TORONTO, March 21, 2013 /CNW/ - CNIB awards HumanWare the 2013 Winston
Gordon Award of Excellence in Accessible Technology. The cash prize
award of $10,000 CAD is given for significant technological
advancements or applications of technology that provide practical
benefit to people with vision loss. The 25th annual award presentation takes place today at Accessible Media Inc.
It is known throughout the industry that HumanWare has had a profoundly
positive impact on people who are blind and partially sighted, and this
year's line-up of innovative technology is no exception with products
Victor Reader Stream: A portable digital talking DAISY-MP3 book player for reference manuals
and school books, novels and magazines, unprotected MP4files and Word
Trekker Breeze: A GPS system designed specifically for people who have vision loss.
The system is easy to use and provides greater independence. While
walking, users get verbal announcements of the street names,
intersections and landmarks. It's simple to record or program a route.
"Canadians with vision loss can truly benefit from these accessible
technological applications, said John M. Rafferty, President and CEO of
CNIB. "When you live in a world that has not been built for you, it can
be difficult to get around and we recognize that HumanWare is dedicated
to helping people live independently and in harmony with their
Winston Graham Gordon, the son of a railway freight agent, was born on
August 2, 1901 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He strongly supported
practical projects and technological devices that would enhance the
lives of people with vision loss.
We are honoured by this recognition, especially since it was given to us
in the year of HumanWare's 25th anniversary. Receiving this prize is a
very proud moment for the entire HumanWare team and is a great source
of motivation for us to continuously innovate and push our limits. We
will definitively re-invest this prize in the development of new
innovations" says Gilles Pepin, CEO of HumanWare.
This year CNIB is pleased to honour HumanWare with the Winston Gordon
Award for its commitment and passion in helping people lead productive
lives. We applaud them for recognizing the needs of Canadians with
vision health related conditions.
HumanWare (www.humanware.com) is the global leader in assistive technologies for the print disabled.
HumanWare provides products to people who are blind or have low vision,
and students with learning disabilities. HumanWare offers a collection
of innovative products, including BrailleNote Apex, the leading
productivity device for the blind in education, business and for
personal use; the Victor Reader product line, the world's leading
digital audiobook players; the SmartView family of handheld and desktop
electronic magnifiers and Trekker Breeze, the all-in-one handheld
CNIB is a registered charity, passionately providing community-based
support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are
blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and
opportunities to fully participate in life. To learn more, visit cnib.ca or call the toll-free CNIB Helpline at 1-800-563-2642.
For further information:
Manager, Corporate Communications
Phone: 416-486-2500 ext. 7570