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AEBC Equalizer

From the Editors

Hello, and welcome to the second edition of The Equalizer!

Were you a member of the AEBC when we officially changed our name from National Federation of The Blind: Advocates for Equality? At that time, we still wanted to maintain the word equality somehow, so instead of trying to squeeze it into our new name, which was quite long enough, we decided to employ the tag line: “Key to Equality.”

The tag line has since been dropped, but being equal with our sighted counterparts remains dear to many of our hearts. The two committee members who hadn’t submitted names for the newsletter checked out the ones that were submitted and chose “The Equalizer”. Did you know that, in the days of the Wild West, an “equalizer” referred to a gun.

Welcome to our first quarterly newsletter

From the Editors

Welcome to the first issue of our quarterly newsletter

We are looking for a name for the newsletter. If yours is selected, you get bragging rights. Send in your suggestions by Saturday, November 24 to The name selected will be announced on December 3, 2018.

In future issues, we hope to include a column called "AEBC and You", which will include stories about advocacy efforts that you are undertaking, and a word or two from our partner organizations.

From the President's Residence

Greetings from your president:

I am pleased to have the opportunity to share a bid of information with you via our first edition of AEBC's Quarterly newsletter.

Two Jennifer Laura E. Wilson Memorial Scholarships awarded during the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) AGM weekend (April 28-30, 2017)

Two Jennifer Laura E. Wilson Memorial Scholarships, recognizing courage in overcoming adversity and selflessness in helping others, were awarded to two outstanding candidates – Ben Fulton and Stuart Matan-Lithwick

“My beloved sister Jennifer was inspiring by her selflessness and willingness to devote her life to immunology in the hopes of helping find cures for others. Although she was unable to achieve her dream because of her impairment, these scholarships in her name are to help others achieve theirs,” her sister Deborah Wilson said.

Deborah added: “There were so many worthwhile candidates for my sister’s memorial scholarships, contributing in many ways to the lives of others.

Two AEBC Scholarships and one T-Base Communications Scholarship awarded during the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) AGM weekend (April 28-30, 2017)

An anonymous donor gave AEBC an additional two thousand dollars to provide two one thousand dollar scholarships to two worthy students and we selected Sean Heaslip and Anu Pala.

Sean Heaslip

Sean Heaslip is a 36 year old doctoral student pursuing a PhD in Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia Vancouver.

Sean writing about his academic journey says”Academically I have achieved beyond my wildest dreams, as there was a time where I felt my vision precluded me from succeeding in post-secondary studies. I am a full time student, attending lectures, and conducting therapy at our doctoral training clinic.

Let's Talk Technology

The Discussion

On March 23, 2017, the Technology, Website and App Accessibility Committee held a teleconference open to all AEBC members. We had a lively discussion about the technology being used and the barriers that exist in its acquisition. What follows is a summary of that call and the conclusions the Committee drew from the discussion.

The technology being used by the participants on the call ranged from simple items like talking watches, clocks, scales, calculators and pocket radios to high-tech devices such as Braille displays, Optacons, and Trekkers. Mainstream technology was well-represented—Windows, IOS, Android and Mac.

Most of the participants learned to use their technology from friends.

My Canada of the Future

In my Canada of the future, there will be equality and inclusivity, not as afterthoughts, but as normal behaviours. Everyone will be judged on his/her own merits--what he/she can offer, and differences will be celebrated, not feared. Access to information, transportation, employment, and all other aspects of societal life will be proudly extended to everyone who lives here.

In my Canada of the future, I will never be told that I have to use a separate website, or a separate application process.