Blind employee turned CEO empowers HR professionals at HRPA Conference



    OTTAWA, Jan. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - Sharlyn Ayotte, President and CEO of
T-Base Communications, is scheduled to speak at the upcoming Human Resources
Professionals Associations', (HRPA), Annual Conference and Tradeshow on
Friday, January 30th. Blind employee turned CEO, Ayotte intends to share her
story of her climb up the corporate ladder and empower HR professionals with
best practices on delivering HR and employee management materials in a format
that meets the needs of blind, deafblind and partially sighted employees.
    T-Base Communications emerged out of the recognition of voids in services
offered to the blind, deafblind and partially sighted individuals by Ayotte,
who employs people who fully understand and appreciate the needs of her
clients, and in turn, their end users. "I am very fortunate to lead a diverse
group of individuals who share and support a mission I am truly passionate
about," said Ayotte, but the path that led her to where she is today was a
long and challenging one. "My personal experience with access barriers over
the course of my career gives us, as a company, an intimate knowledge of the
products and services required in order for HR professionals to best serve
their employees".
    The presentation focus could not be more timely. The proposed "Accessible
Information and Communications" standard, initiated by the Accessibility for
Ontarians with Disabilities Act, is currently being developed for
consideration by government as adoption into a regulation. "The new standard
will mandate how businesses and organizations within Ontario will be required
to provide accessible information. HR professionals will need to start
preparing for its inception," adds Ayotte.
    Sharlyn claims that there are 2.8 million blind and partially sighted
individuals in Canada. Many are highly educated, possessing superior
communication and technical skills and are working in hundreds of
organizations across the country today. While advancements in technology have
allowed for a greater number of individuals within the talent pool to join the
work force, it is often HR-related materials that pose access barriers for
blind, deafblind and partially sighted employees. Ayotte hopes her conference
address will educate attendees on accessible HR practices and assist in the
improvement of accessible HR delivery.

    About T-Base Communications

    Specializing in website accessibility, braille, large print, e-Text and
audio, T-Base Communications provides alternative format solutions, assisting
government and Fortune 500 companies to communicate with their customers who
cannot access information in conventional ways. Working with the most
progressive companies globally, T-Base converts conventionally printed
statements and documents into alternate formats privately and securely,
providing leading organizations the opportunity to reach a wider audience
while simultaneously meeting the diverse information needs of their client
base. For more information visit www.tbase.com.




For further information:

For further information: Deanna White, Media Relations, T-Base
Communications, (613) 236-0866 Ext. 231

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