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SUPPORT LETTER - Assessing Participation in the Social Media Conversation by Canadians with Disabilities: Benefits and Barriers to Inclusion

Sent:
August 15, 2012
To:
Dear Sir/Madam:
Subject:
SUPPORT LETTER - Assessing Participation in the Social Media Conversation by Canadians with Disabilities: Benefits and Barriers to Inclusion

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 the Adaptech Research Network team of Jennison Asuncion, Dr Catherine Fichten, and Maria Barile.

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 the accessibility of social media, since some individuals who are blind, deaf-blind, or partially sighted cannot access this central modality of communication. Therefore, understanding the barriers to the accessibility of social media will enhance their participation in the digital economy and promote the social inclusion of these individuals.

Accordingly, we enthusiastically support this project as we believe that it will be of great benefit to our membership.

History

  • This letter, #2517 was sent August 15, 2012 to Dear Sir/Madam:: SUPPORT LETTER - Assessing Participation in the Social Media Conversation by Canadians with Disabilities: Benefits and Barriers to Inclusion