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The Checkered Eye Project

People wearing this symbol have partial blindness aka low vision.

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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…

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  • Comment by Rosalind on Apr 21, 2015

    Hi Libby, What you say is so similar to the experience I'm having here in Switzerland. I'm working on a project to raise awareness of visual deficiency, because there is such a lack of knowledge on the part of the general public. But to get this project off the ground, I need the help of the various organisations which provide services for the blind and partially-sighted. Each time I request some cooperation, I'm made to feel that I'm asking for a big favour, and that I'll be Lucky if they agree to help. My motives are absolutely not self-promotion, like you, I'm trying to do something useful, I feel that if I'm losing my vision, it could at least serve some useful purpose for others. But there seems to be absolutely no willingness to move ahead, to make changes which could help all of us.

    Good luck with all your attempts. I have tried promoting the Checkered Eye over here, but once again, people are so suspicious of something new, they don't want to give it a try.

  • Comment by Jerry De Boer on Jul 4, 2015

    I am no expert at this type of promotion, but am not surprised at all the suspicion and outright resistance. And based on third-hand information over the years, forget cooperation from the CNIB. Once an organization is that large, and with layers of bureaucracy, it becomes rigid and in-flexible to outside ideas and influence. If they didn't think of it, or funding sources didn't insist on it, it wont happen.

    To me celebrities, local government/municipal departments are not your best source of greater awareness either. Each of these already have very full agendas and neither do they have the staff or time to check is CEP legitimate.

    THE BEST, is ground roots promotion from those affected by low vision and experience with CEP. THEY need to be the promoters at local levels. And local professional caregivers need awareness. I am now enrolled with the local OneCare office (Ontario government funded assistance organization for independent living) and they (locally at least)had never seen a CE badge. Nor were they aware of a nearby low vision clinic specializing in assisting low vision patients (with devices) so they may function independently for as long as possible. Two facilities with common goals, but one is not aware of the other!

    By suggestion, the LV Clinic is now sending three of their team to speak at a local OneCare dinner for seniors, with the intent that southern Huron County become more aware of the services their Clinic can provide (much through OHIP), and CEP will be included in that presentation. Maybe (just maybe) the local newspaper reporter can be convinced to attend a hot food $9 dinner as well.

    Many local workers, working from the bottom up, is what we need. And providing them the tools and incentives should be our goal!

    July 4, 2015

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