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AEBC Heralds the International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Blind Canadians Are Committed to Protecting Their Rights

Date: 
Friday, December 2, 2011

The United Nations has designated this day so that disabled persons around the world can come together to discuss, ponder, and review their progress. “There is just so much more for us to do in order to ensure that our community is recognized, legitimized, and protected,” says the Alliance’s President Donna Jodhan.

“We need to keep on pushing for equal access to such things as access to information on the internet, distance learning, library services, mainstream technology, social services and programs, plus whatever else the rest of the world has access to,” she continues.

Cindy Ferguson, national secretary of the Alliance, has this to say: “Kofi Annan said, ‘Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.’ Blind and partially sighted Canadians must have equal access to education, information, and knowledge. Through education, information and knowledge we will acquire the power we need to ensure equal participation in Canadian society.”

Disabled persons from around the world mark this day with rallies, mini conferences, and forums that are designed to bring awareness to their causes. The Federal Liberal Party of Canada has chosen this day to unveil their new and improved accessible website.

About the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians

The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC), is a national organization of Canadians who are blind, deaf-blind, and partially-sighted persons. The AEBVC is in its 20th year and continues to advocate for the recognition, legitimization, and protection of the rights of its members as outlined under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

EDITORS: For Further Information or Comment:
Donna Jodhan, President – AEBC: djodhan@blindcanadians.ca
Cindy Ferguson, Secretary - AEBC: cferguson@blindcanadians.ca
Tel: 1-800-561-4774

Comments

People are created equal. Disable people must also be treated the same way. It is just fair right for them to have access of things we have access, too. Learning is for everyone, right?

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