2016 News

T-Base Communications Awards $2,000 to Journalism Student & Paralympian through AEBC/T-Base Scholarship Program

T-Base Accelerates Learning for Visually Impaired

Applications for T-Base & AEBC's Annual Scholarship Now Open

T-Base Communications Awards $2,000 to Journalism Student & Paralympian through AEBC/T-Base Scholarsh​ip Program

(Ottawa, ON / Kelowna, BC - August, 17, 2016) - For the fifth consecutive year, T-Base Communications has awarded a student who is blind, deaf-blind or partially sighted a $2,000 scholarship through the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC)/T-Base Scholarship Program. Brian Hill, Master of Journalism student at Carleton University, is this year’s recipient—why is not surprising.

Hill is a four-time Paralympian swimmer, a Canadian Paralympic Committee member, a trained chef, a long-time advocate for the inclusion of people with disabilities and a committed student, who is focusing his Master’s research on Paralympic sport. Scholarship funds will go toward Hill’s 2016/17 program expenses.

“Ensuring that students who are blind or have low vision have the opportunity to pursue a fully accessible education is at the heart of what we do at T-Base,” said Bruce Moszcelt, Co-CEO of T-Base Communications. “We were very impressed by Brian’s story—his achievements as a Paralympian, two decades worth of advocacy, and of course his passion for storytelling. T-Base is proud to support Brian’s pursuit of an education in journalism,” added Moszcelt.

AEBC awarded the 2016 Jennifer Laura E. Wilson Memorial Scholarship to two other students: Laura Yvonne Bulk, PhD student in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of British Columbia, and Rumana Monzur, Juris Doctor (J.D.) student at the University of British Columbia, each receiving $1,000.

“My beloved sister Jennifer was inspiring by her selflessness and willingness to devote her life to immunology in the hopes of helping find cures for others,” said Deborah Wilson, who donated the funds for the Jennifer Laura E. Wilson Memorial Scholarship. “Although she was unable to achieve her dream because of her impairment, these scholarships in her name are to help others achieve theirs,” Wilson added.

“At a time when having academic credentials helps open doors to employment, higher education is essential,” said Leo Bissonnette, AEBC’s National Director and Chairperson of the Student and Education Council Committee. “Education today is expensive, and when students continue on to the graduate level, which many of our scholarship applicants are doing, scholarships not only ease the financial burden, but they also validate the academic work of many talented students. These are students who will contribute much to society in the future,” he added.

Every year, students enrolled in any program at a post-secondary institution in Canada are eligible for the T-Base Communications scholarship. T-Base receives and reviews applications from several highly qualified candidates.

About T-Base Communications 
T-Base is North America's go-to alternate format company and industry thought leader. We simplify accessible communications by producing accessible educational materials, such as textbooks and secure tests & exams, for complex STEM subjects in braille, large print, audio, as well as online with web accessibility and PDF documents. www.tbase.com

About The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians 
The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) is a national grassroots, peer support organization that comprises Canadians who are blind, deaf-blind or partially sighted and supporters from the public at large. Founded in 1992, AEBC is dedicated to promoting the inclusion of Canadians who are blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted in all aspects of social life, from education to participation in elections. AEBC’s members participate in working groups and committees, engage with local, city-based chapters, and engage in public awareness and education activities on a daily basis. www.blindcanadians.ca

For further information:

Media Contacts

T-Base Communications
Deanna White
Media Relations
(613) 236-0866 Ext. 1231
dwhite@tbase.com

Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC)
Leo Bissonnette
National Director
1-800-561-4774
leo@blindcanadians.ca

T-Base Accelerates Learning for Visually Impaired

Students Can Now Receive their Educational Materials in Braille 2x Faster

OTTAWA and OGDENSBURG, NY, July 11, 2016 - Students who are blind, have low vision or are print restricted across North America can now expect to receive their braille textbooks two times faster. T-Base Communications has developed and now employs a new tool that accelerates and simplifies the transcription of textbooks, for even the most complex STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), into braille while ensuring high-quality output.

With this new tool, titled FASTtrack, T-Base Communications significantly raises the bar when it comes to the production and delivery of braille textbooks and other accessible learning materials. The company has invested thousands of hours into designing, integrating and testing FASTtrack to turn what was an arduous, manual process into one that is streamlined—automated and guided by T-Base's in-house subject matter experts and certified transcribers.

"T-Base FASTtrack is not easily replicated in the marketplace. Our investment in our employees and state-of-the-art processes, along with our culture of continuous innovation, ensures we maintain the highest level of performance in this area and we are proud of our track record," said Mike Hadfield, Director of Operations for T-Base Communications.

Traditionally, North American school boards, departments of education and individual educational institutions have struggled to get students their braille textbooks in time for the first day of class. Typically, the student must wait for the instructor to announce the course materials—which, for a September semester start, isn't usually until August. The student must then purchase the hard copy book and visit their Student Disability Services office to request a braille copy. According to the American Foundation for the Blind, "converting printed textbooks into braille is a complex process that takes about four to nine months". T-Base FASTtrack cuts the wait time by at least half and in some cases, significantly faster.

"T-Base FASTtrack allows us to get learning materials in the hands of students faster, which not only benefits the student, but takes undue pressure off educational institutions that are legally required to provide equal access to alternate format learning materials for students who require them," said Jeff Jullion, Senior Account Manager for the Education Market at T-Base Communications.

In providing greater flexibility and faster turnaround, T-Base FASTtrack coincides with T-Base's ultimate goal, which is to mirror the delivery and accessibility of high-quality instructional materials for students who are blind, have low vision or are print restricted to that of their sighted peers.

About T-Base
T-Base Communications, North America's industry thought leader, simplifies accessible communications by providing secure design, production and delivery of accessible statements, documents and educational material in braille, large print, e-Text and audio. T-Base's online services include PDF/UA remediation, website audits and training to provide a holistic approach to accessibility compliance. www.tbase.com

For further information:

Media Contact:
Deanna White
Media Relations
(613) 236-0866 Ext. 1231
dwhite@tbase.com

T-Base & AEBC Accepting Applications for Education Scholarship

(Kelowna, BC/ Ottawa, ON- February 2, 2016)- T-Base Communications and Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) are pleased to announce that for the fifth consecutive year, applications are being accepted for a joint scholarship program to help fund the educational pursuits of up to three outstanding students who are blind, deaf-blind or partially sighted in Canada and who are continuing their academic education at the post-secondary level for the 2016-2017 academic year. The deadline to submit an application is March 31, 2016.

“As the North American leader in providing educational materials in alternate formats, T-Base is pleased to assist students who are blind, deaf-blind, and partially sighted with equal access to all learning materials.  Through this scholarship, we look forward to helping students reach their academic goals,” said Bruce Moszcelt, co-CEO of T-Base Communications.

A total of $4,000 is to be awarded; two Jennifer Laura Eve Wilson Memorial Scholarships worth $1,000 each will be offered by AEBC and one scholarship of $2,000 will be offered by T-Base Communications. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic performance, community involvement and overcoming adversity. “Our scholarships are meant to recognize outstanding blind, deaf-blind, and partially sighted post-secondary students who are dedicated to achieving their academic goals despite mainstream perception of visual impairment as a barrier to academic success,” said Leo Bissonnette, National Director and Chairperson of the Student and Education Council Committee of AEBC.

In order to be eligible to apply for the scholarship program, students must be blind, deaf-blind or partially sighted and studying (or planning to study) at a post-secondary institution in Canada between September 2016 and April 2017, on at least a part-time basis (i.e. taking the equivalent of at least two courses per semester).

Each year award recipients express great gratitude towards the annual T-Base Communications and AEBC Scholarship Program. “The 2016 AEBC/T-Base Scholarship program has given me the opportunity to begin an enlightening academic career. Through the assistance of this scholarship, I have taken courses that have broadened my understanding of people, specifically how they interact with societal norms and values,” stated T-Base’s 2015 award recipient Rebecca Jackson. Full details on how to apply and to download the scholarship application visit http://www.blindcanadians.ca/programs/scholarship.

About T-Base Communications
T-Base is North America's go-to alternate format company and industry thought leader. We simplify accessible communications by producing accessible educational materials such as textbooks and secure tests & exams in braille, large print, audio, as well as online with web accessibility and PDF documents. 1-800-563-0668. www.tbase.com

About The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians
The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians is a national charitable organization, founded in 1992, that is dedicated to promoting the increased inclusion of blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted Canadians in all aspects of social life, from employment to participation in elections. Our members, comprised of blind, deaf-blind, and partially sighted consumers and supporters from across the country, participate in working groups and committees, engage with local, city-based chapters, and engage in public awareness and education activities on a daily basis. 1-800-561-4774. www.blindcanadians.ca

For further information:

Media Contacts

T-Base Communications
Deanna White
Media Relations
(613) 236-0866 Ext. 1231
dwhite@tbase.com

Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians
Leo Bissonnette, Ph.D.
National Director and Chairperson of the Student and Education Council Committee
1-800-561-4774
leo@blindcanadians.ca