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Uber Driver Allegedly Leaves With Visually Impaired Man’s Cane Following Dispute

A Toronto man who is visually impaired is calling on Uber to return his mobility cane after a driver allegedly left with it following a dispute about the ride.

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https://aoda.ca/uber-driver-allegedly-leaves-with-visually-impaired-mans-cane-following-dispute/

American Foundation for the Blind Launches the First Fully Accessible Digital Archive of the Helen Keller Collection

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today announced the launch of the Helen Keller Archive, the world’s first fully accessible digital archive collection, comprising more than 160,000 artifacts, dedicated to the fascinating life of Helen Keller.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/american-foundation-for-the-blind-launches-the-first-fully-accessible-digital-archive-of-the-helen-keller-collection/

A Simple Way to Improve a Billion Lives: Eyeglasses

It’s the biggest health crisis you’ve never heard of. Doctors, philanthropists and companies are trying to solve it.

Shivam Kumar’s failing eyesight was manageable at first. To better see the chalkboard, the 12-year-old moved to the front of the classroom, but in time, the indignities piled up.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/a-simple-way-to-improve-a-billion-lives-eyeglasses/

Blind Customers Locked Out by Bank Web Upgrades

Including accessibility from the start, Barclays says, is much cheaper than correcting mistakes later on

“To fix those at the time would have cost hundreds of thousands of pounds. But by considering accessibility right from the start and involving disabled customers, it was a fraction – a tenth – of the cost.”

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https://aoda.ca/blind-customers-locked-out-by-bank-web-upgrades/

Are Autonomous Vehicles Ready to Help the Blind?

New research conducted outside of the auto industry aims to develop data and software to ensure that the needs of the blind are met when autonomous cars become commonplace.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/are-autonomous-vehicles-ready-to-help-the-blind/

CSUN 2018 Heralds The Year of Wearables–Unless It Doesn’t

Shelly Brisbin

When reporting on an event like the annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference, it’s tempting to try to sum it up with a single narrative. This is my third year covering the trade show portion of CSUN. In addition to asking questions for AccessWorld, I was part of the Blind Bargains podcast team .

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/csun-2018-heralds-the-year-of-wearables-unless-it-doesnt/

Blind Woman Helps Guide Successful Voting-Rights Lawsuit Against State of Ohio

A lawsuit brought by Disability Rights Ohio has succeeded in requiring Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office into providing accessible voting solutions for the blind.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/blind-woman-helps-guide-successful-voting-rights-lawsuit-against-state-of-ohio/

Trudeau Liberals Axe Funding for Blind and Vision-Impaired Books

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has decided it will no longer fund the production of accessible books for blind and vision-impaired Canadians, Global News has learned.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/trudeau-liberals-axe-funding-for-blind-and-vision-impaired-books/

Ninety-six percent of Visually Impaired Adults Watch TV on a Regular Basis, According to Comcast and the American Foundation for the Blind

“It’s a myth to think that you can’t enjoy television just because you have a visual disability,” said Tom Wlodkowski, Vice President of Accessibility for Comcast, who was born blind.

But it’s not always easy for the visually impaired to enjoy their favorite shows: of those surveyed, 65 percent encountered problems with looking up what’s on TV, and 53 percent experienced difficulty in following along with key visual elements. Less than half surveyed were aware of assistive technologies like video description and talking TV guides.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/ninety-six-percent-of-visually-impaired-adults-watch-tv-on-a-regular-basis-according-to-comcast-and-the-american-foundation-for-the-blind/

uber-ASSIST driver pleads guilty, fined for refusing passenger with a guide dog

Almost one year ago, Victoria Nolan (and her guide dog Alan) was refused a ride by a Toronto Uber driver. Nolan, a medal-winning Canadian Paralympic rower, finished training at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Complex when she hailed a ride with UberAssist (designed to provide additional assistance to seniors and people with disabilities) for the first time.

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http://www.aoda.ca/uber-assist-driver-pleads-guilty-fined-for-refusing-passenger-with-a-guide-dog/