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In this Issue
*Parents Rally at Queens Park to Keep Schools for Blind, Deaf and Special Needs Open
*New York City Enacts Accessibility Standards for Government Websites
*Netflix to Enhance Access for Customers Who Are Blind
*Mobility Plays Important Role In Development for Toddlers With Disabilities
*Study: Most K-12 Online Learning Content Does Not Meet Needs of Students With Disabilities
*Why Canadian Companies Cant Ignore the Cost of Mental Illness *Barrier-Free Ballot Boxes
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Parents Rally at Queens Park to Keep Schools for Blind, Deaf and Special Needs Open
Premier Kathleen Wynne refused Thursday to guarantee that residential schools for special needs students will stay open beyond next year
We need to remove the (enrolment) caps at our demonstration schools, said MPP Todd Smith. We should not be even thinking about closing them.
New York City Enacts Accessibility Standards for Government Websites
NYC recently passed a law requiring that its government agency websites meet accessibility standards. Other state and local governments may follow NYCs lead and enact accessibility standards for government agencies, contractors and even public accommodations in the absence of regulations from DOJ.
Netflix to Enhance Access for Customers Who Are Blind
In a first-of-its-kind settlement, advocates for people who are blind have reached an agreement with Netflix to make accessible the movies and videos offered through the Netflix video streaming and DVD rental subscriptions.
The settlement provides that Netflix will make its video content accessible by adding a new technology called audio description as a feature that blind customers can activate so they can more fully understand and enjoy the movie and video experience.
Mobility Plays Important Role In Development for Toddlers With Disabilities
Typical toddlers simultaneously spend about three hours a day in physical activity, play and engagement with objects such as toys, while their peers with mobility disabilities are less likely to engage in all of those behaviors at the same time, new research from Oregon State University shows.
Study: Most K-12 Online Learning Content Does Not Meet Needs of Students With Disabilities
Online education is growing rapidly, reaching millions of students every day. However, a Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities at the University of Kansas study has found the majority of online educational products are not designed to meet the needs of students with disabilities and struggling learners.
Why Canadian Companies Cant Ignore the Cost of Mental Illness
With public figures such as Clara Hughes leading the way to greater awareness and increased discussion around mental health, its still a largely overlooked issue in many workplaces.
Barrier-Free Ballot Boxes
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