Advocacy, AEBC, blindness, Blindness Narrative in Canada, Deaf-blind, Independence, Low Vision, Peer Mentoring, Personal Responsibility

“Who’s driving”, the current blindness narrative in Canada, a Triple Vision Podcast on AMI Audio

Triple Vision Podcast on AMI Audio

On Triple Vision, hosts David Best and Hanna Leavitt bring you the history of Canadians who are blind, deafblind, and partially sighted, one story at a time, illuminating the challenges of the past, present, and future.

Episode Summary

In this sixth episode of Triple Vision, we do something different. We invite six members of the community to talk about how they see the current blindness narrative in Canada.

What is wrong with the current narrative, and what should it be?

Who is controlling the current Canadian blindness story?

What should the future narrative sound like?

“The sad part is, we all look at the news as a news and information source, and it isn’t. It’s a drama. It’s a dramatic work and belongs in the arts. A lot of people go there for their information. Unfortunately if it bleeds, it leads. And when it comes to blindness, we don’t bleed so much, but my goodness the narrative is pity filled.”

Join us for this fascinating journey, exploring the dangers of the single narrative of the blindness story in Canada.

Triple Vision podcast called “Who’s driving”.  6 members of our Advisory committee talk about the current blindness narrative in Canada.

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Advocacy, AEBC

AEBC 26th AGM Awards, April 27-29, 2018

Dear AEBC Members:

 

The AGM Awards committee is pleased to announce that there will be three additional awards presented at this year’s AGM on the evening of Friday, April 27, 2018 during the “Opening Ceremonies”.

 

They are:

 

  1. Peer support recognition

 

  1. Outstanding Community Service Recognition

 

  1. Accessible Website Recognition

 

The criteria for each is as follows:

 

  1. Peer support recognition: Is there a member whom you would like to have recognized for having provided on-going peer support over the years as it relates to the work of AEBC?  Perhaps this person has been a great influence in your life in general?   Please write a summary explaining how this person has been instrumental in providing peer support.

 

All who are nominated and fit the criteria will receive recognition.

 

  1. Outstanding Community Service Award: Which business (in the private or public sectors) of your community would you like to have recognized as having gone the extra mile to provide excellent service to Blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted Canadians? This business should be observed as providing its services without any, or very few barriers.  While we know that some businesses are constantly reminded of their obligation to serve members of the public with the thought in mind that we should all be able to take part on an equal basis, we are aware that not all comply nor do they appear to care. Describe the attributes that make this business stand out.

 

Criteria:

From a mobility prospective, is the building accessible inside and out?

Is the lighting adequate to conduct your business in this establishment?

Have staff been trained to serve blind, deaf-blind or partially sighted persons with respect and dignity and in a timely manner?

Are you able to navigate without concerns at this place of business? Is it safe?

Can you independently complete your transaction satisfactorily?

If requested, would this business provide you with their reading materials in the alternate format of your choice?

 

These are a few suggestions as to what you might ask yourselves if you were to nominate a place of business which you feel is deserving of this recognition.

 

All who are nominated and fit the criteria will be recognized.

 

. Accessible Website: Is there a website that you use frequently that is accessible for blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted Canadians that you would like recognized? If so, please provide the URL and a summary about the website and explain how it is accessible and why you use this website.

 

All who are nominated and fit the criteria will be recognized.

 

Remember: We can only know your nominee through your submission, so please be specific when explaining why they should be recognized for the award.

 

Please send in your nomination to Betty Nobel by Thursday, March 15, 2018 at

nobel@blindcanadians.ca

 

Sincerely,

 

Betty Nobel, National Secretary

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