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Toys for Children with Visual Impairments

I came across this post this morning. Students at the Rhode Island School of Design would like to design an accessible toy for children with visual impairments.

An Educational Resource to Remember: The Hadley School for the Blind

Over the years, I've learned about many interesting and useful resources for individuals with visual impairments and those working within the field of blindness/visual impairment.

One of these is the Hadley School for the Blind, which specializes in distance education and is based in Illinois. Hadley provides distance education courses to over ten thousand students around the world each year. Their courses are offered free of charge to the blind and visually impaired (as well as to their family members) and are made affordable to professionals within the blindness field. These courses are designed to be entirely accessible, and are available in a variety of formats (such as braille, online, audio and large print).

Learning New Languages: Students with Visual Impairments

We all know that gaining fluency in more than one language is an asset, especially in a multicultural, highly diverse country like Canada. In Montreal, for instance, it is a common occurrence to roam around downtown and here a variety of languages spoken everyday. But, do blind, partially sighted and deaf-blind Canadians have access to the same opportunities to learn new languages? What barriers, if any, do blind, partially sighted and deaf-blind individuals encounter when trying to pick up a new language?

W. Ross and the all too Familiar Narrative of Institutions

For those who may not be aware, a group of former students of the W. Ross Macdonald School for the Blind (formerly the Ontario School for the Blind) in Brantford, Ontario have organized and are attempting to bring a class action lawsuit against the province of Ontario.

As detailed in this article from the Toronto Star, as many as 1000 former students could be affected, and the group is seeking $200 million in damages for acts of physical and sexual abuse that are said to have taken place from 1951 to the present.

Learn to Become and Entrepreneur through the Hadley School for the Blind

In a recent post by Anthony, he talked about the strategy of going into business for oneself as a potential response to an unsuccessful stretch of looking for employment.

I've known this approach to work for some in the past, and, since reading his post, I've come across a resource that may prove very helpful to anyone considering the path of self-employment.

The Forsythe Center for Entrepreneurship (FCE) is part of the Hadley School for the Blind's Adult Continuing Education Program.

According to the website:

Innovative Competition Challenges Ontario Students to come up with Accessibility Solutions

This recent condo.ca blog post describes an innovative challenge to university students in Ontario. The "Innovative Designs for Accessibility" (IDEA) is a contest organized by the Council of Ontario Universities and the Ontario Government and includes a cash prize for the winner. The challenge is to consult with industry, government, and the disability community to identify access barriers and to come up with creative, cost-effective, and practical solutions. The winner will be announced at an event at the Ontario Centres of Excellence Discovery Conference in May 2012.

What did I learn today - CAPTCHAS

What Did I Learn Today

I am enrolled at Ryerson University, taking part-time distance courses towards a degree in Disability Studies.  I am registered with the Access Centre, Ryerson’s accommodation provider for students with disabilities.  This week, the Access Centre circulated a survey to students in an attempt to evaluate and improve the services they provide.   I thought to myself, here is an opportunity to recognize those things the Centre does well, make suggestions about those services where improvements should be made, and to discuss my views on accommodation versus accessibility.

The Ontario Government's proposed distance learning policy

It is often said that it is the early bird that catches the worm, and in this case, I thought that I would go out there and try and catch the worm or maybe jump the gun in order to register my concerns.

Call for Photos Taken by Blind and Partially Sighted Photographers

What follows is a call for submissions to an exhibit that will be held on the University of Alberta campus. The photographers do not need to live in Edmonton to have their photos qualify for the exhibition. I encourage anyone that is interested to submit some photos.

In Focus: Blind Photographers Challenge Visual Expectations

In Focus is an exhibition of photographs taken by blind and partially sighted individuals. This exhibition will explore the built environment. The photographs will feature urban spaces, including interior or exterior human-made places, such as buildings, streets, parks, rooms, and objects.

Call for Submissions

We are seeking blind or partially sighted individuals to submit photographs to the In Focus exhibition. 

What did I learn today - Canadians and Charity

Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations states “Knowledge is power.  Information is liberating.  Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family”.  I believe this statement should be our guide in everything we do.  We have opportunities to learn something new everyday.   Learning can be through formal education, classes at our local community centre, reading a newspaper or interacting with others.  Learning and education are lifelong activities and I have decided to try to learn something new everyday.  When my children were in elementary school I would ask them at dinner, “What did you learn today?”  Now I ask myself, “What did I learn today?”

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