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The Checkered Eye Project

People wearing this symbol have partial blindness aka low vision.

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First White Cane Walk

Today for the first time ever I walked uptown and back carrying my white ID cane the whole time.  I’ve had one for many years and used it lots when I’m travelling  on my own but never here in my home town.  I still don’t need it to feel my way around but since my sight has deteriorated a bit recently and I’ve been having a bit more trouble determining whether or not there is a car coming, I decided it’s safer to use it than not.… View More

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Great Low Vision Support

 Last week I got a call from an inspiring lady.    Leanne called to order some checkered eyes for a friend.  He has low vision and doesn’t use a cane for mobility so, like me, he is often mistaken as fully sighted.  She said her friend looks a bit like a rough character even though he is a real sweetheart.  She said she’s pretty sure people assume he’s drunk or on something if he stumbles in public.  She was heartbroken that he… View More

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a busy October

I glanced through my phone log for the month of October and found there was quite a bit of activity there.I made 3 custom orders: a tee shirt with checkered eyes on the front and back, a laminated 6 inch checkered eye to be attached to a walker, and a lanyard style checkered eye.I was contacted by 2 low vision support groups: one ultimately seemed a bit dismissive and the other placed a huge order.  I gave them the wholesale… View More

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A change of blog format

“Blog” is a shortened version of the term “web log”.  To me a log is a record of what happened when. I keep a log of all checkered eye phone calls for example, containing dates, phone numbers, and details of the conversations.  I’m noticing that the common use of the term log in the contemporary word blog is different.  This is why I have felt like I should choose a topic that is relevant to the Checkered Eye Project (CEP) and… View More

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Beautiful Hazards

Beautiful but hazardous for blind people I was walking along the main street in my little town the other day and encountered a tall gentleman using a mobility cane.  Being familiar with the surroundings I wanted to caution him about the hanging flower baskets.  Not all but some of them are directly over the sidewalks and as the season goes on they hang lower and lower. I introduced myself and mentioned that I’m on the… View More

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Blind Airline Passenger

Any time I travel alone on an airline I always call ahead to request assistance and I always have my white ID cane in hand when I arrive.  I only carry the cane so people recognize my blindness, as it is not apparent. It usually serves its intended purpose however, once people notice that I can see quite a bit, the cane as a symbol sometimes seems to lose its validity. On my recent trip, since carrying the cane along with luggage can… View More

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Go west!

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… View More

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I wish!

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… View More

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Prevailing Problem

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… View More

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Goofy poem

My vision’s not the clearest But if I get really close to my dearest I can see his facial expression, Usually meaning “too close Lib” I’m guessin’! And shopping can sometimes be taxing, Not an action I choose for relaxing. But browsing for purses I’ll work through Reading price is the tough… View More

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