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In this Issue
*Deaf Community Under Stress as Canadian Hearing Society Strike Continues
*E-Agenda Going Back to Tender
*UM Study Finds Longstanding Interpretation of Disability Data Incomplete
*Rights of People With Disabilities in Europe: A New Strategy Based on Ability Rather Than Disability
*CNIB Faces Legal Challenge by Ex-Kiosk Operator Accused of Mishandling Money
*Concern Over Access to Library Material for Visually Impaired People Raised With Minister
*CAPTCHA Be Gone from Accessible Apps Removes Another Barrier to Accessibility
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Deaf Community Under Stress as Canadian Hearing Society Strike Continues
For many in the Torontos Deaf community, workers with the Canadian Hearing Society provide essential support, from fixing hearing aids to interpreting at medical appointments, even helping to find employment. Since March, hundreds of CHS workers across the province have been on strike, and the effects are causing many clients to join staff on picket lines.
E-Agenda Going Back to Tender
Gaskell said the reason was because Accela could not make the system work with the provinces Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), which says that web pages and other online documents belonging to government entities must be accessible for those with disabilities, including the ability
to resize text, audio description for pre-recorded video content and captioning for live video.
At committee of the whole, Gaskell said that Accela did not come with any references citing that it could do the job, but made promises that it could.
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UM Study Finds Longstanding Interpretation of Disability Data Incomplete
The findings contradict the long-standing assumption by researchers and policymakers who use HHS disability data that it represents only people with long-term
disabilities. The RTC:Rural study clarifies the survey collects information from two important subgroups: those with permanent disability, and those experiencing a temporary disability at the time of the survey.
Rights of People With Disabilities in Europe: A New Strategy Based on Ability Rather Than Disability
Our focus must be on ability, not disability. Lawmakers should devise laws and policies which offer persons with disabilities a maximum of autonomy, access to information, education and employment. Our new strategy shows the way forward, said Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, ahead of the conference.
CNIB Faces Legal Challenge by Ex-Kiosk Operator Accused of Mishandling Money
I got shafted and Im being made to look bad. I didnt do anything, says Mike Perry
Mike and Jane Perry say their lives have been turned upside down by CNIB, which claims Mike is responsible for $9,000 in missing funds.
Concern Over Access to Library Material for Visually Impaired People Raised With Minister
LACA, the Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance, has contacted the Minister responsible for intellectual property, Jo Johnson MP, with concerns that
proposed changes to the implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty in Europe will hamper the ability of libraries to serve print disabled people and provide access to works.
CAPTCHA Be Gone from Accessible Apps Removes Another Barrier to Accessibility
There is one thing, however, that can stop a blind person in his or her tracks more abruptly than just about anything else when it comes to working on the Web, and that is the presence of a graphical image that must be identified before one can proceed any further with a task. The use of these images is known as Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart, or CAPTCHA. According to a recent Mental Floss article, CAPTCHA was developed in the early 2000s by engineers at Carnegie Mellon University who wanted to find a way to filter out the overwhelming armies of spambots pretending to be people.
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