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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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Just a thought.

Dare mighty things? Sometimes you need to conjure up a lot of gumption just to go to the corner store.  This is particularly relevant to people who are new to operating with reduced vision. Due to recent goings on within my circle of acquaintances I have been reminded to take stock of what’s actually important to me.  What really matters?  For a long time I’ve felt it was most important to… View More

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Some History

As a teen with low vision I told my mother I wanted a t-shirt that read, “I‘m not stuck up, I’m blind!”  I was self-conscious because nobody knew my sight was failing and I didn’t want to seem like a snob when I’d walk past people I knew without saying hi.  I have a condition called Stargardt’s disease, it started affecting my sight… View More

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White Cane Week

Hey it’s White Cane Week!  The first week in February is White Cane Week in Canada.White cane week was started by the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) in 1946.  It’s a time when various groups make efforts to raise awareness of issues concerning people who have any degree of blindness, and of course the white cane.The Checkered Eye Project (CEP) also takes this opportunity to do a bit of awareness boosting about the… View More

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Business/Non Profit/Charity

I’m trying not to use foul language here.  As I mentioned a while back I was considering registering the CEP for charity status.  This would allow me to apply for grants and issue receipts for donations with the goal in mind of paying someone who knows how to accomplish the CEP mission – awareness. However I changed my mind after a telephone consultation with one of Canada’s leading charity law experts who used lots of phrases… View More

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Seasonal sensations

Just like the rest of 21st  century human life, the festive season is full of wonders and delights that are pretty much exclusively visual.  And just like the rest of 21st century human life, there is plenty that can be savored without acute eyesight.(Below is a photo of three small stylized Christmas trees.  They have twisted spines, a star on top, and flat metal strips for branches, curled at the ends.  They are covered with gold… View More

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California trip

On October 18th and 19th I hosted a Checkered Eye information booth at a conference of the California Council of the Blind (CCB) in San Diego, California U.S.A.,(not the Canadian Council of the Blind).In the past, the CEP has met with opposition from organizations of and for the blind, so when I was invited to be an exhibitor by the CCB, I figured I should go for it.I feel like it was worth the travel time and expense as most of… View More

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Hoop jumping

After thirteen years of working towards public awareness for the checkered eye and low vision in general, I am looking into registering the Checkered Eye Project as a charity. I evaluated the idea on two previous occasions. Each time I decided that the money and effort to set up the charity was better spent on the actual education process.  I figured that involving a board of directors would complicate things, and that the… View More

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Not a Beacon

Not a beacon Twice in the whole history of the CEP, I have received a request for a T-shirt bearing a large checkered eye.  I have been hesitant to provide this as it seems to be intended for a use that the checkered eye is not suited to: safety.In the first instance it was requested by a lady whose daughter has low vision and was a horseback riding student.  The mother assured me that she would make sure the riding school… View More

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Assumptions

I recently read and shared on Facebook an article called "10 things not to say to a person in a wheelchair".  It’s great to have a venue for informing people about things that they may say which can cause offence.Here’s the thing: in the comments people posted after the article, some added other insensitive remarks.  Fine.  However, I noticed one that implied that we should assume anyone wearing glasses is not… View More

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Color

Before I tell you  a personal story related to living with a visual impairment, I have some project news. Thanks to our Swiss associate Rosalind Zaugg, the Checkered Eye Project (CEP) is taking another step toward awareness in Switzerland.  In 13 years the CEP has been unable to enlist assistance from Canadian organizations that provide services to people who are blind or have low vision.  However, thanks to Rosalind's efforts over the… View More

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