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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.

Read more at
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/

New Smart Beacons Open Doors for the Blind in Toronto Neighbourhood

CNIB pilot project plans to install 200 wayfinding beacons in Toronto stores, restaurants By Emily Chung, CBC News, September 19, 2017.

Susan Vaile enjoys her order at 9 Bars Coffee in Toronto. An app on her phone communicated with a beacon in the coffee shop to give her directions to the counter. (Dean Gariepy/CBC News)

If you were blind and walked into a coffee shop, how would you find the counter so you could order?

That’s easy for Susan Vaile at 9 Bars Coffee in Toronto – she just needs to listen to her smartphone: “Walk forward six metres to carpet. Service counter at 9 o’ clock.”

‘It’s allowing you to have some autonomy.’
– Susan Vaile, CNIB volunteer

Blind Man Says Tribunal Ruling Aids in Discrimination

Graeme McCreath stood in the B.C. Court of Appeal, his German shepherd guide dog at his feet, and asked the judges to imagine being refused hotel or rental accommodation or having taxis deliberately pass by.

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http://www.aoda.ca/blind-man-says-tribunal-ruling-aids-in-discrimination/

Guide Dogs Do Serious Work

Many blind and partially sighted Canadians still find themselves in challenging and frustrating situations when trying to access public spaces such as cabs, B&Bs, restaurants and shopping establishments.

In all of Canada’s 13 jurisdictions, human rights legislation prohibits discriminating against a person with a disability working with a service animal. Discrimination includes denial of access to any premises to which the public would normally have access.

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http://www.aoda.ca/guide-dogs-do-serious-work/

UAE Students Invent Photo-to-Braille Translator; To Make Reading Easier for Visually Impaired

Abu Dhabi: An innovative student-led project at the UAE University in Al Ain is hoping to make reading easier for visually impaired people by developing a pocket-sized portable device that can translate reading materials into Braille.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/uae-students-invent-photo-to-braille-translator-to-make-reading-easier-for-visually-impaired/

Toronto Couple with Service Dog Barred From Prince Edward County B&B

A Toronto couple were shocked when they were forced to leave a Prince Edward County bed and breakfast that wouldn’t accept their service dog.

David Greenwood is visually-impaired and relies on Romy, his black Labrador, to get him around. “She’s basically my eyes,” he told CBC Toronto.

Prominent lawyer and accessibility advocate says that’s against the law

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/toronto-couple-with-service-dog-barred-from-prince-edward-county-bb/

NASA Paves A Way for People Who are Blind to Experience A Total Solar Eclipse

But what about those who will not be able to “see” this event NASA now has a solution. The Eclipse Soundscapes Project by NASA’s Heliophysics Education Consortium will help deliver a multisensory experience of this celestial event.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/nasa-paves-a-way-for-people-who-are-blind-to-experience-a-total-solar-eclipse/

World’s Blind Population to Triple by 2050: study

The number of blind people across the world is set to triple from about 36 million to 115 million by 2050, due to a growing ageing population, says a study in ‘The Lancet’

The researchers estimate that crude prevalence of global blindness declined from 0.75% in 1990 to 0.48% in 2015, while the rate of moderate to severe vision impairment reduced from 3.83% to 2.90%.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/worlds-blind-population-to-triple-by-2050-study/

A Robot to Help Visually Impaired Schoolchildren Find Their Way

Alexandre Foucqueteau has taught Cellulo, a little hand-sized robot, how to help visually impaired children find their bearings and avoid obstacles in the classroom.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/a-robot-to-help-visually-impaired-schoolchildren-find-their-way/