Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians http://www.blindcanadians.ca/news/new-content Watch this feed for announcements of all new content added to the AEBC website! en Laugh to Tears with AEBC Saskatoon and No-No http://www.blindcanadians.ca/news/bb/2017-01-laugh-tears-aebc-saskatoon-and-no-no <p>Date: Friday, February 3, 2017<br /> Time: Doors open at 9:00 PM, show starts at 9:30 PM<br /> Location: Le Relais (308 4th Avenue North, Saskatoon)<br /> Tickets: $10.00 per person</p> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-bb-postdate"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Posting Date:&nbsp;</div> <span class="date-display-single">Thursday, January 19, 2017</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-bb-archivedate"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Archival Date:&nbsp;</div> <span class="date-display-single">Friday, February 3, 2017</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:49:59 +0000 MYale 3083 at http://www.blindcanadians.ca AEBC 25th Anniversary National Conference: Call for Abstracts http://www.blindcanadians.ca/news/bb/2016-12-aebc-25th-anniversary-national-conference-call-abstracts <p>Friday, April 28th, 2017 – Courtyard By Marriott Downtown Toronto - Toronto, Ontario<br /> Submission deadline: January 20, 2017</p> <p>The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC), founded in Kelowna, British Columbia in 1992, will be celebrating 25 years of working toward the full inclusion and participation of blind, deaf-blind, and partially sighted Canadians in all aspects of society. Through its public education, peer support, training opportunities, and public policy advocacy activities, the AEBC and its members have many successes to look back on and many future opportunities to look forward to.</p> <p>The conference will take place the weekend of Friday, April 28th – Sunday, April 30th, 2017 at the Courtyard By Marriott Downtown Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.</p> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-bb-postdate"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Posting Date:&nbsp;</div> <span class="date-display-single">Sunday, December 18, 2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-bb-archivedate"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Archival Date:&nbsp;</div> <span class="date-display-single">Saturday, January 21, 2017</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.blindcanadians.ca/news/bb/2016-12-aebc-25th-anniversary-national-conference-call-abstracts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sun, 18 Dec 2016 23:37:58 +0000 MYale 3082 at http://www.blindcanadians.ca Announcement of 25th Anniversary Conference and AGM http://www.blindcanadians.ca/news/bb/2016-12-announcement-25th-anniversary-conference-and-agm <p>It's time to mark your calendars and plan to attend AEBC's 25th anniversary Conference and AGM in Toronto!</p> <p><strong>Location</strong>: The Courtyard By Marriott Hotel, 475 Yonge Street, Toronto<br /> <strong>Dates:</strong> Friday, April 28th - Sunday, April 30th, 2017</p> <p>Room rates are $149 per night plus tax for single or double accommodation. There may be an additional charge for a third person in the room.</p> <p>As in past years, there will be seminars and the AEBC exhibit hall throughout the day on Friday.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ivr-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s time to mark your calendars and plan to attend AEBC&#039;s 25th anniversary Conference and AGM in Toronto! Location: The Courtyard By Marriott Hotel, 475 Yonge Street, Toronto Dates: Friday, April 28th - Sunday, April 30th, 2017 Room rates are $149 per night plus tax for single or double accommodation. There may be an additional charge for a third person in the room. As in past years, there will be seminars and the AEBC exhibit hall throughout the day on Friday. The Conference will take place Friday evening, all day Saturday, and Sunday morning. There will be elections for President, 2nd Vice President, Secretary and one Director for a two-year term, and it&#039;s not too early to begin thinking of who you would like to see elected to AEBC&#039;s 2017 - 2018 national Board. The 25th anniversary is an important milestone in any organization&#039;s history, so we hope you are planning to be in Toronto in April to celebrate this important event in AEBC&#039;s history! Further details will be available in 2017. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-bb-postdate"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Posting Date:&nbsp;</div> <span class="date-display-single">Sunday, December 18, 2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-bb-archivedate"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Archival Date:&nbsp;</div> <span class="date-display-single">Wednesday, January 18, 2017</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.blindcanadians.ca/news/bb/2016-12-announcement-25th-anniversary-conference-and-agm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sun, 18 Dec 2016 21:55:09 +0000 admin 3081 at http://www.blindcanadians.ca Bill C33 failing Canadians who are blind http://www.blindcanadians.ca/participate/blog/2016/11/bill-c33-failing-canadians-who-are-blind <p>How many times do Canadians have to request a secret vote? I have known for many years that the way Canada provides people who are blind to mark a ballot is not adequate. The fact that we can't see, should make it easy for government officials to understand that if we have a special template to put our ballot into, with tactile areas to place our X in, we can't see if the ballot moved, thereby making our ballot void. Why is it that our federal government will not bring a way of voting that allows for a private secret secure vote? I am deaf-blind. Please try to view this bill from the perspective of Canadians who wish to vote in secret and with dignity.</p> <p>Technology is used extensively by both the government and candidates during the time leading up to the vote.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.blindcanadians.ca/participate/blog/2016/11/bill-c33-failing-canadians-who-are-blind" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.blindcanadians.ca/participate/blog/2016/11/bill-c33-failing-canadians-who-are-blind#comments Advocacy Mon, 28 Nov 2016 12:30:20 +0000 PLeclair 3079 at http://www.blindcanadians.ca Proud to be Courageous, Brave and BLIND http://www.blindcanadians.ca/participate/blog/2016/11/proud-be-courageous-brave-and-blind <p>Many people who are blind seem to reject the fact that they are courageous, or brave. They seem to think what they do, how they do it is the norm for them. If more people who are blind saw themselves as courageous or brave, maybe they would feel good and "proud" of themselves.</p> <p>I recall the first time I decided to take public transit to meet a friend to stay over-night. I was nervous, but I also wanted to start being more independent.</p> <p>I wondered what would happen if I got lost. I had difficulty hearing, but I had enough, back then to travel reasonably safely.</p> <p>The first time we do something, that is going to be difficult, we are being brave. We forget that we did accomplish something that took effort to do for the first time.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.blindcanadians.ca/participate/blog/2016/11/proud-be-courageous-brave-and-blind" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.blindcanadians.ca/participate/blog/2016/11/proud-be-courageous-brave-and-blind#comments Education Sun, 27 Nov 2016 03:32:04 +0000 PLeclair 3078 at http://www.blindcanadians.ca Inclusive Employment Advocacy Project - Job postings http://www.blindcanadians.ca/news/bb/2016-11-inclusive-employment-advocacy-project-job-postings <p>As part of the Inclusive Employment Advocacy Project which will increase the knowledge and skills of job seekers with various disabilities to advocate for equal access to employment programs and services, AEBC's Toronto Chapter is looking to hire a research and tool developer, project evaluator, project coordinator and an access technology specialist. Job descriptions can be downloaded below as accessible PDF files. Please note that each job posting has its own application deadline.</p> <p>For more information on the project itself, go to: <a href="https://goo.gl/WNYEU2" title="https://goo.gl/WNYEU2">https://goo.gl/WNYEU2</a></p> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-bb-postdate"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Posting Date:&nbsp;</div> <span class="date-display-single">Friday, November 25, 2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-bb-archivedate"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Archival Date:&nbsp;</div> <span class="date-display-single">Tuesday, January 10, 2017</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Fri, 25 Nov 2016 18:26:10 +0000 MYale 3077 at http://www.blindcanadians.ca Job opportunity: Accessible Formats Specialist in Auckland, New Zealand (December 1, 2016 deadline) http://www.blindcanadians.ca/news/bb/2016-11-job-opportunity-accessible-formats-specialist-auckland-new-zealand-december-1-2016-d <p>If you have ever thought about working overseas, or are considering a more permanent move, then New Zealand is a great choice. The pace of life is laid back, and we’re fortunate to live in what many people say is the cleanest and most beautiful country in the world. Not to mention our scenery, New Zealand really has a lot to offer in this department - glorious sandy beaches, great native forests, mountains, lakes, rivers and fjords.</p> <p>With over 300 employees and around 2,000 volunteers the Blind Foundation is New Zealand’s leading provider of services and support to people who are blind or have low vision. Celebrating our 125th last year, we are one of New Zealand’s most trusted and iconic Not for Profit organisations.</p> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-bb-postdate"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Posting Date:&nbsp;</div> <span class="date-display-single">Sunday, November 20, 2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-bb-archivedate"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Archival Date:&nbsp;</div> <span class="date-display-single">Friday, December 2, 2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.blindcanadians.ca/news/bb/2016-11-job-opportunity-accessible-formats-specialist-auckland-new-zealand-december-1-2016-d" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sun, 20 Nov 2016 17:12:36 +0000 admin 3076 at http://www.blindcanadians.ca Always Pround to be Blind/Deafblind http://www.blindcanadians.ca/participate/blog/2016/11/always-pround-be-blinddeafblind <p>Who you are, includes everything about you, eye colour, height and disability you might have. But the fact my deafness and blindness are named disabilities makes these inconveniences seem more negative than they actually are. If someone is allergic to dust, that is not deemed to be a disability, yet it does cause significant problems yet an allergy to dust is no cause for discrimination. So, the label of disability is the problem, not the disability itself.</p> <p>If you think about the fact that blindness is most commonly experienced by loss of sight over several years. The loss people experience is significant yet everyone seems to cope with the loss and use their creativity to continue to do things they liked to do before the loss. How people manage to adapt is cause for tremendous pride.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ivr-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Who you are, includes everything about you, eye colour, height and disability you might have. But the fact my deafness and blindness are named disabilities makes these inconveniences seem more negative than they actually are. If someone is allergic to dust, that is not deemed to be a disability, yet it does cause significant problems yet an allergy to dust is no cause for discrimination. So, the label of disability is the problem, not the disability itself. If you think about the fact that blindness is most commonly experienced by loss of sight over several years. The loss people experience is significant yet everyone seems to cope with the loss and use their creativity to continue to do things they liked to do before the loss. How people manage to adapt is cause for tremendous pride. We can’t take a pill to change the reality, the only thing we can do is to adapt and educate others. We can’t keep our sight loss, or hearing loss a secret, it has to be verbalized, which is not easy, but this act itself is cause for personal pride. We have to say, “I can’t see your face clearly anymore, so please tell me who you are when we meet somewhere”. Having to voice this is not easy, but we do it because of the inner strength we possess but we don’t stop to give ourselves the credit for that strength. Once we break the ice with people and level with them we’ve grown and should know we have accomplished a hard task and be extremely proud of that achievement. Because most people who are blind came into this reality slowly, we experience many accomplishments of adapting to each change, and we voice the changes to others. Why then is their such negativity in blindness? I don’t accept this negativity. I know better and so do you. Our human nature has shown that we adapt to change. All people have this ability. The degree to which we recognize this fact, believe in this fact will mean we adapt in amazing ways. Our body is an amazing creation, so to is our ability to adapt and change, with change we have no control over. Often society does little to help us adapt, but we go right ahead and adapt, seek out people who can support us, we don’t give up. Have you ever heard of a person who is blind giving up living for the fact that their eyes stop functioning the way it should? Do people commit suicide because they can’t hear well? No, because they have an inner sense of pride that what they see, or what they hear has little to do with who they are. They love the fact that something can be done when change takes away sight or hearing. If humans are born without sight or hearing, or with less than others, they adapt to circumstances because they take each new achievement and let that convince them they can do more. Some people have been encouraged to adapt; While others have had little encouragement. One way to bring a sense of pride to our community of people with sight and hearing loss is to encourage people so they can start feeling the pride that should be felt when you accomplish difficult tasks. Never down-play the difficulty, recognize how hard it is to adapt, change and educate others. Then go right ahead and be proud you have done better and because you have you will continue to do better. Canada has a strong community of people with sight and hearing loss. I am honored to be a member of this proud community. </div> </div> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.blindcanadians.ca/participate/blog/2016/11/always-pround-be-blinddeafblind" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.blindcanadians.ca/participate/blog/2016/11/always-pround-be-blinddeafblind#comments Wed, 09 Nov 2016 19:12:58 +0000 PLeclair 3075 at http://www.blindcanadians.ca AEBC seeking applications for national bookkeeper - deadline to apply is December 2, 2016 http://www.blindcanadians.ca/news/bb/2016-11-aebc-seeking-applications-national-bookkeeper-deadline-apply-december-2-2016 <p>The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) invites applications from qualified individuals for a virtual, part-time, contract position (15 to 20 hours per month) of bookkeeper.</p> <p>The AEBC is a national grassroots, peer support organization that comprises Canadians who are blind, deaf-blind or partially sighted and our supporters. We work to ensure we have a voice on all matters affecting our participation in Canada’s mainstream society. Our mission is to increase awareness of rights and responsibilities, so blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted individuals can have equal access to the benefits and opportunities of society.</p> <p>The successful candidate will have at least two years of experience in full-cycle recordkeeping for Canadian not-for-profit, charitable organizations.</p> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-bb-postdate"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Posting Date:&nbsp;</div> <span class="date-display-single">Tuesday, November 8, 2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-bb-archivedate"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Archival Date:&nbsp;</div> <span class="date-display-single">Saturday, December 3, 2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.blindcanadians.ca/news/bb/2016-11-aebc-seeking-applications-national-bookkeeper-deadline-apply-december-2-2016" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 09 Nov 2016 02:56:43 +0000 admin 3074 at http://www.blindcanadians.ca CELA seeking applications for User Advisory Group members - deadline December 2, 2016 http://www.blindcanadians.ca/news/bb/2016-11-cela-seeking-applications-user-advisory-group-members-deadline-december-2-2016 <p>Are you interested in sharing your experiences and providing input to improve services for the print disabled community? CELA is now accepting applications for its new User Advisory Group!</p> <p>The group will meet 6-12 times a year with the goal of informing technology decisions and overall strategy of the organization and strengthening CELA services for all. CELA is looking for input from a variety of users with a wide range of experiences and abilities.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ivr-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Are you interested in sharing your experiences and providing input to improve services for the print disabled community? CELA is now accepting applications for its new User Advisory Group! The group will meet 6-12 times a year with the goal of informing technology decisions and overall strategy of the organization and strengthening CELA services for all. CELA is looking for input from a variety of users with a wide range of experiences and abilities. Appointments to the Advisory Group is for a two-year term and CELA asks that those applying meet the following criteria: - Willingness and ability to commit to the necessary time and effort required to contribute meaningfully to the group; - Commitment and interest in the future of CELA services, with that interest informed by personal or professional experience and an ability to balance local and regional perspectives; · Skills and experience related to previous work with community-based and/or cultural or library projects CELA welcomes and encourages interested individuals to apply for the group by completing the online Application Form by Friday, December 2, 2016. For additional information, please read the Terms of Reference or email Michael Ciccone, Executive Director, at michael.ciccone@celalibrary.ca. More information is available on the AEBC web site. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-bb-postdate"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Posting Date:&nbsp;</div> <span class="date-display-single">Sunday, November 6, 2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-bb-archivedate"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Archival Date:&nbsp;</div> <span class="date-display-single">Friday, December 2, 2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.blindcanadians.ca/news/bb/2016-11-cela-seeking-applications-user-advisory-group-members-deadline-december-2-2016" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Accessible Information Library Services Mon, 07 Nov 2016 01:46:47 +0000 admin 3073 at http://www.blindcanadians.ca Proud to be blind http://www.blindcanadians.ca/participate/blog/2016/11/proud-be-blind <p>Is the idea of being proud of yourself new to you? How about being proud of the fact that you have a disability or that you can eat anything without getting sick?</p> <p>I share with you that I am very proud of who I am, and that I am deaf-blind. The fact that I was born blind, and that I have never let that fact stop me from doing what I want, is a part of who I am, and who I intend to always be. It wasn't easy to learn to live with deafness, but I have succeeded very well. I am an active senior citizen that is proud of being one of few people who is totally blind and deaf. I can do several things well I know what it is to have patience and to persist. I have experienced many hard times and come away with more pride in myself. No one will ever take that from me.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.blindcanadians.ca/participate/blog/2016/11/proud-be-blind" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.blindcanadians.ca/participate/blog/2016/11/proud-be-blind#comments Advocacy Sat, 05 Nov 2016 18:14:05 +0000 PLeclair 3072 at http://www.blindcanadians.ca Let's Get It Out There - Penny’s Impressions http://www.blindcanadians.ca/participate/blog/2016/10/lets-get-it-out-there-penny%E2%80%99s-impressions <p>On October 29th, I attended a town-hall meeting via streaming, that was called, “let’s get it out there”</p> <p>I found the meeting to have been interesting. My impressions may not be the same as other people but I am sharing them. The objective of this meeting of people who are blind, was to see how we might work more closely together to achieve improvements to our lives in all aspects.</p> <p>I understood that no one would speak as a representative, I note that the president of CFB, was basically allowed to repeat her email address @CFB, three times in a comment response to one question. She didn’t respond to the question except to say she would love to hear from people about any letters that CFB could write in support of advocacy efforts.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.blindcanadians.ca/participate/blog/2016/10/lets-get-it-out-there-penny%E2%80%99s-impressions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.blindcanadians.ca/participate/blog/2016/10/lets-get-it-out-there-penny%E2%80%99s-impressions#comments Tue, 01 Nov 2016 00:27:03 +0000 PLeclair 3071 at http://www.blindcanadians.ca International Day of Persons with Disabilities Event Announcement http://www.blindcanadians.ca/news/bb/2016-10-international-day-persons-disabilities-event-announcement <p>International Day of Persons with Disabilities Event Announcement</p> <p>You are cordially invited to come to this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities event in Toronto focused on employment. This is Goal 5 of United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals, on decent work and economic growth.<br /> Government representatives will speak on employment initiatives, persons with disabilities will share their employment success stories, and employment agencies will network with job seekers.<br /> Date: Saturday, December 3, 2016<br /> Time: 2 to 4 p.m.<br /> Place: Metro Hall, 55 John St. Room 308 and 309.<br /> Program:<br /> 2 – 2:10 Welcome<br /> 2:10 – 2:40 MP Adam Vaughan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, MPP Hon.</p> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-bb-postdate"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Posting Date:&nbsp;</div> <span class="date-display-single">Friday, October 28, 2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-bb-archivedate"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Archival Date:&nbsp;</div> <span class="date-display-single">Saturday, December 3, 2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.blindcanadians.ca/news/bb/2016-10-international-day-persons-disabilities-event-announcement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sat, 29 Oct 2016 00:14:03 +0000 MYale 3070 at http://www.blindcanadians.ca Being the Object of Prayer http://www.blindcanadians.ca/participate/blog/2016/10/being-object-prayer <p>If you’re blind, you’re no stranger to the experience of having a religious zealot approach you to tell you that they’re going to pray for you, and that God will listen to their prayers, and give you your sight back. Such encounters used to irritate the hell out of me, but no longer. As someone who starts off with a deep theoretical interest in religion and its expression, I’ve come to view these experiences as an opportunity for a little informal research, and scope for entertainment.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.blindcanadians.ca/participate/blog/2016/10/being-object-prayer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.blindcanadians.ca/participate/blog/2016/10/being-object-prayer#comments Advocacy Mobility & Travel Mon, 17 Oct 2016 04:00:33 +0000 Christine Malec 3069 at http://www.blindcanadians.ca Membership Renewal & Toronto IDPwD Event http://www.blindcanadians.ca/participate/blog/2016/10/membership-renewal-toronto-idpwd-event <p>Dear Current and Former AEBC Members:</p> <p>When I returned from working overseas in 2009, I went to the usual service providers to upgrade my mobility, computer and independent living skills, including employment agencies to get back into the Toronto work force. After experiencing barriers and marginalization, I wanted to join a group making changes for the better for our community. That is how I started coming to AEBC meetings five years ago.</p> <p>Learning and working together with like-minded blind, deafblind and partially sighted grassroots activists help all of us to hone our knowledge and skills in speaking up at public meetings, speaking to our elected representatives, and speaking about issues concerning us.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.blindcanadians.ca/participate/blog/2016/10/membership-renewal-toronto-idpwd-event" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.blindcanadians.ca/participate/blog/2016/10/membership-renewal-toronto-idpwd-event#comments Thu, 13 Oct 2016 22:34:21 +0000 YBrown 3068 at http://www.blindcanadians.ca