Accessibility News July 2,2016 Update

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In this Issue

*Disabilities Charity AbilityNet Calls on UK Government to Enforce Web Accessibility
*Education Department Settles Civil Rights Complaints Over Accessible Websites
*Extra 10 Seconds at Lights for Pedestrians Along Algonquin/101
*TTC Wheel-Trans services are changing
*NuEyes, the Newest Head-Mounted and Hands-Free Wearable Technology, Makes CCTV and Text-to-Speech Capabilities Available in an Easy-to-Use Headset
*Deaf-Blind Housing Project Will Be 1st of Its Kind in Manitoba
*Apparel Causes Additional Barriers for People Living with Disabilities
*Legislation Will Improve Access to Copyrighted Materials for Visually Impaired and Print-Disabled Canadians

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ARTICLES:

Disabilities Charity AbilityNet Calls on UK Government to Enforce Web Accessibility

A disabilities charity is asking the UK Government to make sure websites are accessible for disabled people

A disabilities charity is calling for the creation wardens of the internet with powers to fine companies and organisations whose websites and apps fail to comply with equalities legislation.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/disabilities-charity-abilitynet-calls-on-uk-government-to-enforce-web-accessibility/

Education Department Settles Civil Rights Complaints Over Accessible Websites

The U.S. Department of Educations office for civil rights announced Wednesday that it has settled complaints in seven states and one territory over issues related to websites that are not accessible to people with certain disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/education-department-settles-civil-rights-complaints-over-accessible-websites/

Extra 10 Seconds at Lights for Pedestrians Along Algonquin/101

Accessibility activist Dan McKay of the Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee (MAAC) convinced Timmins city council this week of the need to increase the timing for pedestrians crossings on Algonquin Boulevard, by adding an extra 10 second to the traffic crossing cycle.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/extra-10-seconds-at-lights-for-pedestrians-along-algonquin101/

TTC Wheel-Trans services are changing

The Toronto Transit Commission is asking residents to be involved in important decisions to improve Wheel-Trans.

You are invited to a public consultation regarding upcoming modernization changes to TTCs Wheel-Trans service. Learn about the TTCs family of services, expanded Wheel-Trans eligibility and more. There will be opportunity to provide your input.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ttc-wheel-trans-services-are-changing/

NuEyes, the Newest Head-Mounted and Hands-Free Wearable Technology, Makes CCTV and Text-to-Speech Capabilities Available in an Easy-to-Use Headset

NuEyes, featuring ODG smartglasses, magnifies (up to 12x) and displays enhanced versions of anything that a user looks at.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/nueyes-the-newest-head-mounted-and-hands-free-wearable-technology-makes-cctv-and-text-to-speech-capabilities-available-in-an-easy-to-use-headset/

Deaf-Blind Housing Project Will Be 1st of Its Kind in Manitoba

Winnipeg will soon be one of the first cities in Canada to have specialized housing designed for people who are both deaf and blind.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/deaf-blind-housing-project-will-be-1st-of-its-kind-in-manitoba/

Apparel Causes Additional Barriers for People Living with Disabilities

The mechanical aspects of getting dressed were found to be a significant challenge for people with disabilities and their caregivers. Zippers, buttons, shoe laces and fabric texture often present challenges for those who live independently. Others reported problems when trying
to find clothes that fit. In one example, a child with Down syndrome had to have her clothes attached with safety pins to prevent them from falling off, due to a mismatch between her body proportions and current clothing industry sizing.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/apparel-causes-additional-barriers-for-people-living-with-disabilities/

Legislation Will Improve Access to Copyrighted Materials for Visually Impaired and Print-Disabled Canadians

Canadians who are visually impaired or print disabled will have better access to books and other copyrighted materials. The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, today announced that the Act to Amend the Copyright Act (access to copyrighted works or other subject-matter for persons with perceptual disabilities) has received royal assent.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/legislation-will-improve-access-to-copyrighted-materials-for-visually-impaired-and-print-disabled-canadians/

eSSENTIAL Accessibility: helping organizations reach, serve and empower people with disabilities.

The eSSENTIAL Accessibility assistive technology app gives those who have trouble typing, moving a mouse, or reading a screen due to a variety of conditions – such as stroke, paralysis or arthritis – the tools they need to navigate the Web. The app is free to the end-user and simple to use.

Organizations that feature the app on their websites are committed to making it easier for people with disabilities to access information online. For more info, please visit http://www.essentialaccessibility.com

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