A First for Rural Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

January 19, 2011
Community Futures Manitoba – Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program is pleased to announce that we are now featuring eSSENTIAL Accessibility™ on our website. Community Futures Manitoba(CFM) is the first Manitoba-based organization to feature this free accessible software application to assist Manitobans to access information about starting a business in rural Manitoba.

We welcome CFM as the first Manitoba-based organization to join this initiative. By demonstrating best practices for outreach activities and raising awareness, they are setting a progressive example in the communities they serve.Simon Dermer, Managing Director, eSSENTIAL Accessibility™

The Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program is provided in rural Manitoba by 16 Community Futures offices. The Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program offers business services to anyone with a health condition or disability who is interested in starting or expanding a viable business.

One of the key steps to starting a business is doing research and gathering information. CFM’s website has links to numerous organizations and government programs to support Entrepreneurs with Disabilities. Now that CFM is featuring eSSENTIAL Accessibility™, the business information and links are more accessible to people with physical disabilities.

eSSENTIAL Accessibility™ is the foundation of a Disability Community Involvement initiative sponsored by March of Dimes Canada. Any user can click on the eSSENTIAL Accessibility™ icon – a blue wheelchair and keyboard – to download the assistive technology. eSSENTIAL Accessibility™ includes an array of alternative keyboard and mouse replacement solutions as well as a web page-reader.


For more information please contact:

Susan Bater
Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program
(204)943-2905 ext. 4

Ryan Slight
eSSENTIAL Accessibility

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