It’s been a busy few weeks in the news. Let's
check out which stories made our Top Five list below.
Parenting without sight has never made
Gerry Nelson any less of a dad. From the time he learned he would be a father,
Gerry was determined to be hands-on, interactive, and involved one hundred
percent. Parenting with a disability would come with challenges the same as any
parent would experience, with only a few minor differences. Shortly after
Gerry’s twenty-fifth birthday, diabetes robbed him of sight. He thought it
would take a long time to adjust, but within eighteen months he was coping
well. Gerry made a conscious decision to start really living.
Read the full story here: http://globalnews.ca/news/3038561/blind-saskatoon-dad-says-disability-has-nothing-to-do-with-parenting/
For those with clear vision, it is easy to take the simple things at a dinner
table for granted. Take away a single sense, such as sight, and things become a
little more complicated. Dining in the Dark, an annual fundraiser hosted by the
Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), is designed to give
participants a feel for the challenges faced by the blind while supporting the
charity. CNIB was founded in 1918 to serve veterans returning home blind from
World War I. The fundraiser helps support CNIB programs and services for the blind
or partially sighted.
Read the full story here: http://www.gfwadvertiser.ca/community/2016/11/10/dining-in-the-dark-for-a-worthy-cause.html
The annual CNIB Braille Conference is a
gathering of people from the blind/low vision, technology and braille
communities covering advancements, education and teaching tools. The 2016
conference brought together educators, independent living specialists along
with braille transcribers and producers to discuss and share all things
Watch the full video here: http://www.ami.ca/category/ami-inside/media/cnib-braille-conference
A woman who has been legally blind since
she was young hopes to counsel those living with vision loss with her new
Watch the full video here: http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=992566&playlistId=1.3155451&binId=1.815892&playlistPageNum=1&binPageNum=1
Danelle Umstead can't see when she skis
down the mountain. Instead the US Paralympic alpine ski racer depends on her
husband and guide Rob Umstead to get her down safely. "It's scary all the
time going down the hill and not being able to see," Danelle said.
"We ski up to 70 miles per hour so I'm 100 percent relying on my
husband." As her guide, Rob skis in front of her calling the commands.
"My job is to be her eyes. I'm basically thinking out loud and telling her
everything that is happening," he said. "If I do my job well and give
her a good description, she can be aggressive and really anticipate what's
coming. If I don't do my job well, she's kind of second guessing
Read the full story here: http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/17/us/danelle-umstead-paralympic-skier/