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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.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/smartphone-app-helps-blind-people-stand-in-socially-distanced-lines/

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.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/blind-people-advocates-slam-company-claiming-to-make-websites-ada-compliant/

Intel and AI Developer Create Backpack for Visually Impaired

Jagadish K. Mahendran, an independent Artificial Intelligence (AI) developer, and his team have collaborated with Intel to help ease the mode of transport for visually impaired people.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/intel-and-ai-developer-create-backpack-for-visually-impaired/

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/