Thursday, December 24, 2009

A parent’s perspective on the disability funding cuts

In this video from the “Not a Bake Sale” rally, the parent of an adult with a developmental disability speaks out on the devastating impacts the cuts to funding for people with disabilities would have on his son and himself.

Please join Albertans Who Care, across this province, in taking action to oppose the Conservative cuts.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Fighting Disability Cuts - Now Closed-Captioned

I’ve posted Another video from the “Not a Bake Sale” rally opposing the life-wrecking funding cuts to people with developmental disabilities in Alberta. This time, specific calls to action that all Albertans can participate in to oppose the cuts.

Please join Albertans Who Care, across this province, in taking action to oppose the Conservative cuts.

Closed-Captioning for the hearing-impaired

YouTube has made it pretty simple to add captions or multi-lingual subtitles to videos. They’ve posted a guide on how to create and add captions to videos you have posted on their site.

While adding captions makes your videos more accessible to the hearing-impaired (or people with non-functioning audio on their computers), it also makes your videos more “findable” by providing more text that can be searched.

You can also use this mechanism to add subtitles in different languages.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Ryan Geake from the “Not a Bake Sale” rally

Another video from the “Not a Bake Sale” rally opposing the dastardly funding cuts to people with developmental disabilities in Alberta. This time, Ryan Geake introduces the million-dollar bake sale items.


Please join Albertans Who Care, across this province, in taking action to oppose the Conservative cuts.

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Alberta’s Conservative government threatens the well-being of people with disabilities

The Conservative government of Alberta is trying to take back money they had committed to provide needed supports for people with disabilities in our province ($12 million in the last part of the year for People with Developmental Disabilities across Alberta). The Conservatives are endangering the welfare of some of our most vulnerable citizens at the same time they are giving billions of dollars to private oil and gas companies — the wealthiest industry in our province.

Please join Albertans Who Care, across this province, in taking action to oppose the Conservative cuts.

In Calgary, there was a public rally held on December 18, 2009, to oppose the vicious funding cuts. Called the “Not a Bake Sale”, the rally featured such items as a million-dollar cupcake (which, oddly enough, no one bought).

In this video from the rally, Elaine Yost, Executive Director of Options, speaks to the impacts the funding cuts would have on the programs and services provided by agencies that provide support to people with disabilities.

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