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The Checkered Eye Project

People wearing this symbol have partial blindness aka low vision.

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We're back!

I was prompted by a reader to get back on the horse and write something current for this blog – thanks Robert! Here’s some great news…

The Checkered Eye Project (CEP) is now officially registered as a Not For Profit Corporation. This means we can potentially qualify for grants, will have better chances of receiving monetary support from the private sector, and, this is my favorite, we are now permitted to do raffles!

Current plans involve trying it out by doing a local raffle so that the municipality can issue our permit. This is less complicated than going through the provincial alcohol and gaming commission, as you can imagine.

The funds generated by raffles, grants, and public sector support will allow us to create and publicize more and better educational materials, and as we learned about this year, cover the costs of our new administrative requirements.

More good news:

During the pandemic I took advantage of the opportunity to do meetings by zoom, and conferred with some members of the advocacy department of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, in developing some educational material specifically about the different types of white canes.

A first draft was sent out for feedback, and we plan to begin distribution of the latest version in October. Stay tuned!

So, after pretty much remaining dormant since the beginning of all the shut downs, the CEP is restarting public awareness efforts.

You could give us a boost by going to the video page and sharing something from there – every bit helps!

 

Thank you!

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