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 MOVING TOWARDS AN ACCESSIBLE CANADA http://www.blindcanadians.ca/publications/briefs/2017-moving-towards-accessible-canada <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Date:&nbsp;</div> <span class="date-display-single">Thursday, March 23, 2017</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>This submission has been formulated to loosely respond to the questions posed in the “What does an accessible Canada mean to you?” discussion guide. The vast majority of the declarations herein are directly supported by organizational “resolutions” adopted by the membership of the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians over the past 25 years of its existence, and they stand as an unfortunate testament to the slow and limited progress that Canadians who are blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted have made over the decades. In some cases, two decades have passed and, despite ongoing efforts by the AEBC and other consumer organizations to improve the lives of those in the blindness community, little progress has been made.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.blindcanadians.ca/publications/briefs/2017-moving-towards-accessible-canada" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.blindcanadians.ca/publications/briefs/2017-moving-towards-accessible-canada#comments Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:33:49 +0000 MYale 3106 at http://www.blindcanadians.ca Inclusive Employment Advocacy Project (Toronto Chapter) seeking March 28, 2017 Focus Group Participants http://www.blindcanadians.ca/news/bb/2017-03-inclusive-employment-advocacy-project-toronto-chapter-seeking-march-28-2017-focus-gr <p>We are currently seeking participants with disabilities who are looking for employment to attend a Focus Group. The intention of the Focus Groups is two-fold: to help identify barriers that people with disabilities experience in finding and keeping meaningful employment; and, to use the insights learned from the participants to create education/training sessions which will come later in 2017 so they better understand their rights under the AODA and Human Rights Legislation to help develop and improve their self-advocacy skills. The first focus group will be at The 519 Community Centre (519 Church Street), Room 304, on March 28th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.</p> <p>For more information and to RSVP before March 21, 2017, go to the <a href="http://www.blindcanadians.ca/inclusiveemployment">Project Website</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">Sunday, March 12, 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">Tuesday, March 21, 2017</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Related URL, if any:&nbsp;</div> http://www.blindcanadians.ca/inclusiveemployment </div> </div> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Sun, 12 Mar 2017 19:06:17 +0000 MYale 3103 at http://www.blindcanadians.ca Saskatoon Chapter Open House, March 18, 2017 http://www.blindcanadians.ca/news/bb/2017-03-saskatoon-chapter-open-house-march-18-2017 <p>In recognition of their 25th anniversary, the Saskatoon chapter of the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) will be hosting an open house Saturday March 18. The public is invited to come find out about this organization of blind, partially sighted and deaf-blind citizens speaking for themselves on issues that affect their lives (disability legislation, safe mobility, transportation etc.)<br /> Guest speaker: John Rae, former national President.<br /> Location: North Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre, 237 5th Avenue North, Saskatoon<br /> Time: 1:00 to 4:00 PM</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">Monday, March 6, 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">Sunday, March 19, 2017</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Mon, 06 Mar 2017 18:33:20 +0000 MYale 3101 at http://www.blindcanadians.ca Looking Forward to our 25th Anniversary Conference? Agenda released! http://www.blindcanadians.ca/news/bb/2017-02-looking-forward-our-25th-anniversary-conference-agenda-released <p>The Conference will be a great opportunity to learn, make new friends, and reconnect with old ones! Check out the agenda at the <a href="http://www.blindcanadians.ca/programs/conf/2017/agenda">Conference Site</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, February 24, 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, April 28, 2017</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:47:35 +0000 MYale 3099 at http://www.blindcanadians.ca Windows 10 Workshop Notes http://www.blindcanadians.ca/participate/blog/2017/02/windows-10-workshop-notes <p>&nbsp;</p><h1 style="text-align: center;" align="center">Windows 10 Workshop Notes</h1><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;" align="center">Presented by Albert Ruel and Jennifer Jesso<br /> with the AEBC on October 18, 2016</p><h3>Upgrading to Windows 10</h3><p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst" style="text-indent: -18.0pt; mso-list: l1 level1 lfo1;"><span style="font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">·<span style="font: 7.0pt 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span>Windows 10 had a free upgrade period which ended in July, but people with disabilities are still able to upgrade for free</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.blindcanadians.ca/participate/blog/2017/02/windows-10-workshop-notes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.blindcanadians.ca/participate/blog/2017/02/windows-10-workshop-notes#comments Technology Sat, 04 Feb 2017 04:28:39 +0000 JJesso 3090 at http://www.blindcanadians.ca Registration is open for the AEBC 25th Anniversary Conference and Annual General Meeting in Toronto http://www.blindcanadians.ca/news/bb/2017-02-registration-open-aebc-25th-anniversary-conference-and-annual-general-meeting-toront <p>February 1 is not just the start of a new month--it's also the beginning of registration for our 2017 25th Anniversary Conference and Annual General Meeting, which will be held at the Courtyard By Marriott Hotel, 475 Yonge Street, in Downtown Toronto from April 28 to 30, 2017, including workshops and an exhibit hall on April 28.</p> <p>The conference registration form, as well as the invitation to exhibitors and the exhibitors’ registration form, can be found at the <a href="http://www.blindcanadians.ca/programs/conf/2017">Conference Website</a>. We encourage you to check out the website for all the information you need, including how to book your hotel room and all further updates.<br /> The Friday workshops and keynote speaker will be announced on February 15, along with the draft agenda.</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">Wednesday, February 1, 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, April 14, 2017</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Thu, 02 Feb 2017 02:30:11 +0000 MYale 3089 at http://www.blindcanadians.ca The 2017-2018 AEBC/T-Base Communications Scholarship Program is accepting applications! http://www.blindcanadians.ca/news/bb/2017-02-2017-2018-aebct-base-communications-scholarship-program-accepting-applications <p>The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 academic year. The application deadline for the 2017 AEBC and T-Base Communications scholarship program is Friday, March 31st, 2017. All applications and supporting materials must be received by AEBC by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, March 31st, 2017 in order for applications to be considered.</p> <p>Please read more about the <a href="http://www.blindcanadians.ca/programs/scholarship">scholarship program</a> and, if you are eligible, apply!</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">Wednesday, February 1, 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, March 31, 2017</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Wed, 01 Feb 2017 21:45:03 +0000 MYale 3088 at http://www.blindcanadians.ca 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><strong>Please note that the call for abstracts is now closed. The agenda will be announced shortly!</strong></p> <hr /> <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> <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