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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/

Blind Customers Locked Out by Bank Web Upgrades

Including accessibility from the start, Barclays says, is much cheaper than correcting mistakes later on

“To fix those at the time would have cost hundreds of thousands of pounds. But by considering accessibility right from the start and involving disabled customers, it was a fraction – a tenth – of the cost.”

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https://aoda.ca/blind-customers-locked-out-by-bank-web-upgrades/

Are Autonomous Vehicles Ready to Help the Blind?

New research conducted outside of the auto industry aims to develop data and software to ensure that the needs of the blind are met when autonomous cars become commonplace.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/are-autonomous-vehicles-ready-to-help-the-blind/

CSUN 2018 Heralds The Year of Wearables–Unless It Doesn’t

Shelly Brisbin

When reporting on an event like the annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference, it’s tempting to try to sum it up with a single narrative. This is my third year covering the trade show portion of CSUN. In addition to asking questions for AccessWorld, I was part of the Blind Bargains podcast team .

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/csun-2018-heralds-the-year-of-wearables-unless-it-doesnt/

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/