blindness, Independence, Independent Living, Peer Mentoring, Tutoring

Semi Trailer Cribbage Trucks

Who wants to play crib instead of going to work?

Here are the two wooden trucks I have designed and built so far. They are both built out of solid western red cedar, except for the wheels and axle pins, which are purchased and made of hardwood. The box trailer has a drawer sliding out of the back of it for storage of cards and crib pegs, and the flatbed unit stores cards and pegs in the cab under the removable roof.

Both trucks are approximately 10 inches long and 4 1/2 inches wide, and the trailers are approximately 4 1/2 inches wide by 14 1/2 inches long.

Braille, Resource

Pocket-sized 2021 Uncontracted Braille Calendar, $5 Each at Canadian Braille Service – CCB BC – Yukon Division

Pocket-sized 2021 Uncontracted Braille Calendar Produced by Canadian Braille Service   Measures 4 by 6 inches. For a low price of $5. Technology is great, but sometimes it’s just easier to have a paper braille copy at your fingertips.   To receive a high quality uncontracted braille calendar Contact Joan Billesberger at Or call…
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Canadian Council of the Blind, Get Together with Technology, Peer Mentoring, Personal Responsibility

Albert Ruel Retirement Party on AT Banter

It’s a party! Not only are we celebrating Canada Day this week in the Anti-Gloom Zoom Room, but Ryan, Rob, and Steve also raise a glass and talk to Albert Ruel, Get Together With Technology Coordinator for the Canadian Council of the Blind, who is officially retiring. We talk about his career as an employee of the CNIB and CCB as well as aspects of technology and even how he initially lost his sight.

Advocacy, Article, Disability, Independence

Accessibility Or Luxury? It’s a Matter of Perspective. | mssinenomineblog

What if your luxury is my accessibility? What if the things you deem extras are essentials to me?
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Redefining blindness

-disclaimer; I am not blind, these thought came from my tragically bad eyesight- Blindness. A lonely, wretched, unfavourable place to be. Right?  A loss, a great loss. yes?  We should feel great remorse for those unfortunates. Right?  Well…is it? Should we? I think that depends on the outlook. What if it’s a peaceful, private and […]


the 2015 AEBC and T-BaseScholarship Programs


The application deadline for 2015 AEBC scholarship program is Friday, June
26th, 2015.  All applications and supporting materials must have been
received by AEBC on or before that date in order for your application to
be considered.


The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) is a grassroots
organization which, through education, empowerment, and advocacy, works to
improve the lives of blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted Canadians.

Each year, the AEBC offers scholarships to recognize outstanding blind,
deaf-blind, and partially sighted post-secondary school students. This
year, we are pleased to offer three awards in total.

Two Jennifer Laura Eve Wilson Memorial Scholarships (worth $1,000 each)
will be offered.

Jennifer was someone who was always selfless, always there for someone in
need. She showed courage in overcoming adversity.  She took the challenges
life put her way from the complications of Type 1 diabetes including
visual impairment, and rose above them by her courage, inner strength and
determination to make the world a better place for others. These annual
AEBC scholarships continue her tradition of helping others.

The T-Base Communications scholarship program helps to fund the
educational pursuits of an outstanding blind, deaf-blind or partially
sighted student in Canada who is continuing his or her academic education
at the post-secondary level.

The T-Base Communications Scholarship is designed to help students pursue
their educational endeavors and is not limited to any one discipline.  
One T-Base Communications scholarship valued at $2,000 will be awarded for
the 2015/2016 academic year beginning in the fall semester of 2015.


Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of:

1.    Academic performance;
2.    Community involvement; and
3.    Overcoming adversity.

While each criterion will contribute in the overall evaluation process,
equal weight will not be applied in determining a final score. Rather,
each criterion will serve to assist in distinguishing the exceptionalities
and strengths of one candidate from another in the awarding of

The winner of the T-Base Communications scholarship is expected to
participate in 2 ad-hoc advisory committee meetings on the topic of T-Base
Communications’ educational services.

The Scholarship Committee is comprised of one AEBC member from the
national executive and two regular members of the organization.  This
committee reviews all applications and selects the scholarship recipients.

In the case of the T-Base scholarship program, the top three applicants
are identified to T-Base Communications and T-Base Communications makes
the final decision.

Successful recipients will be notified of their selection by July 31st, 2015.


Students at the undergraduate and graduate levels (masters, doctorate, or
post-doctorate),as well as students in college, vocational, educational
upgrading, and performing arts programs, are welcome to apply.

Unless an applicant indicates otherwise, all applicants will be considered
for each scholarship for which they are eligible.  A separate application
for each scholarship program is not required.

Previous applicants or recipients of AEBC scholarships are eligible to
reapply if qualified.

To be eligible for this scholarship program, you must meet all of the
following qualifications.

1. You must be blind, deaf-blind or partially sighted. For our purposes,
you are considered to be “blind” if you have no vision or only light
perception in the better of your two eyes, and “partially sighted” if you
have a visual acuity of 20/60 or less (as measured on the Snellan eye
chart) in your better eye with best correction, or if your visual field
measures less than twenty degrees.

2. You must be studying (or planning to study) at a post-secondary
institution in Canada.  (Canadian citizens or permanent residents studying
abroad under an exchange program and paying fees to a Canadian educational
institution are eligible, as are students who choose to study abroad for
lack of a similar program in Canada, failure to be accepted into a
Canadian program, or the clear superiority of a program abroad.)  You will
be required to provide your social insurance number for income tax
purposes if you receive a scholarship.

3. You must be attending (or planning to attend) a post-secondary program
during the period between September 2015 and April 2016, on at least a
part-time basis (i.e. taking the equivalent of at least two courses per


Scholarship applicants and recipients need not be members of the Alliance
for Equality of Blind Canadians. However, involvement in the organization
is strongly encouraged, as we seek to gain a stronger voice in Canada, and
membership benefits those who are blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted
both collectively and individually.

A year’s free membership to AEBC is part of each scholarship.  This
affords the winner an opportunity to learn about and participate in our


A complete application is comprised of the following five items.  You may
submit your application in either English or French.  Please double check
that your application is complete before submitting it.  A complete
application will include:

(a)    The application form.  You can find a blank copy of this form at the
end of this package.
(b)    A copy of your most recent transcript. This need not be an official
copy – a printout from your school’s web site is acceptable.  We may ask
for an official copy at a later date.
(c)    A one-page (500 word) personal statement: This is an opportunity for
you to describe yourself, provide background on your visual condition (and
any additional medical or disability information that may be relevant),
your academic goals, interests, school and community activities, work
experience, and so on.  In writing this essay, you should try to answer
the question: “What barriers or obstacles have you faced and conquered in
your life (which may include financial hardship), as a result of your
disability?” Please do not simply send a resume.
(d)    A one-page (500 word) essay on ‘accessible education’: Tell us how
accessibility in learning makes a difference in your education.  Please
let us know what format (print, large print, Braille, audio, etc.) is most
important to you for your success as a student and why.  NOTE: We can only
know you through the information you give us.  Please be thorough and
(e)    One letter of reference: You should include one current letter of
reference (written in the last twelve months) from an individual who can
comment in detail on your academic progress, personal strengths, community
involvement, and any other aspects of your life that support your
application. The individual may be an employer or supervisor, clergy
member, academic advisor, department head academic planner, etc. If
possible, this reference letter should be forwarded with your application
package.  If your reference would prefer to send it directly to AEBC,
please ensure that they clearly indicate in their e-mail who they are
writing on behalf of.


The deadline for scholarship submissions is Friday, June 26th, 2015.

Each part of your application should be submitted as a separate electronic
file, preferably in Microsoft Word (.DOC or .DOCX), Rich Text (.RTF), or
plain text (.TXT) format.  Some members of the scholarship committee are
themselves blind, and picture files (.JPG, .GIF, .PNG, etc.) are not
accessible.  Adobe Acrobat (.PDF) files may or may not be accessible to
users who are blind and so should be avoided if possible.  (We understand,
however, that some documents, such as your transcript, may only come in
one format from your institution.)

Please attach all of these documents to an e-mail message and send them

Incomplete applications, as well as any applications (complete,
incomplete, or parts of applications) received after June 26th, 2015 will
not be considered for scholarship awards.

The application form is contained on the following page.


To assist users who are blind, a caret indicator (^) has been provided
next to each question in the application form.  Please type your response
after the caret (^).

Completed applications, along with supporting documents, should be
e-mailed to scholarship@blindcanadians.cano later than Friday, June 26th,


First name: ^
Last name: ^

Mailing address (line 1, e.g. 1 Rodney Lane): ^
Mailing address (line 2, e.g. Apt. 224): ^
City: ^
Province: ^
Postal code: ^

Home telephone number: ^
Cellular/mobile telephone number: ^
Email address: ^

Your status in Canada (write ‘yes’ next to the appropriate choice):
(a) I am a Canadian citizen: ^
(b) I am a permanent resident: ^
(c) I am a foreign student studying at a Canadian institution: ^


If you are not currently in school, please skip down to Part C, below.

Are you presently in school – yes or no? ^
If you are not in school, when did you last attend (year)? ^
If you are not in school, answer the following four questions based on
your most recent educational experience.

The name of the educational institution I attend (or attended) is: ^
This institution is (or was) located in (city & province): ^
This institution is (or was) a … (High school? College? University? 
Describe it.): ^


Name of the institution: ^
This institution is located in (city & province): ^
This institution is a … (High school? College? University?  Describe it.): ^

Program name (e.g. B.A. with a Major in English): ^

Will you be studying part-time (i.e. taking 2 courses per semester) — yes
or no? ^
Will you be studying full-time (i.e. taking 4 or more courses per
semester) — yes or no? ^

My career goal is to become a …: ^


How did you hear about this scholarship program? ^

By submitting your application, you are certifying that the information
you have provided is correct and true to the best of your knowledge, that
you (as the applicant) are blind, deaf-blind or partially sighted, and
that you meet all other eligibility criteria for the AEBC and T-Base
Communications scholarship program.  Additionally, if you are selected as
a scholarship winner, you agree to have your name and other content
related to the award featured in online properties such as AEBC and T-Base
social media communities, websites, and possible participation in
interview-style blog postings at the time of the award and throughout the
2015/2016 scholarship year.

Please indicate, by typing your first and last name, that you have read,
understand, and agree with the above statement: ^

Date (day, month, year): ^

Please note: The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) is
committed to protecting the privacy, confidentiality, accuracy, and
security of any personal information that we collect, use, retain, and
disclose in the course of the programs we offer.  If you have any
questions about protecting your personal privacy or our privacy policy,
contact our Compliance Officer by calling (1-800-561-4774 or by e-mail at:

WAIT ONE MOMENT.  Have you confirmed that each of the documents (required
to complete your application) will be included with your submission
e-mail?  Those documents include: (a) This application form; (b) Your
transcript; (c) Your personal statement (maximum 500 words); (d) Your
essay on ‘accessible education’ (maximum 500 words); and (e) Your letter
of reference?

If all of this is in order, e-mail all of these documents to  We will do our best to acknowledge receipt
within 48 hours.  If you do not receive an acknowledgment of receipt,
please e-mail or telephone us at 1-800-561-4774 to inquire as this may
mean that your application did not arrive.

(End of document)

Please note: The 2015 Scholarship program application form is attached to
this message.

National President
Alliance For Equality Of Blind Canadians
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