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In this Issue
*Disability Alliance B.C. Worried Pending Accessibility Legislation Lacks Teeth
*UK Investigates Whether Apple Discriminates Against Disabled People With iPhone Upgrade Program
*Smartphone App Helps Blind People Stand in Socially Distanced Lines
*Low-Income Ontario Families Were Hit Hard by COVID. A McMaster Study Suggests Government Financial Assistance Was Not Enough
*Blind People, Advocates Slam Company Claiming to Make Websites ADA Compliant
*AODA Alliance Updates
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Disability Alliance B.C. Worried Pending Accessibility Legislation Lacks Teeth
Disability B.C. says proposed legislation missing implementation timelines and enforcement mechanisms
UK Investigates Whether Apple Discriminates Against Disabled People With iPhone Upgrade Program
In the UK, Apple requires customers to physically visit an Apple Store in order to either enroll in the iPhone Upgrade Program, or to renew it. Hughes first raised the issue with Apple in 2019, and says that the company initially told him nothing could be done.
Smartphone App Helps Blind People Stand in Socially Distanced Lines
During the pandemic, everyone is expected to stay socially distanced, with at least six feet between them and the person in front of them. For those with normal vision, standing in line while remaining at a safe distance from the person in front of you isn’t a problem. However, for the blind or visually impaired, maintaining an appropriate distance can be a challenge.
Low-Income Ontario Families Were Hit Hard by COVID. A McMaster Study Suggests Government Financial Assistance Was Not Enough
For Dayna Sparkes, budgeting for finances at the end of the month often feels like tiptoeing through a room filled with trip wires.
A paid internet bill could mean a default on the hydro bill. A healthy stock of groceries could mean less hand sanitizers or clean masks. A fulfilled rent payment could mean a write-off on any leisure-related activities or products.
Blind People, Advocates Slam Company Claiming to Make Websites ADA Compliant
Throughout the pandemic, as blind people, like everyone else, became increasingly dependent on websites to purchase goods, one of the fastest-growing companies that works with clients like Oreo cookies and Energizer batteries to make their websites more accessible has been engulfed in an increasingly contentious relationship with blind people. Many blind people say its product is making it harder for them to navigate the web.
AODA Alliance Updates:
AODA Alliance Writes Toronto Mayor John Tory and City Council to Thank Them for Maintaining the Ban on Electric Scooters
Send Us Your Feedback on the Initial or Draft Recommendations for What the Promised Health Care Accessibility Standard Should Include that Were Prepared by the Government-Appointed Health Care Standards Development Committee
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