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Deaf, Hard of Hearing Individuals May Face Barriers at the Polls

Prepared poll workers can help make voting a positive experience for deaf and hard of hearing voters, said an expert from the Harkin Institute.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/deaf-hard-of-hearing-individuals-may-face-barriers-at-the-polls/

Deaf Fan Denied Captioning Accommodation at Montreal Just For Laughs Festival

Just For Laughs apologizes, refunds ticket and hotel costs
CBC News
Posted: Jul 22, 2022

A deaf man from New York says Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival denied his request for accommodation despite asking for live captioning three months in advance.

Tom Willard, who is a stand-up comedian himself, planned to attend the festival for the first time, buying his ticket and booking his hotel, but without the captioning service, he was forced to cancel.

Just For Laughs says logistical and technical issues are to blame, but Willard said the technology is readily available and it’s time for the annual comedy festival to join the modern era.

Regina Folk Festival Piloting Accessibility Project Using Hearing Loop

The Regina Folk Festival (RFF) is piloting a project at this year’s event with the aim of improving accessibility for the hearing impaired at future shows with the use of a Hearing Loop.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/regina-folk-festival-piloting-accessibility-project-using-hearing-loop/

How This Teacher Who Reads Lips has Navigated Mask Mandates

Masks made return to classroom impossible for Amy Nicholas, who is hard of hearing Anchal Sharma, CBC News
Posted: Mar 17, 2022

Grade 3 students share what they enjoy about Ms. Nicholas’s virtual class and describe what it was like to find out that she uses a hearing aid.

Amy Nicholas knew she wanted to teach ever since she was a little girl, so she couldn’t wait to start her career when she graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2019.

But just six months into her first teaching job with the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB), the pandemic hit.

And though it changed life for just about everybody, it’s been particularly challenging for Nicholas, who is hard of hearing and reads lips to communicate.

What It’s Like to Be a Deaf Teenager During a Pandemic

Consortium Centre Jules-L├ęger teaches students from kindergarten to high school who are deaf, blind, deafblind, as well as those with learning disabilities. Because it is the only school in Canada outside Quebec that teaches students in French and using Quebec Sign Language (LSQ), many students live on campus.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/what-its-like-to-be-a-deaf-teenager-during-a-pandemic/

New Funding Supports DeafBlind People in B.C.

A new initiative will improve the quality of life for British Columbians living with hearing and sight loss, which is known as deafblindness.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/new-funding-supports-deafblind-people-in-b-c/

Improvements to Cochlear Implants Could Make Them More Accessible

A cochlear implant is a device that can help someone hear.
But, for years, the devices have not been compatible with MRI machines. This is because these devices rely on magnets and MRI machines operate on magnetic fields.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/improvements-to-cochlear-implants-could-make-them-more-accessible/

Merge-Interpreter Platform Provides Simultaneous Interpretation of Sign Language

The platform enables users to communicate easily through video calls, with round-the-clock assistance from sign language interpreters with a third party, the company said in a statement today

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/merge-interpreter-platform-provides-simultaneous-interpretation-of-sign-language/

Raising Awareness in the Name of Accessibility for Those Hard of Hearing

Members of the non-profit group stood outside city hall and McGill university campus Tuesday morning handing out face masks with a clear, see-through window.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/raising-awareness-in-the-name-of-accessibility-for-those-hard-of-hearing/

Voice Assistants Don’t Understand Us. They Should

For people like me, the voice technology that is a part of so many people’s everyday lives can feel all but useless. Telling Alexa to play a song or asking Siri for directions can be almost impossible whenever prolonged (“Aaaaaaaaa-lexa”) or chopped (“Hey … Si … ri!”) sounds cause the devices to misunderstand my commands or stop listening altogether.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/voice-assistants-dont-understand-us-they-should/