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World Federation of the Deafblind Launches Initial Global Report!

The World Federation of the Deafblind has launched the initial global report on the situation and rights of persons with deafblindness.

Representing between 0.2% to 2% of the population, persons with deafblindness are a very diverse yet hidden group and are, overall, more likely to be poor and unemployed, and with lower educational outcomes. Because deafblindness is less well-known and often misunderstood, people struggle to obtain the right support, and are often excluded from both development and disability programmes.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/world-federation-of-the-deafblind-launches-initial-global-report/

Blind Workers Test Limitations of Online Hiring Systems

Hard Rock Cafe. GameStop. Dart Container. Albertsons. What do the theme-restaurant chain, gaming retailer, foam cup maker, and grocery store chain have in common? All are accused of having online job application systems that blind workers can’t access fully.

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https://aoda.ca/blind-workers-test-limitations-of-online-hiring-systems/

Apple Sued Over Claims Website is Inaccessible to Visually Impaired Users

Apple has become the target of a new lawsuit, one that claims the iPhone producer’s website is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by not being fully accessible to blind or visually-impaired consumers, due to the way the website itself is coded.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/apple-sued-over-claims-website-is-inaccessible-to-visually-impaired-users/

Man Denied Service at Pierrefonds Tim Hortons Because of Service Dog

Police were called after the confrontation, who confirmed his dog was a service dog

A man in Pierrefonds had the police called on him outside a Tim Hortons because of his service dog.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/man-denied-service-at-pierrefonds-tim-hortons-because-of-service-dog/

Blind Woman Sues California Hospital for Employment Discrimination

Alina Sorling worked for ten years as a food service technician at Mercy Medical Center in Redding, California until she went blind from an illness. After successful rehabilitation in which she learned to manage her home and perform the duties of her job as a blind person, she sought reasonable accommodations from her employer to return to work. Instead, she was fired.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/blind-woman-sues-california-hospital-for-employment-discrimination/

How LED Lighting Can Help Those With Visual Impairments Navigate The City

Vision loss will increase by 30 percent within the next 10 years in Canada. People with visual impairments risk social isolation as well as less community participation, which is why it’s so important for cities to be more accessible to them. This can be alleviated with the use of LED lighting.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/how-led-lighting-can-help-those-with-visual-impairments-navigate-the-city/

Bike-Lane Bus Stops Dangerous for Blind: Suit

The City of Victoria and B.C. Transit have put the lives of blind pedestrians at risk by moving bus stops away from the curb to accommodate bike lanes, claims the Canadian Federation of the Blind.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/bike-lane-bus-stops-dangerous-for-blind-suit/

Uber Driver Allegedly Leaves With Visually Impaired Man’s Cane Following Dispute

A Toronto man who is visually impaired is calling on Uber to return his mobility cane after a driver allegedly left with it following a dispute about the ride.

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https://aoda.ca/uber-driver-allegedly-leaves-with-visually-impaired-mans-cane-following-dispute/

American Foundation for the Blind Launches the First Fully Accessible Digital Archive of the Helen Keller Collection

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today announced the launch of the Helen Keller Archive, the world’s first fully accessible digital archive collection, comprising more than 160,000 artifacts, dedicated to the fascinating life of Helen Keller.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/american-foundation-for-the-blind-launches-the-first-fully-accessible-digital-archive-of-the-helen-keller-collection/

A Simple Way to Improve a Billion Lives: Eyeglasses

It’s the biggest health crisis you’ve never heard of. Doctors, philanthropists and companies are trying to solve it.

Shivam Kumar’s failing eyesight was manageable at first. To better see the chalkboard, the 12-year-old moved to the front of the classroom, but in time, the indignities piled up.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/a-simple-way-to-improve-a-billion-lives-eyeglasses/