Public Announcements

Announcements of interest to the VIRN community

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The VIRN community is proud to be part of a larger like-minded group of people and organizations who share the same goals as VIRN for a fuly inclusive and productive life experience.
We want to give this group of friends and partners deserving recognition through our “Public Announcements”.

Friends and partners of VIRN are involved in good work. VIRN wants to support these activities as much as possible by promoting them on VIRN’s Public Announcements.

This area of our website is where you will find public announcements that we feel may be of interest to the VIRN community.

Email VIRN at info@virn.ca with any suggestions/questions.

Frontier Presents: Empowered By Technology

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Hands-On Experience

November 21 and 22, 2013
Location: Frontier Computing, 2221 Yonge Street, Suite 406, Toronto, ON

Frontier Computing is staging a day and a half of assistive technology sessions and hands on Open House.

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Great Day to be a Manitoban

Greetings:

Here a short update so that we don't leave you hanging.

Yesterday's events lasted a little over seven hours.

The reception was grand (if we do say so ourselves) with many kind words spoken, lots of wonderful food and a spectacular hoop dance.

The Standing Committee meeting started shortly after 6 pm. The place was beyond packed and they had to open an 'overflow room. The meeting featured a range of thoughtful, moving and passionate public presentations in support of both Bill 26 and of the measures still needed to strengthen it.

Make Disability-Rights History in Manitoba

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Final Public Hearing on Bill 26

The Accessibility for Manitobans Act
Meeting of the Standing Committee on Social & Economic Development
6:00 pm, Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Room 255 @ The Legislative Building

Community Pre-Meeting Reception
4:30 to 6:00 pm
Legislative Cafeteria
Hosted by Barrier-Free Manitoba
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APS Installation in Winnipeg at River & Osborne

Feedback Needed for APS Installation in Winnipeg at River and Osborne

Working Together To Make Winnipeg Accessible

The City of Winnipeg is asking for our help to test the new APS Unit at River and Osborne in Winnipeg. Your feedback is important.
Visit the location and submit your feedback to info@virn.ca by July 30, 2013.

Canadian Accessible Library System (CALS) Project

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National Network of Equitable Library Service (NNELS)

With support from the Provincial-Territorial Public Library Council, the BC Libraries Cooperative is working on the Canadian Accessible Library System (CALS), which will expand public library digital services to the print-disabled.

How is it working?
Feedback from our testers

CALS has proven to make transferring the downloaded book to any digital playback device very easy. Having the entire DAISY book in its own folder within the archive makes it quick and efficient.
- Glen Sepke, Manitoba

I really am so excited to be able to read things I want! The other places just tell me there’s no chance I’ll get my books.
- Michelle Creedy, BC

I'm Attending CLA 2013 Winnipeg

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2013 Canadian Library Association Conference & Tradeshow

Winnipeg Convention Centre May 29 to June 1

"The Manitoba Access Awareness Week (MAAW) June 2 to 8 coincides with our annual national library event and we want to share this information with our networks to encourage and invite their participation at the tradeshow exhibit." Trevor Surgenor - Director, Public Library Services Branch.

Province Tables Historic Accessibility-Rights Bill

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Barrier Free Media Release

WINNIPEG – Minister Jennifer Howard tabled a historic Bill on accessibility-rights today in Manitoba’s Legislative Assembly. The Bill (The Accessibility for Manitobans Act) represents a major breakthrough in the promotion and protection of the human rights of over 200,000 Manitobans with disabilities.

Coach of the Month

Coaching Manitoba's "Coach of the Month" program recognizes outstanding Manitoba coaches in action. Nominations are accepted for coaches at all levels of sport (grassroots through high performance) who make extraordinary contributions to sport and athlete development. Deadline for nominations is the 18th of each month.

Coaching Manitoba's "Coach of the Month" program recognizes outstanding Manitoba coaches in action. Nominations are accepted for coaches at all levels of sport (grassroots through high performance) who make extraordinary contributions to sport and athlete development. Deadline for nominations is the 18th of each month.

Coach of the Month Guidelines

Career Planning And Employment Website

Coming November 2012

The World Blind Union and CNIB are developing a career planning and employment website for people who are blind or partially sighted, their friends and family, service providers, and employers.

We would like to invite you to participate in a brief, five minute, online survey so that we can learn more about people’s opinions about the website.

Feedback gathered through this survey will be used to help refine the website before it goes live to the public in November of 2012.

Research Project Into Primary Health Care

MLPD Sponsors study

The Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities is doing a research project to understand the experiences of people with disabilities have in receiving primary health care services – that is, health care from family doctors, general practitioners, or nurse practitioners.

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