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The Checkered Eye Project

People wearing this symbol have partial blindness aka low vision.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is this symbol in use already? 
  2. Will the Checkered Eye pin assist with traffic safety or enhance mobility? 
  3. How do I qualify to become a Checkered Eye user? 
  4. Is this a label?
  5. What is low vision? 
  6. What should I do if I notice someone is wearing a Checkered Eye?

  1. Is this symbol in use already?
    Yes. It started in Canada in 2000. As of 2013, it is in use in Canada, the United States,  New Zealand and Switzerland. [back to top]
  2. Will the Checkered Eye pin assist with traffic safety or enhance mobility?
    Absolutely not. This pin is neither intended as a safety device nor as a mobility enhancer. If a person can't see well enough to navigate sidewalks or streets, this emblem will not increase their safety. [back to top]
  3. How do I qualify to become a Checkered Eye user?
    If you feel the need to symbolically communicate the fact that you have low vision, you are qualified. [back to top]
  4. Is this a label?
    Yes, and deciding whether or not to wear it is a personal choice. The white cane is also a label. The handicapped parking sticker is a label. A police officer’s badge is a label. Even a wedding ring is a kind of label. A label is something that adds information, and for many people it can be a useful thing. [back to top]
  5. What is low vision?
    Low vision is a term equivalent to partial blindness, and does not refer to any specific conditions. Here are the criteria:
    - less than average eyesight (20/20 is average) which can't be corrected back to average with regular glasses or contact lenses
    - eyesight that is diminished to a point at which it hinders parts of daily life such as reading, independent travel, recognizing people or places  [back to top]
  6. What should I do if I notice someone is wearing a Checkered Eye?
    Simply be aware that the person has some measure of blindness.  The Checkered Eye is not a request for assistance; it just tells you that its wearer doesn't see as well as the average person.  If the person asks for assistance, it will help you decide what kind of help to offer. [back to top]
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