Video: CNIB presents the Winston Gordon Award of Excellence in Accessible Technology to Humanware in Toronto, March 21, 2013.
TORONTO, May 9, 2013 /CNW/ - Two innovative companies have provided
generous gifts to the CNIB community that will help improve
accessibility for Canadians who are blind or partially sighted.
Montreal-based HumanWare, which was recently awarded CNIB's 2013 Winston Gordon Award of Excellence in Accessible Technology for their Victor Reader Stream, is donating 25 of the award-winning
devices to CNIB to distribute among children who are CNIB Library
clients who could not otherwise afford the technology.
The Victor Reader Stream is a portable digital book player that enables
people who are blind or partially sighted to read digital reference
manuals, school books, novels, magazines, unprotected MP4files and Word
documents. Lightweight, portable and equipped with wireless networking
capabilities, it represents a significant advancement over previous
audio book devices.
"We're excited to provide these devices to Canadians in the CNIB
community," said Gilles Pepin, CEO, HumanWare. "It's inspiring to see
innovations like our Victor Reader Stream come to life and make a real
difference in people's everyday lives."
This generous donation has been matched by AfterShokz, who will provide their unique open ear headphones, which transmit
sound through the cheekbones via bone conduction technology, that allow
users to listen without blocking their ears. For people who are blind
or partially sighted, the open design of these headphones is ideal,
allowing the user to remain aware of ambient sound and stay acutely in
touch with their surroundings, even when wearing hearing aids
"It gives us great pleasure to be able to support HumanWare's donation
by matching their support and enhancing their gift," said Rob Nevin,
founder of U-R-Able, which represents the AfterShokz brand for persons who are blind and
deaf-blind in North America.
"Digital technology has the capacity to level the playing field and open
doors for people who are blind or partially sighted," said John M.
Rafferty, President and CEO, CNIB. "It is encouraging to see companies
like HumanWare and AfterShokz are so committed to innovation, and to
making a difference. Their generous donations are truly appreciated."
Global Accessibility Awareness Day aims to raise the profile of digital
accessibility for people living with vision loss and other
disabilities. To better understand the need for digital innovations
like these, Global Accessibility Awareness Day is encouraging people to
use their computers differently today. They suggest turning off your
screens or speakers, or unplugging your mice, and continuing your work.
About Global Accessibility Awareness Day
Now in its second year, Global Accessibility Awareness Day aims to raise
the profile of digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) accessibility for
people living with vision loss and other disabilities. For more
information, follow @GblA11yDay on Twitter and use the #gaad hashtag, or visit their website.
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.
Video with caption: "Video: CNIB presents the Winston Gordon Award of Excellence in Accessible Technology to Humanware in Toronto, March 21, 2013.". Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SOGKm5qw0E
Image with caption: "HumanWare is Presented with CNIB Accessible Technology Award (CNW Group/CNIB)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130509_C5006_PHOTO_EN_26547.jpg
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