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I’m over the moon!

By Michelle Ruby
Brantford Expositor, Apr.6, 2017

Bob Seed said he’s overcome with relief over a tentative agreement that could result in compensation for former visually impaired, blind and deafblind students at W. Ross Macdonald School who were allegedly abused over a span of more than 60 years.

“I’m over the moon,” said Seed, a former W. Ross Macdonald student and plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit brought against the Province of Ontario, which operates the school. “It’s a huge burden lifted off my shoulders.”

Deaf Community Under Stress as Canadian Hearing Society Strike Continues

For many in the Toronto’s Deaf community, workers with the Canadian Hearing Society provide essential support, from fixing hearing aids to interpreting at medical appointments, even helping to find employment. Since March, hundreds of CHS workers across the province have been on strike, and the effects are causing many clients to join staff on picket lines.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/deaf-community-under-stress-as-canadian-hearing-society-strike-continues/

Ottawa’s Deaf Community ‘At a Loss’ Amid Canadian Hearing Society Strike

As hundreds of Canadian Hearing Society workers strike across the province, people who are deaf or hard of hearing are left without some of the counselling and audiology services they rely on.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/ottawas-deaf-community-at-a-loss-amid-canadian-hearing-society-strike/

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/

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/

CBC Expands Accessibility Project for Hearing-Impaired Audiences

CBC is expanding a successful pilot project to make its radio programming more accessible to those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, with As It Happens to now join The Current in posting daily show transcripts online to read, print and share.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/cbc-expands-accessibility-project-for-hearing-impaired-audiences/

Creating Opportunities For Deaf Employees

“Where do you work?” “What do you do for a living?” In America, these are among the first questions a new acquaintance will ask us. This simple inquiry reflects the cultural emphasis placed on work and career choice in the modern world. But for many, this dreaded question serves as a reminder that even work is a privilege.

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http://www.aoda.ca/creating-opportunities-for-deaf-employees/

New Research Could Help Build Better Hearing AIDS

Scientists at Binghamton University, State University of New York want to improve sensor technology critical to billions of devices made every year. With a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation, they will start by making a high-performance sensor and applying it to hearing aids.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/new-research-could-help-build-better-hearing-aids/

Launch Today of New National Video Relay Service Empowers Canada’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community

A new service is launching today in Canada to empower the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community with tools to communicate better and provide them with greater independence.

SRV Canada VRS enables Deaf and Hard of Hearing people who use American Sign Language (ASL) and Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ) to conduct calls via video relay service (VRS) with hearing people through a professional ASL or LSQ interpreter. It simulates, as closely as possible, a conversation between two hearing people.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/launch-today-of-new-national-video-relay-service-empowers-canadas-deaf-and-hard-of-hearing-community/

Uber Canada and Canadian Hearing Society Partner to Promote Accessibility

Uber Canada and the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) announced a partnership Friday that promotes employment access for the deaf and hard of hearing.

This partnership was announced during the Canadian Hearing Society’s International Week of the Deaf event “Creating an Accessible World.” The partnership will bring about several initiatives including promoting driver-partner opportunities at Uber for those who are hard of hearing and developing new features that improve communication between driver and client.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/uber-canada-and-canadian-hearing-society-partner-to-promote-accessibility/