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Free As a Butterfly: My Blindness Rehabilitation Journey

butterflyEditor’s note: On January 25, 2017, friends, family and members of CFB gathered at Paul’s Restaurant in Victoria, B.C. to celebrate Gina’s successful completion of the nine-month training program at the Louisiana Center for the Blind. Gina gave an interesting and inspiring presentation about her e…

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Helpful tips for the sighted when interacting with people who have no to low vision

Gina Martin with her cane talking with Pluto while in DisneylandI have no central vision, and I experience blind spots and floaters in my peripheral vision. I can see shapes and most colours, but cannot make out details. I wear dark sunglasses as my eyes are light-sensitive, so I prefer low lighting. No two people’s experience with vision loss or blindness is th…

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What is Braille?

Fingertips gliding across page of BrailleThe Braille alphabet is used by people who are blind or partially sighted as a basis of the larger Braille code for reading and writing. Kids and adults who are blind read Braille by gliding their fingertips over the lines of embossed Braille dots. They write braille using a variety of tools, such a…

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Tricks Tips and Blindness Hacks

Cutting vegetables1) There are many different types of canes and cane tips for people who are partially sighted or blind to choose from. Every cane gives different information, and each person can explore what type of cane will work best for them.  A cane represents freedom to those who use them. 

2) A white ca…

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See, Look and Watch

Beautiful orange rose with darker orange on the outer petals, gradually becoming a lighter orange in the centre. There are water drops n the petals. The rose is coming up out of a silky material that creates a dark blueish purple background.

It is totally okay to use the words see, look, and watch when talking to someone who is blind. These are not uncomfortable words for the majority of us who are blind. We do see, look, and watch only differently.

You look at a garden and see a beautiful orange rose. You smile as you admire how…

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