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Big Win for Blind Shopper in First U.S. ADA Web Accessibility Trial

On June 12, a judge in the federal District Court in South Florida made history. That history came in the form of a court order in a lawsuit filed by blind Florida resident Juan Carlos Gil against regional grocer Winn-Dixie.

The lawsuit argued that the Winn-Dixie website wasn’t accessible. Mr Gil could not read the store’s online coupons using his screen reader or use other features on the site.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/big-win-for-blind-shopper-in-first-u-s-ada-web-accessibility-trial/

Wearable System Helps Visually Impaired Users Navigate

Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a new system that uses a 3-D
camera, a belt with separately controllable vibrational motors distributed around it, and an electronically reconfigurable Braille interface to give visually impaired users more information about their environments.

The system could be used in conjunction with or as an alternative to a cane. In a paper they’re presenting this week at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation, the researchers describe the system and a series of usability studies they conducted with visually impaired volunteers.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/wearable-system-helps-visually-impaired-users-navigate/

App Spots Objects for the Visually Impaired

A new iPhone app uses machine learning to identify objects for people with poor eyesight, and it doesn’t need an Internet connection.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/app-spots-objects-for-the-visually-impaired/

I’m over the moon!

By Michelle Ruby
Brantford Expositor, Apr.6, 2017

Bob Seed said he’s overcome with relief over a tentative agreement that could result in compensation for former visually impaired, blind and deafblind students at W. Ross Macdonald School who were allegedly abused over a span of more than 60 years.

“I’m over the moon,” said Seed, a former W. Ross Macdonald student and plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit brought against the Province of Ontario, which operates the school. “It’s a huge burden lifted off my shoulders.”

CNIB Faces Legal Challenge by Ex-Kiosk Operator Accused of Mishandling Money

‘I got shafted and I’m being made to look bad…. I didn’t do anything,” says Mike Perry

Mike and Jane Perry say their lives have been turned upside down by CNIB, which claims Mike is responsible for $9,000 in missing funds.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/cnib-faces-legal-challenge-by-ex-kiosk-operator-accused-of-mishandling-money/

Aids for Vision Loss, From Those Who’ve Been There

Stanley F. Wainapel, clinical director of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, admitted that “adapting to vision loss is a major challenge.” But he disputed Mr. Hoagland’s allusion to “enforced passivity,” pointing out that many advances in technology – from
screen-reading software for computers to portable devices that read menus or printed letters with a delay of only seconds” – can keep productivity, creativity and pleasure very much alive for people who can no longer see.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/aids-for-vision-loss-from-those-whove-been-there/

Running with Gaston at the NYC Marathon

We did it. we ran and completed the New York City Marathon with 51,000 other runners on November 6, 2016.

It was an amazing experience guiding Gaston Bedard, a deaf-blind 64 year-old runner, through the biggest street party in the world.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/running-with-gaston-at-the-nyc-marathon/

Sticking with Red and Green Transit Lines ‘Offensive’ to Colour-Blind People, Says Advocate

OC Transpo is using two colours to differentiate the Confederation Line LRT and Trillium Line. It might cause problems for people who have a red-green colour blindness, an advocate says.

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http://www.aoda.ca/sticking-with-red-and-green-transit-lines-offensive-to-colour-blind-people-says-advocate/

How Do Deaf-Blind People Communicate?

Deaf-blind people have many different ways of communication.
The methods they use vary, depending on the causes of their combined vision and hearing loss, their backgrounds, and their education.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/how-do-deaf-blind-people-communicate/

Blind Man Sets Out Alone in Google’s Driverless Car

A blind man has successfully traveled around Austin unaccompanied in a car without a steering wheel or floor pedals, Google announced Tuesday.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/blind-man-sets-out-alone-in-googles-driverless-car/