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Twitter Will Add Transcriptions for Voice Tweets to Promote Accessibility

The company was criticized for rolling out the test feature without support for people with disabilities.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/twitter-will-add-transcriptions-for-voice-tweets-to-promote-accessibility/

Deaf Politician – The Gary Malkowski Story

CWDO is pleased to present this webinar about Gary Malkowski’s life.

The biography, Deaf Politician – The Gary Malkowski Story follows Gary from being born deaf into an immigrant, working-class family in Hamilton, Ontario through his education at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC to his community activism and political career in Toronto.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/deaf-politician-the-gary-malkowski-story/

Deaf Citizens Petition

Deaf Citizens are calling for change at the Canadian Hearing Services (formerly the Canadian Hearing Society). The petition is in ASL, LSQ, and English and it lays out some of the issues taking place in the organization.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/deaf-citizens-petition/

YouTube Is Ending Its Community Captions Feature and Deaf Creators Aren’t Happy about it

But deaf and hard-of-hearing creators say removing the community captions feature will stifle accessibility, and they want to see the company try to fix the issues with volunteer-created captions, rather than doing away with them entirely. Deaf YouTuber Rikki Poynter said on her channel in May that community captions were an “accessibility tool that not only allowed deaf and hard of hearing people to watch videos with captions, but allowed creators that could not afford to financially invest in captions.”

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/youtube-is-ending-its-community-captions-feature-and-deaf-creators-arent-happy-about-it/

Glove Translates Sign Language in Real-time

The cutting-edge glove features thin, stretchable sensors running to the fingertips. These sensors can detect motions and finger placement through electrically conducting yarns. Those sensors are then connected to a tiny circuit board ” approximately the size of a coin worn on users’ wrists.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/glove-translates-sign-language-in-real-time/

Deaf Community Encounters New Challenges

For the deaf and hard of hearing, COVID-19 adds extra challenges for communicating in public.

We’ve all been told to avoid touching our face to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. But for Thinaja Nadarajah, this public health advice is complicated. Nadarajah is deaf and American Sign Language is her first language.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/deaf-community-encounters-new-challenges/

Masks a Concern for Hearing-Impaired Travellers

If security around travel used to be merely annoying, it’s become almost frightening.

From Uber to airlines, from the Middle East to the Midwest, masks are the new norm. But for one group of people in particular – those with hearing loss – they pose a significant problem. Masks prevent speech reading, a helpful if not essential coping mechanism for the one in 10 Canadians who don’t hear well.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/masks-a-concern-for-hearing-impaired-travellers/

Internet, Social Media Open Doors of Accessibility for Those With DeafBlindness

Originally Posted May 21, 2020
By: NewmarketToday Staff

During a time when we are physically separated from family, friends, and our peers, technology helps to bridge the gap and encourage social connection from afar.

Although checking social media platforms, browsing the internet, and navigating video and audio streaming services are considered normal interactions, they also open doors of accessibility for others.

For Steven, a man with deafblindness, Facebook and email connect him with the outside world. “I communicate online because I like to talk to people” it is faster and easier [for me] to communicate.”

Deafblindness, a combined loss of hearing and vision, impacts access to information, communication, and mobility. Born with Rubella, also known as the German measles, Steven is profoundly deaf and blind in his left eye. He is legally blind in his right.

Sign Language Interpreters at Media Briefs Should Be Normal: Accessibility advocates

Sign language interpreters are being lauded for communicating critical information from the provincial and federal governments about COVID-19, but a pair of accessibility advocates say their presence at media briefings should be normalized.

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https://aoda.ca/sign-language-interpreters-at-media-briefs-should-be-normal-accessibility-advocates/

Sign-Language Interpreter Takes On Premier Ford’s ‘angry Dad’ Approach as He Pushes for Accessibility

Christopher Desloges, an American sign language (ASL) interpreter, has become a fixture at Mr. Ford’s news conferences, where he translates the Premier’s message live on television for tens of thousands of deaf people in Ontario and across Canada.

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https://aoda.ca/sign-language-interpreter-takes-on-premier-fords-angry-dad-approach-as-he-pushes-for-accessibility/