Accessibility News January 16,2021 Update

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In this Issue

*Federal Court Rules NYC Discriminates Against Blind and Low Vision Pedestrians by Failing to Make Crosswalk Signals Accessible
*Any Time, You Can Watch The Agenda with Steve Paikin’s Panel on Disability Discrimination Risks If Life-Saving Critical Medical Care Must Soon Be Rationed and Excellent Canadian Press Article on This Triage Issue
*Sony’s New Lip-Reading Technology Could Boost Accessibility or Invade Privacy
*Remembering a Major Setback on the Road to Equality for People with Disabilities Forty Years Ago Today- But One that Was Thankfully Reversed a Mere 16 Days Later!
*Access to Hope: How a Woman on Wheelchair is Making Mumbai Accessible, One Footpath at a Time
*Hospitals Are Near the Breaking Point, but Only “The Pointer”, a Local Mississauga Online News Publication, Has Reported How the Ford Government Has Announced No Plans to Ensure that Any Triage or Rationing of Life-Saving Medical Care Won’t Discriminate Against Patients with Disabilities

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Federal Court Rules NYC Discriminates Against Blind and Low Vision Pedestrians by Failing to Make Crosswalk Signals Accessible

New York, NY In a decision that will remake the streetscape of New York City and improve safety and accessibility for all New Yorkers, a federal court ruled today that New York City’s failure to provide accessible pedestrian signals (APS) at 96.6 % of its signalized intersections violates the civil rights of people with disabilities.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/federal-court-rules-nyc-discriminates-against-blind-and-low-vision-pedestrians-by-failing-to-make-crosswalk-signals-accessible/

Any Time, You Can Watch The Agenda with Steve Paikin’s Panel on Disability Discrimination Risks If Life-Saving Critical Medical Care Must Soon Be Rationed and Excellent Canadian Press Article on This Triage Issue

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/any-time-you-can-watch-the-agenda-with-steve-paikins-panel-on-disability-discrimination-risks-if-life-saving-critical-medical-care-must-soon-be-rationed-and-excellent-canadian-press-article-on/

Sony’s New Lip-Reading Technology Could Boost Accessibility or Invade Privacy

Sony’s Visual Speech Enablement uses cameras and AI to read lips from far distances, no matter the noise. But are its accessibility benefits overshadowed by the potential for privacy violations?

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/sonys-new-lip-reading-technology-could-boost-accessibility-or-invade-privacy/

Remembering a Major Setback on the Road to Equality for People with Disabilities Forty Years Ago Today- But One that Was Thankfully Reversed a Mere 16 Days Later!

Four decades ago, people with disabilities were waging a battle to get equality rights for people with disabilities entrenched in the new Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms that Parliament was then considering for inclusion in Canada’s Constitution.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/remembering-a-major-setback-on-the-road-to-equality-for-people-with-disabilities-forty-years-ago-today-but-one-that-was-thankfully-reversed-a-mere-16-days-later/

Access to Hope: How a Woman on Wheelchair is Making Mumbai Accessible, One Footpath at a Time

Mumbai resident Jasmina Khanna, 49, loves enjoying her evenings outside under the fading sun. The passing day brings with it a sense of calm and restfulness that she can seldom feel in the day. But unlike most others, Jasmina cannot go to a park or her favourite sunset spots in the city to enjoy her evenings. On most days, she has to make do with the balconies or windows of her office or home.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/access-to-hope-how-a-woman-on-wheelchair-is-making-mumbai-accessible-one-footpath-at-a-time/

Hospitals Are Near the Breaking Point, but Only “The Pointer”, a Local Mississauga Online News Publication, Has Reported How the Ford Government Has Announced No Plans to Ensure that Any Triage or Rationing of Life-Saving Medical Care Won’t Discriminate Against Patients with Disabilities

To begin our volunteer advocacy for 2021, we wish one and all a happy, healthy, safe and barrier-free new year!

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https://aoda.ca/hospitals-are-near-the-breaking-point-but-only-the-pointer-a-local-mississauga-online-news-publication-has-reported-how-the-ford-government-has-announced-no-plans-to-ensure-that-any-triage-or-r/

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