TIGAR Project Accelerates Book Accessibility for People With Print Disabilities

“The real impact of the TIGAR Project is the impact it makes in the lives of people with print disabilities”, said François Hendrikz of the South African Library for the Blind. “For example, one of the titles we selected was a book by Erik Orsenna, a French novelist and member of the Académie Française. The book, “L’Entreprise des Indes” is highly recommended as a ‘coup de coeur’ and thanks to the TIGAR project it was available to readers with print disabilities in Canada at the same time as it was available to sighted readers.”

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Barriers to Equality Persist in Ontario

More than 1,000 people with mental-health issues sent lengthy submissions about their experiences of discrimination in the health-care system, housing, education and the workforce.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1865

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In this Issue

*How Senator Harkin Wants to Fix the Disability Jobs Crisis
*Bluetooth shoes
*“We Want Access With a Big ‘A’.”
*Pretty Hazards: the Accessible Built Environment
*Kurzweil Educational Systems Launches Firefly App for iPad

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How Senator Harkin Wants to Fix the Disability Jobs Crisis

AcNews Note: Any of this article sound familiar here in Canada?

Reform for federal benefits is another one of Harkin’s champion causes. The current income-support systems (like Social Security Income) keep people with disabilities impoverished. Federal income that ranges from $500 to $1,000 a month is “generally insufficient to alleviate poverty,” he writes.

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Bluetooth shoes

MORE than 285m people across the globe suffer from visual impairment. Yet the tools to assist the blind in walking have changed little since the 1920s, when their canes started being painted white to make other pedestrians more aware of their presence. The gizmos that do exist have tended to be expensive and clunky, and have not caught on. This may change if Anirudh Sharma, a 24-year-old computer engineer from Hyderabad, a city in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, has his way.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2738

“We Want Access With a Big ‘A’.”

Frazee addressed one of the biggest barriers artists, especially those with disabilities, face: a lack of access to funding.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2733

Pretty Hazards: the Accessible Built Environment

We emphasized the new standards should not wait for a building code update but become law as soon as possible. Now it is a moot point; the completed proposed standard paperwork has been sitting waiting for two years, and in the meanwhile, the building code update is complete without our new accessibility standards. The province gave orders that we were not to discuss retrofitting and of course, with that topic on hold too, an accessible built environment by the year 2025 is not realistic.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1863

Kurzweil Educational Systems Launches Firefly App for iPad

Kurzweil 3000 is a text-to-speech based technology solution that enables struggling readers to learn at grade level. Research has shown the program to be particularly appropriate for students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia, those who require reading intervention, students struggling with reading comprehension, and English Language Learners (ELL).

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2731

Accessibility News July 14,2012 Update

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In this Issue

*Six Reasons Why Hiring Disabled Good for Business
*Help Simplify the GST/HST Exemption for Low Vision and Blindness Aids
*Ontario’s Trillium Benefit: A New Way to Help the Poor
*Federal Mental Health Portal Fails Web Standards
*Keeping Up the Pressure
*AODA Alliance Launches Campaign to Get McGuinty Government to Develop Three New Accessibility Standards to Address Barriers Impeding Persons With Disabilities (PWD) in Access to Education, to Health Care and to Residential Housing

Six Reasons Why Hiring Disabled Good for Business

I got a torrent of letters from the disabled and their families cataloguing their often heartbreaking unemployment stories. Then, an email arrived from Toronto businessman Mark Wafer.

“I am deaf, I have about 20 per cent hearing and have since birth. I could not keep a job as a young man but became a successful business owner. I began hiring people with disabilities in my first Tim Hortons in 1995,” he wrote.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1834