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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/

Be My Eyes and Moovit Join Forces to Make Public Transit More Accessible

Public transit is an integral part of urban metropolitan areas and relied upon by millions of citizens. Blind or low vision transit riders are frequently uncertain that they’ve caught the right train or that the bus they’re waiting for will take them where they need to be. Be My Eyes and Moovit want to challenge obstacles relating to vision and access to make traveling individually with public transit more accessible for blind and visually impaired people.

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http://www.aoda.ca/be-my-eyes-and-moovit-join-forces-to-make-public-transit-more-accessible/

CNIB Calls for Senate of Canada to Include Strengthened Requirements to Accommodate Canadians With Sight Loss

CNIB is calling on the Senate of Canada to make amendments to strengthen requirements to accommodate Canadians with sight loss. As the Senate resumes sitting at the end of January, they will continue their study of Bill C-49, the Transportation Modernization Act. CNIB supports the passage of this important piece of legislation, specifically the creation of an airline Passenger Bill of Rights.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/cnib-calls-for-senate-of-canada-to-include-strengthened-requirements-to-accommodate-canadians-with-sight-loss/

What It Means to Be Accessible

Imagine if you were told you could read anything you wanted but, unfortunately, all the books were in a protected library. If you had the correct lock-picking kit (or lock-picking friends), you could get to all the books but not all of them would be readable: the words would be jumbled, the print might be too small, or the pages impossible to turn. A library of horrors.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/what-it-means-to-be-accessible/

Tech Firm’s Powerful Vision Brings Sight to the Legally Blind

Many small businesses establish vision statements that detail their objectives and strategies. Toronto-based eSight Corp., however, gives the concept new meaning.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/tech-firm%c2%92s-powerful-vision-brings-sight-to-the-legally-blind/

Taxi Ruling a Black Mark for Justice

Silly me. All this time, I have believed that our justice system was based on proof.

At no time in the Graeme McCreath/Victoria Taxi case – I was present throughout both the human-rights tribunal and the
Supreme Court hearings – was any “proof” of driver allergy presented. At the original rights hearing, the driver in question
was absent (“unavailable”) and the Victoria Taxi manager neither produced nor was asked to produce medical documentation for his driver. The transcript doesn’t mention it, either.

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http://www.aoda.ca/taxi-ruling-a-black-mark-for-justice/

Driving a Taxi is Not a ‘Legal’ Right

Guide dogs can greatly increase accessibility for the blind, but
unfortunately they can also result in them being discriminated against and refused services. As a result, governments have passed legislation (e.g., Guide and Service Dog Act) to explicitly protect the rights of the blind and to prohibit anyone from denying them access to public buildings or public services. There are no exceptions or exemptions in the legislation.

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http://www.aoda.ca/driving-a-taxi-is-not-a-legal-right/