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The Checkered Eye Project

People wearing this symbol have partial blindness aka low vision.

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Wrong way! ARE YOU BLIND!?!

YOU’RE GOING THE WRONG WAY! ARE YOU BLIND! Image description: an angry exasperated emoji face. There are signs posted everywhere. There are arrows… View More

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Postponement Unrelated to Coronavirus

Each year during Canada’s White Cane Week the Checkered Eye Project does a little extra awareness boost. Our main focus is of course ensuring that as many people as possible understand that if they see someone wearing the checkered eye symbol, it means that person is communicating the fact that they are on the blindness spectrum. We also include information about the different kinds of white canes… View More

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What can sighted people do?

In a brain storming session for some awareness posters related to the checkered eye, it was suggested that we address the question: okay, now I know what it means, what do I do? My immediate reaction was “nothing”. Wearing a checkered eye or carrying an I.D. cane is not supposed to elicit action from onlookers. It is to add the little bit of… View More

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Crazy Airplane Stunt

I'm going to pull a 60 ton plane across the tarmac by myself! I'm getting a bit cranky about how slow this awareness effort is going so I've decided to ramp things up a bit.  Here's a press release I've been sending out in hopes of catching some attention: Partially sighted Grandmother to single handedly… View More

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Accessible prescriptions.

In Ontario we have a law called the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act or AODA. Part of what is now required of businesses in Ontario is to have a policy stating how they will manage accessibility issues. As a person with a vision disability access to information is a major challenge for… View More

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The Checkered Eye Ball!

On Sunday, May 6th, 2018,I had a ball at the first ever Checkered Eye Ball! Five different bands performed and kept everyone grooving. People were interested in the blindness simulations. The Old Nick, a downtown Toronto bar where we held the event, had a busier than usual Sunday, and the Checkered Eye Project told some more folks that people wearing the checkered eye symbol are on the blindness spectrum. We gave away and sold some… View More

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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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