When my sister moved from Ontario to British Columbia, she shipped some of her belongings and drove herself to the destination in Langly. Since it would have been a long and lonely drive I decided to accompany her.
There was only one place we visited that provided their menu in accessible formats for people with visual impairment; The Water Tower Inn in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. I alwasy ask for a large print version and I'm very happy that some places now provide them.
Along the way I delivered checkered eye information and was delighted whenever I met someone who already knew about the new symbol for low vision. I handed out lots of my bsuness card size "booster cards" and put up some posters.
Here are a few photos of places where I was able to put up our new poster.
Next month I'll tell you about the plane ride home...
I met a fellow recently who said he heard that the checkered eye had been featured on Oprah! I’m pretty sure I would have known about that, being the head honcho of operations at the international Checkered Eye Project headquarters here in my empty nest! So I happen to know that this fellow was mistaken.
I told him so at the time and also mentioned that I’ve been trying to get a hold of Ms. Winfrey for years. I wrote to her through the show she did for 25 years, but not since she finished that particular project. I also made a video about 10 years ago, part of which is on Youtube.
After persistent requests, Canadian comedian Rick Mercer taped a promo for The CEP in 2013.
Among many attempts to enlist the help of famous people, I also did a video of a song I wrote for a certain Canadian radio show host who has fallen into scandal. I tried contacting Oprah and others because I figure that people who have some degree of celebrity have easier access to the attention of the masses, and I just need a little bit of that! Maybe it’s time to try to get a hold of a different celebrity; it’s kind of fun doing the productions and you never know w
I am struggling again with trying to convince a chamber of commerce that the information I’m asking them to make available to their members will benefit them and their customers with low vision. If one of the services that this chamber provides is information distribution, and they charge a fee for this, why should they do it for free for the Checkered Eye Project? Does it really serve “the greater good”? Well of course I think so but I’m not doing so well at convincing some people.
I feel like I’m offering a “tip” that can be of good use, however, in the request to pass it along, I guess I’m asking something of others. Regardless of my intention I am asking for a favor; a favor that is “help me do something helpful”.
The biggest problem is proving that I’m not a scammer. We hear so often about cheaters that it’s understandable to find skepticism when you want to offer something, even when the something is as seemingly harmless as information.
Still working on it…