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Here's what happened in the accessibility world from March 28–April 3, 2021

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Uber ordered to pay blind woman $1.1 million for repeated discrimination

April 3, 2021, New York Post: Uber must pay $1.1 million to a blind San Francisco woman who was repeatedly refused rides by drivers who didn’t want her seeing eye dog, Bernie, in their car.

Instacart Sued for Alleged ADA Violations

April 2, 2021, Law Street: On Thursday, an individual filed a class-action complaint in the Eastern District of New York against Maplebear Inc., doing business as, for purported Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) violations over the accessibility of its website.

PBS Kids celebrates Autism Awareness Month with new friends

April 2, 2021, The Associated Press: A new child is introduced this month on the animated TV show “Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum” who is a little different. He’s sensitive to loud noises and he likes doing things his way, in his time.

Oregon State Parks announces plan for greater accessibility

April 2, 2021, The Seattle Times: The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has announced an ambitious effort to make Oregon’s parks more accessible to visitors with disabilities.

7 Android Accessibility Features to Make Smartphones Easy for Elderly

April 2, 2021, Gadgets to Use: Android smartphones have become more and more useful for everyday lives with so many features being introduced day by day. But sometimes despite having all the latest features, a smartphone becomes unuseful for some people who cannot understand its functioning or who cannot see or hear properly, like our elderly. In such cases, smartphones have some features to make them more accessible for such people. Today, I am going to tell you the accessibility features of Android that can make it more useful for the elderly.

Viewpoint: Here’s how to get more disabled Texans working

April 1, 2021, Austin Business Journal: It’s been more than 30 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act became law, but even with equal protections legally guaranteed, progress for disabled Texans has been mixed. On the one hand, employment for disabled adults in the U.S. fell over the past three decades, leaving many at heightened risk of poverty. On the other, a program new in 1997, now known as Medicare Advantage, has helped expand their health care access.

Unpaid Leave Can Be a Reasonable Accommodation

April 1, 2021, EHS Today: When employers face a request for a reasonable accommodation made by a disabled employee under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), it can easily become a thorny legal tussle over what is considered reasonable. One accommodation that can be helpful or lead to litigation in some circumstances is unpaid leave, depending on how it is applied.

Lack of edtech data on helping pupils with disabilities

March 31, 2021, Tes: An "astonishing" deficit of data about how educational technology could help pupils with disabilities in low- and middle-income countries has been highlighted in a new report.

Learning with a disability: Students share their experience with the EAC

March 30, 2021, The Arbiter: s of 2017, more than 200,000 students entering the college setting were or previously had been diagnosed with a learning disability, according to data from College Guide for Students with Learning Disabilities.

Bill to help disabled people get meaningful jobs passes

March 30, 2021, WSAZ: When it comes to disabled people and the opportunities they have to land a job, some say West Virginia could do a better job. A bill is headed to the governor’s desk aimed to help people get a good job.

As a Disabled Person, I'm Afraid for the World to Go Back to 'Normal'

March 30, 2021, Good Housekeeping: A little over a year after people began to isolate at home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, my Facebook feed is flooded with people celebrating an imminent "return to normal" thanks to the advent of the COVID-19 vaccine. While I'm excited that I may soon be able to do things like hug my friends and family, I also can't help but feel a certain degree of dread at the idea of going back to a version of normal life that was never accessible to me in the first place.

Disability Must Stop Being Workplace D&I’s Poor Relation, Says Disabled Conservative Peer

March 30, 2021, Forbes: The Conservative peer charged with chairing a groundbreaking commission reporting on critical issues feeding into the U.K. government’s National Strategy For Disabled People says it’s high time disability inclusion is accorded equal weight to other parts of the diversity spectrum.

Addressing email accessibility: The 3 key steps

March 29, 2021, Econsultancy: We need to talk about accessibility. Brands spend a great deal of time perfecting their email campaigns, spending weeks and sometimes even months ensuring every little detail is perfect. But what’s the point of spending time and money if your campaign excludes a large proportion of your customer base?

Computer lip-reading could improve hearing aids

March 29, 2021, Electronics Weekly: Lip movement and hand gestures could be combined with sonic information to improve hearing aids, according to a research project led by University of Wolverhampton and Edinburgh Napier University.

Disabled subway riders deserve better

March 29, 2021, Washington Square News: Only about 25% of New York City’s subway stations are accessible for disabled people, whether that’s through wheelchairs, ramps or elevator access. Of those accessible stations in NYC, most of them are located in Manhattan, while other boroughs lag further behind. Even with that dismal number reflecting the city’s lackluster commitment to disabled riders, many of the accessible stations themselves are only somewhat accessible, with multiple train platforms not meeting the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Three key features that make collaboration tools more accessible for the visually impaired

March 29, 2021, TechRadar: Collaboration tools are meant to encourage and inspire people to work together. When we can easily and effectively connect and share ideas, we are more productive, more creative and happier. But for those who are visually impaired, poorly designed tools will inevitably fall short. That’s why elements such as predictable navigation and other easy-to-use accessibility features are not just nice-to-haves, but altogether necessary.

Autism inclusion in the workplace

March 28, 2021, Trinidad and Tobago Newsday–TT: On April 2, TT will join the world in celebrating Autism Awareness Day. The UN’s designation of April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day is meant to raise public awareness of autism and to “highlight the need to help improve the quality of life of those with autism so they can lead full and meaningful lives as an integral part of society.”