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T-Base Awards $2,000 to Students with Vision Loss

For the seventh consecutive year, through the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC)/T-Base Communications Scholarship Program, T-Base has awarded a student who is blind, deaf-blind or partially sighted a scholarship in support of an accessible education. In fact, this year we have awarded two scholarships (each worth $1,000) to two students with vision loss.

Congratulations to our 2018 Scholarship Recipients, Allison Lee & Andrea McIvor!

Allison Lee is a high schoImage of a student reading braille textbooksol student from Montreal, QC, who will be attending Marianopolis College full-time in the fall. She will study Pure and Applied Science, with the goal of becoming a scientist in Artificial Intelligence. Allison volunteers at Share the Warmth, a non-profit organization that organizes a food bank and provides affordable lunches, snacks and drinks for people in the community who are in need.

Andrea McIvor is a high school student from Pelican Rapids, MB. She will be attending Brandon University full-time, studying for a B.A. and majoring in psychology. Andrea’s goal is to become an Assistive Technology Specialist and/or Independent Living Skills Specialist. Andrea makes presentations to students in grades 1-12 and in her community about blindness. “I enjoy speaking about blindness to the public, because it brings awareness to an otherwise uncommon topic, especially in a small community.” said McIvor.

A Word on Accessible Education from T-Base’s Co-CEO:

“For students who are blind, have low vision or are print-restricted, access to alternate formats throughout their academic career is critical,” said Bruce Moszcelt, T-Base’s Co-CEO. “Every year through the T-Base-AEBC scholarship program, we support students who can benefit from an accessible education. Congratulations to Allison Lee and Andrea McIvor on their award this year and we wish them both tremendous success in their academic careers.”

Each year students who are blind or have low vision enrolled in any program at a post-secondary institution in Canada are eligible for the T-Base $2,000 scholarship through the AEBC/T-Base Scholarship Program. The recipients are selected based on academic performance, community involvement and overcoming adversity. Applications for the 2019-’20 T-Base-AEBC scholarship will be accepted in February 2019.

Our Commitment to Accessibility in Education

T-Base’s commitment to accessibility in education is continuous. T-Base has accelerated the transcription process through a new software solution called FASTtrack. This software makes it possible for K-12 and post-secondary schools to put accessible instructional materials in students’ hands 2x faster. We want to help ensure all students have equal access to learning materials and an equal opportunity to succeed. To learn more about our involvement in accessible education across North America, please visit our Education Overview page.

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