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Unlocking the Potential of the Digital Economy to Post-Secondary Students With Disabilities: Integrating Theory and Practice

Sent:
November 20, 2011
To:
SSHRC
Subject:
Unlocking the Potential of the Digital Economy to Post-Secondary Students With Disabilities: Integrating Theory and Practice

November 21, 2011

To Whom It May Concern

Dear Sir/Madam:

SUBJECT: SUPPORT LETTER - UNLOCKING THE POTENTIAL OF THE DIGITAL ECONOMY TO POST-SECONDARY STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: INTEGRATING THEORY AND PRACTICE

My name is Donna Jodhan and I am the national president of the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC). We are a national organization that is committed to ensuring that the lives of blind, deaf/blind, and partially sighted Canadians are enriched with the same opportunities that are enjoyed by all other Canadians.

I am writing to you because of my organization’s support for the submission of the valuable work being carried out by Ms. Catherine Fichten.

I became familiar with Catherine Fichten's work on free and inexpensive computer technologies when she and one of her students gave a popular presentation about these at our annual conference in Montreal in 2010. Since then, I have been following her work very closely. There is a definite need for our community to be able to access information about research and computer technologies that are inexpensive.

The goals and aims of the project are consistent with our own. That is, to promote the increased inclusion of blind, deaf-blind, and partially sighted Canadians in all aspects of social life. Our membership is comprised of blind, deaf-blind, and partially sighted consumers and supporters from across the country. We participate in working groups and committees, and we also engage in local initiatives. We work hard to create public awareness of issues that affect the daily lives of our community and this also includes education and mentorship. The structure of our organization is predicated on city-based chapters. Our mission is to increase the awareness of rights and responsibilities, so that blind, deaf-blind, and partially sighted individuals can have equal access to the benefits and opportunities of society.

We have a firsthand understanding of the importance of research findings that are disseminated and how it reaches consumers, since some individuals who are blind, deaf-blind, or partially sighted are not well informed about free and inexpensive computer technologies or about how these can enhance their participation in the digital economy. This is particularly true of people who are unable to afford the more expensive adaptive technologies.

Accordingly, we enthusiastically support this project as we believe that it will be of great benefit to our membership and especially so to youth and young adults who are blind, deaf-blind, and partially sighted.

Yours Sincerely,

Donna Jodhan
President, Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians

History

  • This letter, #2300 was sent November 20, 2011 to SSHRC: Unlocking the Potential of the Digital Economy to Post-Secondary Students With Disabilities: Integrating Theory and Practice

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