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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/

City Committee Approves Changes to Transit Subsidies

The Chairperson of London’s Accessibility Advisory Committee, Roger Khouri, spoke out in favour of keeping the subsidy for the blind.

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http://www.aoda.ca/city-committee-approves-changes-to-transit-subsidies/

Your quiet hybrid is likely to make itself heard in the not-so-distant future

Under a new safety regulation issued by the federal government, hybrids and electric cars will be equipped with a device that emits sound to alert passersby that the vehicle is running. Manufacturers have until Sept. 1, 2019, to meet the requirement.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/your-quiet-hybrid-is-likely-to-make-itself-heard-in-the-not-so-distant-future/

Elections Report Discriminates Against the Blind!

The Parliamentary Committee released its report “Strengthening Democracy in Canada : Principles, Process and Public Engagement for Electoral Reform” last Thursday only in pdf which it knew was unreadable by blind electors.

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http://www.aoda.ca/elections-report-discriminates-against-the-blind/

BRITISH COLUMBIA: Passenger Transportation Board Approves Use of Soft Meters for Taxi Industry with Mandatory Voice Output

Soft meters are tablet based meters which rely on GPS technology to calculate the fare for a given trip. While the total faire is still based on time and distance, the consumer advantage of soft meter technology is the fact it eliminates any possibility of driver tampering with the meter and provides a detailed printed receipt for each fare when the trip is completed.

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http://www.aoda.ca/british-columbia-passenger-transportation-board-approves-use-of-soft-meters-for-taxi-industry-with-mandatory-voice-output/