BMO is offering free office suites for the Blind to sign up for as part of a pilot program to test the feasibility of providing them with software that is more inclusive of their needs.
The free suite, which is designed to give the blind and visually impaired the same tools that others use, was announced Monday at a press conference hosted by the Toronto-based company.
The program, which runs from September 30 to October 31, is aimed at “bringing more value to those with disabilities” through “a comprehensive suite of software tools, including a suite of apps that enables people to collaborate, collaborate on, and share content.”
The suite is being launched by the Canadian Foundation for the Arts, a charity with a long history of making software available to the visually impaired.
It was first launched in 2007.
The BMO FreeOffice Suite is a collection of apps, software, and tools to help people with disabilities use their computers and devices.
The apps include a web browser, a calendar, a spreadsheet, and a calendar editor.
The apps are designed to make use of the company’s suite of services, including the BMO Online Services, which provides online support and help to those who use BMO’s website.
The company’s Office 365 subscription service also includes support for a range of technologies.
The suite includes free versions of the BPM, a web-based application for the visually-impaired that can assist with work assignments and tasks.
The company is also offering free access to the BDO Online Services for those who have access to them.
The online support service for those with limited internet access is free, as is the BMS-FreeOnline Support service, which allows the user to access the BMD Online Support service through a website.
While the suite is available for download, the BMA is offering a $25 gift card for those that would like to use the suite to help with their day-to-day tasks.
The new suite also includes the BMB and the BMC software, which offer a suite that provides a number of tools that include a calendar application, a news feed, a search engine, a conference calendar, and an email app.
Those who sign up can choose to receive either a free or paid version of the suite.
Those that sign up are given a trial period and the option to continue using the suite once they have downloaded and installed it.
Those who do not get the suite will have the option of purchasing the suite for $25 and continuing using it after they download and install it.
In addition, anyone who buys a suite after signing up will receive an additional $25 to their BMA account, which can be used to pay for any BMA-related purchases.
The additional $50 is also refundable.
Anyone who buys the suite before the trial period ends will be able to use that money to upgrade to the suite free of charge.
The BMA says the suite does not provide a single option to upgrade.
“The BMA FreeOffice suite is an innovative suite of free office tools designed to help everyone in the business community who needs a suite to access a range to services that support them,” said Julie Chatelain, chief executive of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.
“It is designed for business professionals, professionals in business, and anyone who needs to work on their computers, tablets, smartphones, or any other device.”
“It is an incredibly inclusive suite of tools for people with visual impairments that is available on desktop, mobile, and on-premise devices.
We are pleased to welcome the BSA to BMO,” said Daniele Lajeunesse, president and chief executive officer of the International Federation of the Blind.
“With this suite, BMO has been able to deliver a suite with a suite for everyone and everyone has been helped.”
While the BAMC’s website notes that the suite offers access to BMA’s software suite, that suite is not currently available for use in Canada.
The partnership with BMO comes amid a wider trend among major U.S. companies to offer more inclusive work environments.
In 2016, Apple opened up its software development kits for developers, making it possible for blind developers to use their own apps to build apps for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.
In April, Google announced a suite designed to address the accessibility challenges of many of its users.
The Ontario Human Rights Commission says BMO should be commended for the partnership, noting that it is an example of “a company stepping forward to provide accessibility solutions for everyone.”
“I believe it is important that employers be able and willing to offer accommodations for people of all ages and abilities,” said Lisa McQuade, the commissioner of the commission, who is also the chair of the Ontario Federation of Blind Businesses.
“We should not have to rely on discrimination to ensure that everyone gets the best possible job.”