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In this Issue
*Survey Suggests Federal Network Complexity is Limiting Data Center Consolidation
*Federal Plan to Help Mentally Ill Female Inmates on Hold
*First ADA ATM Accessibility Class Action Lawsuit Is Filed In Atlanta
*EOC Sues Toys R Us for Disability Discrimination
*Doctors Turning Away Patients With Disabilities
*App Will Help Blind Users Navigate Minneapolis
*Chicago RTA Highlights Accessibility of Regions Transit Systems
*FCC OKs Online Clip Captioning Rules
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Survey Suggests Federal Network Complexity is Limiting Data Center Consolidation
Anti-social: Feds wonder why social media companies drag feet on accessibility issues
A panel held at the FCC Thursday to discuss how to open up social networks to the disabled was missing a key contingent: the social media companies themselves.
Federal Plan to Help Mentally Ill Female Inmates on Hold
Program to move federal inmates was spawned from inquest into Ashley Smiths disturbing death
Minister of Public Safety Steven Blaney announced a pilot project to house female mentally ill federal inmates in Brockville, Ont., last year, but the effort has since stalled due to funding disagreements.
First ADA ATM Accessibility Class Action Lawsuit Is Filed In Atlanta
The first of what is likely to be many Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ATM accessibility class action lawsuits against Atlanta-area banks was filed in federal district court.
EOC Sues Toys R Us for Disability Discrimination
Retailer Refused to Provide Accommodation or Hire Deaf Applicant, Federal Agency Says
Toys R Us, Inc., one of the worlds largest retailers of toys and juvenile products, violated federal law when it first refused to provide an interpreter for a deaf applicant and then failed to hire her, the U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged.
Doctors Turning Away Patients With Disabilities
More than two decades after the Americans with Disabilities Act became law, a new survey indicates that more than 20 percent of doctors offices remain inaccessible to those with special needs.
App Will Help Blind Users Navigate Minneapolis
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Researchers and students at the University of Minnesota are developing a smartphone app to help blind and visually impaired people navigate streets in Minneapolis.
Chicago RTA Highlights Accessibility of Regions Transit Systems
The RTA regions transit system offers a variety of accessibility features. Many riders are likely aware of some of them which include accessibility of most CTA and Metra rail stations; buses and trains making automated stop and route announcements; Pace and CTA operating low floor buses equipped with ramps for easy boarding; and CTA Real-Time Train Tracker signs throughout the CTA L system.
FCC OKs Online Clip Captioning Rules
The Federal Communications Commission has approved new rules that will require closed captioning of video clips posted online. The rules are an expansion of those approved in 2012, which were triggered by the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010, intended to ensure equal access to all forms of programming by individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
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