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Hand-picked news about inclusion, accessibilty and innovation
The Neurodivergent Burnout Series Continues (fractalecho.substack.com)
Announcing the next session, opening mentoring space, and releasing the transcript of the lost second session.
5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Visiting Romania! (tabifolk.com)
You may argue that we’re biased, but we believe that Romania should be one of the top tourist destinations around the world. We have an incredible amount to offer visitors, so we thought we would give you a glimpse into what you can expect from a visit to our country. Without further ado, here are five stellar reasons why you should consider visiting Romania!
Travelers with disabilities face accessibility issues in Germany (hindustantimes.com)
It's not easy to travel around Germany for vacationers with disabilities. Can Germany's sorely lacking infrastructure be improved?
State Minister of Social Empowerment Anupa Pasqual attending a press conference held at the Presidential Media Center today (08), said that promoting accessible travel and creating an inclusive environment will be the theme for this year’s International Day of Persons with disabilities.
Postcards from Germany (ablemagazine.co.uk)
‘Barrier-free travel’ is the term used in Germany to describe destinations and attractions that are broadly accessible. Able Magazine was invited to see what’s available for disabled tourists in the North Rhine-Westphalia region.
Top 10 Gifts for Spinal Cord Injury (activehands.com)
Here's a selection of our top 10 Gifts for Spinal Cord Injury this holiday season. From stocking fillers to bigger budget gifts!
State Policy Update: RespectAbility To Start Disability Caucuses in State Legislatures (respectability.org)
RespectAbility's team will push for creating a Legislative Disability Caucus in the 43 state legislatures that currently don’t have them.
Federal Policy Update: Legislative Priorities + Fighting Barriers to Voting (respectability.org)
Preparing for the launch of our Policy Agenda in the coming weeks and fighting barriers to voting in coalition with other organizations.
Championing Inclusivity with the GAAD Foundation (go.3playmedia.com)
We invite you to join us for a fireside chat with the founders of the GAAD Foundation, Joe Devon and Jennison Asuncion.
How Will AI Help Disabled People? (criplife.co.uk)
In this guest post on Disability Horizons Shop, Emma Purcell gives an AI overview, discusses some of the concerns people have about AI and looks at the many ways artificial intelligence can benefit disabled people.
Accessibility Starts With Awareness: A Case Study (inclusivepublishing.org)
In digital accessibility we talk about the importance of embedding accessibility at the beginning of any project, which we know can be challenging.
How mobile apps undergo accessibility monitoring (accessibility.blog.gov.uk)
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines apply to public sector mobile apps. The Accessibility Monitoring team shares its approach to app testing.
Best Practice Guide - Promoting digital accessibility (businessdisabilityforum.org.uk)
A disability smart organisation promotes accessibility across its business. It makes its employees and its customers aware that the company is committed to making their business accessible to all, and how they are working towards that. This guide talks about promoting accessibility; what it means, who it affects and why you should do it.
When WCAG 2.0 was published in 2008 it launched with an initial set of 23 Techniques for PDF. Although there have been minor updates since then the scope and format has remained the same. There are no PDF examples provided and the application screen-shots are (naturally) vendor-specific. In general, since 2008 the information presented regarding PDF on w3.org has become dated.
Inclusive persona extension (bootcamp.uxdesign.cc)
How can we integrate UCD/HCD methodology with accessibility? Here is a design support tool for you named ‘Inclusive Persona Extension’.
Using persona profiles to test accessibility (accessibility.blog.gov.uk)
At the Government Digital Service we've created a series of accessibility persona logins, so that people can experience different conditions and test their services. Here's how they work.
Learn strategies for writing expressive image descriptions while maintaining current accessibility best practices.
Don't Use Fixed CSS height or width on Buttons, Links, or Any Other Text Containers (ashleemboyer.com)
Fixed heights and widths risk 'loss of content' when text is resized.
Information sciences professor developing tool to make data visualizations accessible to blind researchers, students (news.illinois.edu)
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign information sciences professor JooYoung Seo is developing a data visualization tool that converts data to sound or Braille to make visual representations of statistical data accessible to researchers who are blind or visually impaired.
Agile Accessibility KPIs: How to Measure What Matters (levelaccess.com)
Learn which accessibility KPIs your team should track for an efficient, agile approach to digital accessibility.
Disability pay gap 'higher than a decade ago' (personneltoday.com)
The disability pay gap has shown 'zero progress' in the last decade, according to analysis from the TUC.
The proposal from the European Commission would fall short of equal citizenship for disabled people.
Let’s shape the Freedom Drive 2024 (enil.eu)
As you know, the Freedom Drive is happening next September 2024 from Monday the 23rd to Wednesday the 25th. ENIL will also be marking it’s 35th anniversary the same year.
Data Corner for November 2023 (respectability.org)
The labor force participation rate for people with disabilities grew to 40.4% in October 2023 from 38.7% in October 2022.
HEARTBREAK – The PECULIAR Path of GRIEF (quirkyquad.com)
Despite my quirky exterior and rosy attitude as many seem to comment on, I, too, really struggle at times. Honestly, who doesn’t? It’s human nature.
History of Faith and Spirituality at the 504 Sit-In (respectability.org)
The 504 Sit-In protest came with many challenges, and faith and spirituality played a significant part in sustaining the activists.
AI-Media transforms live events with groundbreaking caption and translation services at the Global Media Congress.
10 cities chosen for $9 million global initiative fostering innovation in urban mobility (disabilityinsider.com)
The Toyota Mobility Foundation, in partnership with Challenge Works and World Resources Institute, has announced the shortlist for the $9-million Sustainable Cities Challenge. Launched in June 2023, the global mobility challenge aims to help cities prepare for the future and has the potential to transform the lives of millions of people around the world.
Research explores the intersection of mental and physical well-being (disabilityinsider.com)
The research, led by Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in collaboration with the University of Cambridge's Biomedical Research Centre, involved an extensive analysis of 19 different studies, encompassing data from 194,123 psychiatric patients across the world, with a comparison to 7,660,590 individuals in control groups.
SFU researchers introduce XoMotion exoskeleton for enhanced mobility (disabilityinsider.com)
Next-generation exoskeleton technology developed by SFU researchers is poised to offer people with mobility disabilities a new chance at free and independent movement. The state-of-the-art robotic exoskeleton known as XoMotion is the result of a decade of research and the product of an SFU spin off company, Human in Motion Robotics (HMR) Inc. The company … Continue reading "SFU researchers introduce XoMotion exoskeleton for enhanced mobility"
Jury Orders Amazon To Pay Ex-Employee With Asperger's $1.2 Million (disabilityscoop.com)
A former Amazon employee with Asperger's syndrome claimed he was bullied and abused by co-workers who called him "retard" and "a waste of life" and the company did nothing when he spoke up.
The Cost of Being Disabled in New York City Housing (nytimes.com)
Some landlords are asking disabled people to foot the bill for accommodations, leaving even those with ample resources without an accessible place to live.
Meet the Massachusetts ‘MacGyvers’ customizing equipment for people with disabilities (bostonglobe.com)
When off-the-shelf equipment for people with disabilities isn't a good fit, these customizers with the Department of Developmental Services improvise upgrades.
Live Performance of Dis Education at Disability:IN (youtube.com)
Lachi performance of Dis Education acoustic on piano, live at the 2022 Disability:IN Conference in Dallas TX.
Award Winning Musician, Author, Disability Rights Advocate Lachi Secures Publishing Deal With Tiny Reparations Books (broadwayworld.com)
Award-winning musician, author, and disability rights advocate Lachi has secured a publishing deal with Tiny Reparations Books.
2025 American Women Quarters™ Program Co (usmint.gov)
The U.S. Mint announces the honorees for the 2025 American Women Quarters™ Program. This is the fourth and final year of this historic program.
Dear Annie: You can’t always tell when a person is handicapped, so don’t judge others on appearances (cleveland.com)
In today's Dear Annie column, Annie Lane shares a letter from a reader who sometimes struggles with physical problems, even if they might not appear to outwardly.
Dear Abby: Grandma who fixates on grandson’s disability, shames him, may get shut out (oregonlive.com)
A spinal cord injury from birth keeps boy from walking. Grandma tells him "Big boys walk."
Mental health and lived experience: The value of lived experience expertise in global mental health (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)
There is no disputing the current established global consensus that people with lived experience of a mental health condition (“people with lived experience”) play an integral role in influencing policy and processes in global mental health. Specifically, the role they hold as agents of change through which they can lead and co-lead projects on mental health, alongside a multidisciplinary team, as recommended in the findings of the report of Lancet Commission on ending stigma and discrimination (Thornicroft et al. , “The Lancet Commission on ending stigma and discrimination in mental health”, Lancet, 400, 1438–1480). Immense value is associated with their unique expertise not learned through theoretical concept but based on real-life experience. Appreciating their involvement in processes is a human right, supported by international human rights instruments such as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Psychosocial Disabilities (2006). However, there remains an expectation that people with lived experience are expected to be involved in processes and service delivery without receiving remuneration for their expertise. This article will provide the basis for which processes must follow the principle of equity; that lived experience expertise ought to be equally compensated for based on equal pay for equal work. In closing, it will provide a recommendation for stakeholders on how to improve upon effective engagement with people with lived experience, leading to meaningful and authentic contributions.
Changing the Funding Landscape for Disability Justice: Disability Rights UK’s call to Funding Organisations (disabilityrightsuk.org)
The Disability Rights UK (DR UK) proudly announces the launch of a DPO sector that will challenge the funding landscape for disability justice.
The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council has launched the Disabled Artists Creative Cohort, a pioneering initiative to promote equity and accessibility in the arts for disabled artists. This paid advisory group, comprised of disabled artists and professionals, will collaborate with the Council to advocate for regional change, provide resources, and create opportunities that prioritize disability justice and accessibility. Let's delve into the inspiring stories of the inaugural cohort members and their vision for a more inclusive arts community.
Environmental Scan of Access Practices in Arts Funding (canadacouncil.ca)
An overview and analysis of access practices in granting processes in arts funding organizations in Canada.
Disabled and starting out? (artsprofessional.co.uk)
Unlimited provides roles for disabled people in the arts, starting at entry level. Jo Verrent reflects on her first job in the cultural sector and what she learnt from it.
Calgary artist wins inaugural Won Lee Prize (calgaryherald.com)
A Calgary-based artist has won the inaugural Won Lee Prize awarded to a Canadian artist living with a disability.
Market Place Peckham gives platform to budding DJs with neurodivergent conditions and learning disabilities (london-post.co.uk)
POPULAR London street food restaurant and bar brand, Market Place London, has partnered with learning disability arts programme Bubble Club’s DJ Factory, to offer them the space to perform and hone their skills.
Disability justice and Earth care with Valerie Novack (blackearthpodcast.com)
Black Earth is an interview podcast celebrating nature and black women leaders in the environmental movement. Join us for inspiring, informed and authentic conversations on how we can make a positive impact for people and nature worldwide. Episodes out every Wednesday. Connect with us online @blackearthpodcast on Instagram, LinkedIn and Tiktok. Hosted by Marion Atieno Osieyo. Healing our relationship with nature, one conversation at a time.
Inside the company redefining performing arts and amazing audiences worldwide (nbclosangeles.com)
California Live’s Jessica Vilchis heads to Altadena to meet the founders of Hawks LA, the nature-based children’s camp inspiring exploration and discovery for kids. Plus, she meets some young explorers who talk about their experience with the program!
“As disabled people, dealing with an inaccessible society while trying to build something is infuriating.”
Johanna Hedva, If You’re Reading This, I’m Already Dead (joanlosangeles.org)
JOAN presents If You’re Reading This, I’m Already Dead, the first institutional solo exhibition in Los Angeles by Berlin- and Los Angeles-based artist, writer, and musician Johanna Hedva. The exhibition comprises a commissioned multichannel sound installation, sculptures, and paintings, with a parallel live performance program at 2220 Arts + Archives.
A new tool helps disabled people track—and shape—laws that impact them (motherjones.com)
New Disabled South's plain-language dashboard makes dense bills far more accessible.
U.S. Access Board - Design Recommendations for Accessible Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (access-board.gov)
The U.S. Access Board is a federal agency that promotes equality for people with disabilities through leadership in accessible design and the development of accessibility guidelines and standards for the built environment, transportation, communication, medical diagnostic equipment, and information technology.
This Runner Became One of the First Women With Down Syndrome to Finish New York City Marathon (runnersworld.com)
Kayleigh Williamson runs for her grandmother, herself, and to show others anything is possible.
Getty Images Creative Grant (grants.gettyimages.com)
With Getty Images’ mission to move the world, we are partnering with Verizon and the National Disability Leadership Alliance (NDLA) to promote diversity within creative commercial photography and videography, elevating the work and voices of people within the disability community. The Joyful Bodies: Celebrating Diversity and Resilience creative grant provides financial support and mentorship to artists who are committed to authentically representing members within the disability community, illuminating the vibrant diversity, strength, and beauty of disabled bodies through the lens of joy and empowerment, embracing their unique journeys with pride and grace.
Touch in the Time of Corona (degruyter.com)
Reflections on Love, Care, and Vulnerability in the Pandemic.
Touch in the Time of Corona: Reflections on Love, Care, and Vulnerability (event.newschool.edu)
Join us for a discussion and moment of reflection with Henriette Steiner, co-author of Time of Corona - Reflections on Love, Care, and Vulnerability in the PandemicIn many respects, the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be a thing of the past. Yet, what residual cultural practices, imaginations, social or economic inequalities or political divisions still linger on today? In this event, Henriette Steiner takes as a starting point Touch in the Time of Corona - Reflections on Love, Care, and Vulnerability in the Pandemic, a book “co-written apart” with Kristin Veel in the months following the first hard lock-down and published in 2021. The book looks at the particular ways in which the possibilities for touch, touching and being touched, both physically and affectively, were reconfigured by the pandemic: How did love, care, and humanity’s complex relationships with technology and nature play out in the interval between abandoned city centers and digitally mediated gatherings?
No Diagram Anatomy returns for November & December 2023! (darkroomballet.com)
Announcing a new series of three no-diagram anatomy workshops open to all (with priority given to blind and visually impaired students), no prior experience required.
Careers in the Arts Toolkit (arts.gov)
Clockwise, from top left: Dancer Sidiki Conde performing at the 2007 NEA National Heritage Fellowship concert, photo by Michael G. Stewart; Deaf West Theatre’s production of Oedipus, photo by Craig Schwartz; Mary Verdi-Fletcher works with students during Dancing Wheels’ 2019 Summer Dance Intensive, photo by Sara Lawrence-Sucato/The Dancing Wheels Company; Gospel music ensemble Blind Boys of Alabama, photo by Jim Herrington.
Beyond 6 Seconds: Neurodivergent personal trainer & weightlifting champion Bayley Garnham (sites.libsyn.com)
Bayley Garnham is a personal trainer from Auckland, New Zealand. As a teenager, Bayley spent 7 years competing in Olympic Weightlifting at a national level. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Sport and Recreation, with a major in Sport and Exercise Science. Bayley was diagnosed with dyspraxia and dysgraphia at the age of 12, and he’s passionate about promoting the benefits that physical activity brings for neurodivergent people.
Make it real! Manifesto from Hear our Voices! self-advocacy conference (inclusion-europe.eu)
We believe everyone has the right to enjoy life.We believe everyone must have their rights respected.This is what we want to say.Listen to us.
All4Inclusion Award (happysmilestraining.co.uk)
On Tuesday evening, Alex represented the team in a virtual All4Inclusion Award Ceremony. We have four categories. Nominations were originally submitted by members of the public before a panel selected the final five. You can find more information here.
New report reveals how disabled PhD students can be better supported (disabledstudents.co.uk)
Disabled Students UK has produced a new report investigating the experiences of disabled postgraduate research (PGR) students, a previously understudied group that has increased in size by more than 50% in the last 5 years, today making up 20% of PGR home students (HESA, 2023).
All Different, All Equal Launch Event (happysmilestraining.co.uk)
On Monday evening, members of the team went to St Peter’s Pavilion for a Launch Event for the All Different, All Equal strategy. This strategy will allow people and communities across Wigan Borough to have their voices heard, valued and celebrated. This strategy is in collaboration with Wigan Council and Everything Human Rights. You can read all about the Launch Event here.
Disabled Student UK crowned number one changemaking organisation (disabledstudents.co.uk)
Disabled Students UK has been recognised as the number one changemaking organisation on the Disability Power 100 list 2023.
The Youth Leadership Programme (YLP) involves recruiting 4 young disabled activists to spend a week with an organisation advocating for independent living and the rights of disabled people in another European country for 1 week each. Today, you’ll learn about the story of Ivana Jankovic who is from Montenegro and going to Budapest, Hungary.
Christopher Laing, founder of the Deaf Architecture Front, discusses the aims of the DAF and the experiences he has encountered on his journey to becoming an architect.
With fewer than 15 Deaf people training to become architects in the UK, the Deaf Architecture Front platform has launched to boost accessibility and representation in the industry.
Deaf Architecture Front (deafarchitecturefront.com)
Welcome to Stamma (stamma.org)
Hidden Disabilities Sunflower (hdsunflower.com)
The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower is a discreet sign that the wearer has a hidden disability and may need additional support
Air4all | Wheel Chair Travel (air4all.net)
Air4All offers the TOTAL solution delivered by the industry for the industry. It finally offers personal safety to the most vulnerable passengers, a conundrum that regulators and governments have (until now) found it difficult to resolve.
‘Any embarrassment is in your head!’: How hearing aids boost your health and happiness (theguardian.com)
There is still a stigma around hearing tests and hearing loss – even though excellent help is now at hand. It could just change your life.
CRIP CALL TO ACTION: Why disabled people living in the US need to be calling for a long lasting ceasefire in Israel-Palestine (disabilityvisibilityproject.com)
I write this as a white, disabled, queer, ashkenazi jew whose heart is deeply broken and fully enraged by the ongoing annihilation of Palestinian lives. In just over one month, with support and funding from the United States, the Israeli government has killed more than 11,000 (1) Palestinians, injured more than 29,000 (1) and displaced over 1.4 million (2) Palestinian people.
How I Really Feel About Sex Work and Disability as a Disabled Client (andrewgurza.com)
For the last seven years, I have been a huge proponent of sex work as a viable option for disabled people who want a sexual encounter. I believe that sex work is so important and so vital for disabled people and their sexual experiences. Sex work needs to be decriminalized and made a part of benefit systems so that disabled people can actually access it.
When a Dancer’s Moves Include a Wheelchair (nytimes.com)
How Chelsie Hill, the founder of the Rollettes dance team in Los Angeles, created a sisterhood for women and girls with disabilities.
Employees with Disabilities Say Software Accessibility Falls Short (hcmtechnologyreport.com)
Most workers with disabilities say software is important to doing their jobs, but nearly half said today's accessibility is insufficient.
The website is intended to offer web designers and developers clear instructions to make websites accessible for as many people as possible.
The Architectural Barriers Act is the ADA’s Powerful Parent (unitedspinal.org)
The Architectural Barriers Act covers post offices and all other federally-owned buildings and facilities.
Incorporating Universal Design Principles in Business Operations (editorialge.com)
Universal design principles in business enhances accessibility, equity and the customer experience. We explain simple ways to integrate flexibility into any operation.
When you’re out and about look at the homes on any given street — and imagine you can’t walk up stairs. How many would be inaccessible to you?
Q+A | ADHD Diagnosis Accessibility (youtube.com)
Benjamin Kioko asked: I have been diagnosed with ADHD and ASD. As I am under 25, my ASD diagnosis was covered by Medicare. For ADHD, there is no such Medicare allowance for diagnosis that allows Australians to obtain the benefits of treatment and support. Minister, what is your plan to make a diagnosis accessible for more Australians under Medicare.
How Hotel Websites Are Becoming More Accessible (blog.usablenet.com)
Hotel website ADA compliance has improved dramatically over the past year, allowing users with visual impairments to book rooms more easily.
How A Deaf Advisory Group Is Changing Healthcare (sciencefriday.com)
Deaf patients often don’t receive interpreters in healthcare settings. A deaf advisory group worked with a hospital to improve how it cares for them.
My Journey through an Online Shopping Experience (blog.usablenet.com)
Our blind contributor narrates his way through interactions with a website, discussing both good and bad accessibility points. Read now.
Revolutionizing Accessibility: The Power of Facial Navigation Technology (techcommunity.microsoft.com)
Imagine that one of your colleagues lost arm mobility due to an accident, and now they are wondering how they will go back to their work. What if I could tell you that they will be able to use Teams and much more as they did before… UCL MotionInput v3.3: Facial Navigation Assistant v1.0, Seeks to address the challenges faced by people with significant disabilities in interacting with digital devices, particularly those reliant on a keyboard and mouse. It is aimed at enhancing their ability to use computers, even with limited mobility.
Access auditor training needs a human touch- especially when it comes to bathroom accessibility (pbctoday.co.uk)
About Access's Ian Streets outlines the training needed for an access auditor when assessing bathroom accessibility.
For Michelle Lou Lan And MeshYoga, Accessibility And Inclusivity Are Integral To Better Yoga For Everyone (forbes.com)
In an interview this week conducted over email, Lan explained it’s her goal to make yoga more accessible and inclusive to everyone.
Air Canada CEO apologizes for accessibility barriers, rolls out new measures (chroniclejournal.com)
Air Canada CEO Michael Rousseau has apologized for the airline's accessibility shortfalls and announced new measures to improve the travel experience for hundreds of thousands of passengers living with a disability.
People living with disabilities often face unique barriers compared to those who do not live with disabilities. This is why the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) is highlighting that November is Indigenous Disability Awareness Month. This awareness month was started by Indigenous Disability Canada, formerly known as British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society.
Ensure installation of voice-based announcements even in private buses to help visually-challenged, Karnataka High Court tells State govt. (thehindu.com)
The High Court of Karnataka on Thursday said that the State government on its own may issue a circular asking even private bus operators, who ply buses across the State by taking permits, to install audio-alerts/voice-based announcement system to help visually-challenged persons.
The European Parliament is set to implement rules to improve physical and digital accessibility to its premises around the EU for people with disabilities, according to an internal document seen by Euractiv.
Robotic guide dog created to improve choice and accessibility for people with impaired vision (khmertimeskh.com)
A headless, tailless robot dog called Spot has the potential to make a big difference for people across the world with vision impairment thanks to Queensland researchers.
New Royal Mail accessibility needs delivery options (channelx.world)
Royal Mail has introduced an option for households to register their accessibility needs for parcel deliveries or collections via Parcel Collect. For example, customers with a disability or other accessibility need can request that posties ‘knock louder’ or take more time when waiting for the customer to come to the door. This can be set-up on the Royal Mail app or via phone with Royal Mail’s customer service team.
Edmonton dog park not wheelchair accessible during grand opening (edmonton.citynews.ca)
The new Pleasantview dog park in Edmonton was not wheelchair accessible during its grand opening event over the weekend.
'Wheely Serious' about accessibility (latrobevalleyexpress.com.au)
While the name is a reflection of the light-hearted nature of the people behind the project, they are ‘wheely serious’ about accessibility.
The National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD) has spelt out specifications for public facilities in order to accommodate people with disabilities (PWDs).
New BSL action plan (gov.scot)
45 commitments to tackle barriers.
How Kay Elliott Architects and Buro Happold reworked the Royal National Institute of Blind People’s Grimaldi Building in King's Cross for inclusive access.
It's not easy for vacationers with disabilities to travel around Germany. Can the required infrastructure be improved?
How Do We Prioritize Accessibility in Outdoor Spaces? These Experts Made a Checklist (goodgoodgood.co)
The Outdoors for Everyone initiative encourages parks and organizations to create inclusive outdoor experiences through guidelines for accessibility.
Accessibility and Inclusion Remain an Issue at Children (schoollibraryjournal.com)
While COVID-19 precautions and technological advances have enabled more disabled writers to attend children’s literature conferences, conventions, festivals, and other events—often thanks to virtual options—many organizers still treat accessibility as a secondary concern rather than actively seeking opportunities to make programming accessible. Several disabled authors spoke to SLJ about their worries over accessibility and negative experiences that often prevent them from attending events.
The company worked with an inclusive design center and consulted employees to ensure all new spaces are built with accessibility for all in mind.
Report: NYC Transit Falling Behind on Accessibility (planetizen.com)
The city is lagging on meeting its pledge to improve accessibility across the system.
People with disabilities need more options for voting, which could improve turnout, study says (pilotonline.com)
People with disabilities look for different options when it comes to voting because the traditional options are not always accessible.
As more companies prioritize accessibility, Comcast has a head start innovating for customers with disabilities (inquirer.com)
“When you build an inclusive solution, you often build a product that’s better for everybody,” said the company's vice president of accessibility.
Accommodations and Accessibility: What's the Difference? (psychologytoday.com)
Accessibility means a space is always welcoming to neurodivergent people.
Bluetooth location-tracking devices like Apple AirTags and Tile trackers are an increasingly popular way for people to locate their misplaced items. Unfortunately, stalkers and abusers are also misusing these devices to surreptitiously track people. Your iPhone or Android device may be able to detect AirTags that don’t belong to you and are traveling with you, but there is currently no industry-wide standard that works across mobile operating systems as well as across location-tracker brands, leaving millions of people vulnerable to high-tech stalking. Moreover, some devices have options that make them incredibly difficult to detect.
Explain the Basic Web Design Principles (ventsmagazine.com)
Web design is an indispensable part of today’s business and personal landscapes. It plays a vital role in presenting complex data and messages effectively, enhancing user experience, and strengthening brand visibility online. This article will delve into the essential principles of web design that every designer should know to create appealing, user-friendly websites.
Enable These Accessibility Features on Your Smart TV (lifehacker.com)
These settings make TV accessible to users who have hearing or vision conditions.
Accessible Design for Print and Digital (netz-barrierefrei.de)
What is an accessible font? And how can you make print material accessible? The answer you will find in this tutorial.
Disability, Diwali, Durga Puja. Not everyone is invited in Delhi's festive season (theprint-in.cdn.ampproject.org)
The absence of wheelchair ramps at entrances to festival spaces, or judgmental stares when a child with sensory issues becomes overwhelmed at a pandal, send a clear message: Not welcome.
The Lack Of Clarity On The AI Pin’s Accessibility Begs The Question: Humane For Whom? (lm.facebook.com)
Following much pomp and circumstance, San Francisco-based tech startup Humane this week officially launched its much-ballyhooed AI Pin. The device, which feels spiritually similar to a Star Trek communicator, is a wearable that a person wears on their clothing and can ask questions of its onboard assistant, as well as take pictures. There’s also a projector which projects a simple interface onto the palm of the user’s hand. According to Humane, the AI Pin costs $699 and pre-orders begin on November 16. It will start shipping sometime next year.
7 Android Accessibility Features That Everyone Should Use (howtogeek.com)
Some of the most handy Android features are tucked away in the "Accessibility" settings.
Accessible design improves the web for everyone, not just people with disabilities.
You can control your iPhone without using your hands. Here's how (nbcconnecticut.com)
You can activate Voice Control on your iPhone and control your device with no hands.
Xbox caught flak for limiting the number of ‘unauthorized’ third-party accessories and controllers, including some cross-console gaming boards.
How to use accessibility features in Microsoft 365 like Narrator, Read aloud and Voice Search easily (onmsft.com)
Today, we are going to show you how to use accessibility features in Microsoft 365 like Narrator, Read aloud, and Voice Search.
Baldur's Gate 3 patch 4 features over 1000 fixes and adds a new accessibility setting for color-blind people (techradar.com)
Licking the hunk of spider meat can now make you sick, so listen to Gale.
Improving accessibility in the workplace (technologydecisions.com.au)
Australians living with disability and accessibility challenges face barriers to education and obtaining quality jobs, a pool of talent that should be embraced.
Why accessibility is important for your business (noosatoday.com.au)
It’s the year of Accessible Tourism and if you are wondering how to embrace accessibility in your business and not sure where to start, Tourism Noosa can help.
4 ways to make hiring more accessible (mashable.com)
Expand the applicant pool and support higher rates of employment for people with disabilities. It's a win-win.
Get Ready for the European Accessibility Act (applause.com)
Learn how the European Accessibility Act impacts private-sector companies doing business in EU member states and what to do.
Manual Website Accessibility Audit (techbullion.com)
In today’s digital-first world, website accessibility cannot be an afterthought. Accessibility means making your website usable for as wide an audience as possible, including the estimated one billion people worldwide with disabilities. It’s not just about altruism; it’s about reaching out to every potential user or customer, regardless of how they interact with the web.
A song for freedom: disabled people in Myanmar's civil war (disabilitydebrief.org)
An activist reveals how disabled people are caught in violence, but still striving to make a better future.
Play for All - Logitech G Introduces Adaptive Gaming Kit for Access(TM) Controller for the PS5 Console (finance.yahoo.com)
This Collection of Additional Buttons and Switches is Compatible with Access™ Controller for the PS5 Console, Opening Doors for Gamers with Disabilities.
Xbox will block unauthorized third-party controllers, leaving questions for accessibility and the fighting game community (gamesradar.com)
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Moddex access ramp system with disability handrails ensure accessibility at Ausco Modular office (architectureanddesign.com.au)
Moddex supplied a turnkey modular access ramp solution to Ausco Modular for one of their Victoria branch office buildings to resolve their accessibility problem.
New Study Links Higher Levels of a Certain Type of Fat to a Decreased Risk of Dementia (scitechdaily.com)
A recent study suggests that older individuals with higher triglyceride levels may have a reduced risk of developing dementia and experience slower cognitive decline than those with lower levels. The research involved 18,294 participants, and its findings were supported by a separate U.K. dataset. However, the results might not be universally applicable since only individuals aged 65 and above without cognitive issues were studied.
Wheelchair repairs can drag out for months. In Mass., people with disabilities seek a solution (bostonglobe.com)
Wheelchair failures can leave users in pain, out of work, and trapped at home.
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The Abolition and Disability Justice Coalition (abolitionanddisabilityjustice.com)
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Statement of Solidarity with Palestine from the ADJC (abolitionanddisabilityjustice.com)
Following the lead of Sins Invalid and the Autistic People of Color Collective, the Abolition and Disability Justice Collective condemns Israel’s most recent massacres of Palestinians and its ongoing occupation and settler colonization of Palestine. Disability justice cannot exist under settler colonialism, military occupation, imprisonment, and apartheid. We write this in support of the Palestinian struggle for freedom, dignity, and self-determination.
Disability Under Siege – Interdisciplinary Research Project focussing on education for people with disabilities in the Middle East (disabilityundersiege.org)
“Disability Under Siege” is a multidisciplinary project running from 2020 to 2024 and which seeks to transform the education provision for children with disabilities in conflict affected states, specifically Palestine (Gaza and West Bank), Lebanon, and Jordan.
Duke University Press (dukeupress.edu)
In The Right to Maim Jasbir K. Puar brings her pathbreaking work on the liberal state, sexuality, and biopolitics to bear on our understanding of disability. Drawing on a stunning array of theoretical and methodological frameworks, Puar uses the concept of “debility”—bodily injury and social exclusion brought on by economic and political factors—to disrupt the category of disability. She shows how debility, disability, and capacity together constitute an assemblage that states use to control populations. Puar's analysis culminates in an interrogation of Israel's policies toward Palestine, in which she outlines how Israel brings Palestinians into biopolitical being by designating them available for injury. Supplementing its right to kill with what Puar calls the right to maim, the Israeli state relies on liberal frameworks of disability to obscure and enable the mass debilitation of Palestinian bodies. Tracing disability's interaction with debility and capacity, Puar offers a brilliant rethinking of Foucauldian biopolitics while showing how disability functions at the intersection of imperialism and racialized capital.
Self-driving cars still aren't the future (disconnect.blog)
A Cruise disaster deflates the robotaxi hype once again.
Why Sign-Language Gloves Don't Help Deaf People (theatlantic.com)
Wearable technologies that claim to translate ASL overlook the intricacies of the language, as well as the needs of signers.
From Ukrainians with disabilities comes a desperate plea: ‘We have no chance without help’ (washingtonpost.com)
One of the volunteers who is trying to make sure disabled Ukrainians aren’t abandoned is former D.C. advisory neighborhood commissioner Anna Landre.
The Jewelry Library (thejewelrylibrary.com)
The Jewelry Library is a new hands-on exhibition space offering collaborative research opportunities and rotating jewelry collections curated for jewelry people by jewelry people.
We transform libraries, universities, and schools into celebratory destinations that speak to today. Our designs are products of learning. Culture, technology, history, art, climate, and our client's mission and values teach us. Shifts in how people work, live and socialize inform us.
Art Deco: Commercializing the Avant-Garde (posterhouse.org)
The term “Art Deco” did not exist until the 1960s. Prior to that, the geometric, bold, machine-focused style now collectively packaged within that genre was known by many names, representing a variety of regional versions of Modernism. This exhibition chronicles the rise and fall of what would come to be known as Art Deco, starting with the 1925 Paris Exhibition where various factions of the European avant-garde were distilled through commercial endeavors to become the visual language of capitalism, and ending as Deco graphics became more nationalistic in the lead up to World War II.
What adults can learn from kids about inclusivity (smanewstoday.com)
Columnist Halsey Blocher realizes there's much that adults can learn from kids about how to makes products and spaces more inclusive.
When a certain problem gets overt focus, others tend to get overlooked. Case-in-point: the Bottom of the Pyramid theory, created by Indian-American researcher and author CK Prahalad. Prahalad argued that the world’s poorest people constituted the “bottom of the pyramid” (BoP) and presented a massive opportunity for the world’s wealthiest companies. He posited that this segment was an untapped market opportunity and that companies, by developing products and services accessible to them, could create sustainable and profitable ventures, while also improving the lives of the poor. It brought focus to the money scarcity problem (meaning, products were not reaching low-income groups because they were not designed to cater to them) and helped create new market segments and increase product accessibility. But in doing so, it also drew attention away from other inclusion gaps. This resulted in an “identity problem” with certain other groups getting marginalized on the basis of gender, race, caste, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and ethnicity. Management leaders need a clearly defined Side of the Pyramid (SoP) strategy to optimize the available opportunities and develop more inclusive products and services.
A unique atmosphere at the NC State Fair on Sunday.
An Artist Invited Blind People to Use an A.I. Image Generator. The Unsettling Results Could Help Make Art More Accessible (news.artnet.com)
A project organized by artist Cosmo Wenman experimented with the use of artificial intelligence for blind users.
How to Ensure Your Workplace Is Truly Inclusive for All (entrepreneur.com)
How to prepare for a future that will be determined more by inclusive policies and practices than by traditional business metrics.
Justice Department Secures Settlement in Case Concerning Disability-Based Discrimination at Multifamily Housing Complexes in Maryland (justice.gov)
The Justice Department announced today that Maryland-based developer Humphrey-Stavrou Associates Inc. (Humphrey-Stavrou) and related entities have agreed to pay $475,000 to settle claims that they violated the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The claims alleged that the defendants failed to build required accessible features for people with disabilities, including those who use wheelchairs, at six multi-family housing complexes across Maryland. As part of the settlement, the defendants also agreed to make extensive retrofits to remove accessibility barriers at the three properties Humphrey-Stavrou still owns and the three properties Humphrey-Stavrou sold to third parties.
Audible crosswalks make downtown Flint accessible for people with visual impairments (flushingview.mihomepaper.com)
The City of Flint is striving to make downtown a safer, more accessible, and inclusive environment with the installation of three audible crosswalk devices on Saginaw St. at the intersections of Union, Kearsley, and First Streets. Another three devices will be installed at Second, Third, and Fourth Streets in the coming weeks.
All rideshare vehicles in the Big Apple will need to be either carbon-neutral or wheelchair-accessible by 2030, when the city’s newly-announced "Green Rides" program takes effect.
Mesa was recently named the first city to achieve recognition from Wheel the World as an accessible destination for travelers.
Watching TV While Blind (consumerreports.org)
Consumer Reports shares TV accessibility settings and tech advances for people with visual impairments.
This App Will Help You Find Accessible Fall Foliage Adventures in National Parks across the U.S. (travelandleisure.com)
Accessibility app Friendly Like Me shares data on the most accessible national parks that also have fantastic fall foliage.
How accessible and inclusive is Cape Town really? (capetownetc.com)
Cape Town is sure to be buzzing with life over the next seven months as the city heads into its busiest tourism period.
The development of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure is crucial as we transition to a more sustainable transportation system. However, experts are highlighting the importance of ensuring that these charging facilities are accessible to all users. Public agencies and private developers should take into account accessibility requirements and design these facilities with inclusivity in mind.
EV Charging Should Be Accessible to All, Experts Say (govtech.com)
As electric vehicle charging infrastructure is built out, public agencies and private developers should keep in mind accessibility requirements and design these facilities for all users.
Greek Tourism Ministry Makes Accessibility for People with Disabilities a Top Priority (news.gtp.gr)
The Greek Tourism Ministry is taking actions to ensure equal access and inclusivity in tourism.
Network Rail aims to enhance accessibility at stations across Wales (railway-technology.com)
As part of the Access for All programme, six stations across the Wales and Borders route will receive enhanced accessibility services.
Edinburgh's Swanston Brasserie has become one of the first restaurants to make accessibility for people with sight loss a top priority.
According to the World Health Organization, around 15% of the world’s population lives with some form of disability. While passengers with a disability or reduced mobility are legally entitled to support when travelling by air, campaigners are still having to fight for changes in the aviation sector for better service.
Design crusaders foster accessibility, inclusivity for the disabled (sundayguardianlive.com)
From making accessible search engine for the disabled to helping them dribble a ball for Coimbatore’s first wheelchair basketball team, the winners of NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Awards 2023 have the tenacity to realise their aspirations through resilience and vision.
Are we entering a golden age of accessibility? (airlines.iata.org)
According to the World Health Organization, there an estimated 1.3 billion people worldwide who experience “significant” disability. This represents 16% of the world's population, or 1 in 6 people.
City partners with RE/MAX to offer free accessible trick or treat signs (cambridgetoday.ca)
Signs are available for pick up from various locations from now until Oct. 31.
'Everything you do needs to have accessibility in mind': Morningstar, Axa and Invesco on bridging the disability employment gap (portfolio-adviser.com)
MP Tom Pursglove also discussed barriers to entry at Diversity Project's Demystifying Disability Confident event.
Life in a metro: Accessible yet constrained (deccanherald.com)
Now, I don’t know if it is my press ID that I sneakily let hang from my backpack or my irritating middle-class relentlessness that does it, but another man at the counter finally gives me a ticket at no cost. “Go”, he says. “And next time, carry cash.
Adventist Church in Fiji Commits to Creating Accessible Spaces (adventistreview.org)
Leaders hope that a recent inauguration will help to inspire others to do the same.
Supreme Court Releases Audit Report With Recommendations For Better Accessibility For Persons With Disabilities (livelaw.in)
The Supreme Court Committee on Accessibility chaired by Justice S. Ravindra Bhat , on Monda
Map apps and user reviews have given new life to consumer confidence, but the technology has left behind millions of disabled Britons.
Survey finds most BC workplaces falling short in supporting accessibility for disabled workers (victoriabuzz.com)
According to a recent survey done in BC, many people with disabilities and different accessibility needs feel that their workplaces are letting them down.
How to build award-winning accessible interfaces in banking: 5 questions with James Green, Head of Digital Accessibility at Chase (tearsheet.co)
Chase won an award by the American Council of the Blind, for the bank’s commitment to accessibility of its website and mobile app.
Ensure communications are broadly accessible. And brush up on ways to skillfully navigate conversations around disabilities, disorders, and other matters of health.
A Brief Reflection on The Role of Persons with Disabilities within the Future of Work (linkedin.com)
We are once again situated in the middle of October, a month venerating National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEMA). While wonderful in intention, I believe the very ethos should have a broader meaning and tone to keep up with the changing times.
The Power of Voice - How Audio Transcription Can Revolutionize Content Accessibility (ntknetwork.com)
Adding transcripts to audio or video content makes it accessible for individuals with hearing impairments. It also improves comprehension, supports content repurposing, and enhances SEO.
TikTok Announces All Videos Will Have Default Auto Captions (socialmediatoday.com)
A positive move for accessibility in the app.
Place Accessibility Front and Center in Every Aspect of Your Healthcare App (healthcareittoday.com)
The following is a guest article by Sara Faatz, Director, Technology Community Relations at Progress In recent years, we have seen a massive increase in society’s reliance on technology.
AI Image Generators' Role in Expanding Accessibility for the Visually Impaired (cryptopolitan.com)
In a pioneering collaboration that transcends the boundaries of conventional art, artist Cosmo Wenman ventures into the realm of accessibility through an AI image generator. Joined by blind researchers Brandon Biggs, Lindsay Yazzolino, and Joshua Miele, this quasi-academic project explores the untapped potential of generative AI technologies. The experiment, initiated by Wenman, unfolds a captivating narrative as the team unearths over 4,000 images, each a unique expression of AI’s interpretation of artistic concepts, challenging preconceptions and kindling a dialogue on the intersection of technology and inclusive creativity.
Is there more to a bench than simply a seat? Imagine a bench that is accessible and welcoming to all people, one that can learn and change to meet the needs of its users. The issue then arises, how might these seats alter our perception of urban life? this is the era of smart benches, where technology meets urban comfort.
Accessibility and Inclusivity in Edtech: Ensuring Math Education for All (ventsmagazine.com)
In the expansive realm of educational technology (edtech), one resounding principle stands tall: inclusivity. The evolution of digital platforms in education has redefined how we learn, making education accessible to diverse learners. In the sphere of mathematics education, where intricate concepts and practical applications intertwine, the quest for inclusivity and accessibility is not merely a moral obligation but an essential educational pursuit. This article delves deep into the challenges faced, the innovative strides made, and the ongoing endeavors in ensuring comprehensive math education for all through accessible and inclusive edtech solutions.
There’s no such thing as 100% accessibility. There will always be at least one person who prefers something different from the majority. If there’s one thing video games are known for regardless of the platform, it’s providing gameplay options.
All you need to know about the European Accessibility Act (craftzing.com)
With the European Accessibility Act, the European Union aims to make digital products and services more accessible for everyone.
Why it's crucial for brands to focus on accessibility for Black Friday (prolificnorth.co.uk)
As Black Friday looms, Gregg Foreman, Director of FORE Studio, shares his tips for brands.
World White Cane Day 2023: Know the Courtesy Rules of Blindness (jagranjosh.com)
World White Cane Day is celebrated on October 15th to raise awareness about the needs of the blind and visually impaired. Learn the courtesy rules of blindness and how to interact with blind people respectfully.
Web Development for Universal Accessibility: Best Practices (rswebsols.com)
This article givess an overview for web development for universal accessibility. Learn more about how everyone can access your website equally.
Apple and Lenovo fail to help visually impaired customers (theregister.com)
Accessibility features help everybody… and one day, you might need them too.
The Fashion Empire Built on Stolen Ideas (newrepublic.com)
Mindy Scheier built her brand catering to people with disabilities, but there’s mounting evidence that she’s no ally.
Accessibility and Kobe (open.substack.com)
Two topics that you might not think go together. But they do.
Top Tips to Engage Disabled Customers with Your Brand (bignewsnetwork.com)
If you take a look at some of the world's biggest brands, you'll see that they've started to strongly focus on inclusivity over the past decade. Specifically, this focus has been on attracting a diverse range of customers so that everyone feels included, with people with disabilities being one of the main priorities.
Hidden No More: Focus On The Ability, Not The Disability (www-forbes-com.cdn.ampproject.org)
Rathblott's message: stop hiding. Sometimes people don’t know what to say. It takes understanding on both sides to break long-standing stigmas surrounding disability.
Accessibility in Europe and how it differs from the US (theridernews.com)
Being disabled, I was curious to see what accessibility looked like in Spain and how it compared to accessibility in the U.S., especially with Europe’s reputation for being more walkable than North America.
Accessible Healthcare Documents and Why They're Important (brailleworks.com)
Patients who are blind or visually impaired have the right to request and receive accessible healthcare documents in their preferred format.
Digital Accessibility Statement Best Practices (disabilityin.org)
A robust Accessibility Statement is an important component of your organization’s digital accessibility plan. A sincere and well-drafted statement can build customer loyalty and help avoid lawsuits by addressing issues before legal help is sought.
Digital Accessibility Newsletters Roundup (digitala11y.com)
Accessibility space is moving fast & keeping on top of it is the key to be successful in this field like many others.
How accessibility drives innovation (ciodive.com)
Learn why there’s good reason to view accessibility as a path forward to driving innovation at your organization.
The weight of the issue: disabled in the climate movement (disabilitydebrief.org)
Personal reflections from disabled people bridging disability and climate in their organising.
NaturalReader Introduces ASK AI Feature to Enhance Accessibility with AI for Individuals with Learning Disabilities and Visual Impairments (investorsobserver.com)
NaturalReader provides people with learning disabilities and visual impairments with greater independence by using AI voices that sound and behave more like human ones.
OTC Hearing Aids are Breaking the Hearing Barrier: Which over-the-counter hearing aids are revolutionizing accessibility (cbsaustin.com)
October marks the beginning of Audiology Awareness Month, a crucial period to highlight the importance of hearing health. Joining us to explore the latest advancements in hearing solutions and over-the-counter hearing aids is Shannon Pope from Sony Electronics.
WillowTree’s Tobias Dengel Talks New Book, The Power Of Voice-Based Technology, Accessibility In New Interview (forbes.com)
As evidenced by my recent story on California’s text-to-911 system, the power of voice is a double-edged sword. On one hand, voice-based technology can be incredibly accessible (and convenient) for people with disabilities to do things like, for instance, control their smart home setup. On the other hand, however, having to talk on the telephone or shout into the either at one’s genie-in-a-box of a virtual assistant can prove excruciatingly difficult for many people, myself very much included, who cope with speech delays such as a stutter or something.
1800 Seconds on Autism (bbc.co.uk)
The podcast that makes you think about how you think.
Join Ellie Middleton as she takes you on her journey as a young girl with autism and ADHD and the difficulties she's faced along the way.
The SA Reserve Bank is initiating measures to make banknotes more accessible for individuals with disabilities, including the addition of tactile features and new security measures.
iPhone 15 Pro Max Review: The Action Button Defines Apple’s Most Accessible iPhone To Date (forbes.com)
However trite, the 15 Pro Max truly is the most accessible iPhone yet.
Akasa Air enhances accessibility introduction of Braille Menu Cards (passionateinmarketing.com)
Akasa Air enhances accessibility with the introduction of Braille Menu Cards on Café Akasa.
Microsoft 365 is offering several accessibility features that can help boost productivity and create a more inclusive work environment. These features are designed to make content creation and sharing accessible to a diverse range of people, including those with disabilities.
Here's how to get and use the new feature.
McDonald's serves up accessibility with colour blind friendly features (campaignasia.com)
The fast food giant's 'EatQual campaign' underscores its commitment to breaking down barriers, ensuring that every customer is able to access the brand easily.
Canada Calls for Projects to Boost Accessibility for Disabled (miragenews.com)
All Canadians should have equal access to programs, services and supports. That is why the Government of Canada continues to invest in programs that help remove barriers to accessibility, increase inclusion, and empower persons with disabilities to fully engage in their communities.
Pringles to add NaviLens on packs to aid accessibility (packagingnews.co.uk)
Pringles is the latest brand to make its packaging accessible for blind and partially sighted people with the addition of NaviLens technology.
New program makes birding accessible to colorblind (news.yahoo.com)
Montgomery County Parks Program Access Manager Jennene Blakely explains a new initiative to make birding more accessible to the colorblind.
Products and Services Best in the Business (accessready.org)
Access Ready searches for solution partners who are the best in the business at what they do. By going through this page to reach our solution partners and do business with them you are supporting our advocacy and accessible information and communication technology development efforts.
Microsoft is making its Series 2 pad like a mini Adaptive Controller with a new wave of PC gaming accessibility updates (pcgamer.com)
Microsoft's accessibility update aims to improve PC gaming inclusivity for disabled gamers.
Dragonflight Patch 10.2 Brings New Quest Background Color Accessibility Options to World of Warcraft (hardcoregamer.com)
In the ever-evolving world of World of Warcraft (WoW), the gaming community is no stranger to updates and patches that aim to improve the player experience.
Sony's Access controller for the PlayStation aims to make gaming easier for people with disabilities (ny1.com)
Paul Lane uses his mouth, cheek and chin to push buttons and guide his virtual car around the “Gran Turismo” racetrack on the PlayStation 5. It's how he's been playing for the past 23 years, after a car accident left him unable to use his fingers.
How do you ensure that your documents are easy to read and accessible to those who use assistive tech? If you use LibreOffice, there's now a built-in tool for that very purpose.
Trouble Seeing Your TV? Try These Settings for People With Vision Impairments (consumerreports.org)
Many TVs include accessibility technologies to help people with vision impairments. Here's how to use features like audio descriptions and high-contrast modes.
The best accessibility devices for gaming: From Xbox and PlayStation controllers, to PC, Switch, and more.
Microsoft has announced some new accessibility features for Xbox and PC players. They include a new accessibility settings menu for Xbox Widgets in the Xbox PC Game Bar, among other changes.
Accessibility Is The Name of the Game in Forza Motorsport (gamerant.com)
Whether a player has a disability or simply needs some help getting through a tough race, Forza Motorsport has an accessibility option just for them.
Accessibility Widgets: How They Work and Key Benefits (cyberkendra.com)
Accessibility is a big focus point for many companies in the modern Internet era. Now, more websites than ever are becoming accessible for disabled users — and accessibility widgets are at the center of it all.
What are accessibility controls for video games? (gearrice.com)
Have you ever wondered how people with some type of motor disability play? All this is possible thanks to accessibility controls for video games.
In Mesa, there are 10 hotels, 13 activities and 11 restaurants listed as accessibility-certified.
San Antonio nonprofit builds accessible playground, outdoor space for hard-of-hearing kids (ksat.com)
Aid the Silent, a nonprofit organization hoping to build a community for deaf and hard-of-hearing children and teens, is one of 100 community-nominated projects selected to participate in the 2023 Lowe’s Hometowns community impact program.
‘I can finally vote by myself’: Disability advocate works to improve accessibility at the polls (secondwavemedia.com)
Disability advocate Miranda Grunwell has voted in every election for the past 22 years, since she turned 18. But it hasn’t been easy because of a severe learning disability.
Four Deaf people who had gathered for a cornhole tournament in Lewiston died.
State Officials Tour Recreational Area in Pinelands to Spotlight Nature Accessibility Efforts (thesandpaper.net)
N.J. Department of Human Services Commissioner Sarah Adelman and Department of Environmental Protection Assistant Commissioner of State Parks, Forests and Historic Sites John Cecil recently highlighted the implementation of Inclusive Healthy Communities grant funding with a tour and hike at the Atsion Recreation Area, part of Wharton State Forest in the heart of the Pinelands National Reserve.
7 Things Dementia Experts Would Never, Ever Do (huffpost.com)
Brain health specialists share the habits to avoid to best care for your mind.
Advocates demanded $1.25 billion to make NYC schools more accessible. They got $800 million. (chalkbeat.org)
Fewer than 1 in 3 of the city’s public schools are fully accessible to students with physical disabilities. At the current rate, it could take decades to make all schools accessible.
Some 30,000 Americans have been diagnosed with ALS, the rare neurodegenerative condition also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. As researchers work for a cure, one patient is raising millions for the cause while he reckons with his own mortality. Judy Woodruff has the story for our series, Disability Reframed.
The activist and attorney had long fought for progressive causes. After his ALS diagnosis in 2016, Barkan became a leading voice in the fight for health care reform — even as his health deteriorated.
80% of Passengers With Disabilities Satisfied With Air Travel Accessibility, IATA Survey Shows (schengenvisainfo.com)
80 per cent of travellers requiring special assistance are satisfied with airports’ accessibility improvements for people with disabilities, a recent survey by the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) has revealed.
The IATA’s 2023 Global Passenger Survey (GPS) related to accessibility of air transport to passengers with disabilities, showed significant satisfaction levels among passengers who used special assistance services, with 80 per cent of travellers using special assistance services saying their expectations were met.
IATA: Air travel accessibility shows signs of improvement (businesstravelnewseurope.com)
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reports an improvement in air travel accessibility for passengers with disabilities. However, the association acknowledges the need for better booking systems and more tailored assistance, as special assistance currently mainly offers wheelchair services.
Making progress in serving passengers with disabilities (airlines.iata.org)
IATA announced the results of its 2023 Global Passenger Survey (GPS) related to accessibility of air transport to passengers with disabilities, showing significant satisfaction levels among passengers who used special assistance services.
Cities across Peace Region join committee to remove barriers for people living with disabilities (cjdctv.com)
A number of cities across the Peace Region have joined the Northeastern BC Accessibility Committee which looks to remove barriers for people living with disabilities and increase accessibility in the area.
Accessible Cities For People With Disabilities (youtube.com)
Are Indian cities truly inclusive when it comes to public places and transportation? Persistent concerns about accessibility for persons with disabilities (PwDs) remain, despite existing disability laws and campaigns like Accessible India. Implementing change poses significant challenges. Manisha Natarajan discusses with Nidhi Ashok Goyal, Founder of NGO Rising Flame, and Dikshu Kukreja, Managing Principal Architect at CP Kukreja Architects.
CRTC urged to mandate better supports for Deaf Canadians during phone service outages (moosejawtoday.com)
When a major telecommunications outage left more than 12 million users without wireless service in July 2022, the disruption was far more dire for the many Canadians dependent on accessibility apps. That day, Rogers Communications Inc.
Mrunmaiy concluded her thread by writing that she shared her experience to sensitize people about the importance of accessibility and the challenges of living with a disability in India.
IDMIF, which includes services such as Disney+ Hotstar, Zee5, Voot and SonyLIV, among others, said its members have been taking several steps to promote accessibility
IDMIF informs MIB about content accessibility steps taken for people with disabilities (exchange4media.com)
The ministry had earlier sought inputs regarding the formulation of accessibility standards from self-regulatory bodies of Online Curated Content Publishers
Airline was forced to apologize to Rodney Hodgins who flew to Las Vegas with his wife to celebrate their anniversary in August
While broad-based policy reform may be instrumental, much work remains to be done at the systemic level.
Over half of disabled fans ‘face additional costs to attend games’ (morningstaronline.co.uk)
A NEW survey has highlighted the additional expense being borne by some disabled sports fans amid the cost-of-living crisis.
'Get comfortable with failure': How the industry can tackle accessibility (mumbrella.com.au)
Diversity and inclusion is an ongoing conversation in this industry, but according to Guide Dogs NSW CMO, Michael Apte, there is work to be done when it comes to accessibility.
Co-able brought accessibility to Port Adelaide (disabilitysupportguide.com.au)
As many as hundred accessible and shared workplaces are hoped to arrive across Australia.
The plans were rejected after the transport secretary said they did not meet the "high threshold" for serving passengers.
Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (itv.com)
Beyond Audio Description: Exploring 360° Video Accessibility with Blind and Low Vision Users Through Collaborative Creation (medium.com)
Despite being touted as “immersive” and “interactive,” 360° videos are largely inaccessible to blind and low vision (BLV) users. 360° videos capture a panoramic field of view and allow users to engage with different parts of a scene depending on where they orient their bodies or turn their heads. Typically, videos are made accessible through adding audio description (AD), which is the additional narration of visual information on screen.
Appdome CEO Tom Tovar Talks His Company’s Mission, Android Accessibility Service Attacks, More In Interview (forbes.com)
As Appdome explains, the problem is Android Accessibility Service is often targeted by hackers and other fraudsters.
For Ed Mitzen And Business For Good, Accessibility Means Investing In Building More Equitable Communities (forbes.com)
A goal of the couple was to give back in some way, as philanthropy has been a big part of their lives for many years.
Creating Inclusive and Profitable Hospitality Spaces: Design Solutions for Accessibility (hospitalityandcateringnews.com)
Architects craft spaces that influence lives and host experiences. Among the countless considerations of design, is a moral and ethical responsibility to ensure creations of social space are not only aesthetically pleasing but are also inclusive and welcoming to everyone.
As another National Disability Employment Awareness Month has concluded, this is a moment to reflect and engage with organizations on how to rethink more effectively the question of disability inclusion. No longer can disability be designated to the regions of compliance and social responsibility managed by Chief Diversity Officers, but rather be understood as something much more profound. Disability consciousness in the private sector should be seen as an enterprise of value creation. As Robert Ludke, Fellow at The Harkin Institute so eloquently wrote in his recent column for The De Moines Register, “When disability employment is treated as a driver of long-term value creation, it has a proven ability to future-proof a business by opening trillions of dollars of global markets and innovating the next generation of human needs.”
For Employees With Disabilities, Technology Accessibility Barely Gets a Passing Grade (capterra.com)
A Capterra survey finds that software accessibility at work is lacking. We offer tips on how to improve software accessibility and disabled employee inclusion.
How to Create an Accessible Ecommerce Experience That Delights All Users (entrepreneur.com)
A solid accessibility plan can help you reach online consumers with disabilities.
Little Black Book, The ambition of the guide is to encourage all advertisers to consider accessibility when briefing.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Accessibility in the Workplace Part 3 (blog-yourdolphin-com.cdn.ampproject.org)
Learn how to create an inclusive workplace for employees with visual impairments. Discover strategies for accessible information, inclusive meetings, and physical accessibility. Embrace diversity and reap the rewards of a diverse and equitable environment.
Your need-to-know lowdown on accessible attractions and activities in Florida.
Using on-device machine learning, users can create a voice model that sounds like them, and use it to talk out loud or take part in calls.
Airlines and advocacy groups have been working to make air travel more accessible for disabled passengers.
Frightfully Bad Accessibility Problems, Halloween Edition (blog.usablenet.com)
Read about 3 accessibility issues that may be significant blockers, according to our writer, a blind, screen reader user.
Accessibility in the digital age should not be an afterthought (fastcompany.com)
Accessibility is no longer a debatable subject—it is a subject that requires deep corporate attention to serve a very underrepresented part of the population.
The role of software testing in promoting website accessibility (techradar.com)
Automated accessibility testing and how to integrate it.
Accessibility Advocates Oppose Disability Simulations (meetings-skift-com.cdn.ampproject.org)
Accessibility advocates strongly objected to disability simulations. We're revisiting the topic to cover the major concerns.
Accessibility principles and pillars(icbc.com)
ICBC’s Accessibility Committee drafted our accessibility principles and pillars based on ICBC employee feedback and an environmental audit.
Hey designers, they’re gaslighting you. (medium.com)
“Prove your value.” “Justify your presence.” “Demonstrate impact.” Too many organizations have convinced designers that they’re the problem — that if they just worked harder, they’d be taken seriously. But if just doing more were going to fix the problem… it’d be fixed by now.
Generative AI and accessibility in education (nationalcentreforai.jiscinvolve.org)
AI has long been integral to many assistive technologies, and we have seen over the course of this year that there is considerable exploration occurring around the use of generative AI to enhance accessibility in education.
Accessibility Is the Key to Kiosk Market Growth (devprojournal.com)
Explore how you can build impactful kiosk solutions that provide convenient, efficient experiences to all users.
7 Reasons To Overcome the Stigma of Hearing Loss (nagish.com)
Discover 7 reasons to overcome common hearing loss stigmas and how they can lead to a more inclusive and innovative future!
Wary of being too dependent: latest disability news (disabilitydebrief.org)
Complexities of care, getting dolled up, smuggling cocaine and much more.
Generative AI and Accessibility (blog.usablenet.com)
AI-powered tools such as ChatGPT can help with your accessibility efforts, but these solutions cannot replace the assistance of accessibility experts.
Daniel Johns, Ben Folds and David Helffgott in neurodiversity documentary The Musical Mind (screenhub.com.au)
The Musical Mind...A Portrait in Process is a new documentary by Australian director Scott Hicks.
We've got a new name, National Disability Radio! But the hosting team is still here and we haven't given up on the puns.
Seat at the Table (islandofdiscardedwomen.com)
It’s our thunderous August show under the tent! Special guest and musician Gaelynn Lea shares her journey from Tiny Desk Contest to Macbeth on Broadway and advocates for embracing accessibility culture. Lorna Landvik brings us the church bulletin bloopers that inspired her latest novel. Singer/songwriter, Jaspar Lepak finds herself in the sliver of a moon. Silvia Pontaza does her best AI assistant in Spanish. And Sue Scott has a dialogue with a chatbot that reveals the racial and gender bias inherent in its programming.
Seth Burke, 14, who uses a wheelchair, meets the Paris-based team behind hit game Just Dance.
This Woman Wants To Educate You About Ableism (buzzfeed.com)
"It’s way easier to oppress a demographic when they are forgotten and/or isolated — and both are applicable to the disability community.”
Philly voters approve ballot question making Office for the People with Disabilities permanent (inquirer.com)
The ballot question asked whether the office should be added to the Home Rule Charter, solidifying Mayor Jim Kenney’s order to create it.
Google Rolls Out Accessibility Enhancements (disabilityscoop.com)
With a slew of updates, Google is looking to make it easier for people with disabilities to interact with the world around them.
Walmart Makes Sensory-Friendly Hours Permanent (disabilityscoop.com)
After a successful trial period, the nation's largest retailer says it will offer sensory-friendly hours each day at every one of its stores across the country.
Employment provides income and a sense of purpose for many people, including those who are disabled.
I quit (joeclark.org)
I have two more books to write and publish, but, save for fringes around the edges here and there, whatever kind of “public life” I previously had is over.And has been for decades, as I have realized the whole while.
On my radar: Ruth Madeley’s cultural highlights (theguardian.com)
The actor on the bravery of Britney Spears, her favourite Manchester bar and the designer who’s making fashion accessible for everybody.
AXS Passport (axs-passport.co)
Discover a new approach to accessibility and adjustments passports: a holistic, digital tool that enables inclusion on an individual and organisational level.
Personal Carer – Making Care Personal (personalcarer.co.uk)
With the creation of PersonalCarer, hundreds of employers across Northern Ireland have found suitable carers to help them live independently.
Access Card – Making access easy (accesscard.online)
A universal access registration scheme to support you to communicate your evidenced access requirements across thousands of providers in the UK and beyond.
Welcome to the AXSChat Community (axschat.com)
We’re an open online community of individuals dedicated to creating an inclusive world; we believe that accessibility is for everyone. Social media has great power to connect people and we hope to accomplish and encourage in-depth discussion and spread knowledge about the work people are doing to enable greater access and inclusion through whatever means.
Making New York City more accessible (atos.net)
Interview with Victor Calise, Commissioner of the New York Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities.
GrassRootsWeb - A Nonprofit Web Design Agency (grassroots-web.com)
We make web design accessible, affordable and sustainable for everyone. We make free websites for charities, and at unbeatably reduced rates for local businesses and startups.
Lora Kolodny and Michael Wayland reported for CNBC earlier this week that San Francisco-homed autonomous vehicle startup Cruise announced it made the decision to “pause all driverless operations” following incidents with pedestrians and the suspension of permits.
Blue Badge Access Awards 2023 recognises the very best, and worst in accessibility (hospitalityandcateringnews.com)
The winners of the prestigious BLUE BADGE ACCESS AWARDS 2023 were announced at a ceremony on Thursday 26 October at London’s Great Scotland Yard Hotel. The Blue Badge Access Awards aims to raise the profile of accessibility in the hospitality and leisure industry and beyond, and to recognise those venues that are achieving the ‘Gold Standard’.
Sunshine Coast Airport (SCA) has become Australia's first airport to install digital accessible wayfinding solution BindiMaps in a bid to help its 1.62 million annual passengers seamlessly navigate its facilities.
Watch the latest from ITV News - Sixteen year old fashion enthusiast Ava Jolliffe has created an accessible and inclusive fashion range for young disabled people which will be sold at Asda.
Deaf and blind Lancs teen helps design Asda clothing range for disabled kids (lancashiretelegraph.co.uk)
A disabled teenager from Lancashire has helped develop a clothing range with George at Asda, designed to support children and young people with disabilities.
Semperoper Dresden has announced that it will be expanding its accessibility options for its audiences by introducing opera performances with audio descriptions as well as haptic tours.
Some students at East Wiltshire Intermediate School were given a challenge: how to update school signs to make them more accessible for future visually impaired students. Their volunteering paid off with 3D printed signs, including braille, posted outside all of their school rooms to help others navigate the halls.
Disability Direct | Fast, Friendly Support & Advice (disabilitydirect.com)
Information, advice and support for disabled people, older people and carers both in Derby and across the country.
Creating an inclusive workplace for people with disabilities (lloydsbankinggroup.com)
Ross Hovey, Group Accessibility Manager, on how flexible working, accessible toilets and an inclusive mindset have helped create a better working environment for people with disabilities.
Accessible Tours | Disabled Friendly Holidays (limitlesstravel.org)
We provide wheelchair-accessible, disabled-friendly holidays in the UK and abroad for anybody with any disability or anyone that just wants a great holiday.
Tools, App and Tech Guide (cripticarts.org)
Sharing what works for us: Our guide to tools, apps and tech used within the CRIPtic Arts team.
Weekend podcast: Harry Potter’s stunt double on life after breaking his neck on set, and Marina Hyde on Nadine Dorries’s new book (theguardian.com)
Marina Hyde asks: What’s in Nadine Dorries’s book? A pile of dead cats big enough to kill that phrase for good and writer Simon Hattenstone finds out what happened next after Harry Potter’s stunt double broke his neck on set, changing his life forever.
Leadership in Accessibility: How Municipal Managers Can Pave the Way (disabilityinsider.com)
An emphasis on accessibility serves as a linchpin for nurturing inclusive growth and equitable development for many communities. The onus of orchestrating this transformation largely falls upon the shoulders of municipal managers. Entrusted with the stewardship of community development, they possess the leverage and duty to mold cities and counties into welcoming havens for all citizens.
Harry Potter’s stunt double: ‘Breaking my neck made a man of me’ (theguardian.com)
For David Holmes, doubling for Daniel Radcliffe was a dream come true. He had been on the smash-hit series from the start, thought he’d be there till the end … and then an accident on one of the final films left him paralysed. This is what happened next.
Disaster Relief Often Leaves Disabled People Behind. Disabled First Responders Are Changing That. (nextcity.org)
Disability inclusion in emergency preparedness and response doesn’t just mean supporting disabled victims of extreme weather. It also means including disabled communities in disaster relief strategy.
Colorado disability rights advocates fight for accessibility. “We’re the canaries in the coal mine of health care.” (coloradosun.com)
Coloradans with disabilities and advocacy organizations are working with the state Medicaid department to improve care.
AbleGamers founder on the importance of making gaming accessible (myjournalcourier.com)
Mark Barlet founded AbleGamers in 2004. It’s a nonprofit that works to combat social isolation among people with disabilities using “the power of video games.”
Holland America Introduces New Accessible Tours in 2024 (cruiseindustrynews.com)
Holland America Line is introducing new accessible tours on its 2024 Caribbean itineraries designed for guests with all levels of accessibility.
My Superbowl hangover (accessability.substack.com)
It is the Tuesday after the “big game” as I write this article. My annual headache is back. I don’t drink.
United Way and AT&T are set to announce a partnership during a press conference on Tuesday morning.
States are revitalizing trails in parks and on public lands, modernizing campgrounds and lodges, and purchasing all-terrain chairs with tanklike treads so people with disabilities aren’t excluded from outdoor experiences.
Justice Department Finds Minnesota City’s “Crime-Free” Housing Program Discriminates Against Tenants with Mental Health Disabilities (justice.gov)
The Justice Department announced today that the city of Anoka, Minnesota, violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Housing Act by denying tenants with mental health disabilities an equal opportunity to receive emergency assistance.
"As a New Yorker with a disability, it is frustrating to see accessibility treated as an afterthought or as optional, rather than essential," New York City Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams says.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today released its second annual report, “Zoning for Accessibility: 2022-2023 Annual Report,” detailing significant progress made in accessibility improvements across the transit system within the last year. The program is a citywide zoning change that has enabled the MTA to leverage planned private development to improve accessibility across the transit system more quickly while saving taxpayer dollars.
League of Legends players have argued that the recent changes to communication pings have been “game breaking” for accessibility.
How to Build an ADA and WCAG-Compliant Application? (appinventiv.com)
It can take some extra effort to build an ADA and WCAG compliant app, but the ROI will be more than financial and reputational. Know the process here.
Gamers are voicing concerns that Microsoft's new unofficial Xbox accessory policy will impact the fighting game community and accessibility.
A look at Marvel's Spider-Man 2 from the perspective of its accessibility features.
Keratoconus is a rare disease you’ve probably never heard of, but it’s ruining my life.
Through its ongoing digital transformation, the Smithsonian Institution is reimagining how it uses technology to reach its audiences and elevate the visitor experience at its museums, in schools and online. The Smithsonian believes all people, in every household, classroom and community around the globe, should have the chance to meaningfully engage with the Institution and gain a better understanding of the rapidly changing world around them.
Air Canada issues apology and pledges to expedite accessibility improvements for passengers with disabilities (edition.cnn.com)
Air Canada apologized on Thursday to customers with disabilities who were not met with “convenient and consistent service,” after a passenger who uses a wheelchair made international headlines when he shared his experience of dragging himself off a flight.
Pedesting accessibility wayfinding app expands downtown Calgary coverage (calgaryherald.com)
The Pedesting mobile app is one of its kind in Canada, providing users in Calgary with detailed accessibility information for indoor spaces.
Amazon’s Alexa Paves the Way for Accessibility Within the Smart Home (iphoneincanada.ca)
Amazon is continuing to invest in accessibility, offering new ways for those with mobility disabilities, low vision, or hard of hearing to interact with Alexa.
Chicago cultural institutions unveil groundbreaking accessibility programs (choosechicago.com)
Just like the rest of our great city, Chicago’s many museums and attractions are committed to ensuring every visitor feels valued and welcome — which means going the extra mile when it comes to accessibility.
Pioneering inclusive travel for deaf tourists to the UAE.
Pioneering inclusive travel for deaf tourists to the UAE
Caravan industry gets more inclusive through accessibility partnership (travelweekly.com.au)
Caravan Industry Association of Australia has announced an industry partnership with Accessible Accommodation to deliver accessible tourism.
Leveling the Playing Field: Why Accessibility Jobs are so Important (theladders.com)
Explore the history of accessibility and how it came to be. Also discover why accessibility jobs are so important today!
The physical, three-dimensional spaces in which we live and work typically aren’t associated with technology companies from an accessibility angle.
Disney Bans Accessibility Item From Parks, Confiscated Immediately (insidethemagic.net)
Disney has banned another item from the theme parks, and guests are not happy about it. Find out what they are saying here.
How to Enjoy an Accessible Costa Rican Adventure — From Hotels and Tour Operators to Transportation (travelandleisure.com)
This guide sheds light on some of the best that Costa Rica has to offer in accessible travel, including where to stay, how to get around, what to see, and which tour operators to tap for your visit.
How the Safari Industry Is Getting More Accessible — and Making Dream Trips Possible for Travelers With Disabilities (travelandleisure.com)
Rising demand has prompted the safari industry to open the African wilderness to a broader group of travelers.
BC man asks Air Canada to address accessibility (vancouver.citynews.ca)
A B.C. man who uses a wheelchair is asking Air Canada to step up when it comes to accessibility after he experienced two painful incidents.
Metro recognized for senior transit program expanding accessibility (beverlypress.com)
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s On the Move Riders Program was recognized for its work to improve mobility for seniors as recipient of Access Services’ Spirit of Accessibility Award. Instituted in 2000, the award honors individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions toward making transit more accessible.
Sight loss charity website receives top award for accessibility (charitytoday.co.uk)
Is it possible to design a fully accessible website which is also dynamic and caters to both blind and sighted users? Sight loss charity Blind Veterans UK launched an ambitious project to find out and has received a top digital accessibility award for their efforts.
The City of Surrey is seeking public feedback on its draft Accessibility Action Plan with the goal of enhancing accessibility, removing barriers and creating a more inclusive community.
A $1,000 donation to the Manitou Springs Carnegie Library renovation project sends a message about the importance of accessibility for people with disabilities.
Blind customers are being left "frustrated" and "embarrassed" by inaccessible payment devices.
It is an indoor navigation app that provides people who are blind, have low vision, deaf and hard of hearing, mobility impaired, or neurodiverse with audio-visual guidance of indoor spaces.
The City of Nanaimo is inviting residents to provide feedback on matters related to accessibility and inclusion. Recommendations on improvements that the City can make will be reviewed by staff and, when appropriate, brought to the Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Inclusiveness for consideration.
RDN accessibility plan available for public comment (thespec.com)
The Regional District of Nanaimo’s new three-year accessibility plan includes staff training and a third-party review of equity, diversity, inclusion for the local government, and is open for public comment.
The £30,000 grant from the Channel Islands Lottery will be used for accessibility improvements.
The shop, run by people with disabilities, has been made specifically to cater for disabled people.
Sony's new Access Controller is just the latest in a slowly growing number of products aimed at making traditional video games easier for disabled gamers to play.
Speaking with IGN, disabled players explored how Xbox's changes to third-party accessory allownace will impact their setups, the overall cost of their equipment, as well as money lost, and the ways in which the community is reacting.
Telegram, the popular messaging app, has always been committed to providing an inclusive experience for all its users. With a focus on accessibility, Telegram offers a range of features that cater to individuals with disabilities, ensuring they can communicate and engage with the platform effectively.
The Pixel Watch 2 needs gesture controls — and not just to compete with Apple (androidpolice.com)
Alternative control options are a big deal for accessibility, too.
Patch 4 of Baldur's Gate 3 introduces new quality-of-life adjustments and features for colorblind players to facilitate navigating through its UI.
Technology giant Google has announced new accessibility updates that will make accomplishing day-to-day tasks and activities easier and quicker, including getting walking directions, finding wheelchair-accessible locations, and enhanced camera zooming capabilities for people with vision impairments.
Now Is The Time For Universal Video Game Accessibility Guidelines (blog.adafruit.com)
Shouldn’t there be accessibility for all gamers for every game? Sony first party games often do a great job with features.
Designing websites for accessibility: 5 common errors to avoid (creativebloq.com)
Accessibility is vital for your webpage, here's some pro advice on how to get it right.
Seth Burke, 14, who uses a wheelchair, meets the Paris-based team behind hit game Just Dance.
WarioWare: Move It! is a bit of an Accessibility Nightmare (gamerevolution.com)
With mandatory motion controls, Nintendo is leaving a lot of gamers with disability issues in the dust.
Mastering Web Design: An All-Inclusive Handbook (reviewjournal.com)
Web design is more than just making a website look aesthetically pleasing. It’s an intricate blend of user experience (UX), functionality and visual storytelling, working harmoniously to meet a website’s objectives. As the digital frontier continues to expand, mastering the elements of web design has become crucial for anyone looking to establish a solid online presence. This all-inclusive handbook aims to provide an understanding of the key components essential for exceptional web design.
How to text Siri instead of talking to it out loud (popsci.com)
Yes, you can have written conversations with Apple's virtual assistant. Follow these steps to enable the Type to Siri feature.
Checklist to create accessible Word documents (techtarget.com)
If you don't know where to start with accessible Word documents, checklists like this one can help. Learn how to create Word documents everyone can read.
How to write good alt text for screen readers (craigabbott.co.uk)
What is alt text? Why it matters. And, how to avoid common mistakes.
Accessibility is everyone’s responsibility (artshub.com.au)
Don't leave it to the people with accessibility needs to do all the heavy lifting.
Story at a glance Five women will feature on the back face of quarters to be minted for 2025. The list includes famed journalist Ida B. Wells and trailblazing tennis and golf star Althea Gibson.
Supported by RA and moderated by BBC journalist Amy Zayed, the discussion featured five community activists from various creative fields.
The Art World Opens Up to an Underrepresented Group (nytimes.com)
Museums and collectors are showing interest in works by developmentally and intellectually challenged artists, many of whom were nurtured in a vibrant Oakland, Calif., center.
Mari Katayama (fotoarsenalwien.at)
At the core of Katayama’s practice is living everyday within her own body, which she uses as a living sculpture, mannequin, and a lens through which to reflect society. The combination of Katayama’s hand-sewn objects, sculptural pieces, and photography challenges viewers to question the body and its complex relationship with the surrounding environment and society.
A Picture of Health: Jo Spence, a Politics of Disability and Illness (pictureofhealth-jospence.com)
A multi-pronged project that website places at the arwork of Jo Spence in the context of the lived experience of chronic illness and of contemporary Disability Arts.
Arts Access Aotearoa, the key organisation in New Zealand supporting accessibility and inclusion in the arts, is calling for applications to Ngā Toi Rangatira o Aotearoa Arts Access Fellowships 2023, following the success of its inaugural fellowships in 2022.
Voices in the Gallery (voicesinthegallery.com)
‘Voices in the Gallery’ is a research project about how voice, text and access intersect in contemporary art.
Crip*—Cripistemology and the Arts (crip.faa.illinois.edu)
Crip* is a practice-based, experimental collaboration that draws upon points of connection between artistic practice and critical thought—understanding the need to address both how cripistemologies are shaped pedagogically and how they are disseminated publicly.
Perspectives on Care and Resilience: Talk about the feminist… (migrosmuseum.ch)
However, people with disabilities are not only recipients of care, but also provide care (services) for others, non-disabled people, for example in childcare or caring for relatives.
Setting Intentions (cripnews.substack.com)
To guide and sustain a practice of collecting links.
Welcome to this little TOUR D'HORIZON, honey! (cripnews.substack.com)
Pilot, practice, possibility. A framing.
Disaster Relief Often Leaves Disabled People Behind. Disabled First Responders Are Changing That. (nextcity.org)
Disability inclusion in emergency preparedness and response doesn’t just mean supporting disabled victims of extreme weather. It also means including disabled communities in disaster relief strategy.
National Center on Disability and Journalism (NCDJ) Award Ceremony (cronkite.asu.edu)
Join the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication as The National Center on Disability and Journalism (NCDJ) recognizes nine journalists working in digital, print, audio and broadcast media who have amplified coverage devoted exclusively to disability conditions through the 2023 Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability and for the second year, NCDJ will also present the Gary Corcoran Student Prize for Excellence in Reporting on Disability.
Winners announced for Excellence in Disability Reporting awards (cronkite.asu.edu)
The National Center on Disability and Journalism (NCDJ) today announced the winners of the 2023 Katherine Schneider Journalism Award and the Gary Corcoran Student Prize for Excellence in Reporting on Disability.
Innovative VR Tool Empowers Students to Explore Ableism and Accessibility (indiaeducationdiary.in)
Brock University and Niagara College (NC) have co-developed an immersive virtual reality (VR) tool that will help students learn about the lived experiences of people with disabilities on post-secondary campuses.
Building a Disability Organization Rooted in Disability Justice (blog.petrieflom.law.harvard.edu)
Disability-serving organizations must build themselves on disability justice principles, both internally and externally.
Centering Disability Justice in Academic Labor Organizing: The Case of the UC Grad Worker Strike (officehourspodcast.podbean.com)
In this episode we speak with Mary Jirmanus Saba, Dana Ernst, and Sarah Abusaa. Mary, Dana and Sarah are grad student workers and union organizers with United Auto Workers 2865. In their union, Mary, Dana and Sarah organize for disability justice and their work highlights the intersectional nature of labor struggles.
The Youth Leadership Programme (YLP) involves recruiting 4 young disabled activists to spend a week with an organisation advocating for independent living and the rights of disabled people in another European country for 1 week each. Today, you’ll learn about the story of Miriam who is from Norway and going to Albania.
As part of the annual Constitution Day lecture, Joel Michael Reynolds will argue that disability justice demands an amendment to the U.S. Constitution ensuring access — for “without access, the ideals of justice and liberty will always fall short.”
“Access Access” Series: Videos and Resources (creativesrebuildny.org)
This page has materials from an event series called “Access Access.” This series was organized by an artist and activist named Kevin Gotkin. The events took place on Zoom in the summer of 2023. Kevin recorded the events and created some resources about each one.
Alison Mahoney and Megan Michael (wqed.org)
Director and PhD student at University of Pittsburgh, Alison Mahoney, and local actress Megan Michaels, discuss their upcoming performance of Will Arbery's play Corsicana that explores grief, disability, and family. Open captioning, sign language interpretation, and live audio descriptions will be available for every performance in an effort in include everyone in the world of theater. Alison and Megan also discuss Megan's shared experiences with her character Ginny, and Alison's exploration of disability practices in theater.
The Social Model… & More Festival 2023 (theatredeli.co.uk)
Theatre Deli is hosting The Social Model…& More Festival across its Sheffield and London venues in November 2023.
Arts council staff report challenges around race, disability and personal belief (museumsassociation.org)
Review of workforce inclusion highlights tensions within the organisation.
Arts Council England to fund project on disability representation in children's books (thebookseller.com)
Arts Council England will fund a pilot project exploring the representation of people with disabilities in children’s books for three to 11-year-olds.
Hear star Aria Mia Loberti introduction to the series.
Disability & Climate Justice: A Q&A with Daphne Frias (goodgoodgood.co)
Grassroots activist, community organizer, and cancer survivor Daphne Frias discusses her experiences with disability rights, climate justice, and studying public health.
Mouthwater Disabled Arts Festival Launches in Seattle in 2024 (broadwayworld.com)
Black disabled local artist has been awarded a multi-year Mellon Foundation grant to develop and premiere Mouthwater Festival, a new disabled arts fringe festival coming to Seattle in fall 2024. Learn more about the upcoming festival here!
restless dance theatre (restlessdance.org)
Our Vision: Restless Dance Theatre influences and diversifies Australian dance. Our Mission: To make loud, strong, unique dance theatre that fosters an inclusive, equitable and diverse society, which captures the hearts and minds of global audiences.
Dancing beyond boundaries: Performers with and without disability take centre stage in Korea (nationaltribune.com.au)
Korean and South Australian performers with and without disability have gathered in Seoul for an international celebration of the transformative power of the arts.
’Break down walls’: Tunisia dance show celebrates diversity (english.ahram.org.eg)
A performer on a wheelchair, another who is blind and a third with Down syndrome share the stage for a pioneering new dance show seeking to push the boundaries in Tunisia.
Sighted People Suck (frigid.nyc)
Writer and performer Leona Godin (New York Times, There Plant Eyes) has lived on pretty much every notch of the sight-blindness continuum and has been on all kinds of stages. From presenting animals to other kids at the San Francisco Zoo, to banging drums in a New Orleans punk band, to finding love and her (decidedly not-angelic) blind voice in an East Village basement theater open mic, she’s learned a lot. Like how to handle a boa constrictor, play the accordion, have Blind Pride in an ocularcentric world, land a TV commercial, and wield a white cane with authority while wearing high-heel boots (OK, maybe she’s still working on that one). Most importantly, she’s learned the hard-fought lesson that blindness isn't really the problem. It's just that sighted people kind of suck!
Ageing, Disability and Long-Term Care: Recommendations for the European Care Strategy (edf-feph.org)
There are many commonalities between the barriers faced by older people and those faced by persons with disabilities. One of the main reasons for this is that a considerable percentage of older people do in fact have disabilities themselves in one form or another. According to the United Nations, 46% of persons over 60 globally have a disability. This means that almost half of older people are part of the disabled community.
Older persons with disabilities in Europe (edf-feph.org)
Persons with disabilities are a very heterogeneous group. EDF fights for the rights of all persons with disabilities, and this article focuses on older persons with disabilities who face specific challenges due to discrimination on the basis of disability and age combined- what we call intersectional discrimination.
Disability rights at all ages (edf-feph.org)
Although ageing is often seen as being equal to chronic illness and impairment, older people are a vastly heterogeneous group. In reality, most of us is will age actively and in good health. Perceptions that older persons are intrinsically weak and frail are driven by ageism, meaning stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination on the basis of age (UN Global Report on Ageism, 2021). Nevertheless, it is important to acknowledge that with increasing age, the likelihood of disabilities also increases.
European Disability Card: European Parliament’s lead negotiator supports ambitious legislation (edf-feph.org)
The European Disability Forum met the European Parliament’s lead negotiator for the European Disability Card, MEP Lucia Ďuriš Nicholsonová on 11 October to ask for a strong position that fulfils our needs.
What is the Artificial Intelligence Act? (edf-feph.org)
The Artificial Intelligence (AI) Act is a proposal by the European Commission to regulate AI that is developed in or used in Europe. The Act tries to ensure that AI complies with human rights, including human safety, privacy, non-discrimination, transparency, human oversight and social and environmental well-being.
Enabling an accessible digital work environment (edf-feph.org)
Why is it so important to create an inclusive digital work environment for workers with disabilities? Why should we promote basic digital skills for all? How do digital changes in our economy and society impact persons with disabilities? These are some of the many questions participants from the European Accessibility Summit reflected on during the panel “Enabling an accessible digital work environment”.
The recent Global Action on Disability (GLAD) Network Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Brussels, co-hosted by the European Commission and us, solidified the European Union’s commitment to disability-inclusive development.
On World UN Day, and in the current context, we highlight the basic role that the United Nations still plays in ensuring the rights of persons with disabilities, and other marginalised communities, globally.
European Disability Forum’s reaction to the European Court of Auditors audit of the EU regarding support to persons with disabilities (edf-feph.org)
The European Court of Auditors released an audit analysing the impact of the EU in supporting persons with disabilities.
UN report shows very limited progress on disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction (edf-feph.org)
The Global Survey Report on Persons with Disabilities and Disasters was published today by the UN Agency on Disaster Risk Reduction. This survey analyses to which extent persons with disabilities are prepared to cope with disasters.
We have received concerning reports about the protection and safety of persons with disabilities impacted by the Nagorno-Karabakh crisis. It is why, yesterday, on 17 October, we addressed an open letter to the international community (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the European Union) and to the governments of Armenia and Azerbaijan.
International Disability Alliance's Statement on the situation of persons with disabilities in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory (edf-feph.org)
Today, the International Disability Alliance – an alliance of 14 global and regional organisations of persons with disabilities – published a “Statement on the situation of persons with disabilities in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory”. The Statement is published also on behalf of the International Disability and Development Consortium.
“We want to (…) embed disability justice in all our work” – the Foundation for a Just Society (edf-feph.org)
This is the fourth interview in our “Inclusive Philanthropy: Foundations and Disability Rights” series, where we explore how philanthropic foundations support disability rights and disability advocates.
Cooperation between movements: the ONCE Foundation and disability-inclusive development (edf-feph.org)
This is the third interview in our “Inclusive Philanthropy: Foundations and Disability Rights” series, where we explored how philanthropic foundations support disability rights and disability advocates.
Cooperation for a “a strong global disability movement” – how DPOD advocates for inclusive international development (edf-feph.org)
This is the third interview in our “Inclusive Philanthropy: Foundations and Disability Rights” series, where we explore how philanthropic foundations support disability rights and disability advocates.
”Human rights and social justice funding must include disabled people”: how the Ford Foundation promotes disability rights (edf-feph.org)
This is the second interview in our “Inclusive Philanthropy: Foundations and Disability Rights” series, where we explored how philanthropic foundations support disability rights and disability advocates.
“Granting funding based on organisations’ ideas and needs”: Abilis and Inclusive Philanthropy (edf-feph.org)
This is the first interview in our “Inclusive Philanthropy: Foundations and Disability Rights” series, where we explored how philanthropic foundations support disability rights and disability advocates.
EDF Photo Competition 2023. 'Breaking Barriers (edf-feph.org)
The European Disability Forum (EDF) is announcing its open call to submit entries for its annual photo competition 2023.
Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 2023 Announced (ablemagazine.co.uk)
The most influential disabled people in the UK have been announced this year in the Shaw Trust Disability Power 100. The list, topped by well-known campaigner and businesswoman, Dr Shani Dhanda, a regular on Loose Women and Rip Off Britain, features people from across 10 sectors who are changing perception and working to break the stigma around disability to create a more accessible and inclusive world for all. This year, alongside the 100 individuals named, there are organisations recognised for their work and innovative campaigns.
Inclusion indicators 2023 launch discussion in the European Parliament (inclusion-europe.eu)
What does Europe look like when it comes to rights and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities and their families?
Manchester’s Museum of Austerity uses AR to depict real people with disabilities who fell through society’s safety net.
Proposed Rule Aims to Strengthen Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (respectability.org)
The proposed rule is titled Discrimination on the Basis of Disability in Health and Human Service Programs or Activities.
When a Dancer’s Moves Include a Wheelchair (nytimes.com)
How Chelsie Hill, the founder of the Rollettes dance team in Los Angeles, created a sisterhood for women and girls with disabilities.
The actor turned disability advocate arrived at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in a custom piece.
CBC News has received dozens of stories from people in wheelchairs describing mistreament by airlines, including a non-verbal man who was nearly dropped while being transferred to his seat, and who suffered a bloody wound on his elbow.
Radical solidarity (lucywebster.substack.com)
Lessons from a queer book club.
Cheap and not so cheerful (ablemagazine.co.uk)
I’ve always said that I will avoid flying with Ryanair at all costs, but recently I had no choice as I needed to book a flight to Ireland to speak at a conference about inclusion. I already had a chip on my shoulder and was concerned with assistance and was not looking forward to my trip. As a disabled person, I have known Ryanair hasn’t had the best track record.
WGC Disabled Membership Doubles From 2021-2022 But Still Severely Underrepresented (respectability.org)
New data shows that Canadian disabled writers are underrepresented in every TV format in proportion to their population size.
On behalf of the European Network on Independent Living – ENIL, we wish to express our deepest concern about the violence and other human rights abuses committed against persons with disabilities in psychiatric institutions in Slovenia and the lack of response from the authorities. We urge you to address this situation without delay, by protecting persons with disabilities in institutions, bringing those responsible to justice and implementing a comprehensive policy of deinstitutionalisation without delay. Such steps would be in line with Slovenia’s obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), as well as with the European laws and policies concerning the rights of persons with disabilities.
The final push: back to school (ablemagazine.co.uk)
Not so long ago, that time of year rolled around for buying a new pencil case, checking that the second-hand uniform still fitted, before recharging your electric wheelchair to make sure the battery hasn’t kicked the bucket over summer.
I’m happy to speak out about my life - but don’t assume all disabled people are the same (ablemagazine.co.uk)
In late September, the Government launched a brand-new campaign, ‘Ask, Don’t Assume’, encouraging people to talk to disabled people about their lives, and my heart sank. I’m quite open about talking about my learning disability because I want people to understand more about my life. I want to use my experiences to promote change for the better and challenge attitudes, but that isn’t the case for everyone.
Why is it that autistics are viewed as inflexible? (ablemagazine.co.uk)
There isn’t a creature in the animal kingdom that does not engage in repetitive behaviours of some sort. Lions hunt, gazelles eat grass, spiders spin webs, kangaroos hop, and so on. These behaviours have evolved over time to enable animals to survive and propagate their genes.
Interview Annabelle Davis (ablemagazine.co.uk)
Annabelle Davis is best known for her portrayal of Sashain CBBC drama, The Dumping Ground and more recently as Lacey Lloyd in Hollyoaks on Channel 4. Here she talks about everything from being a disabled actor and having a famous dad, through to inclusive casting and Harry Potter.
VMware’s First Accessibility Hackathon (accessability.substack.com)
VMware accessibility engineer Chris Lane at Accessibility Hackathon showing VMware developer Gaayathri Meenakshi Sundaram how to code in ARIA. Photo by Jeffrey Kuo. The first week in February 2020, marked VMware’s first accessibility week which consisted of an accessibility summit followed immediately by an accessibility hackathon.
Creating Our Own Lives (disability-visibility-newsletter.ghost.io)
We don't see enough work by people with developmental or intellectual disabilities, much less edited by them. Creating Our Own Lives, edited by Micheal Gill and Beth Myers (who do not identify as disabled), features work by all college students with intellectual disabilities published by University of Minnesota Press. I am happy to offer five paperback or e-books for you all. Details below.
NextGen Leadership Program (disabilityin.org)
NextGen Leaders are college students and recent graduates with disabilities who have demonstrated talent in the STEM, finance, and business fields.
You Can’t Spell Inclusion Without a D (youcantspellinclusionwithoutad.podbean.com)
Disability is the world’s largest minority group — one that all of us will likely join at some point in our lives. According to World Health Organization figures, 1.3 billion people globally have a disability.
Global tuberculosis rates reach record levels, WHO warns (telegraph.co.uk)
Seven and a half million new infections were diagnosed in 2022 – the highest ever recorded by the UN agency.
People with autism and learning disabilities facing ‘inhumane treatment’, inquiry finds (channel4.com)
A four-year-long inquiry - has condemned the government's failure to end what it called the "inhumane treatment" of people with learning disabilities and autism. The inquiry was led by Baroness Hollins.
The Global Heumann Fellowship (wid.org)
WID is pleased to announce The Global Heumann Fellowship Inaugural Cohort applications are now open! This program aims to honor the legacy of our co-founder, Judy Heumann, by developing exemplary, global disability activists to lead equitable, inclusive, and just societies for all. With special thanks to Wells Fargo, Microsoft, and Mitsubishi for providing early funding support for this visionary project.
Plan ahead for Inclusive Schools Week 2023 with KIT! Read the blog & get our 2023 Educator Activity Guide created in partnership with Changing Perspectives.
The True Definition of Success (blindnewworld.org)
Precious Perez is a blind Latina artist, author and disability advocate. The secret to her success? Authenticity and a strong community.
Global Conference 2023 highlights: being the right amount of scared about AI (businessdisabilityforum.org.uk)
Sam Buckley, our Policy Engagement Manager, shares highlights from the 'Better Together with Tech' panel at our Global Conference on 1 November (sponsored by HSBC). The 'Better Together with Tech' panel at our Global Conference wasn’t the only place people were discussing the impact of AI on 1 November.
Making equality, diversity and inclusion our golden thread (ablemagazine.co.uk)
At Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT), diversity is not merely acknowledged, it is celebrated. Our aim is to ensure that equality is threaded into everything we do. We firmly believe that all individuals, regardless of their background, deserve to access our services or work in our organisation.
Accessible Travel Chat: Conversation with TravelAbility Founder Jake Steinman (wheelchairtravel.org)
John Morris interviewed Jake Steinman, Founder of TravelAbility, to discuss how destinations can be more involved in advancing accessibility.
How the Safari Industry Is Getting More Accessible — and Making Dream Trips Possible for Travelers With Disabilities (travelandleisure.com)
Rising demand has prompted the safari industry to open the African wilderness to a broader group of travelers.
Disabled people are underrepresented in politics. A new organization aims to change that. (19thnews.org)
Disability Victory will start training the first cohort of disabled people who want to run for office in early 2024.
New access scheme for disabled audiences planned in partnership between UK Arts Councils (disabilityarts.online)
Arts Council England, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Arts Council of Wales and Creative Scotland are planning a new access scheme, All In, which aims to improve the experience of D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent people going to creative and cultural events. The name of the scheme and its website are launched today ahead of a rollout at a future date.
Shawn Levy wanted to accurately portray vision impairment in 'All the Light We Cannot See.' Consultant Joe Strechay helped him find a new directing approach.
Reframing the Questions of Disability Through a Business Perspective (usadailytimes.com)
Recently Kevin Price, Host of the nationally syndicated Price of Business Show, welcomed Jonathan Kaufman to provide another commentary in a series.
How E2E Profit 100 partner Experian improved access to essential services (independent.co.uk)
Accessibility is something many of us take for granted, and something businesses of all shapes and sizes need to prioritise. We look at how Experian worked with other companies to improve access to essential services.
SZENE 2WEI (szene2wei.de)
Founded in 2009 in Essen by Timo Gmeiner and William Sánchez H., the dance company SZENE 2WEI works in the field of mixed-ability.
Pedesting App Revolutionizes Accessibility with Detailed Indoor Navigation and Inclusive Building Features (assistivetechnologyblog.com)
Pedesting is a groundbreaking app developed by Nabeel Ramji, who, despite his rare form of cerebral palsy, has navigated significant challenges to create a solution for individuals with disabilities facing barriers in public spaces.
Digital Accessibility for AAC Users is a Civil Rights Issue (communicationfirst.org)
Last month, CommunicationFIRST submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Justice about the widespread digital discrimination experienced by people who need and use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and on the need for equal access to government websites and apps. You can access our full comments here. We made the following points, among others.
Portraits of Immunocompromised Resistance with Megan Doherty (cripcrapmedia.com)
Kennedy hosts guest Megan Doherty to discuss her virtual photo project, Compromised.
In light of the federal government summoning Air Canada to Ottawa this week to discuss a spate of reports about the mistreatment of customers in wheelchairs, Marketplace is releasing an exclusive preview of its hidden-camera investigation which documented a rarely seen first-hand account of the challenges faced by those flying with a disability.
New COVID-19 variant raises concerns, long COVID becomes third leading neurologic disorder (turnto10.com)
The CDC is tracking a new line of the COVID-19 virus.
Toronto mother calls for reversal of Bill 60 after nurses caring for her child move to private clinic (toronto.citynews.ca)
A Toronto mother says she is in a desperate situation as she loses publicly-funded nurses for her complex special needs child to the private sector.
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