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Inquest Into Death of Samuel Brown at Ontario-Run School for the Blind Postponed

Accessibility concerns were raised over virtual process for inquest, now expected in early 2022

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https://www.aoda.ca/inquest-into-death-of-samuel-brown-at-ontario-run-school-for-the-blind-postponed/

Helen Keller and the Problem of ‘Inspiration Porn’

Like many disabled people who grew up in the decades after Helen Keller’s death in 1968, I had always found the mythology of her life story troubling. The narrative that depicted Keller arguably the most famous disabled person in 20th-century America as a sort of deaf-blind angel did not resonate with me.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/helen-keller-and-the-problem-of-inspiration-porn/

Blindness Group Asks States to Stop Sending People to Training Centers With Abuse Allegations

The American Council of the Blind is urging taxpayer-funded state agencies to halt sending blind and low-vision people to any blindness training centers where allegations of sexual abuse have taken place, specifically citing recent allegations at the Louisiana Center for the Blind.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/blindness-group-asks-states-to-stop-sending-people-to-training-centers-with-abuse-allegations/

This Deaf-Blind Paralympian was Told to Navigate Tokyo Alone. So She Quit Team USA.

Five years ago, Becca Meyers was on the floor of her room in the Olympic Village at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympics, balled up and sobbing, frustrated and terrified. She had stopped eating because she couldn’t find the athletes’ dining area.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/this-deaf-blind-paralympian-was-told-to-navigate-tokyo-alone-so-she-quit-team-usa/

Independence Science Receives Award From National Federation of the Blind for Making Science More Accessible

“Blind students remotely control the Sci-Voice TLQ2 device that is connected to the teacher’s host computer. They can start and stop data collection, graph data and explore data tables,” Hingson said. “By sharing audio in the virtual meeting platform, the JAWS audio feed – made possible by our partner VISPERO – comes through the blind student’s speaker on their home computer. It is this interface that made scientific data collection possible during a global pandemic.”

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/independence-science-receives-award-from-national-federation-of-the-blind-for-making-science-more-accessible/

New Award-Winning App Helps the Visually Impaired Manage Their Wardrobe

Two Industrial Design students from Carleton University have won an Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) student competition award from Universities Canada.

Liana Meere and Mandy Hui took top honours in the competition’s Attitudinal/Systemic barriers category for their concept Closet, a label system that enables people with visual disabilities to independently manage their clothes.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/new-award-winning-app-helps-the-visually-impaired-manage-their-wardrobe/

Is There a Right Way to Act Blind?

Activists slammed the TV show “In the Dark” for casting a sighted actress in a blind lead role. But what if blindness is a performance of its own?

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/is-there-a-right-way-to-act-blind/

Candy-like Models Could Make Science More Accessible to visually Impaired Students

A groundbreaking study by Bryan Shaw, Ph.D., professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Baylor University, aims to use small, candy-like models to make science more accessible to the blind or visually impaired.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/candy-like-models-could-make-science-more-accessible-to-visually-impaired-students/

Smart Shoes Help the Visually Impaired

Shoes with sensors embedded in them have been created to alert blind and visually impaired people to obstacles in their path.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/smart-shoes-help-the-visually-impaired/

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/