NEADS and Winnipeg Chapter of AEBC Partnership Announcement
The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) is proud to announce a three-year partnership with the Winnipeg Chapter of the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) to offer $1000 awards specifically to students (undergraduate, graduate, college, cégep) who have visual impairments/disabilities.
NEADS and the Winnipeg Chapter recognizes the unique barriers posed to students who are Low Vision, Blind and Deaf Blind and how this impacts their ability to fully participate in their post-secondary education.
One award each year will be available in 2021, 2022, and 2023. Students who are Low Vision, Blind and Deaf Blind will be eligible to apply.
Winnipeg Chapter, AEBC Award
Winnipeg Chapter AEBC Award- The Winnipeg Chapter, AEBC Memorial Awards are offered to encourage full access to post-secondary education for persons with a visual disability who often have greater barriers to participation in higher education and extra costs because of their disability.
Each year, the $1000 award will be dedicated to commemorate past members from the Winnipeg Chapter of AEBC as follows:
2021- Campbell Mackinder Memorial Scholarship
2022- Bridgeman Hogue Memorial Scholarship
2023- Katelyn Mitchell Memorial Scholarship
A few words on our partnership:
Lauren Gravis, Director of the NEADS Student Awards Program had this to say about the partnership with the Winnipeg Chapter of AEBC:
“I am pleased to announce that NEADS will be offering commemorative Winnipeg Chapter -AEBC disability-specific awards for students with visual disabilities, made possible through the generous support of our partner in Winnipeg. Through the existing NEADS Student Awards Program, we have been working hard to provide important financial assistance in a way that is inclusive of everyone in our community regardless of the type of disability they have. However, we also recognize that in order to make our efforts more inclusive and robust, it is important to acknowledge and uplift the differences and challenges that may be associated with a type of disability. This partnership with the Winnipeg Chapter of AEBC is a first step to doing this -- as we continue to support students with disabilities, from various backgrounds in all directions-upwards, downwards, and sideward.”
Janet Hunt, President of the Winnipeg Chapter of AEBC spoke about learning from our past by ensuring there is support to students for their future:
“The members of the Winnipeg Chapter of AEBC, are pleased to partner with NEADS to ensure students know they are supported as they pursue their studies. All students deserve respect as there can be many obstacles put in their path and with these scholarships, we hope to help in clearing the way. In this way we are respectfully supporting the dreams and passions of students, by honoring the wishes of our members who have passed. Our long term partnership with NEADS is very important to us, as people who are Low Vision, Blind and Deaf Blind.”
About the NEADS Student Awards Program
Established in 2007, the NEADS National Student Awards Program encourages full access to post-secondary education for persons with disabilities, who often have greater barriers to participation in higher education, as well as extra costs because of their disabilities. The program administers four awards including the $3,000 value NEADS Student Awards, the $1,000 value Holly Bartlett Memorial Award, the $1,000 value Christine Nieder Memorial Award, as well as two Accessible Media Inc (AMI) – Robert Pearson Memorial Scholarship valued at $5000 each. To date, the NEADS Student Awards Program and AMI Scholarships has delivered over $350,000 in student financial assistance.
Although the NEADS Student Awards are open to anyone regardless of the type of disability they have, NEADS acknowledges the unique challenges that are associated with specific types of disabilities, and is committed to partnering with other organizations to offer other disability-specific awards, where possible, and as funding becomes available.
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National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)
Rm. 514 Unicentre, Carleton University
Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6, tel. (613) 380-8065, ext. 201