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Federal Court Rules NYC Discriminates Against Blind and Low Vision Pedestrians by Failing to Make Crosswalk Signals Accessible

New York, NY – In a decision that will remake the streetscape of New York City and improve safety and accessibility for all New Yorkers, a federal court ruled today that New York City’s failure to provide accessible pedestrian signals (APS) at 96.6 % of its signalized intersections violates the civil rights of people with disabilities.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/federal-court-rules-nyc-discriminates-against-blind-and-low-vision-pedestrians-by-failing-to-make-crosswalk-signals-accessible/

His Dream: Running Blind and Running Free

A blind runner issued a challenge to technologists last year to find a way for him to run safely without a guide. They did.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/his-dream-running-blind-and-running-free/

Government of Canada Fighting the Alliance for the Equality of Blind Canadians in Court

The Government of Canada is fighting a small registered charity and not-for-profit organization in court and refusing to ensure that its websites are accessible to blind, deafblind and partially sighted Canadians.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/government-of-canada-fighting-the-alliance-for-the-equality-of-blind-canadians-in-court/

Ruling on B.C. Bus Stops Reflects Cities ‘Terrible’ Track Record on Accessibility, Plaintiff Says

‘Floating’ bus stops used by many cities discriminate against blind people, human rights tribunal finds

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/ruling-on-b-c-bus-stops-reflects-cities-terrible-track-record-on-accessibility-plaintiff-says/

China Has 8 Million Blind People, but Only 200 Guide Dogs

At the age of 11, Yang Kang lost his vision due to a rare type of eye cancer. But he considers himself one of the lucky few among China’s millions of blind people — he has a guide dog.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/china-has-8-million-blind-people-but-only-200-guide-dogs/

BC Human Rights Tribunal Upholds Complaint That Victoria Bike Lanes Discriminate Against the Blind

The dispute began in 2018, after the Canadian Federation of the Blind (CFB) submitted a complaint centred around the perceived dangers of crossing the bike lanes to access floating bus stops along Pandora Street, between Cook Street and Store Street, and on Wharf Street.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/bc-human-rights-tribunal-upholds-complaint-that-victoria-bike-lanes-discriminate-against-the-blind/

White Cane Safety Day

White Cane Safety Day takes place around the world on October 15th every year. The day raises awareness about how blind people travel and celebrates how they contribute to their communities.

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https://aoda.ca/white-cane-safety-day/

COVID-19 Information Accessibility Lacking for Blind and Low Vision Australians

A Monash University study has found that graphical information relating to the COVID-19 pandemic regularly presented in mainstream media is inaccessible to blind and low vision people (BLV).

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/covid-19-information-accessibility-lacking-for-blind-and-low-vision-australians/

How Blind Nova Scotians Are Navigating the Strange World of COVID-19

Carrying on a normal life during the pandemic can be difficult for everyone, but some people with vision loss say it can be a minefield.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/how-blind-nova-scotians-are-navigating-the-strange-world-of-covid-19/

Ontario Woman Says She Wasn’t Welcome in Main Area of Hotel With Guide Dog

Incident violates Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act(AODA), lawyer Shannon Down says.

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https://aoda.ca/ontario-woman-says-she-wasnt-welcome-in-main-area-of-hotel-with-guide-dog/