatory Bar to Employment for Those with Less Than 20/40 Vision

Disability Rights Advocates challenges the State’s irrational, blanket disqualification of workers based on disability, seeks to bring hiring standards into compliance with the law

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/new-york-state-maintains-discriminatory-bar-to-employment-for-those-with-less-than-20-40-vision/

Blind Student Files Federal Discrimination Lawsuit Against Duke University

Before Mary Fernandez enrolled at Duke University, she was assured she would be provided the accommodations for an equal education to her peers who aren’t blind.

Despite that assurance, Fernandez experienced barriers that permeated every aspect of her educational experience at Duke, according to a news release about a new federal lawsuit against the university.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/blind-student-files-federal-discrimination-lawsuit-against-duke-university/

Coroner Calls Inquest Into Death of Teen at Brantford School for the Blind

The parents of a disabled teen who died in the care of an Ontario residential school for the blind say they’re hopeful a newly called inquest into their son’s death may protect a future generation of vulnerable students.

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https://aoda.ca/coroner-calls-inquest-into-death-of-teen-at-brantford-school-for-the-blind/

Internet, Social Media Open Doors of Accessibility for Those With DeafBlindness

Originally Posted May 21, 2020
By: NewmarketToday Staff

During a time when we are physically separated from family, friends, and our peers, technology helps to bridge the gap and encourage social connection from afar.

Although checking social media platforms, browsing the internet, and navigating video and audio streaming services are considered normal interactions, they also open doors of accessibility for others.

For Steven, a man with deafblindness, Facebook and email connect him with the outside world. “I communicate online because I like to talk to people” it is faster and easier [for me] to communicate.”

Deafblindness, a combined loss of hearing and vision, impacts access to information, communication, and mobility. Born with Rubella, also known as the German measles, Steven is profoundly deaf and blind in his left eye. He is legally blind in his right.

People With Visual Impairments Struggling to Access Essentials During coronavirus Restrictions

Christine Kennedy-Babineau, the program and resource development manager for CNIB New Brunswick, said some of the changes that have been made at grocery stores are presenting a challenge for people with vision loss.

“Now we have lines where you are supposed to go to line up and arrows directing traffic flow through stores and someone with sight loss who is blind or partially sighted isn’t able to see them,” Kennedy-Babineau said.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/people-with-visual-impairments-struggling-to-access-essentials-during-coronavirus-restrictions/

Hong Kong’s Visually Impaired Deprived of Covid-19 Information With Half of Chinese-Language News Apps Inaccessible, NGO Finds

Hong Kong Blind Union says 2,000 kept out of the loop over city’s infected tally, mask availability and other important updates
Five of the 10 Chinese-language media reviewed fell short in areas such as font size and screen display

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/hong-kongs-visually-impaired-deprived-of-covid-19-information-with-half-of-chinese-language-news-apps-inaccessible-ngo-finds/

The BlindShell: An Accessible Cell Phone with Real Buttons

When we think about accessible smart phones, the Apple iPhone is usually the first thing that comes to mind (apologies to those blind people who have had success with Android-based phones). I do believe that for a lot of us, the iPhone has turned out to be the most nonvisually accessible and usable smart phone that we have ever used. However..

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-blindshell-an-accessible-cell-phone-with-real-buttons/

Feeling The Accessibility Of Gift Cards

Remember all those gift cards you sold for the holidays? Little did you know that gift cards what was once thought of as the gift that keeps on giving, could soon be the gift that bites back.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/feeling-the-accessibility-of-gift-cards/

World Blind Union Employment Survey

The World Blind Union (WBU) Employment Committee has developed a short survey designed to identify employment patterns of people who are blind or partially sighted and of working-age throughout the world.

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