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People With Visual Impairments Struggling to Access Essentials During coronavirus Restrictions

Christine Kennedy-Babineau, the program and resource development manager for CNIB New Brunswick, said some of the changes that have been made at grocery stores are presenting a challenge for people with vision loss.

“Now we have lines where you are supposed to go to line up and arrows directing traffic flow through stores and someone with sight loss who is blind or partially sighted isn’t able to see them,” Kennedy-Babineau said.

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Hong Kong’s Visually Impaired Deprived of Covid-19 Information With Half of Chinese-Language News Apps Inaccessible, NGO Finds

Hong Kong Blind Union says 2,000 kept out of the loop over city’s infected tally, mask availability and other important updates
Five of the 10 Chinese-language media reviewed fell short in areas such as font size and screen display

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/hong-kongs-visually-impaired-deprived-of-covid-19-information-with-half-of-chinese-language-news-apps-inaccessible-ngo-finds/

The BlindShell: An Accessible Cell Phone with Real Buttons

When we think about accessible smart phones, the Apple iPhone is usually the first thing that comes to mind (apologies to those blind people who have had success with Android-based phones). I do believe that for a lot of us, the iPhone has turned out to be the most nonvisually accessible and usable smart phone that we have ever used. However..

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Feeling The Accessibility Of Gift Cards

Remember all those gift cards you sold for the holidays? Little did you know that gift cards what was once thought of as the gift that keeps on giving, could soon be the gift that bites back.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/feeling-the-accessibility-of-gift-cards/

World Blind Union Employment Survey

The World Blind Union (WBU) Employment Committee has developed a short survey designed to identify employment patterns of people who are blind or partially sighted and of working-age throughout the world.

Canadian Human Rights Tribunal: Khouri and Khouri vs. Virgin Mobile Canada

The Complainants, Roger Khouri and Francois Khouri, are brothers, and are mobile phone customers of the Respondent, Virgin Mobile Canada (Virgin Mobile), a brand operated by Bell Mobility Inc. Both Roger Khouri and Francois Khouri are legally blind and are unable to read printed material. Fran├žois has been a Virgin Mobile customer since February of 2014, and Roger since June of 2015.

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https://decisions.chrt-tcdp.gc.ca/chrt-tcdp/decisions/en/item/423804/index.do

UW Student Helps to Develop Online Accessibility Tool

Prototype eases web navigation for those with visual impairments

A University of Waterloo student has helped develop a new tool to make online navigation easier for people with visual impairments.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/uw-student-helps-to-develop-online-accessibility-tool/

Blind People Can Struggle to Understand Memes, So They Made Their Own

Screen-reading software allows visually impaired people to use the internet, but it hits a wall when it comes to memes.

In January, a photo of a woman holding a probing cane and looking at a phone went viral on Facebook after the poster implied that the subject was faking blindness given that she was clearly able to see her phone screen. Though the image was shared thousands of times by people who believed the joke, commenters were eventually informed of the reality, which is that blind people and people with low vision depend on their phones just as much as anyone else.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/blind-people-can-struggle-to-understand-memes-so-they-made-their-own/

What It’s Like to Be Blind in a World of People Distracted By Cellphones

On other occasions, after bumping into me, I hear a stammered “sorry” as they For someone who is visually impaired, it can be difficult to simply walk down the street, evading pedestrians more focused on their phones than who is in front of them. Ironically, others still will tell me to watch where I’m going. I’m always a little blown away by that.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/what-its-like-to-be-blind-in-a-world-of-people-distracted-by-cellphones/

Copy Machines Being Upgraded for Accessibility

Copy machines capable of producing documents accessible to those with low vision or other sight impairment will soon be in place at 11 locations across campus. It’s the start of a campaign to ensure these machines are readily available for the campus community.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/copy-machines-being-upgraded-for-accessibility/