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Seeing ourselves as "customers" (#IAmYourCustomer)

Sometimes sitting around a kitchen table produces amazing results. This is exactly what happened one day recently when AEBC members Sharlyn and Deanna got together around Sharlyn's kitchen table - the new AEBC's "I Am Your Customer" campaign was the result.

We have come to see ourselves as "consumers," and this is a positive development, as a growing number of us now have developed heightened expectations of the extent and quality of services that are available to us.

Canadian Human Rights Museum set to open in Winnipeg (September 20, 2014)

In January 2013, Stuart Murray CEO of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) announced the Museum had embraced an approach to inclusive design that would set new standards for universal accessibility. I doubt this bold commitment would have been realized if it weren't for the extensive and ongoing involvement of the Council of Canadians With Disabilities (CCD), and other disability experts.

Is AMI becoming the new CNIB of our lives?

Is AMI becoming the new CNIB in our lives, somewhat more open to our input than CNIB ever has been it is true, but yet another huge separate empire that is considered the source of expertise on blindness and all matters concerning accessing described programming?

I have believed from its inception that its very presence would and will be used by regular broadcasters and the CRTC to drag their feet, push back, or sluff our aspirations over to AMI, to slow down progress. Nothing has changed my views.

Where Have All the Advocates Gone???

When the NFB:AE, now the AEBC was founded, the blind community was full of advocacy. Admittedly, that was at a different time and place, when we lacked the equal rights legislation that has been achieved; lacked equality in the world of work (which we still lack); and were promised that technology would be the big equalizer (which it has been for some and a new barrier for others).

Today, despite the achievement of equal rights legislation, we still face numerous old barriers as well as the introduction of some new ones.