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Here, you will find items of interest that have come to the attention of the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians, and which we believe would be interesting or beneficial for blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted Canadians to know about.

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NEADS seeks financial aid stories from college or university students with disabilities

Do you have stories of challenges you have faced in getting financial aid to support your college or university studies, as a student with a disability?

If so, we want to hear from you! The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) is collecting student narratives on the difficulties of navigating Canada's student financial aid system. We are especially interested in your experiences with government grants and loans programs.

Donate Aeroplan miles to the AEBC!

The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians is officially a member of the Participating Charities program on Aeroplan’s charitable pooling web site.

Besides providing miles to attend our AGM’s, these miles can also be used for other tangible rewards which AEBC could raffle as prizes.

Further, there is no charge for donating miles. If one was to transfer miles to a friend, the per mile charge is almost prohibitive so if anyone has a friend who has Aeroplan miles they do not intend to use during the next few months, please encourage them to donate them to the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians. Let your friends know that if they do not use their miles within a twelve month period that they are removed from their account.

University of Montreal's "Visual Impairment & Rehabilitation" Program (in English) now accepting applications

We are pleased to announce a new option in the Master of Science program. This option, offered in English by the School of Optometry at the University of Montreal, is called Visual Impairment & Rehabilitation.

This program produces professionals who provide rehabilitation services to people of all ages who are blind or who have low vision. There are three concentrations (or tracks) in the program, enabling one to specialize in Low Vision, Orientation & Mobility, or Vision Rehabilitation Therapy.

The first English cohort will begin the program in September, 2016. Given the very recent approval of the program, we will work with potential candidates to accelerate the admission process.

The 2016 census is coming: What you need to know

Canada’s next census will be conducted in May 2016. Early in May, census packages will be delivered to households across Canada, providing residents with the information they need to complete their questionnaire online or on paper.

Completed questionnaires will provide valuable information that will be used by all levels of government to make decisions about your neighbourhood and community. Information obtained through the census is needed to plan services such as child care, schooling, family services, housing, public transportation and skills training for employment.

Every person, young and old, must be included in the 2016 Census.

Starting May 2, 2016, you can call the Census Help Line (CHL) at 1-855-700-2016, Monday to Friday between 8 a.m.

Privacy Commissioner of Canada seeking submissions on issues relating to 'consent' - Deadline July 13, 2016

The Privacy Commissioner of Canada has just released a discussion paper and are looking to interested parties to provide submissions on the viability of the consent model and propose solutions to improve individual control over personal information in the commercial environment.

The purpose of asking for submissions is to assemble a collection of potential solutions and bring clearer definition to the roles and responsibilities of the various players that could implement them.

Call for Proposals: Cripping the Arts in Canada - Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies

Until very recently, disability, crip, D/deaf, and Mad arts (d/c/D/M arts) have been included in the art world in such a way that normalizes us as outsides rather than meaningfully propels our art sector. Categorizations of our art as ‘outsider art’ or ‘art brut’ have delegitimized our artistic voices and depoliticized our art (Gorman, 2007); inaccessible environments, equipment, technology, and programming have excluded us from artistic development and cultural participation; systemic ableism and institutionalized poverty have prevented us from accessing the funding needed to sustain our artistic practice. In the midst of such an inhospitable environment, we have maintained our art histories, practices, and communities.

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