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Furthering Student Success Through Scholarship: 2014 AEBC/T-Base Scholarship Awards

Thursday, July 31, 2014

(Kelowna, BC / Ottawa, ON – July 31, 2014) For the third consecutive year, T-Base Communications and Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) have awarded three scholarships to recognize outstanding blind, low vision, and print disabled post-secondary school students, awarded on the basis of academic performance, community involvement, and overcoming adversity.

“At T-Base, we understand and appreciate the needs of blind and low vision students who are in pursuit of a post-secondary education. We fully support, and champion the need for fully accessible study and learning materials delivered in a timely fashion. We hope that our ongoing support to the education market through partnerships such as the T-Base and AEBC scholarship program helps underline the importance of an accessible education for all,” said Dave Longbottom, President and CEO of T-Base Communications.

Two Jennifer Laura Eve Wilson Memorial Scholarships (worth $1,000 each) were awarded by AEBC to Millaz Khalil and Danica Blackstock, and the T-Base Communications Scholarship (worth $2,000) was awarded to Brian Kijewski. “The selection committee was very impressed with all candidates, which always makes final selection challenging. We are thrilled to announce this year’s recipients and offer our support through scholarships as they progress in their educational careers,” said Anthony Tibbs, President of the AEBC.

In the 2014/2015 academic year, Millaz Khalil will be pursuing a Paralegal Diploma from Capilano University while continuing his community work with various organizations that support equality, acceptance, and raise awareness of different issues facing many minorities today, and Danica Blackstock will be attending The University of Waterloo for her B.A with a major in social development studies and a minor in legal studies. She one day hopes to practice as a Lawyer, specifically advocating for those with disabilities who are facing injustices. Brian Kijewski will be working towards his diploma in Music Industry Arts at Fanshaw College and aspires to operate his own recording studio as an audio engineer.

“These students have shown tremendous dedication to their studies, and have clear goals,” adds Longbottom. “T-Base is committed to ensuring that the delivery and accessibility of learning materials to blind and print disabled students mirrors that of their sighted peers. We are pleased to continue our support of braille literacy and accessible education by awarding this scholarship to Brian Kijewski. This individual highlights why braille literacy and providing choice from a range of accessible formats is so important. Brian’s ability to maintain braille as his preferred format, in conjunction with other accessible technologies will facilitate his future success as an audio engineer. We are pleased to support Brian by way of scholarship as he works towards achieving his academic goals.”

About AEBC

The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians is a national charitable organization dedicated to promoting the increased inclusion of blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted Canadians in all aspects of social life, from employment to participation in elections. AEBC’s members, comprised of blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted consumers and supporters from across the country, participate in working groups and committees, engage with local, city-based chapters, and engage in public awareness and education activities on a daily basis.

About T-Base

T-Base Communications helps organizations communicate effectively with their blind, low vision and print disabled customers, and students, who cannot access information in conventional print or online formats, while at the same time ensuring full compliance with all applicable legislation. T-Base is the North American leader in the secure design, production and delivery of alternate format communications materials in braille, large print, and audio, as well as online with web accessibility and accessible PDF.

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