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HBO Max Rolls Out Audio Described Content

WarnerMedia has pledged to increase the accessibility of HBO Max, and in the first phase of delivering on that promise, the streaming platform will roll out major enhancements this week, including:

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/hbo-max-rolls-out-audio-described-content/

Uber Ordered to Pay $1.1m to Blind Woman Refused Rides

Lisa Irving said on some occasions, drivers were verbally abusive, or harassed her about transporting her guide dog, Bernie, in the car.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/uber-ordered-to-pay-1-1m-to-blind-woman-refused-rides/

Walking While Blind in Manhattan During the Pandemic

Crowded sidewalks and roadways have a few benefits to the blind: motion provides clues to what is happening.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/walking-while-blind-in-manhattan-during-the-pandemic/

Government of Canada Increases Funding for Alternate Format Materials for Persons With Print Disabilities

The Government of Canada continues to take important and decisive action to ensure that all Canadians are supported during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/government-of-canada-increases-funding-for-alternate-format-materials-for-persons-with-print-disabilities/

Blind Fans Outraged By Decision to Simulcast Blue Jays Games This Season!

A number of long-time blind baseball fans are outraged over the recent announcement that Toronto Blue Jays games will be simulcast this season, a move they say represents nothing more than a “callous, cost-cutting move that will make both radio and TV fans very unsatisfied and that will have impact on their enjoyment of their favourite team’s games.”

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/blind-fans-outraged-by-decision-to-simulcast-blue-jays-games-this-season/

Restoring Funding for Accessible Books: We Need Your Help!

In 2020, NNELS made over 2,500 alternate format versions of titles available to those with print disabilities. Of these, 45 were commissioned audiobooks and 26 were braille books that did not exist in any other accessible format and NNELS produced from start to finish. These titles were made available to NNELS users through their local libraries.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/restoring-funding-for-accessible-books-we-need-your-help/

Advocacy Group for Visually Impaired Canadians Says Ottawa’s Funding Application was Inaccessible

The Alliance for Equality for Blind Canadians (AEBC), a national charitable organization that advocates for the inclusion of individuals who are blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted, tried to apply for funding to help build capacity for their organization, Ottawa-based lawyer Anne Levesque said.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/advocacy-group-for-visually-impaired-canadians-says-ottawas-funding-application-was-inaccessible/

COVID-19 Vaccine Websites Violate Disability Laws, Create Inequity for the Blind

WebAIM, a nonprofit web accessibility organization, checked COVID vaccine websites gathered by KHN from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. On Jan. 27, it found accessibility issues on nearly all of 94 webpages, which included general vaccine information, lists of vaccine providers and registration forms.

In at least seven states, blind residents said they were unable to register for the vaccine through their state or local governments without help.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/covid-19-vaccine-websites-violate-disability-laws-create-inequity-for-the-blind/

Online Learning Era Neglects Blind Students’ Needs

A year after many campuses transitioned to remote instruction, blind students continue to encounter barriers that undermine their learning.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/online-learning-era-neglects-blind-students-needs/

Crowd Sourced Description – Call for Submissions!

Is there an artwork you have always wanted to hear described, but never had the chance? VocalEye is seeking suggestions from the blind and partially sighted community for a described visual art tour. It could be anything from a famous masterpiece to a lesser-known work that you have a personal connection to. The suggestions we collect will form the basis of an Almost Live Zoom Virtual Tour later this year.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/crowd-sourced-description-call-for-submissions/