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Jason Mitschele stands outside the
courtroom in a close huddle with a fellow prosecutor and a defence lawyer,
working out the details of a plea. A woman, 34, had been arrested selling crack
to an undercover police officer. Mitschele’s guide dog, Kailua, sits between
the three men, ruffling their judicial robes when she shifts her weight. The
defence counsel reads the details of the charge a single time and Mitschele
commits it all to memory. Half an hour later, he’s standing before a judge,
Kailua by his side, running through the entire sequence of events — the exact
dates, exact addresses, exact times down to the minute — without faltering.
Read the full story here: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2016/10/24/blind-workers-teach-employers-to-see-the-bigger-picture.html
Carla Qualtrough is the first-ever federal minister of sport and persons with
disabilities. She tells The Current's special guest host Ing Wong-Ward that her
appointment to Prime MInister Justin Trudeau's cabinet as a legally blind
person is "sending a strong signal to Canadians just how important disability
and accessibility issues are to our government." "I think we do some
things really well here in Canada and I think in other areas we have work to be
done," Qualtrough tells Wong-Ward.
Read the full story here:
Interview with CNIB’s Dr. Keith Gordon on
the findings from the recent joint study between CNIB and the University of
Waterloo around the prevalence of myopia in children.
Watch the video here: http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/video#1.815897
If a country was to announce equipment to
teach kids to read was too expensive, so it was cancelling programmes it would
be rightly castigated. Yet that is what is happening in major economies like
the UK when it comes to those reading Braille. One startup is looking to change
that. Bristol Braille Technology (BBT) is a UK startup run as a not-for-profit.
It is developing Canute, a digital Braille reader capable of displaying
multiple lines at the same time. BBT hopes to bring Canute – currently in its
tenth prototype – to market next year. It is a unique product that represents a
different approach to literacy and wider learning amongst the sight impaired
Read the full story here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/freddiedawson/2016/10/25/this-new-system-will-help-the-blind-to-read/#1b6789b23352
Nearly 12 million people in the UK have a
recognised disability, about half of whom are adults of working age. Not only
do disabled workers represent a valuable pool of talent for employers, but
their access to - and fair treatment within - the workplace is protected by
law. Employers must treat all staff fairly, and companies are required to make
reasonable adjustments to the work environment to ensure that staff with
disabilities are not disadvantaged. These often relate to accessibility to the
workplace itself, but also to the technology needed to perform a job. Assistive
technology such as screen readers and specialist input devices have been around
for many years, but rapid improvements in technologies such as speech control
now make interacting with technology even easier.
Read the full story here: http://www.itpro.co.uk/staffing/27386/how-tech-can-promote-diversity-in-the-workplace