Advocacy is at the heart of what we do at AEBC. We believe in the power of collective voices coming together to bring about change--making life better for those who are blind, partially sighted, or deafblind. Our dedicated members ensure that the concerns of our community are heard and addressed at all levels of society and government, safeguarding equal access to goods, programs, services, and education.
Advocacy & Outreach Committee
AEBC has an active Advocacy & Outreach Committee that meets monthly, as well as working groups that address special topics. The goal of these volunteer committees is to:
Advocate for Accessibility: We work tirelessly to promote accessibility in all aspects of life for blind individuals, advocating for inclusive policies and practices.
Empower the Community: We empower blind Canadians by raising awareness, providing resources, and advocating for their rights.
Collaborate for Change: We collaborate with government bodies, organizations, and communities to create systemic change and promote inclusivity.
AEBC stands firmly behind a series of pivotal position statements aimed at advancing the rights and accessibility of blind individuals across Canada.
We advocate for comprehensive and enforceable legislation guaranteeing equal access to education, employment, technology, and public spaces.
We champion inclusive design principles to ensure that all infrastructure, products, and services are universally accessible.
We strongly endorse initiatives promoting digital accessibility standards and the integration of assistive technologies to bridge the accessibility gap.
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Through our Advocacy & Outreach Committee, we actively engage in the legislative process and public consultations to advocate for policies that uphold the rights and needs of blind individuals. We consistently participate in government consultations, providing comprehensive briefs and submissions that highlight the perspectives and concerns of the blind community. Our submissions aim to shed light on the impact of proposed legislation or policies on accessibility, employment, education, and societal inclusion for blind, deafblind and partially sighted Canadians.
Current Advocacy Projects and Initiatives
Join us in our advocacy efforts! Whether you're a blind, partially sighted or deafblind individual, an ally, or an organization passionate about inclusivity, there are numerous ways to contribute:
Spread Awareness: Share our mission, position statements, and projects within your network to raise awareness.
For inquiries, partnership opportunities, or to get involved, please contact us at this page. We welcome collaborations and contributions that align with our advocacy goals.
If you are an organization looking for assistance in creating a more accessible workplace, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or download our brochure on workplace accessibility here.