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The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians runs a number of national programs and events each year, in addition to offering online discussion tools, chapters and affiliates, and direct support to those who are blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted.
Town Hall Meetings
The AEBC has hosted a series of "town hall" meetings, which provide an opportunity for panelists to provide their insights on different topics, and members of the community to pose questions to those panelists. The topics to date have included:
- The future of CNIB library services
- Employment and Employability (click here for minutes/summary)
From those who are new to losing their vision, to parents of children who are blind, deaf-blind, or partially sighted, to those with years of experience, the AEBC mentorship program has something to offer for everyone. The AEBC facilitates connections between those who have tips, tricks, and experiences to share, and those who are looking to learn more about living, working and playing as a person who is blind, deaf-blind or partially sighted. Click here to learn more about the mentorship program.
Each year, one or more scholarships are offered to talented blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted Canadian postsecondary (college or university) students, to assist them with the pursuit of their academic studies. Click here for more information about the scholarship program.
All Hands On Braille Summer Camp
In partnership with Braille Literacy Canada, Citizens with Disabilities Ontario (CWDO), and CNIB, the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians ran the first All Hands On Braille camp in 2014. Details on the future of this program will be forthcoming.
Conferences & Conventions
Networking, and getting to know people with shared, common life experiences, is a great way to learn and become more informed and independent in everyday life.
Each year, the AEBC organizes a national gathering to bring blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted consumers, advocates and experts together, over a weekend, to share experiences, strategies, and determine the direction of the organization.
For some, especially those living in smaller, rural locations, these opportunities are especially valuable, as there may not be many other individuals who are blind (or even partially sighted) in their local community.
Our next conference, on May 1-3, 2015 is in Halifax, Nova Scotia.