Diverse Abilities

Gina Martin

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Accepting and Adapting to Vision Loss

Gina standing at the front of a room wearing a multi coloured dress and holding a white cane. She is talking to a group of seniors for her Vision loss presentation.

Have you wondered how someone who is blind accomplishes daily tasks or how they get around independently?  Maybe you know someone who has experienced vision loss, or maybe sight-loss is your journey?

With this vision loss presentation, I come to your group (on lower Vancouver Island) and create a comfortable and safe space for people to get curious, ask questions, and learn new ways of living with low vision or blindness.

I am passionate about teaching. My expertise in this field comes from 30+ years of lived experience, as well as formal training at The Louisiana Center for the Blind. I share my journey and the trials and triumphs that have made me the woman and teacher that I am today. 

In 2016, I completed the 9-month intensive rehabilitation training program at The Louisiana Center for the Blind (LCB) while wearing the mandatory learning shades (blindfold) to simulate complete vision loss. I speak of the curriculum and tasks, and of how far I have come since graduating. It was an invaluable, daunting, and rewarding experience that challenged, developed, and increased my abilities every day. Now, I’ve used my experience and knowledge to establish my own company to teach, spread awareness, and better the lives of those living with disabilities.

Gina standing in-front of her table lined with props for her Vision loss presentation. She is holding her white cane, wearing her dark glasses and smiling.

This low vision and blindness presentation provides knowledge about: 

  • Safely offering your assistance through demonstrations and real-life scenarios 
  • The language used today that promotes kindness and inclusion
  • Vision loss and how it affects each person individually 
  • Different tools and devices that make life easier and where to get them
  • Canes that are available and how to use them
  • Navigating the city independently as a person with low vision or blindness
  • Ways of staying safe and independent at home and in the community 
  • Additional resources and training for low vision and blindness

You are invited to read the reviews from past clients under Client Reviews. You may also contact me directly at your convenience and I will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.