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Imagine

It was a warm and sunny spring day in June 2016 in Ottawa as I made my way to the centre Block on Parliament Hill high above the Ottawa River. Crowned by The Peace Tower, it is gothic revival architecture that both memorializes our past as a young and evolving parliamentary democracy and marks our path to a modern digital future with the means to enable all of us.

The sound of voices in the cavernous Centre Block Rotunda makes me feel so small, yet still significant… simply because I am there and open to all that unites us to each other.

Last Day of Campaign... (#IAmYourCustomer)

As we move into the last day of the campaign, you still have time to do your part and make a difference.

It is time to get involved and change the story about who we are. If you do not want others advocating on our behalf then it is up to all of us to advocate on matters of importance, such as access to vital information to support decision making.

Go to our home page and you will find supporting documentation there for the 'I Am Your Customer' and join us in making good things happen: http://www.blindcanadians.ca/iamyourcustomer

Rocking in the Digital Age! (#IAmYourCustomer)

First, please forgive me for not being more present on our members list over the last month. Following our AGM, our agendas were very full with deadlines on strategic planning, consultations, presentations, interviews, meetings, and recovering from the hectic pace that is a hallmark of a really good conference. Halifax was a terrific venue and the hospitality of our Maritime friends made it a truly enjoyable and memorable event!

It would appear that my time working on issues and opportunities has turned into mostly a full time job. I am sure glad that I retired to enjoy my seniority!

I See Books Differently (#IAmYourCustomer)

I remember my very first online shopping experience in 2005. I was exploring the choices available in the digital world for books. Although downloads of audio books had already become available, I was shopping for reading materials on CD from commercial booksellers, as I wanted to share the joy of listening with my brother Peter, who was at that time loosing his fight with cancer.

My first stop was at a well known online book store, where I added almost $300 worth of audio books to my shopping cart.

Now Imagine the Blind Business Owner...

As a founder, and now retired entrepreneur, I know all too well that growth potential for business depends on the availability of accessible information regarding regulatory and policy changes, and also may be the difference between success and failure. In the beginning, as a person who is blind, the journey of starting and growing a business was a daunting task filled with pitfalls and many information challenges. I encountered more than my fair share of people who could not believe that a blind woman could succeed. I was troubled by the attitude of many people with respect to their consistent belief that blindness prevented me from being successful, which created needless attitudinal barriers.

Engage with us on Facebook and Twitter!

The AEBC Communications Committee is working on expanding our reach to engage as many people as possible and share our news and plans about matters important to us such as,the upcoming AGM and Conference in Halifax. Sharing our message with potential new members, sponsors, donors and more will increase our influence on issues and opportunities that may be of interest to all of us.

In that respect, I am requesting that for those of us with twitter accounts to please visit Twitter and follow @blindcanadians and @AEBC_Halifax.

Our request is that you follow to help us increase our reach and engagement.

We will follow you back.

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Choosing a Customer Focused Relationship whith Service Providers

There are a number of organizations in the public, nonprofit, and private sector providing services to blind, deafblind and partially sighted people throughout Canada.

With so many new accessible technologies being introduced that enable our community with access to information anytime and anywhere, , greater numbers of blind people can be found online and connecting with others who share a common vision and interest in the benefits of accessibility as the means of joining, participating and contributing to the social and economic life of Canada.

T-Base's Tweet-a-Tree Program

I wanted to let you know about an amazing environmental program recently launched by a company that’s near and dear to my heart, T-Base Communications. For those who know me well, you’ll know that I founded T-Base on the premise of not being able to access my financial and government documents in a format and timeline I needed to manage my affairs. Since that time, I have semi-retired and now advocate on issues related to accessible information and communication technology. T-Base’s role has also evolved over the years, continuing to provide accessible formats for North America’s largest telecom, educational and financial institutions.

Teleconference discussion on March 4th: The future of library services in Canada

On Tuesday, March 4th at 8pm Eastern, Sharlyn Ayotte will be hosting a teleconference discussion to explore the future of library services in Canada. This session is intended to tell you a little of what we know so far, and to gather your viewpoints and feedback to inform AEBC's next steps.

Background information: As many of you know, the topic of so-called 'accessible library service' has been front and center over the past couple of years. AEBC has been advancing the notion that accessible, alternative-format library services should be provided by government just as public library services currently are.

Accessibility and the Public Interest

Technology is the great equalizer when it comes to people with disabilities. Regardless of how accessible the technology is however, it is only as accessible as the underlying infrastructure. If web sites, apps and content are not designed to be accessible, it does not matter if your personal access technology is.

The absence of accessible information, communications and technologies deployed in support of programs and services will often result in inaccessible outcomes.

there are plenty of examples of inaccessible information, communications and technology deployments, but I will provide just a few to make the point.

In the case of Information...

Information is content.

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