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  1. How did the blind watch the Olympics? NBC helped them hear it
  2. All web sites to be accessible in Israel by October 2016
  3. Website accessibility: Why there’s still work to be done on government portals
  4. Marrakesh Treaty enters into force in September to facilitate the creation of accessible versions of books
  5. What does accessibility supported mean?
  6. Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, Part II: What does my business need to do to comply with the law’s customer service standards



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How did the blind watch the Olympics? NBC helped them hear it

For the first time in the U.S., NBC aired the Olympics in prime time with additional narrators who simply reported what was happening on screen — a sort of closed captioning for the visually impaired.

Read the full article on NBC audio description during the Olympics
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All web sites to be accessible in Israel by October 2016

Israel is the only country committed to making internet websites and mobile applications accessible to people with disabilities. 

Read the full article on Web accessibility in Israel.

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Website accessibility: Why there’s still work to be done on government portals

While there are many tools for disabled individuals to utilize computers and mobile devices (e.g., screen readers for the blind), there are still major challenges that stem from how content is provided. So what issues do individuals with disabilities face when accessing websites?

Read the full article on digital accessibility

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Australia adopts procurement standard for accessible ICT

Thanks to a strong partnership across Government, industry, disability advocacy groups and community organizations – Australia becomes the first country outside of Europe to adopt this emerging international standard for the procurement of accessible ICT (EN 301 549).

Read Microsoft Australia post welcoming the procurement standard in Australia
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Marrakesh Treaty enters into force in September to facilitate the creation of accessible versions of books

The ‘Marrakesh Treaty to Improve Access to information for persons who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled’ focuses on copyright exceptions to facilitate the creation of accessible versions of books and other copyrighted works. On June 30, Canada became the 20th country to ratify the Marrakesh treaty meaning that this historical treaty will come into force on September 30.

Read the full article on the Marrakesh Treaty

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What does accessibility supported mean?

With the recent news that Microsoft Edge now has 100% accessibility support for HTML5, this post looks at what “accessibility supported” means, and where it fits into the bigger accessibility picture.

Read the post on the meaning of "accessibility support."

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Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, Part II: What does my business need to do to comply with the law’s customer service standards

This is the second installment in a three-part series of articles focused on employers’ duties under Ontario’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. Part one addressed the scope and applicability of the law to various businesses. Part two addresses what a business must do to comply with the customer service standards under Ontario’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.

Read the full article on what a business must do to comply with the customer service standards.

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