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The Checkered Eye Project

People wearing this symbol have partial blindness aka low vision.

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Libby Thaw

Founder of the Checkered Eye Project. Mom. Singer. Citizen who has low vision.

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Skating

I recently started ice skating for a bit of exercise.  My hubby Ray and I go to the one hour “older adult skate” a few times a week.  It’s a good thing they don’t call it “mature adult skate” because Ray’s such a goofball they’d never let him in for that. Being your average Canadian girl, I skated as a kid, mostly on outdoor… View More

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Party Pooper?

Here it is, the party season and yup it’s me, I’m the party pooper.  Not a complete party pooper though, I love the feasting and gathering of the month of December, and I know I mentioned in last December’s blog post that there are lots of joys of the season that I like and that don’t require acute eyesight, but I’m going to talk about some of the seasonal things… View More

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Slushy

The phone number for the CEP is listed on the website and any calls that come in come directly to me.  I am delighted to have the time to chat with folks who call for info about ordering the checkered eye pins or who want to request literature.  We often end up chatting at length about our shared experiences as people with a hidden disability.  Most often my callers express the frustration of being mistaken as fully sighted when requesting… View More

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Daredevil and Impressions

Since I’m a fan of Halloween and costumes and that’s on my mind lately, I’ll start off this piece with a mention of the blind superhero Daredevil.  I still haven’t come up with just the right way to make myself a Daredevil costume, but I’m working on it.  As the story goes he loses his sight in an accident where he is exposed to a radioactive substance, which ends up heightening his other senses.  His enhanced senses become his… View More

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Involvement with the International Standards Organization

Involvement with the International Standards Organization (ISO) In early 2014, when the Ontario government was inviting feedback regarding the customer service segment of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), I asked some Checkered Eye Project (CEP) supporters to add a specific point.  The point I hoped to convey was that since the AODA is specific in its requirement that people who provide customer… View More

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Lifestyle and your sight.

This month’s blog is from Lisa Bonet, a health-writer whose family member had vision trouble due to a condition they thouhght was unrelated to eye health.  The article she contributed contains several links, some of which contain a bit more advertising than I like, but they all direct to relevant information so I’ve left them in. Enjoy.When we think about our eyes and their health, we don’t necessarily tend to assume… View More

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Seeing at 16 - A post by guest blogger David MacBrien

David MacBrien is a long time friend of Checkered Eye Project Founder Libby THaw.  They worked together at a same day courier in downtown Toronto in the 1980s, and at least once a decade, celebrate their August birthdays together.This photo depicts David playing an acoustic guitar.My first encounter with the blind occurred when I… View More

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Perceiving My Perception

This photo depicts me standing in fron of a stuffed moose on the porch of an old tourist shop.Recently I’ve had some illustrations of how hard it is for people to be able to understand what I can or can’t see. I took a road trip with my sister Sue in early June.  We drove from Thunder Bay to Sudbury.  Sue has taken this… View More

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Presence

I recently had an opportunity to tape a 30 minute segment on a health related talk show.  In the weeks before the taping I’d made myself abit nervous about it.  Which are the most important points?  How will I make sure to get to them all?  How will I get it to flow in a sequence that makes the most sense? I wrote many drafts of outlines to send to Carol Merton, the host of the show then finally, contacted her to ask if we could… View More

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Irony

 The Checkered Eye Project is working to get some information to the world. We want people to understand that the checkered eye symbol indicates that its wearer has low vision.  We also want people with low vision to know this wearable symbol is an option for them, and how to get one if they want to try it.Access to information has historically had major barriers for people with poor or no vision. Braille, audio formats, and… View More

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