T-Base and CNIB Deliver World Class Accessibility Services

OTTAWA, March 8 /CNW Telbec/ - T-Base Communications and CNIB announced today that they have signed a strategic partnership agreement under which T-Base will extend CNIB's accessibility consulting services to its corporate clients delivering first class web accessibility services.

Individually, T-Base Communications is the industry leader in the secure delivery of private alternative format communication solutions for North America's Fortune 500. CNIB is recognized nationally and internationally for its work in accessibility standards and practices. Both organizations are experienced in guiding clients with access in mind.

The services that will be extended to T-Base Communications' clients through CNIB's new Accessibility Consulting division include website audits, CNIB's Site Check Program and full day, hands-on accessibility training workshops.

"CNIB's Accessibility Consulting division allows organizations to remove barriers to their online communications and expand their customer base," says John M. Rafferty, CNIB president and CEO. "This partnership ensures that blind and partially sighted consumers of leading organizations are afforded the same opportunities as sighted individuals."

This type of joint venture is not new to either CNIB or T-Base Communications. In February of last year, T-Base acquired CNIB's braille and large print statement production technology and assumed immediate responsibility for the continued delivery of alternative format statements for CNIB's Autobill clients.

"As we explore these types of synergies, we continually extend the benefits of our combined strengths and expertise to T-Base clients," says Sharlyn Ayotte, President and CEO of T-Base. Government, education, telecom and banking industries will reap the benefits of the partnership which are the core market segments T-Base Communications serves. "Leveraging our shared resources makes perfect sense to service an underserved market with two very strong brands and committed purpose," adds Ayotte.

About T-Base Communications

Specializing in 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 alternative 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 or call 1-800-563-0668.

About CNIB

CNIB provides 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. CNIB delivers programs and services that help people overcome the challenges of sight loss, increase their independence and achieve their goals. Our advocacy efforts strive for equal access and an inclusive society. CNIB also promotes the effective prevention, diagnosis and treatment of eye disease. CNIB is committed to improving accessibility in all areas of daily living. CNIB consultants provide unique knowledge and expertise for clear, easy-to-use and universally accessible electronic communication and built design. For more information visit www.cnib.ca or call 1-800-563-2642.

SOURCE T-Base Communications

For further information: For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Deanna White, Media Relations, T-Base Communications, Inc., (613) 236-0866 Ext. 231, dwhite@tbase.com; Yeena Peng, Specialist, Media Relations, CNIB, (416) 486-2500 ext.8355, yeena.peng@cnib.ca

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