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What It’s Like to Be Blind in a World of People Distracted By Cellphones

On other occasions, after bumping into me, I hear a stammered “sorry” as they For someone who is visually impaired, it can be difficult to simply walk down the street, evading pedestrians more focused on their phones than who is in front of them. Ironically, others still will tell me to watch where I’m going. I’m always a little blown away by that.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/what-its-like-to-be-blind-in-a-world-of-people-distracted-by-cellphones/

Copy Machines Being Upgraded for Accessibility

Copy machines capable of producing documents accessible to those with low vision or other sight impairment will soon be in place at 11 locations across campus. It’s the start of a campaign to ensure these machines are readily available for the campus community.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/copy-machines-being-upgraded-for-accessibility/

Qualtrough Named Person of the Year by Canadian Council of the Blind

The Canadian Council of the Blind has awarded Delta MP Carla Qualtrough with its CCB Person of the Year.

Qualtrough, the federal minister of public services and procurement and accessibility, received the award at a special presentation Feb. 6 in Ottawa.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/qualtrough-named-person-of-the-year-by-canadian-council-of-the-blind/

Court Says Domino’s Pizza Website Must Be Accessible to the Blind

Domino’s Pizza must make its website and mobile app accessible to blind people using screen-reading software, the Ninth Circuit ruled Tuesday.

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https://aoda.ca/court-says-domino%c2%92s-pizza-website-must-be-accessible-to-the-blind/

Bird Box Challenge: There’s More to Being Blind Than Just Wearing a Blindfold

The recent popular Netflix movie Bird Box has inspired the Bird Box challenge, which encourages viewers to wonder what it is like to be blind.

When people injure themselves doing ordinary tasks under blindfolds, they may conclude that the activities which have hurt them are dangerous for all blind people. This belief is not true. Real blind people, like the character Malorie, move around safely every day. They cook, clean, raise their children, climb stairs, cross streets, play games and sports, visit friends, and go to work.

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https://aoda.ca/bird-box-challenge-theres-more-to-being-blind-than-just-wearing-a-blindfold/

Compass Slapped With Lawsuit Over Website Access for the Blind

Compass is being sued for allegedly failing to make its website fully accessible to blind people, raising the specter that real estate brokerages remain exposed to a legal risk about which the National Association of Realtors had previously warned members.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/compass-slapped-with-lawsuit-over-website-access-for-the-blind/

Blind Juror in Toronto Impaired Driving Case Was Almost Rejected

A recent criminal trial at Toronto’s downtown Superior Court featured what may be a first in Ontario: a blind juror.

The fact that is, if not a first, an extremely rare occurrence in Ontario underscores that much more needs to be done to remove the barriers to equal treatment in the criminal justice system, disability advocates say.

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https://aoda.ca/blind-juror-in-toronto-impaired-driving-case-was-almost-rejected/

CRTC Mandates Standards for TTY, IP Relay Accessibility Messaging Services

Individuals who are deaf, hard-of-hearing or deafblind will soon have access to faster, better message relay services

Canada’s telecommunications watchdog has issued a decision mandating standards for message relay services.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/crtc-mandates-standards-for-tty-ip-relay-accessibility-messaging-services/

Instagram Improving Accessibility for Users with Visual Impairments

On Wednesday, Instagram announced new features intended to provide a better experience for people with vision impairments.

Instagram is introducing automatic alternative text, which lets you hear descriptions of pictures when using Instagram with a screen reader. The automatic alternative text uses object recognition tech to generate a list of things that may appear in the photo, helping people know what they’re looking at.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/instagram-improving-accessibility-for-users-with-visual-impairments/

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Medi-Cal

On October 18, 2018, Disability Rights Advocates(DRA) and a coalition of blind advocates filed a class action lawsuit in Federal Court against the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and its county agents for failing to provide Medi-Cal notices in accessible formats, such as Braille.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/class-action-lawsuit-filed-against-medi-cal/