blindness, Braille, Deaf-blind, Independence, Low Vision

British Columbia Voters: Vision Accessibility Related to the BC Province-wide Referendum on Proportional Representation

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A referendum on which voting system British Columbia should use for provincial elections is being held between October 22 and November 30, 2018.
Registered voters will receive a voting package in the mail between October 22 and November 2. If you do not receive a voting package or are not currently
a registered voter, you can ask for one from Elections BC, a Referendum Service Office or a Service BC location by November 23.
For this referendum, voters who read braille can request a braille template package and ballot question to be used when completing the mail-in voting package.

Please call Elections BC at 1-800-661-8683 to request a braille template and ballot question, or if you
have any questions regarding voting in the referendum. Information on the voting systems featured in
the referendum can also be found at
elections.bc.ca.

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NOVI Nanaimo Meeting Invitation, Richard Harlow Accessible and Touchable Art, October 2, 2018

You’re Invited

NOVI Nanaimo

 

Please share this invitation widely to anyone you think will benefit from our collective skills and knowledge.

 

Theme: Presentation by Richard Harlow – Accessible and Touchable Art

 

When:  Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Time:  1:30 until 3:30 PM

Where:  The 710 Club, 285 Prideaux Street, Nanaimo

 

Agenda:

  1. Presentation by Richard Harlow – Accessible Art

 

ALL BLIND AND VISION IMPAIRED PEOPLE WELCOME!

 

Richard creates tactile art that can be experienced via touch as well as sight!

For those who cannot experience art through sight, they can now feel the beauty of accessible art.

 

Much of his art can be experienced from a seated position – so someone in a wheelchair would have a great view.

 

Need more info?

You can email us novi-group@shaw.ca

Call us: 250-586-6285

OR visit our facebook page and message us there.

https://www.facebook.com/NOVI.Group

 

  1. Coffee and other goodies will be on offer.
  2. Bring your 2019 Membership Dues as they’re due by January 1, 2018.

 

To RSVP, please call Henk Pauelson at 250-586-6285 or Henkie@Shaw.ca or Albert Ruel at 250-240-2343, or email at albert.GTT@CCBNational.net.

 

Backgrounder

 

NOVI Social and Recreational Organization, and the Get Together with Technology group come together to serve the peer mentoring, assistive technology and daily living skills development needs of Nanaimo and area residents.

 

Since 2001 the Nanaimo Organization of the Vision Impaired (NOVI) has served the social and recreational needs of Nanaimo residents, and recently this group altered its name to better reflect the dynamic nature of their brand of mutual support and forward thinking ideas and activities.  It is now known as “No Obstacles for the Vision Impaired” (NOVI), and meets on the first Tuesday of each month at the 710 Club from 1:30 until 3:30 PM.

 

Since 2013 Get Together with Technology (GTT), a program of the Canadian Council of the Blind, has been meeting monthly in Nanaimo to provide opportunities for blind and partially sighted residents to learn more about the assistive technology so prevalent in our lives as we attempt to level the playing field in education, social interaction, recreation and independent living.

 

These two groups have embarked on an amalgamation of their efforts while expanding their support to the blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted residents of the Nanaimo and Parksville areas.  In order to facilitate this collaboration GTT has moved its meetings to align with the Tuesday NOVI gatherings so the two organizations can consolidate their human resources that more and better support may be delivered.

 

  • 1st Tuesday from 1:30 until 3:30 PM, NOVI Social/recreational gathering in Nanaimo lead by Henk Pauelsen.

 

Forth Saturday from 10:00 AM until 12 Noon, GTT Nanaimo and NOVI members will meet at the Vancouver Island Regional Library, Nanaimo Downtown Branch, 90 Commercial Street to discuss access to information issues, assistive technology and anything pertaining to living with, and adjusting to vision loss.  VIRL staff also participate in these Saturday morning meetings to provide information about services and supports available through the Public Library system.

 

NOVI and GTT will retain their independent organizational structures and membership dues, however will work in collaboration on local social activities, learning independence skills and peer mentoring endeavours.

 

For more information please contact:

 

NOVI:

Henk Pauelsen at 250-586-6285 or NOVI-Group@Shaw.ca

Living Without Looking/Independent Living Skills:

Donna Hudon at 250-618-0010 or IAmDonnaHudon@Gmail.com

GTT:

Albert Ruel at 250-240-2343 or albert.GTT@CCBNational.nett

 

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blindness, Independent Living, Low Vision, Training, Victoria BC

Blindness Skills Instructor Job Posting, Victoria BC

Contract Job Posting

Blindness Skills Instructor

Pacific Training Centre for the Blind

www.pacifictrainingcentre.ca

817a Fort St

Victoria, BC, V8W 1H6

250-580-4910

info@pacifictrainingcentre.ca

 

Independent Contractor Position

Blindness Skills Instructor

Location: Victoria, BC

Reports To: Program Coordinator

Dates of Contract: January 9, 2018 to June 29, 2018

Hours: up to 12 per week (number of days and hours are somewhat flexible).

Hourly Rate: $20

 

We are looking for someone who is passionate about teaching, excited by new challenges, and interested in working as part of a small, energetic, grassroots organization.

 

Services to Be Performed:

  1. Provide individualized and group instruction to blind  adults in all areas of the alternative techniques of blindness, such as Braille, talking computers, travel with the long white cane, cooking, home management, job readiness etc.
  2. Work / train part of the time under sleepshades / learning shades, if not totally blind, and use a long white cane at all times during the program.

(guide dogs are of course welcome to be at the centre, but the expectation is that the individual will use a long white cane when actually teaching.

  1. Help students become independent by adopting the structured discovery / problem-solving method of teaching used at the centre.
  2. Help to plan programs and program activities.
  3. Provide community outreach and help to identify the needs of blind individuals; Propose ways to meet these needs. Assist in the recruitment of new students.
  4. Provide services as part of a multidisciplinary team through group and one-on-one lessons.
  5. Link clients with formal and informal resources, and help individuals develop their skills and ability to use their own resources and those of their community to solve problems and find solutions.
  6. Support the Program Coordinator and other staff in the management of client files and demographic reports.
  7. Assist in the submission, writing and compilation of student reports to ensure student requirements are being met.

 

Qualifications

  1. Candidate must be legally blind.
  2. Strong belief in and understanding of the structured discovery model of blindness skills training taught at the centre, and the centre’s positive approach to blindness.
  3. A degree or diploma in a Human Services, Social Work, or Community Social Services, or experience in a relevant field of knowledge with blindness experience preferred. Previous training at a structured discovery blindness centre an asset.
  4. Experience in teaching adults and an understanding of the unique needs of adult learners.
  5. Working knowledge of Braille, adaptive speech and Braille technology, travel with the long white cane, and other aspects of blindness skills.
  6. Experience working with people who have various disabilities in conjunction with blindness such as physical challenges, learning disabilities, brain injuries and mental health issues.
  7. Must be detail oriented and possess effective organizational and research skills.
  8. Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  9. Have experience in developing and organizing lesson plans.
  10. Possess the ability to work with a variety of people in a diverse range of situations.
  11. A willingness to be flexible.
  12. A willingness to help out occasionally during extra activities such as conventions and recreational activities.
  13. Punctual, reliable and dependable. Work requires high degree of emotional intelligence and intuitiveness.

 

 

Please email a cover letter and resume to Elizabeth Lalonde, Executive Director, at Elizabeth@pacifictrainingcentre.ca no later than December 15, 2017.

For more information about the Pacific Training Centre for the Blind, please visit our Website at www.pacifictrainingcentre.ca or contact us info@pacifictrainingcentre.ca 250-580-4910

 

 

 

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research study for vision impaired women

Please register with:

 

Alexis

 

Her contact information is 647-388-0664  <mailto:alexis.fabricius@gmail.com> alexis.fabricius@gmail.com

 

Department of Psychology

 

RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS NEEDED

 

We are looking for adult, visually impaired women to volunteer to talk about their experiences with violence and their everyday safety concerns. You do not necessarily have to have been victimized to take part – we are looking for a range of voices.

 

As a participant in this study, you will be asked to take part in a small focus group with about 6-8 other visually impaired women that will last approximately 90 minutes.

 

In appreciation for your time, we will provide you with a FREE self-defence workshop for blind/partially-sighted women.

 

For more information about this study, or to volunteer,

 

please contact:

 

ALEXIS FABRICIUS      647-388-0664

 

alexis.fabricius@gmail.com

 

This study has been reviewed by and received ethics clearance

 

through the York University Research Ethics Board.

 

 

 

  1. Approximately 6-8 women per focus group. The focus group itself is 90 min and the self-defense session will be about 90 min. So, approximately 3hrs for both parts. (on the flyer)

 

 

 

  1. Interested women must call Alexis to register for one of two sessions to be offered in December 2017.

 

Sessions will take place at the CNIB at 1929 Bayview Ave (Room 218 A and 218 B) To meet Alexis at the front reception.

 

On: Sat Dec 2/17 12 to 3 pm or Sat Dec 9th, 12 to 3 pm.

 

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Canadian Blindness Advocacy: Tele Town Hall Meeting Featuring New Zealand and Australian Presenters, October 14, 2017

You’re Invited!

On October 14 2017, the Tele Town Hall organizing committee will continue its series of teleconference meetings as it hosts the third gathering, and the first of a series of 3 international presentations.  For the next three Tele Town Hall meetings we will be introducing speakers to you from such places as New Zealand, Australia, Europe, North America, and the Caribbean.

To capture the international focus of these upcoming Tele Town Hall gatherings we have titled the Series, “Advocacy Without Borders”.

Series Name: Advocacy Without Borders

Date: October 14th (CDN) October 15 (Downunder)

Times: 12:00 noonPacific

1:00 pm Mountain

2:00 pm Central

3:00 pm Eastern

4:00 pm Atlantic

4:30 in Newfoundland

Moderator: Anthony Tibbs .

Guest Speakers:

Ms. Martine Able-Williamson, Treasurer of the World Blind Union lives in New Zealand, and she brings to our Ttown Hall discussions a wealth of international experience. Ms. Able-Williamson’s outstanding knowledge of disability advocacy (not just blindness advocacy), is renowned by all those who know, and have worked with her. Martine understands the struggle of blind and disabled people to achieve full inclusion in society throughout the world. She has a significant, diverse network of contacts both in New Zealand and internationally. As one of New Zealand’s two delegates, Martine has worked hard to develop outstanding knowledge of the Asia Pacific Region of the World Blind Union, and beyond. As a result, she has learnt so much more about the differences in many different developed, and developing countries.

Frances (Fran) Cutler is a retired CBC journalist and Producer who has lived with low vision all her life due to Stargart’s Disease.  In retirement she lives in Australia for 6 months of their summer and Ottawa for 6 months of Canadian summer, therefore she receives blindness related rehabilitation and support services on both sides of the Pacific Ocean.

In 2013 Fran was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.  See more at:

https://kitchissippi.csom/2013/07/18/frances-cutler-appointed-to-the-order-of-canada/

This Tele Town Hall meeting is being jointly sponsored by the following:

The Tele Town Hall organizing committee

(Donna Jodhan, Robin East, Anthony Tibbs, Albert Ruel, Pat Seed, Louise Gillis, Paul Edwards, Jane Blaine, Melanie Marsden, Kim Kilpatrick, and Leo Bissonnette).

Organizations –

Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB)/Get together with technology (GTT), Citizens with Disabilities of Ontario (CWDO).

The objective of this Tele Town Hall meeting is to give participants an opportunity to hear how consumer advocacy and rehabilitation services are carried out in New Zealand and Austrailia, and to give them a chance to ask questions of our guest speakers.  Subsequent Tele Town Hall meetings will be similar in format to this one.

It is our hope that participants will be able to use the information presented to consider a possible platform for the development of our own made in Canada advocacy initiative.

This Tele Town Hall is not meant to be used as any sort of  decision making mechanism but rather as an open forum for constructive discussion.

If you wish to participate, please send an email to the committee at:

TeleTownHall1@Gmail.com

You will receive an email confirming your registration immediately,  then during the week of Oct 09 you will receive an email with details of the call in info along with the rules of engagement.

Registration will close at noon Eastern on Oct 12.

We will be posting additional announcements in the coming days.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Signed

Donna Jodhan, Robin East, Anthony Tibbs, Albert Ruel, Pat Seed, Louise Gillis, Paul Edwards, Jane Blaine, Melanie Marsden, Kim Kilpatrick, and Leo Bissonnette

 

 

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Used Blindness Assistive Devices Wanted for Recycling Initiative

Used Assistive Devices Wanted!

 

Do you, or someone you know have a used VR Stream, a talking blood glucose monitor or a magnifier you’re no longer using, and if so are you willing to make it available for others to enjoy going forward?  The above are simply examples of devices that might do well to be recycled.

 

Some GTT members across the country are seeking donations of such devices, or at least a very low price for the re-purposing of your previously enjoyed assistive tech, so please let us know what is gathering dust in a drawer somewhere, and we’ll help you put it back into circulation.

 

If you have some devices available for this re-purposing initiative please let Albert Ruel know, along with the condition of said equipment and how you wish to see it re-enter circulation.  I will endeavour to put donors and recipients together for such an exchange, or facilitate the exchange as might best suit the participants.

 

If you have something you wish to make available, if you’re in need of something, or if you merely want to know more please contact Albert at 250-240-2343 or by email at:

 

Albert.GTT@CCBNational.net

 

Thx, Albert

 

Albert A. Ruel, GTT Coordinator

Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB)

Get Together with Technology Program (GTT)

 

Toll Free: 1-877-304-0968 Ext. 550

iPhone: 250-240-2343

Email: albert.GTT@CCBNational.net

GTT Blog: https://gttprogram.wordpress.com/

URL: http://ccbnational.net/fresco/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ccbnational

Facebook Group: https://m.facebook.com/groups/414313508657159?refid=27

Twitter: @GTTWest @GTTProgram @CCBNational

 

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Pacific Training Centre for the Blind (PTCB) Train the Trainer Workshop, Victoria BC from September 5 through 8, 2017

The Pacific Training Centre for the Blind announces two important initiatives .

Please help us spread the word.

 

Pacific Training Centre for the Blind (PTCB) Train the Trainer Workshop

 

Date: Tuesday September 5 – Friday September 8 2017

Time: Tuesday and Wednesday – 10:00 – 4:00, Thursday and Friday 3:00 – 7:00

Location: Victoria Disability Resource Centre 817a Fort St.

 

This four day free workshop is for individuals interested in becoming an instructor for the PTCB.  We are looking for blind or partially sighted adults who have independent blindness skills in at least two of the following areas: Braille, travelling with a white cane, accessing technology through a screen reader and independent life skills.

 

The workshop will include:

 

  1. The Foundation: including founding principles of the PTCB, its philosophy and code of ethics
  2. Training Basics: including the structured discovery model, use of sleep shades, peer trainers, the long white cane and problem solving.
  3. Assessment and Goal Setting
  4. Lesson Planning
  5. Specific Training Techniques and Tools
  6. PTCB Policy and Best Practices

 

The workshop will include discussions, demonstrations, hands on exercises and assignments.  Participants will be expected to attend all Train the Trainer sessions and will be evaluated throughout the week.

 

For more information please call: 250-580-4910 or email:

lbartram@telus.net  or info@pacifictrainingcentre.ca

 

Please complete the following application form, if you would like to participate in the workshop.

 

 

 

PTCB Train the Trainer Workshop Application Form

 

Name:

 

Phone number:

 

Email:

 

Amount of vision (if any):

 

Number of years you have been living with vision loss:

 

Describe your independent blindness skills in the following areas.

Braille:

 

Travel with the white cane:

 

Assistive Technology:

 

Life skills such as cooking:

 

Describe an incident where you helped another person with vision loss learn

how to do something:

 

Describe why you wish to take the Train the Trainer Workshop:

 

Return your completed form to Linda Bartram at lbartram@telus.net No later than Friday August 18 2017.

 

 

The Pacific Training Centre for the Blind (PTCB) is expanding its Blind People in Charge Adult program to include students from outside of Victoria.

 

Staff at the centre will work with an out-of-town student to find appropriate and viable housing options for these students such as billeting, homestay or other affordable accommodation while they are training.

 

Students will be expected to attend the training centre three-days-a-week. A firm commitment to training is expected.

 

If practical, and the student doesn’t live too far away, students can also travel to Victoria each week for training and return home later in the week.

 

Through its Blind People in Charge Program, the Pacific Training Centre for the Blind teaches blindness / independence skills including Braille, travel with the long white cane, talking and Braille adaptive technology, cooking, cleaning, sewing, job readiness, organizational skills, financial management and other lifeskills. The PTCB uses a positive and empowering method of teaching that encourages students to problem solve and take charge of their own lives. All instructors and mentors at the centre are blind.

 

If you wish to learn more, or register, please contact us.

 

Elizabeth Lalonde, Executive Director

Pacific Training Centre for the Blind

Phone 250-580-4910

info@pacifictrainingcentre.ca

www.pacifictrainingcentre.ca

817a Fort St

Victoria, BC, V8W 1H6

Blind people empowering blind people to be employed, independent and free.

 

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