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Football 5-a-side will make its fourth
Paralympic appearance at Rio 2016, where Brazil will be the strong favourite
for gold but will face stiff competition from 2014 World Championships’
runners-up Argentina, European champions Turkey and Beijing 2008 silver
medallists China. Brazil was drawn in Group A with Iran, Morocco and Turkey,
whilst Argentina was pitted in Group B against China and Mexico. The two best
teams from each group will qualify for the semifinals. The sport will be
contested at the Olympic Tennis Centre, located in the Barra Olympic Park,
between 9-17 September.
Read the full story here: https://www.paralympic.org/news/how-blind-football-teams-reached-paralympics
Toronto police have charged a 30-year-old tow truck driver after he allegedly
refused to transport an elderly couple because they had a guide dog with them.
CityNews has learned the driver was contracted by CAA. Police say the couple’s
vehicle broke down on Tuesday, June 20, in the Don Mills Road and Don Valley
Parkway area just before 2 p.m. The male driver called a tow truck. His wife is
visually impaired and uses a guide dog which was with them at the time. Police
say when the tow truck driver showed up, he initially agreed to transport them.
But when he noticed the guide dog, a golden retriever named Quincy, he had a
change of heart.
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Disability advocates are hoping
social-media campaigns will publicly shame organizations into taking action on
accessibility. Tim Rose made headlines this month when he posted on Facebook
about his harrowing back-and-forth with Air Canada, who refused to let him take
a direct flight from Toronto to Cleveland because they said his wheelchair was
too big to fit in the plane. Rose started tweeting with the hashtag
#wheelchairsarentluggage, in response to an Air Canada employee comparing his
wheelchair to an oversized bag.
Read the full story here: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2016/08/09/accessibility-advocates-tweet-their-barriers.html
Since 1960, when blind swimming became a Paralympic sport, professional swim
teams have had to rely on a less-than-ideal alert system when simmers near an
approaching wall: the tap of a pole wielded by their swim coach. What’s more,
the tap must be timed with a swimmer’s stroke so as to not hinder their
movement and jeopardize a competition. Unhappy with this 56-year approach, Samsung,
in collaboration with the Spanish Paralympic Committee and Cheil Spain, have
conceptualized the Samsung Blind Cap, a cap fitted with a small vibrating
sensor that alerts blind swimmers in a much less obtrusive and unwieldy manner.
Read the full story here: http://www.psfk.com/2016/08/samsung-vibrating-cap-blind-swimmers-paralympic-sport.html
I've been blind since birth. Growing up, I
devoured novels translated into braille and adapted into audio books, but there
was never an equivalent for comic books. While my sighted friends were enjoying
Batman and Spider-Man comics, I became complacent with hearing about them
secondhand but never experiencing the stories for myself. Later, I would
discover companies like Audio Comics and Graphic Audio, which have produced
audio versions of comics. But browsing the websites that sell their audio
comics can be challenging when you're blind. Which is exactly why Guy Hasson
created Comics Empower, an online comic book store for the blind.
Read the full story here: http://www.vice.com/read/comics-empower-comic-book-store-for-the-blind