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Re: Call for proposals for Small Projects Enabling Accessibility Fund 2011

Sent:
August 28, 2011
To:
HRSDC - Office for Disability Issues
Subject:
Re: Call for proposals for Small Projects Enabling Accessibility Fund 2011

Dear Program Support Team,

This letter is addressed to you on behalf of the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC). The AEBC is a national organization that promotes full participation and equal access to the benefits and opportunities of society for all blind, deaf-blind, and partially sighted Canadians.

We reviewed your call for proposals for Small Projects Enabling Accessibility Fund 2011 to find out, to our dismay, that your on-line posted guidelines and application form were inaccessible to visually challenged applicants using the appropriate adaptive technology. The HTML, RTF, and PDF formats are not user friendly with screen readers. Typically, a TEXT format would be the ideal one.  

Our organization has no intention in submitting an application at this point in time, but has the urge to lend itself to speaking and acting on behalf of all other organizations serving the blind community who would be interested in applying to your funds. 

We truly find it hard to understand how by promoting full inclusion and aiming at removing barriers to the disabled community the blind disabled one was excluded. The mere fact that an alternative formatted application form to your call notice was not provided is simply a violation of our rights to accessing public information and benefiting from the opportunities you are presenting.   

The AEBC request you give a serious and immediate attention to the matter. An impartial adherence to your commitment to full inclusion and removing barriers to all is required, by providing your guidelines and application form in a TEXT format so that the blind community can benefit from your program like any other targeted groups.

Sincerely yours
Amal Haddad
Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians

History

  • This letter, #2319 was sent August 28, 2011 to HRSDC - Office for Disability Issues: Re: Call for proposals for Small Projects Enabling Accessibility Fund 2011