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MOVING TOWARDS AN ACCESSIBLE CANADA

Date: 
Thursday, March 23, 2017

This submission has been formulated to loosely respond to the questions posed in the “What does an accessible Canada mean to you?” discussion guide. The vast majority of the declarations herein are directly supported by organizational “resolutions” adopted by the membership of the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians over the past 25 years of its existence, and they stand as an unfortunate testament to the slow and limited progress that Canadians who are blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted have made over the decades. In some cases, two decades have passed and, despite ongoing efforts by the AEBC and other consumer organizations to improve the lives of those in the blindness community, little progress has been made. The text of previously adopted and referenced “resolutions” is included as Appendix A to this submission. To supplement existing organizational policy, a telephone town hall conference call was held in January 2017 to collect additional feedback on issues of prime concern to the blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted community.

 

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