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CCB celebrates progress of the Right to Read campaign

Jun 17 2016

On Monday, June 13, 2016 Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) had great reason to celebrate on Parliament Hill with the Hon. Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities & The Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development on the passing through Commons the act to amend the Canadian Copyright Act therefore displaying Canada’s commitment to the breaking down of barriers for people with print disabilities.

Thank you to all of our CCB members who sent letters and talked with their local Members of Parliament to move this forward!

This event celebrated an achievement that was some time in the making: after a few years of progress, Canada is set to sign on its support for the Marrakesh Treaty, joining the approximately 17 other countries that have already done so.

The Marrakesh Treaty will allow greater access to reading material for Canadians with print disabilities, and Bill C-11 will help to improve international access to copyrighted material for persons with print disabilities.

CCB has worked with the World Blind Union (WBU) and CNIB since the inception of the Right to Read campaign.  As noted on the WBU website:

The current international system does not allow for cross-border sharing, leading to the needless duplication of books, which uses up already limited resources. However, once the Marrakesh Treaty comes into force, cross-border sharing will be legal, which will help to avoid the duplication of reproduction efforts in different countries. The Treaty will also enable countries with large collections of accessible books to share them with blind and print disabled people in countries with fewer resources. Cross-border sharing is essential for combating the book famine as blind and partially sighted people are among the poorest of the poor, and organizations for the blind often do not have the resources needed to produce enough materials in accessible formats.

Blind and print disabled people want to be able to go to a bookstore or library and pick up and read the new bestseller like everyone else. Blind and partially sighted children want to be able to go to school and to become literate just as much as their sighted peers do. It has been well documented that education is the key to unlocking the future potential of children, enabling them to become gainfully employed as adults and participate effectively as students, parents, coworkers, and citizens in their communities and their families.”

MEC @ St. Patrick Catholic School in Rockland

Jun 03 2016

The MEC team is headed to Rockland, on June 10 and 17, to perform eye exams for the students of St. Patrick Catholic School. This is a 2nd visit to St. Patrick for the MEC and we are looking forward to see all the students, staff, and parents!

 

Technology on a Budget Workshop Open

May 19 2016

The Halifax based Access & Awareness NS Chapter of the Canadian Council of the Blind is pleased to announce that registration for its one day Workshop entitled “Technology on a Budget” is now open.  This Workshop is open to blind and partially sighted individuals, their families and supporters.  We encourage you to register early as space is limited and priority will be given to blind and partially sighted registrants.  The email address for registration is noted below. The deadline date for registration is Friday, May 27, 2016 at 4 p.m.

 

The Workshop will run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the gym at the Atlantic Provinces Education Authority (APSEA), 5940 South Street, Halifax.  It’s the first building on the left as you go down the driveway and parking is available in the lot on the right side of the driveway. APSEA is an accessible location. Sighted guides will be available at the door.  Morning refreshments, a boxed lunch and afternoon beverages are free and tickets for a wide variety of door prizes can be purchased for the sum of $1.00 per ticket upon registration.

 

We are pleased to welcome, as one of our presenters, Jeffrey Stark from Kanata, Ontario.  Jeffrey manages a program for the Public Service of Canada which has been internationally recognized for the unique services which it provides to persons with disabilities, injuries, or who require technical or ergonomic adaptations in the workplace. Jeffrey is one of the founding members and lead developer for theInclusiveAndroid.com community site which provides a place to share

information, ideas, apps and tips among the community of people with disabilities who are Android users from across the world and he will be sharing his extensive knowledge and experience with us.

 

Other Workshop leaders will include well known local technology aficionados Barry Abbott from our CCB “GetTogether with Technology” program, Chris Judge, technology specialist with CNIB Halifax and Maggie Lyons-MacFarlane, a graduate student in Education at Mt. St. Vincent Universitywho will share her insights and lived experience with technology from the perspective of a student with low vision. In our panel on funding and supports, we will explore the question of what resources are available to help people with disabilities who require assistive technology.

 

This Workshop promises to be exciting and information packed so, again, please register early!

 

To register please email:  CCBWorkshop16@outlook.com When registering, the following information is required:

  1. Your name,
  2. Your email address or telephone number,
  3. Which workshop from each of the four concurrent sessions you wish to attend, and
  4. Whether or not you have any dietary concerns.

Attached is the Schedule for the day on which the concurrent sessions are listed. Please remember to note which sessions you wish to attend when you are registering.

 

If further information is required, please email Chapter Chair, Pat Gates, at

patricia.gates@bellaliant.net

 

We look forward to meeting you there!

 

Patricia (Pat) Gates

Chair,

CCB Access & Awareness NS Chapter, on behalf

of the 2016 Workshop Planning Committee

CCB Blind Sports NS is taking on the Blue Nose race!

May 12 2016

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CCB Blind Sports NS is taking on the Blue Nose race again this May long weekend! Help us create competitive and recreational sport opportunities for blind and visually impaired Nova Scotians of all ages and skill levels, while promoting active and healthy lifestyles. All donations, of all sizes, are meaningful support programs like junior and senior goalball, tandem cycling, yoga, and more. Click the link below to donate!

https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/TeamFundraisingPage.aspx?teamID=705979&langPref=en-CA#&panel1-1

The Mail-o-gram Tournaments have been renamed!

Apr 23 2016

Canadian Council of the Blind is pleased to announce that the CCB Mail-o-Gram Bowling Tournament and the CCB Mail-o-Gram Cribbage Tournament have both been renamed to bring these tournaments into the current  age of technology.

Therefore, effective immediately, the bowling tournament will now be called the CCB Email Bowling Tournament and the cribbage tournament will be known as the CCB Email Cribbage Tournament going into the future.

The 2016 CCB Cribbage Tournament begins in early May and all members are invited and encouraged to participate.  Further information will be forthcoming very soon!