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In this Issue
*Federal Budget Commits to Creating a Canadians With Disabilities Act
*Facebook Taps Artificial Intelligence for Users With Disabilities
*Blind Man Says He Was Tackled, Arrested After White Cane Mistaken for Weapon
*Federal Communication Commission(FCC) Strengthens Captioning Rules to Enhance Accessibility to Video Programming on TV
*Ontario Government Hypocritical on Mental Health: Brown
*Yes, She’s Really Disabled: Woman Harassed for Using Parking Spot
*More Businesses Face Lawsuits Challenging Website Accessibility
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Federal Budget Commits to Creating a Canadians With Disabilities Act
The federal budget unveiled this week includes a promise to eliminate barriers for Canadians living with disabilities by introducing a national disabilities act a document advocates have long said is needed.
Facebook Taps Artificial Intelligence for Users With Disabilities
MENLO PARK, Calif. Matt King, a software engineer who has been blind since college, came to Facebook last summer with a mission: to make websites and mobile apps friendlier for people like him with disabilities.
Blind Man Says He Was Tackled, Arrested After White Cane Mistaken for Weapon
Steven Stairs is legally blind. He says he feared he was being kidnapped when police tackled him to the ground without warning on Monday night.
Federal Communication Commission(FCC) Strengthens Captioning Rules to Enhance Accessibility to Video Programming on TV
Closed captioning is crucial for ensuring that our televised media are fully accessible to people who are deaf and hard of hearing. The provision of closed captioning depends upon the coordination of both video programmers and video programming distributors (VPDs) to both generate and deliver high quality
caption content to viewers. To date, however, only VPDs have been directly subject to the Commissions closed captioning rules, leaving half of the responsible parties unaccountable for the quality of their captioning.
Ontario Government Hypocritical on Mental Health: Brown
For all the hand-wringing we do about treating mental illness as just that a sickness, not a crime, youd think wed do better when we put actions to those words.
Barrie teen Shania Paige attempted suicide by cop. Its only thanks to the quick-thinking police officer who responded that shes alive today.
As reported in the Toronto Sun on Sunday, what happened to Paige, who suffers from bipolar disorder, makes a mockery of everything we talk about when it comes to mental health.
Yes, Shes Really Disabled: Woman Harassed for Using Parking Spot
In the mere minutes between when Amber Gillett pulled into an accessible parking spot in front of a Clyde Avenue shop and when she walked back to her Volkswagen Golf, a stranger made an assumption about her.
More Businesses Face Lawsuits Challenging Website Accessibility
Despite the recent explosion of lawsuits challenging the accessibility of websites under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that it will not publish proposed revisions to the Title III regulations to address website accessibility until 2018.
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