What happens when there is no alternate format available

Greetings and I’m Scott Savoy at our business desk on an end of October
It’s Halloween time and our little ones will be going out this weekend to
gather their favourite treats.
Today, I am pleased to share our president’s editorial with you and for this
week Donna J. Jodhan voices her opinion on the lack of alternate formats.
I invite you to read on.
Happy weekend.


What happens when there is no alternate format available
By Donna J. Jodhan

This is a question that continues to be asked along with pleas for something
to be done before something really horrible takes place. To answer my own
question! When alternate formats are unavailable to blind/vision impaired
Canadians or any other blind/vision impaired person around the world for
that matter; here is what happens!

Our right to independence, privacy, and confidentiality is being trampled
upon and why? Because we need to depend on someone else, preferably someone
with vision to read a printed document to us. This means that we need to
depend wholly on someone that we trust to keep safe our privacy and

When there is no alternate format available, it means that we need to depend
on someone else to read the printed document to us and this is a blatant
violation of our rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights. Why? because
as stated above; we are being denied our basic rights.

Just think of this! As they say a picture is worth a thousand words and no
two persons will read the same document in the same way. So no matter what;
if we were to ask more than one person to read a document to us, we will
never be able to determine the complete accuracy of the reading.

Each time a medical professional presents a blind/vision impaired person
with any sort of form; requisition, diagnosis, or prescription or anything
else in printed format, it means that the person is forced to find someone
to read it to them. What happens then if the person reading the form
inadvertently misses out some important information that can prove to be

Each time that a bank statement, utility bill, or important legal documents
are presented to a blind/vision impaired person in printed format, it means
that once again rights are being disrespected and not being recognized.

There are some companies that have been making progress to having their
forms be made available in alternate formats but much more needs to be done.
The medical profession in particular needs to do more to improve this
situation as they continue to be woefully guilty of not doing anywhere near

Just my two cents for today.
Illustration. Three celebratory banners with alternating rows of red and
white drop downs showcasing maple leaves overlap across the top. In the
bottom right corner are three Canadian flags waving in the wind. In the
bottom left corner is the Barrier Free Canada / Sans Barriere Canada logo.
Below the BFC / CSB logo are the words ‘Bill C-81 The Accessible Canada
Act’. Confetti of all different colors rains down from above.

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