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The Checkered Eye Project

People wearing this symbol have partial blindness aka low vision.

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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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Just Newsy

I had another post almost ready for this month's entry but some really cool stuff happened just recently that I think will upstage that...On Facebook I discovered a group about awareness for Stargardt's Disease (S.D.).  This is the condition that caused my visual deficit.  Cool.  I thought I'd join up and see what folks were talking about.One of the posts was a list of bloggers who have S.D.  This caught my interest so I… View More

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A post by Sam Thaw

 The above photo depicts 18 yesar old Sam Thaw helping his mother Libby by reading receipts while she completes documnents for the Checkered Eye Project tax return.  This blog post was written by Sam. To have a parent with low vision comes with advantages and disadvantages. The latter consist of things that could be… View More

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Parenting/Celebs

When I talk about raising kids as a person with low vision and what concerns or strategies I had, there are a few things that jump to mind.  One was the importance of reading and that I wouldn't be able to model that.  I'm so relieved that my kids turned out to be readers.  I was not a good example of someone who enjoyed reading or who sought information in books so I worried that they wouldn't pick it up. Fortunately Ray is an avid reader… View More

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