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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.
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 Instacart.com, for purported Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) violations over the accessibility of its website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.”