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We have started a GoFundMe campaign to change a dangerous bike lane design that drastically reduces estenosis lumbar cirugia safety of blind and visually-impaired public transit riders. In this case, the new separated bike lanes and floating bus stops are in Victoria, BC, but there’s interest in them across North America, so this design could potentially set a precedent. We have obtained legal representation and filed a human rights challenge, but we need your support to help cover legal costs since CFB is a not-for-profit, entirely volunteer organization. We understand how tight money can be in our blindness community, but in this case, even a few dollars will make a difference, providing enough of us take action. Please find our GoFundMe link below.


1. The GoFundMe fundraising website automatically suggests a 15 percent tip to be added to a given donation. On older computer systems this custom options box may be inaccessible. The GoFundMe suggested tip escoliosis lumbar izquierda tratamiento, which goes to them and not to our campaign, can be adjusted to a lower or zero amount if you are able to interact with the custom options box. Or, please feel free to email your contribution directly to treasurer@cfb.ca or use Paypal at donation@cfb.ca (and note it’s for the GoFundMe campaign) and we will add your donation to it. You can also contact us at our main CFB phone number 250-598-7154 or 800-619-8789 and we will make some method work for you.

“We get refreshed at the convention, and motivated to go back into the community and live our lives with purpose,” said Mary Ellen Gabias, President and co-founder of the CFB. “The convention also gives sighted people a chance to learn about the diversity, independence and potential of people who preparacion del paciente para una radiografia de columna lumbosacra are blind.”

This year at the convention, blind people will discuss employment, post-secondary education, inclusive design, human rights, blindness independence training,and strategies for reducing the high unemployment rate–nearly 80 percent–of blind Canadians.

The CFB ishosting a fun trivia night at Norway House, 1110 Hillside Avenue on the preceding Friday evening May 4, 2018,6:30pm to 9:30pm. Admission to the trivia night is $25 per person, and will be collected at the door. All proceeds from this event will go to support the CFB and its important work.

The Canadian Federation of the Blind is a grassroots organization of blind people committed to the equality and empowerment of blind Canadians. Through advocacy, public education and mentoring, members preparacion para radiografia de columna lumbosacra sanitas work for change, promote a positive perspective on blindness, and together gain confidence and skills.

The Canadian Federation of the Blind (CFB) applauds your government’s decision to seek a long term solution for making materials available to people with print disabilities in alternate formats. Government has given CNIB more than $20 million since the year 2000 to create alternate format materials. The “book famine” experienced by Canadians with Print Disabilities has not been much diminished by those federal dollars.

Our access has improved largely due to increased accessibility of commercial sources, such as iBooks, Kindle, and Audible.com. Much remains to be done to make these commercially produced radiografia de columna lumbar ap y lateral materials part of public libraries so that those people with print disabilities who have limited funds can read them. Nevertheless, it should be noted that funding the kind of production CNIB has done will continue to have little impact on access.

You are currently experiencing extreme lobbying pressure from CNIB to continue their previous level of funding. We urge you to resist those pressures and redirect any available money toward developing policies and projects to ensure that books born digital are also born accessible. Please do not allow a campaign based on frightening blind people and arousing pity among the sighted to derail your efforts to help people with print disabilities achieve truly equitable access to the printed word. We have lived with tokenism for far too long.

P.S. Books produced by CNIB with federal funding should be publicly owned and available to people with print disabilities through all public libraries enfermedades lumbares. Instead, CNIB retains ownership and licenses them to libraries for a fee. As a result, books paid for by the Canadian government cannot be accessed by all Canadians who need them.

The Canadian Federation of the Blind noted with interest that the federal government is extending the Medical Expense Tax Credit to cover those with psychiatric service dogs. This is happening at the same time that funding from Veterans Affairs Canada is being used by the Canadian General Standards Board to create service dog standards that we believe are unnecessary, unreasonable, and antithetical to human rights. We are gravely concerned that que es rotoescoliosis lumbar the failed CGSB process will be allowed to continue and create devastating problems for blind people who work with guide dogs.

CGSB is undoubtedly competent in setting standards for physical products. The agency has no experience, understanding, or respect for human rights matters. They have demonstrated unprofessionalism by failing to make their comment process accessible until forced to do so. They have demonstrated a profound lack of understanding of inclusive human rights processes by requiring non-disclosure agreements from participants in their working groups.

More and more individuals with disabilities are discovering ways in which partnering with well-trained dogs escoliosis lumbar derecha can enhance their lives. As is often the case with innovative ideas, time and experimentation will be required for concepts and practices involving these relatively new human/animal partnerships to mature. Unless rights holders who are the handlers of other service dogs demand otherwise, we strongly believe government should not interfere by rushing to create standards before service dog programs are fully developed.

Rolling back the clock on basic human rights for guide dog users because the service dog industry is still in development is unconscionable! Such homogenization represents the worst kind of “one size fits all” thinking. Claims that these standards are “voluntary” and that explanatory language in the form of a “companion document” will accompany them in no way mitigates the harm they will do.

I am the President of the Canadian Federation of the Blind (www.cfb.ca), a membership organization of blind citizens that is committed to the integration of blind people in British Columbia society hernia discal lumbar tratamiento on the basis of equality. I am writing in response to your request that groups provide public comment regarding the reestablishment of the Human Rights Commission.

The CFB is very supportive of this initiative. The Human Rights Tribunal is set up to adjudicate complaints of discrimination. It is reactive. A correctly constituted Human Rights Commission, provided it is funded adequately, could proactively work for reform in policies that lead to systemic discrimination against blind individuals.

To site just one of many examples, some provincial job recruitment announcements include a requirement that successful applicants must hold a valid driver’s license. This requirement is completely appropriate when the operation of a motor vehicle is a primary job duty. It is discriminatory when the escoliosis lumbar tratamiento purpose of a driver’s license requirement is to ensure that employees can travel outside their office to do their jobs. Blind employees can use a number of alternative techniques. They can take public transportation or taxis, ride with colleagues, or hire drivers. A robust Human Rights Commission could examine broader issues like this one; it need not be limited to responding to specific complaints.

An adequately funded Human Rights Commission would ensure that expertise in blindness and other disabilities, not merely expertise in human rights law, could be brought to bear in the disposition of individual complaints as well as in the examination of systemic issues.

Our support of a Human Rights Commission also stems from deep disappointment in the performance and rulings of the Human Rights Tribunal. In particular, we believe that an October 2015 ruling represents a significant setback in the access right of people with guide dogs. Sadly, this is not the first time the Tribunal has issued decisions that completely fail to comprehend the purpose of laws protecting the rights of blind individuals to travel freely using the mobility aid of their choice. I think that the unpleasant history of the BCHRT and its treatment of taxi discrimination against people who travel with guide dogs illustrates why British Columbia needs an organization that focuses on defending human rights rather than one that dieta blanda para radiografia de columna lumbosacra pushes for compromises to resolve complaints.