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How Blind Nova Scotians Are Navigating the Strange World of COVID-19

Carrying on a normal life during the pandemic can be difficult for everyone, but some people with vision loss say it can be a minefield.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/how-blind-nova-scotians-are-navigating-the-strange-world-of-covid-19/

Ontario Woman Says She Wasn’t Welcome in Main Area of Hotel With Guide Dog

Incident violates Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act(AODA), lawyer Shannon Down says.

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https://aoda.ca/ontario-woman-says-she-wasnt-welcome-in-main-area-of-hotel-with-guide-dog/

Girl From Kenora, Ontario Inspires House of Commons Petition to Promote Accessibility for Visually Impaired

Petition calls on government to require braille or tactile symbols on consumer product warning labels

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/girl-from-kenora-ontario-inspires-house-of-commons-petition-to-promote-accessibility-for-visually-impaired/

Bus Driver with One Eye Wins Discrimination Case; Judge Nixes Ontario Licence Rule

A city bus driver whose licence was revoked after she lost her eye to cancer has won her battle to have the relevant provincial regulation declared unconstitutional.

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https://aoda.ca/bus-driver-with-one-eye-wins-discrimination-case-judge-nixes-ontario-licence-rule/

COVID-19 Causing Long Delays for Guide Dogs, Charity Says

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced people inside their homes in mid-March, the loss of freedom was felt particularly hard by blind and partly blind Canadians waiting for guide dogs.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/covid-19-causing-long-delays-for-guide-dogs-charity-says/

ViewPoints: Brandt-CNIB Regina Development Scandal

Ordinary citizens protested the secretive Brandt-CNIB development that would have developed commercial real estate on a provincially owned park in Regina. They are willing to fight it in court.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/viewpoints-brandt-cnib-regina-development-scandal/

New York State Maintains Discriminatory Bar to Employment for Those with Less Than 20/40 Vision

Disability Rights Advocates challenges the State’s irrational, blanket disqualification of workers based on disability, seeks to bring hiring standards into compliance with the law

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/new-york-state-maintains-discriminatory-bar-to-employment-for-those-with-less-than-20-40-vision/

Blind Student Files Federal Discrimination Lawsuit Against Duke University

Before Mary Fernandez enrolled at Duke University, she was assured she would be provided the accommodations for an equal education to her peers who aren’t blind.

Despite that assurance, Fernandez experienced barriers that permeated every aspect of her educational experience at Duke, according to a news release about a new federal lawsuit against the university.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/blind-student-files-federal-discrimination-lawsuit-against-duke-university/

Coroner Calls Inquest Into Death of Teen at Brantford School for the Blind

The parents of a disabled teen who died in the care of an Ontario residential school for the blind say they’re hopeful a newly called inquest into their son’s death may protect a future generation of vulnerable students.

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https://aoda.ca/coroner-calls-inquest-into-death-of-teen-at-brantford-school-for-the-blind/

Internet, Social Media Open Doors of Accessibility for Those With DeafBlindness

Originally Posted May 21, 2020
By: NewmarketToday Staff

During a time when we are physically separated from family, friends, and our peers, technology helps to bridge the gap and encourage social connection from afar.

Although checking social media platforms, browsing the internet, and navigating video and audio streaming services are considered normal interactions, they also open doors of accessibility for others.

For Steven, a man with deafblindness, Facebook and email connect him with the outside world. “I communicate online because I like to talk to people” it is faster and easier [for me] to communicate.”

Deafblindness, a combined loss of hearing and vision, impacts access to information, communication, and mobility. Born with Rubella, also known as the German measles, Steven is profoundly deaf and blind in his left eye. He is legally blind in his right.