Accessibility in the digital age: Okanagan parent voices concern

Accessibility in the digital age: Okanagan parent voices concern
[ad_1] When School District 23 recently introduced a new app for parents to report their child’s absence from class, not everybody was able to fully use it.Derek Wilson is blind. The app the school district chose is inaccessible, he said.“I think that the school district, if they’re going to use public funds to provide a service, then as a parent, I have a right to expect to use that service, and the truth is that I can’t,” Wilson said.“And it’s impacting the safety of my children.” READ MORE: Remapping accessibility around the world Wilson uses a screen reader on his phone, which is software that converts text to speech.When he initially signed on to use the app, Wilson said he wasn’t surprised that it wasn’t fully accessible to him.“I deal with this every day, multiple...

Accessibility tour: could you navigate Calgary streets blind? – Calgary

Accessibility tour: could you navigate Calgary streets blind? - Calgary
CALGARY – Councillor Druh Farrell got to experience Calgary in a very different way Thursday morning.She joined ten decision makers from the city’s transportation and planning and development and assessment departments, the Calgary Construction Association and Development and non-for-profit organizations in taking on a disability for a day.The group started at the Municipal Building, trying out doors and washrooms, before heading out on city streets, towards Olympic Plaza.“I have never noticed that! Whoop! Sorry! Curb!” remarked Farrell crossing the street on Stephan Avenue. She spent the first half of the tour blindfolded, with a cane, before moving around, albeit slowly, in a wheelchair.“It’s enlightening. I feel every little impediment… Every little obstacle, every little bump,” said Farrell.READ MORE: Edmonton cracks down on...