National Newsletter September 2016

CCB National Newsletter
September 2016

Announcements
++Welcome to New CCB Chapters!
We would like to welcome our newest chapters, CCB Trust Your Buddy and CCB Hands of Fire Sculpture Group

CCB Trust Your Buddy is based out of Chatham-Kent, Ontario. The chapter is very involved with the Trust Your Buddy Accessible Sports Program, as well as GTT.

The folks involved with Trust Your Buddy have been skating, playing hockey, curling, riding tandem bikes, getting golf lessons and trying stand up paddle boarding. The group has been growing each month–Way to go!

Hands of Fire – a sculpture group for the blind and visually impaired – joined the CCB as an official chapter in June of 2016. Hands of Fire gives the visually impaired community the opportunity to remain active in the artistic community and reclaim their individual sense of personhood through the great equalizing and therapeutic powers of art.

For more information on the Hands of Fire chapter, please contact:
Noora Mahmoud
 HYPERLINK “mailto:noora@sculpturegroup.org” noora@sculpturegroup.org
www.sculpturegroup.org
++CCB introduces GTT to Saskatoon, Regina, Brandon and Winnipeg!

CCB brought GTT to the prairies in August to discuss your assistive technology needs, to answer your questions, and to explain all about accessible reading material.

The meetings were a great success and we look forward to supporting and expanding these areas in the near future!

For more information contact Albert Ruel:
Toll Free: 1-877-304-0968 Ext. 550, or Mobile: 1-250-240-2343
Email:  HYPERLINK “mailto:ggtwest@ccbnational.net” ggtwest@ccbnational.net
Or
Kim Kilpatrick, GTT Coordinator
Toll free: 1-877-304-0968
E-mail:  HYPERLINK “mailto:Gttprogram@gmail.com” Gttprogram@gmail.com

++GTT Victoria Invitation, Voice Dream Reader with NNELS and Bookshare, September 7, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Where: Community Room, GVPL, Central Branch, 735 Broughton

1st Half-Hour:
• Open Forum; bring your technology related questions and comments, as well as any fun and interesting gadgets you’ve discovered since our June meeting.

2nd Hour:
Albert Ruel will present how to connect your iPhone/iPad to NNELS and Bookshare through the Voice Dream Reader app. Tom Dekker will present the 3M Cloud app that the Greater Victoria Public Library is now using to store and distribute their audio book collection.

Final Half-Hour:
• Open discussion on what topics we might cover over the coming fall months, an update on the Trekker Breeze/BC Transit issue, and to further discuss the potential for an iBeacon Trial in Victoria.

To RSVP please contact Tom Dekker at 778-265-2513, Me@TomDekker.ca or Albert Ruel at 250-240-2343, GTTWest@CCBNational.net.

++GTT Nanaimo Meeting Invitation, Voice Dream Reader with NNELS and Bookshare, Beeb-Ball, September 8, 2016
Where: The 710 Club, 285 Prideaux Street, Nanaimo BC;
Time: 1:00 until 4:00 PM

Agenda:
1. Donna Hudon will present her experience volunteering in Iowa for a Beeb-Ball Tournament, which is an adapted form of baseball played by blind athletes.
2. Albert Ruel will demonstrate the process for logging on to the NNELS Library site to search for audio and text based books with Voice Dream Reader (VDR) App on the iPhone, as well as to conduct searches of the Bookshare catalog available to CELA subscribers using VDR.
3. Daily Living Skills Development: Donna Hudon will lead a discussion on accessing reading material for work, school and leisure, as well as ways to become or remain physically active without sight or with low vision. Donna will also lead a discussion on hosting Daily Living Skills workshops on a weekly basis with a focus on incorporating assistive technology to level the playing field for GTT members.
4. General discussion on the devices you are having trouble with and the devices you’ve just discovered that you want to share with others. Bring your gadgets, questions and solutions to share with the group.

To RSVP, please call Albert Ruel at 250-240-2343, or email at GTTWest@CCBNational.net, or Donna Hudon at 250-618-0010, or email at  HYPERLINK “mailto:IamDonnaHudon@Gmail.com” IamDonnaHudon@Gmail.com.
++CCB Access & Awareness NS Chapter Update!
The end of May and the beginning of June were busy days for Chapter members. Chapter Chair, Pat Gates, was MC at the Proclamation Ceremony at Province House in Halifax which is held each year to open Access Awareness Week in Nova Scotia. At this ceremony, awards are presented to various provincial community members to honor their personal accomplishments as well as to honor those who have contributed positively to their communities. Among those receiving awards this year was our own Louise Gillis, CCB National President, who received the Mel Hebb Award for Exceptional Service. Mel Hebb was a prominent Nova Scotian who had contributed greatly to accessibility in the province during his lifetime. The award was presented by Catherine Hebb, Mel Hebb’s daughter.

The following day, May 31st, Chapter members Barbara LeGay, Barry Abbott and guide dog Kim, and Pat Gates gave an hour long presentation to some of those attending the Atlantic Provinces Library Association Conference, held in Halifax. The presentation was titled “See Me More Clearly” and followed on the heels of three previous successful presentations given to over 60 library staff in the Halifax area. Pat demonstrated the various white canes and explained their use as well as gave some description of her experiences as a partially sighted person. Barbara spoke on the use of Braille and its’ continuing importance to those who are blind as well as speaking about some of her own experiences living with blindness including her experiences during post-secondary education and later in Law School. Barry spoke on some of his experiences while living with blineness and also gave a great presentation on guide dogs, how they are trained and the benefits they provide to those with little to no vision.
Barry’s dog, Kim, was exceptionally well behaved during the entire session which was a surprise to no one!

On Friday, June 3, as part of Access Awareness Week, the Chapter hosted it’s second ever workshop titled “Technology on a Budget”. Attendance was great and the feedback was excellent. Chapter members Barry Abbott, Barbara LeGay and Maggie Lyons-MacFarlane along with CNIB Halifax’s technology expert, Chris Judge were presenters and we brought in Jeffrey Stark from Kanata, Ontario who works with the Public Service and who was assisted by his wife, Jennifer. Jeffrey had a wealth of technology expertise to share with us and everyone was extremely pleased, not only with his sessions, but also with the others that they attended. Barb Legay moderated a panel discussion regarding resources and supports for those entering post-secondary education as well as resources and supports for those on income assistance. Kevin Penny of the provincial Department of Education and Cyd LaPage from the Department of Community Services sat on the Panel.

This Workshop was free to all and among blind and partially sighted participants, we also had some provincial government attendees as well as university staff.

We were also very pleased with our “Swag Bags’ which were handed out to each participant and volunteer. These bags were a bright blue and had the CCB logo and Chapter name on them. Many thanks to the various organizations who contributed to the contents of the bag! Their generosity is much appreciated!

A huge and heartfelt “thank you” goes out to the many members who helped to make this Workshop a success and a second huge “thank you” goes out to those who volunteered during the day – we received many complimentary comments on our great volunteers who could not do enough to assist.
Submitted on behalf of the Access & Awareness NS Chapter
By Chapter Chair, Pat Gates
Halifax, N.S.

++2016 Ontario Open Blind Golf Championships
Hosted by the Ontario Visually Impaired Golfers (OVIG):
This inaugural, 3-day event was held on August 12th to 14th, at the Chippewa Creek Golf and Country Club, near Hamilton, Ontario. Day 1 was a practice round, which was followed by two tournament rounds. Along with golfer and coach teams from Ontario (members of OVIG), there were golfer and coach teams from BC, Manitoba, Quebec and Nova Scotia. In total, 10 teams competed in this championship event.

At the same time and at the same venue, OVIG held its annual 2-day Provincial Championship. It consisted of a practice round and a single tournament round. It should be noted that 6 OVIG golfer and coach teams competed in both the Ontario Open and the Provincial Championship events, and 8 OVIG teams competed in only the Provincial Tournament. In all, 18 teams, including 4 from outside Ontario, competed in the two events.
OVIG was pleased to announce and congratulate the winners in the various categories of both events. The results are provided below:

2016 Ontario Open Blind Golf Championships results:
Men’s B1 (Totally Blind) Low Gross
Joe Furber (Manitoba) 250
Men’s B2 (1% – 5% vision) Low Gross
Bruno Boucher (Quebec) 206
Men’s B3 (6% – <10% vision) Low Gross
Reg Opersko (Ontario) 170
Senior Low Net
George Thirkill (British Columbia)
Overall Low Net
Boyde Stewart (Nova Scotia)

2016 Ontario Provincial Championship results:
Men’s Totally Blind Low Net
Gary Saxon
Men’s Visually Impaired Senior (>65) Low Net
Norm Green
Men’s Intermediate Visually Impaired (<65) Low Net
Glenn Babcock
Overall Low Net
Kevin Frost

A highlight of all OVIG events is the social atmosphere enjoyed by attendees. This proved to be equally true for these combined tournaments. Besides three evenings out at various local restaurants, gatherings seemed to pop up from time to time in the Mohawk Residence, where accommodations were provided. Throughout the evenings, multiple gatherings were seen and heard – proof that while the competitive spirit exists in blind golf, it is the social spirit that reigns supreme! A good time was definitely had by all!

One very special task was undertaken during the tournaments. A videographer volunteered his time, equipment and expertise to video as much on course, and off course action as he could. The objective was to create a video/audio record that would demonstrate the skills of our amazing blind golfers and use this video to promote the overall benefits of golf for persons who are blind or visually impaired. The videographer was able to use his drone camera to obtain some incredible action shots of golfers and coaches working together. Besides doing drone fly-overs, he risked life and limb to capture all the action on the course, and interviewed several tournament participants. We expect this video to be edited and ready for viewing/listening soon. When completed, it will be available on OVIG’s website, and shared with participants of both tournaments.

One highlight of the weekend has continued to have a positive impact to OVIG’s social media. A photo of the dog guide for one of the blind golfers was posted to our Facebook page after the final round of play. His name is Lewis and he has garnered more views than all the human pictures – over 1000 views so far! So far, his fame has not gone to his head!
For full results from the above tournaments, OVIG in general, membership information, and links to other blind-golfing organizations (not to mention more about Lewis), please visit OVIG’s website:
 HYPERLINK “http://www.ontarioblindgolf.ca” www.ontarioblindgolf.ca

Assistive Technology
++New Accessible APP: Bespecular is a new app recently released that is very exciting. This app is another tool to help blind and partially-sighted people to identify and obtain specific information about objects. We already have Tap Tap See for quick object identification, and Be My Eyes for live two-way interaction to help with completing tasks. This app fills a void between these two apps, and is similar to the old Viz Wiz app that used to be available.

Essentially, this app allows you to upload one or more pictures, and ask specific questions about the images. These questions can be recorded or sent via text. The images and questions are sent to volunteers who provide replies either through voice recordings or texts. There is an excellent Applevis podcast that demonstrates this app.

For example, a member used the app last week to learn the layout of the buttons on a new cable remote. He took three pictures of the remote, and recorded a question asking someone to describe the remote. Within less than ten minutes, he had received 5 replies describing the remote. Most of the replies were voice recordings. After listening to or reading the responses, you are asked to rate the usefulness of the response. Also, when you are satisfied with the information that you receive, you can stop receiving responses.

Many uses for this app could be applied such as reading cooking instructions on packaging, identifying control settings on appliances, reading information on thermostats, etc.

What is really neat about this app is that it allows you to get specific information about objects without the need for live two-way communication. It is great to have a suite of object identification apps available to meet different needs.

The app is free, so give it a try!

++Orbit Reader now available for pre-order: I am excited that the Orbit braille reader is now on the CNIB web store for pre-order. You can go to  HYPERLINK “http://www.shopcnib.ca” http://www.shopcnib.ca

You will need to give them a $50 deposit for the pre-order. The full price will be $499 for a 20 cell braille display that pairs with IOS and android by Bluetooth. It has and SD card slot which can be loaded with text or BRF books. It also has a very rudimentary braille note taking feature. There is no cursor routing keys but the braille display feels beautiful and reading using IOs or on the SD card has worked beautifully. It is light and compact and feels durable.

I am so excited that someone has brought the cost of refreshable braille down. Hopefully this is the start of an avalanche of more affordable braille technology for all.

If anyone has questions, please contact Kim Kilpatrick at (613) 567-0311 or toll-free at 1-877-304-0968 or  HYPERLINK “mailto:gttprogram@gmail.com” gttprogram@gmail.com

In the News
++Air Canada Innovates to Make In-Flight Entertainment Systems Accessible for Vision-Impaired Customers: John Rae and Marcia Yale are pleased to have reached a settlement concerning a complaint they filed with the Canadian Human Rights Commission for passengers who are vision-impaired to more easily access Air Canada’s in-flight entertainment (IFE) system. Both Mr. Rae and Mrs. Yale are vision impaired.

“The parties are delighted to have arrived at a settlement of this matter to ensure that persons with a vision impairment who travel on Air Canada’s flights can enjoy the In Flight Entertainment System,” said Mr. Rae.

“Air Canada has shown true leadership in this regard and we are very proud to have participated in the process,” added Mrs. Yale.

“To date, there are no suppliers of audio-visual, on demand, in-flight entertainment systems that are accessible for passengers with a vision impairment. We are extremely proud to have a creative and innovative team that was able to develop these solutions over the years. As technology evolves, we are hopeful that IFE systems manufacturers will follow our lead,” said Eric Lauzon, Manager – Multi-Media Entertainment at Air Canada.
“Air Canada is committed to ensuring that future requests for proposals for in-flight entertainment systems will include the requirement that they be accessible for passengers who are vision-impaired.”

In 2009, Air Canada became the first airline to develop a template that could be placed over its seat back IFE screens in order to provide access to its Thales IFE audio system in use at the time.

Prior to the introduction beginning in 2014 of its new Boeing B-787 Dreamliner fleet, Air Canada undertook the adaptation of its new Panasonic IFE system to ensure the carrier’s IFE experience would be fully accessible across its entire Dreamliner fleet.

In 2015, Air Canada began retrofitting its existing Boeing B-777 fleet with the newly adapted Panasonic IFE system. The retrofit is now complete and will also be available on new Boeing B-777 aircraft on order.

As previously announced, Air Canada will renew its existing Airbus narrow-body fleet with new Boeing B-737 MAX aircraft, scheduled to begin delivery in 2017. The airline is in the process of choosing the supplier for the IFE system for these aircraft which will also be fully accessible for passengers who are vision-impaired.

Air Canada recently completed equipping its entire narrow-body North American fleet with on-board Wi-Fi, including the Embraer 175 and Bombardier
CRA-705 fleets operated under the Air Canada Express banner, in order to offer all customers the convenience of purchasing and using Wi-Fi during their flight.

++Council approves Canadian National Institute for the Blind’s pitch for new high-rise on Jasper Avenue in Edmonton, AB: The new 35-storey apartment tower would replace the Canadian National Institute for the Blind’s current office location at 120th Street and Jasper Avenue.

City council has approved another new high-rise in Oliver, and the owner hopes it will be beautiful, even to people who can’t see it.

The 35-storey tower received unanimous approval after a public hearing on Monday, as councillors praised the inclusive and attractive design.

The CNIB plans to replace its office on 120th Street and Jasper Avenue with an apartment building that would be accessible to the blind.

“Now this is what I’m talking about,” said Mayor Don Iveson, comparing the CNIB building to the recently approved Emerald Tower in 114th Street, which Iveson decried.

He called the CNIB’s design an “A plus.”

“This knocks it out of the park,” he said. “And yes, it’s a tall building, but if people will step forward and provide this kind of beauty … then that’s what I’m looking for.”

The existing offices were originally designed as a place for CNIB clients to live. The new building will likely have spaces available for clients, and be an attractive option for other blind people.

“It’s an opportunity for them to have the same quality of life that anybody else would normally experience when they rent an apartment in a brand new building,” said John Mulka, CNIB sregional vice-president.

The CNIB plans to use the bottom floors as its new office space, and rent the apartments on the upper floors.

The non-profit is working with blind architect Chris Downey on some of the unique features incorporated into the building’s design.

Downey, who is based in San Francisco, lost his sight eight years ago after doctors removed a brain tumour near his optic nerve. Now he specializes in buildings that serve the blind.

He said a lot of emphasis has been put on designing the entrances to the building, moving obstacles such as trees, using raised bumps on the sidewalk and even smell to help people orient themselves with the building.

“A big part of appropriate design for people who are blind or visually impaired is that’s its multi-sensory,” Downey said.

He said focusing on more than just the visual aesthetic of the building will make it more appealing to the blind and to people with sight.

“It’s about how your body engages with it, how you hear the space,” he said.
“And by focusing on that, it’s actually complete architecture as opposed to architecture that’s designed to exist as if it were only in a magazine.”

The building will also feature braille on doors, colour-contrasted flooring for the partially sighted, and audio prompts in the elevator.

“These are invaluable to a person with vision loss,” Mulka said. “These little techniques and little design features that allow them to navigate and be independent in how they travel.”

The architect also plans to redesign the street and alley with a new facade and drop-off zone in the back. Mulka said the changes will make the building attractive from every angle.

The approval includes a sunset clause of 10 years to give CNIB time to apply for its development and building permits.
By Laura Osman, CBC News

++A Blind and Deaf Canadian Runs the Boston Marathon: For Gaston Bedard, running is about togetherness. For those around him, Bedard is an inspiration.

Last year, Aylmer, Que. resident Gaston Bedard completed one of the world’s most famous races, the Boston Marathon. But what set Bedard, 63, apart from the rest of the field is that he was accompanied by guides on either side while holding a tether, a plastic tube with foam gripping. Bedard is both blind and deaf and became quite possibly the first person with both conditions to run in the Boston Marathon.

Before the race, the 63-year-old has to remove his two hearing aids to prevent moisture from reaching the devices, which leaves him completely deaf. He must trust the feel of the tether from his guides, and then he goes for it. Bedard lost his ability to hear and see because of Usher syndrome, a progressive genetic disease that affects hearing, and retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease that occurs in those with Usher syndrome.

In 2014 Bedard ran the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon, the event’s 40th anniversary, with his two guides. He achieved his goal of qualifying for Boston with a sub-five-hour marathon.

Bedard partnered with Team with a Vision, which raises funds for the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Along with his two guides, Christopher Yule and Melany Gauvin and the fan support of his son, Marc, Bedard completed the race in 5:26:58. Bedard says it took him nearly nine minutes to cross the storied start line in Hopkinton, Mass. before running 42.2k to the finish line on Boylston Street in downtown Boston.

Conditions were wet and cold during last year’s event, which didn’t deter Bedard and his team. Knowing that his son Marc would be waiting for him at the finish line helped Bedard push through the final 10k of the race. “My motto is: if you have good people around you, it’s amazing what you can do,” says Bedard.

The retired elementary school teacher has been a runner for much of his life. In 1981 he qualified for Boston with a 2:51 at the Ottawa Marathon.
Between 1981 and 1983, he ran sub-3:05 on five occasions including his 2:51 performance though he never raced Boston because he was a “local runner and didn’t have it on my radar.”

He took a decade off running before getting back into the sport in 2008.
Training led to racing four years later. “I made my comeback as a deaf blind runner in May 2012, and since then I have run some 30 road races, including two full marathons, with sighted guides,” says Bedard.

Even though the Boston Athletic Association, the organization that hosts the Boston Marathon, could not officially confirm whether Bedard was the first-ever deaf and blind athlete to complete the storied race, it appears that he is indeed the first to break this incredible barrier.
By Tim Huebsch, Canadian Running Magazine

++Launch of the National Youth Forum Application Package: We are pleased to inform you that an application package is now available at the following address  HYPERLINK “http://www.Canada.ca/Accessible-Canada” www.Canada.ca/Accessible-Canada for eligible youth interested in participating in a one-day Forum taking place in November 2016. The Forum is part of the Government of Canada’s consultation process on planned accessibility legislation and youth between the ages of 15-30 with a disability or with life experience, work experience or academic experience related to disability and accessibility are invited to apply.

Please note that the deadline for applications is September 15, 2016 and that applications will not be considered past that date.

If you have any questions, please email the Office for Disability Issues
at:  HYPERLINK “mailto:ACCESSIBLE-CANADA@HRSDC-RHDCC.GC.CA” ACCESSIBLE-CANADA@HRSDC-RHDCC.GC.CA

++A message from the Honourable Carla Qualtrough – Accessibility Legislation:
What does an Accessible Canada mean to you? This is something I’ve been thinking about since long before I took on my current role as Canada’s first minister dedicated to Canadians with disabilities. Recently we launched a national consultation where I asked Canadians this question as I believe it’s an important question that will help to inform the development of legislation that will transform how the Government of Canada addresses accessibility. An accessible Canada is more than how we build our spaces; it is about what and how we think. We must look at accessibility differently — as individuals — as communities and as a government.

Together with other government initiatives, the planned legislation will help to increase the inclusion and participation of Canadians with disabilities and promote equality of opportunity by removing barriers and improving accessibility in areas of federal jurisdiction.

Today, the Government is releasing a Discussion Guide to support the consultation process. The Guide introduces the Government’s vision for the legislation, provides some background and context, and includes a series of questions to solicit the views of Canadians on what the legislation could look like. I am looking for input on topics such as:

-the overall goal and approach of the legislation;
-whom the legislation should cover;
-what accessibility issues and barriers the legislation should address;
-how implementation of the legislation could be monitored and enforced;
-how and when the Government of Canada should report to Canadians on the implementation of the legislation; and
-how to more generally raise accessibility awareness and support organizations in improving accessibility.

Canadians with disabilities, their families, and the organizations that represent them have been integral to many of the advancements Canada has made in accessibility and disability over the past decades. Your voices, your knowledge and your experience are incredibly important to help inform and develop legislation that matters and will make a real impact in the years to come. You can participate in the online consultation by completing a questionnaire in the language of your choice (English, French, American Sign Language or Langue des signes québécoise) and preferred format such as digital, handwritten, video or audio submissions. You can provide your input online or by telephone, mail, email, fax and TTY.

Please visit our consultation website to access the Discussion Guide and visit regularly to get updates as they are posted:
 HYPERLINK “http://www.canada.ca/Accessible-Canada” www.canada.ca/Accessible-Canada.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and for your continued leadership on this issue. We hope that this Discussion Guide will serve as a tool to help you further the conversation in your networks and communities across Canada.

I’m looking forward to hearing your views. Together, we will make history!

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities

++The Government of Canada provides further support to break down barriers for Canadians with print disabilities: The Government of Canada is providing $2 million in funding this year to CNIB through the Social Development Partnerships Program – Disability component to continue to support CNIB in its production of alternate format published materials for people with print disabilities.

People with print disabilities include those with visual impairments, people with impairments which affect reading comprehension (such as learning disabilities), and people who are unable to hold or turn the pages of a book.

Minister Qualtrough reiterates the Government of Canada’s commitment to undertake in the coming months a national engagement process with Canadians, including Canadians with disabilities, provinces, territories, municipalities and other stakeholders that will lead to the tabling of new accessibility legislation.

++Introducing CELA
CNIB is proud to announce to our clients the Centre for Equitable Library Access, or CELA, as our partner in the delivery of accessible library services in Canada.

CELA is a national not-for-profit organization run by public libraries for public libraries. CELA was created by public libraries in collaboration with CNIB so that blind or partially sighted Canadians have access to equitable library service through their local public library.

For more than 100 years, the CNIB Library has been Canada’s main provider of accessible library services, funded by donations. Believing that no Canadian’s right to read should be dependent on a charity’s ability to fundraise, CNIB and other organizations have long advocated for these services to be integrated into the public library system and funded accordingly.

Indeed, it is the right of people with print disabilities under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to have access to information through mainstream agencies.

In partnership with CNIB, this service enables Canadians with print disabilities to access the widest available range of media and reading materials in audio, braille, e-text and described video right from their local public library. CELA has the same books, newspapers and magazines as the CNIB Library. It offers the same delivery options, including home delivery, online and Direct to Player. As well, CELA patrons have free access to hundreds of thousands more books thanks to Bookshare, the world’s largest accessible online library for people with print disabilities. In addition, as a service of public libraries, CELA encourages people living with vision loss to take advantage of additional books and programs at their public library that can connect them with others in the community.

Current CNIB Library clients are encouraged to take advantage of having access to additional books and programs through their local public library.
Taking advantage of their local public library’s CELA service today is simple: all clients need to do is visit the CELA website to check it out and get started!

CNIB continues to provide literacy-related services for which fundraising is essential, including accessible format production, support for accessible reading technology, literacy programs, and advocacy for inclusive publishing and capacity building to support literacy development.

Behind the scenes, CNIB supports CELA by acquiring and producing books in audio, braille and e-text formats for CELA’s collection and making them available to users on CDs, in braille, and various download options. And just as we always have, CNIB continues to provide engaging literacy programs for kids who are blind or partially sighted, support in accessing and using DAISY players and digital technology, and strong advocacy in favour of robust public funding for accessible library services.

CELA and CNIB are close partners in the provision of accessible library service, and we work closely together to make sure that Canadians with print disabilities have access to the highest-quality service, and the best selection of reading material.

For additional information, please refer to the Frequently Asked
Questions on the CNIB Library website.
 HYPERLINK “http://www.cnib.ca/en/news/Pages/20160114Introducing-CELA.aspx” http://www.cnib.ca/en/news/Pages/20160114Introducing-CELA.aspx

++PARTICIAPTION OPPORTUNITY: Tele Town Hall Meeting titled “Let’s get it out there”
Hi everyone:
As a follow up to our earlier email in early June where we signified our intention to host a Tele Town Hall meeting titled “Let’s get it out there”, we write as follows:
We are proposing to hold this town hall on the afternoon of October 29 and it will be open to anyone wishing to participate. We will be sending out a save the date notice shortly after Labor Day, with further instructions as to how you can register to attend.
This Tele Town Hall meeting is a non-partisan initiative sponsored by a small group of individuals who believe, that based on earlier comments, suggestions, and feedback; the time has come for blind, partially sighted, and deaf/blind Canadians to give open and unabashed input into how we as a group can move forward to strengthen our voice and formulate positive action in order to become a meaningful force as consumers.
This Tele Town Hall is not meant to be used as a decision making mechanism, but rather as a platform where participants can share ideas in a constructive manner.
Further steps would be based on feedback received at this Tele Town Hall. This occasion could be viewed as participants being given an opportunity to help shape the future of our consumer advocacy movement through their ideas, and to encourage their respective organizations to take action.
Your questions will be answered by a five person panel made up of:
Richard Marion, Anthony Tibbs, Paul Edwards, Albert Ruel, and there may be an additional panelist.
Each of these panel members are well known throughout our community and have and continue to serve on various committees and boards. They possess endless years of advocacy experience among them and they have agreed to serve on our panel because of their commitment to advocacy and to ensuring that our future as strong and unwavering consumers remains intact.
In our next announcement, shortly after Labor Day, we will be publishing some thought provoking questions that are intended to help spark your creative juices.
We wish you the rest of a super summer.
Signed,
Richard Marion,
Robin East,
Anthony Tibbs,
Donna Jodhan
++Email Bowling Tournament

The Canadian Council of the Blind’s 2016 Email Bowling Tournament season was postponed due to unforeseen circumstances and will be taking place in October.

Each year, individuals and teams of bowlers across Canada compete in their home city and mail in their results to determine the national champions. There are six tournaments in total and the upcoming 2016 Email Bowling Tournament dates are listed below.

For more information on tournament rules and to download tournament entry and results forms, please visit the CCB website at  HYPERLINK “http://www.ccbnational.net” www.ccbnational.net or contact Bill Rizzo at Bill.rizzo@sympatico.ca.

Please also send all results by e-mail to Bill.rizzo@sympatico.ca.

++2016 EMAIL BOWLING TOURNAMENT DATES

Lewis Miller Woods – Mixed Team Tournament
Sunday, October 2, 2016, to Saturday, October 8, 2016

Maycourt Ladies – Women’s Team Tournament
Sunday, October 9, 2016, to Saturday, October 15, 2016

Women’s Partially Sighted Singles Tournament and
Men’s Partially Sighted Singles Tournament
Sunday, October 16, 2016, to Saturday, October 22, 2016

Women’s Totally Blind Singles Tournament and
Men’s Totally Blind Singles Tournament
Sunday, October 23, 2016, to Saturday, October 29, 2016
++MEMBERSHIP DUES REMINDER

Please note that all membership packages were mailed out to each Chapter Contact at the end of August.

If you did not receive the membership renewal package for your chapter, please contact Becky immediately at 1-877-304-0968 or  HYPERLINK “mailto:bgoodwin@ccbnational.net” bgoodwin@ccbnational.net.

Remember the Early Bird Draw deadline is Friday, October 28, 2016 and is a chance for two chapters to win back all the dues for their chapters.

Regardless of who wins the Early Bird Draw, ALL chapters who get their membership renewals in before Monday, December 5, 2016 will receive the rebate of $5.00 per person plus $1.00 per e-mail that CCB offers every year.
++WHITE CANE WEEK ORDER REMINDER

WCW Order Forms were included in the Membership Renewal Packages that were sent to each chapter’s chapter contact person.

To avoid shipping delays PLEASE NOTE the deadline for submitting WCW orders is Friday, December 9, 2016 so that orders can be assembled and shipped in plenty of time for WCW February 5 – 11, 2016.

Please plan carefully and place your entire order at one time to avoid confusion & the extra shipping costs incurred by sending multiple packages to one chapter.

You may also use the same form to request up to $100.00 in WCW funding support of your chapter’s WCW events.

PLEASE SEND ONLY ONE ORDER PER CHAPTER

Enjoy the rest of the summer!