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Leading the way for Inclusive Employment

  September 11, 2013
Harvesting Success

In This Issue:
  • WESP Diversity Employment Fair - October 24, 2013, Toronto, ON
  • YTF Fredericton hosts government announcement.
  • Accessible Media Inc. (AMI):  Making accessible media for all!
  • Theme chosen for the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2013

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October 24, 2013, 11am - 3pm, Downtown Toronto, ON

Diversity Employment Fair Flyer
Toronto's leading recruitment event for:
  • Aboriginals
  • Women
  • Persons with Disabilities
  • Visible Minorities
Meet HR professionals from Toronto's industry leaders in:
  • Media
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Insurance
  • Information Technology
  • Hospitality
  • Academia
  • Non-Profit

Professional Attire Required.

Bring Resumes and Business Cards

Register by emailing your resume to:

Download the flyer here.

YTF Fredericton Hosts Announcement

Group photoOn August 20, 2013, The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development), along with Minister of Parliament Mike Allen, visited the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work Youth the Future (YTF) office in Fredericton to announce extra support and funding for youth of the area. As part of the government's Economic Action Plan 2013, the Canadian government is making youth a priority by ensuring that they are learning essential skills for the future. Members of the Youth the Future program were on hand to listen to the speech and meet with Minister Bergen.

Visit the YTF Webpage

The New AMI:  Making Accessible Media for All

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AMI logoAccessible Media Inc. (AMI) is a not-for-profit multimedia organization serving more than five million Canadians who are blind, partially sighted, deaf or hard of hearing, mobility or print restricted. Operating two broadcast services: AMI-audio and AMI-tv, and a website (, AMI’s mission is to make accessible media for all Canadians.

AMI-tv is a television channel that is broadcast nationally in English. The channel offers two specialized features, closed captioning and described video, on all of its programming. Under the guidelines of section 9(1)(h) of the Broadcasting Act, AMI-tv is deemed a must carry service by the CRTC and can be found on all basic digital tv packages offered by class 1 & 2 cable systems and satellite direct-to-home services. In August 2013, the CRTC elected to renew AMI-tv’s mandatory distribution license for a five-year term, until August 31, 2018. AMI-tv airs conventional programming as well as original programs that are relevant and interesting to its audience. For example, Canada In Perspective is a weekly newsmagazine style series that looks at mainstream Canadian issues, and examines the way they impact Canadians of all abilities. Sports Access is a one hour weekly program dedicated to making sports and recreation accessible for all Canadians, predominantly those who are blind or visually impaired. AMI This Week explores issues and events from across the country. It features people and stories from local communities and focuses on National themes. Hosted by seasoned AMI reporters, AMI This Week is an overview of Canada as seen through the AMI lens.

AMI-audio is a television channel and online reading service covering up-to-date national and international news, sports, business and entertainment information. Under the guidelines of section 9(1)(h) of the Broadcasting Act, it too is deemed a must carry service by the CRTC. In August 2013, the CRTC renewed AMI-audio’s mandatory distribution license for a five-year term, until August 31, 2018. AMI-audio programming includes original interviews as well as feature articles, segments and shows including AMI Contact, Blindsighted, Say What?! and AMI Pop Talk. AMI-audio has been recognized internationally for its original programs, having won numerous awards over the last number of years.

Throughout its nearly 25 years of enhancing the lives of Canadians with vision loss, AMI has regularly earned praise, respect and programing awards and, along the way, has built a reputation as a pioneering innovator that leads the world in making media and popular programming accessible for all.

Offerings like the Described Video (DV) Guide, an accessible tool that enables blind or partially sighted consumers to plan their TV viewing in advance through a comprehensive list, updated daily, of most described television programming across Canada. The award-winning DV Guide is the first of its kind in the world and a model for other countries. It was developed in conjunction with the Described Video Working Group of the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), community partners, and the Canadian Association of Broadcasters. The DV Guide can be accessed through or a 24-hour call centre at 1-855-855-1144.

The DV Guide is just one example of the achievements reached by the CRTC’s DV Working Group, on which AMI plays a leading role. AMI was also instrumental in leading the group to create the DV Best Practices, which serves as the industry standard for all described-video producers and, as a result, will enhance the DV experience for viewers, bringing about greater clarity and consistency. Both the DV Guide and DV Best Practices initiatives were prompted by viewer feedback and, to ensure AMI continues to be responsive to the ideas and suggestions of Canadians with vision loss, the non-profit organization recently launched a proprietary research panel to help shape the future of accessible media in this country. So far, more than 700 blind or partially sighted Canadians have accepted AMI’s invitation to join. If you are interested in participating, contact 1-855-839-4772 or visit for more details and to register.

Encouragingly, AMI’s numerous accomplishments and hard work have not gone unnoticed. A White Paper study entitled Making Television Accessible to Everyone: Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) & The Canadian Experience was recently published and will be shared internationally in the hope of setting the standard for media accessibility around the world. The White Paper can be accessed by visiting the AMI website,

There is more excitement on the horizon for AMI. This past August, the CRTC granted AMI a mandatory distribution license for a new, French language station. Under the guidelines of section 9(1)(h) of the Broadcasting Act, AMI-tv Français is deemed a must carry service by the CRTC and will soon be found on all basic digital tv packages offered by class 1 & 2 cable systems and satellite direct-to-home services. With the inclusion of the new, mandatory distribution French license, citizens who are blind or partially sighted living in francophone communities in Canada will be able to experience the same services and similar programs that AMI-tv has been offering in English since 2009. Further information related to AMI-tv Français and its official launch date will be made available in the months to come.

To access the AMI channels in your area, visit or check your local listings.

December 3, 2013

UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities

enable logoThe Theme for the 2013 International Day of Persons with Disabilities is:

"Break Barriers, open doors:  for an inclusive society for all"

CCRW AODA Consultations--The Job Accommodation Service®
AODA training, policy review and development, accessibility audits and solutions. 
For more information and to book a consultation, contact Nayla Farah, or 1-800-664-0925 x 224 or visit our website at

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