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Blind is Not a Bad Word

The use of certain language is a complicated issue, not just in the blind community but the disability community in general. Do we use person first or disability first language? Should we not use certain words in order to prevent drawing attention to the disability? Are there any words we shouldn’t say at all? To… Read more Blind is Not a Bad Word

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A Conversation About Blindness

It’s the first week of Blindness Awareness Month and we are kicking off our month’s worth of content with a version of a conversation that could very well be happening somewhere right now as you read this. A conversation. Person 1: October is Blindness Awareness month. Surely, people know what blind is, so why do… Read more A Conversation About Blindness

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A Word Worth A Thousand Pictures

With each passing generation, our society has become increasingly visual. And now, there is hardly a millennial or Gen Z who doesn’t go through the process of taking a photo and sharing it at least a few times a day. Cellular phones with cameras are now common, almost essential, rather than the novelty devices they… Read more A Word Worth A Thousand Pictures

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What’s It Like To Be In A Documentary?

This week’s Blog submission is something a little special. On Saturday September 18th, Blind Beginnings hosted a Movie Screening Fundraiser that featured a screening of the documentary, “Through My Eyes”, a short film that featured Blind Beginnings Executive Director Shawn Marsolais and her journey through vision loss and the eventual founding of the organization. Also… Read more What’s It Like To Be In A Documentary?

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That’s Not What I Meant!

Smart phones with onscreen keyboards are nothing new. When they were first introduced, however, there was a great deal of concern from those who were blind or partially sighted. How would we enter text without tactile feedback on these gadgets? Could we see the keyboard clearly enough to enter text? What if we accidentally touched… Read more That’s Not What I Meant!

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Diagnosing Doctor’s Visits

When one is a child, their parents are mostly the ones who are speaking upon their behalf. One example of this would be at a doctor’s office. As a child, we rely on our parents in these circumstances to advocate for our medical needs. They hold on to important paperwork such as your health care… Read more Diagnosing Doctor’s Visits

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A Message of Gratitude to All My Musical Friends

As individuals who are blind, it is necessary for us to seek accommodations and adaptations and ask for help from time to time. We all probably remember the moments when strangers have gone up to us, asking “what’s wrong with your eye?”, “do you need help?”, praying for our eyesight to be restored, or just… Read more A Message of Gratitude to All My Musical Friends

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Paralympic Spotlight: Maryam Salehizadeh

Many sports are featured at the Paralympics. Goalball, however, stands out as the lone sport that was designed from the ground up for players who are blind or partially sighted. This year, Canada will be represented by the Canadian National Goalball Women’s Team, comprising of six athletes from across Canada. In this week’s blog, we… Read more Paralympic Spotlight: Maryam Salehizadeh

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Why I Love Summer Camps

Throughout the year, I always look forward to the summer! The sunny weather, ice cream on a hot day – but the best time of all is the Blind Beginnings Summer Camps. I have attended several of the camps, and each one has been a blast, both as a camper and a volunteer. Camp has… Read more Why I Love Summer Camps

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Communication is the Key

I never really heard about Communications until I was in High School. At that time, Communications classes were presented as alternatives to our English requirements, and were often made to be seen as the easier option for those who were considered to struggle with English. Even if I was to take a Communications class simply… Read more Communication is the Key

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Accessible Graming

Have you ever wondered how blind or partially sighted people use Instagram? This blog covers two perspectives, from both a partially sighted and blind user. As many people know, Instagram is a very popular social media platform. Especially in today’s generation, Instagram is very “in”, particularly amongst people our age. Because of this reason, many… Read more Accessible Graming

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Happee Birthdae Harry

Harry Potter’s birthday is on July 31 and we thought it’d be fitting to celebrate that by asking a few of our regular Limitless Blog authors to write up what this fictional character and world he resides in means to them. I’m not sure why but I was always reluctant to read Harry Potter as… Read more Happee Birthdae Harry

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Why Skin Care is Self-Care

I’ve written previous articles on fashion and make up, so naturally I feel as though skin care would be something that I’d also be passionate about. When I’d watch make up videos on YouTube when I was young, skin care videos would also show up, but at the age of 10 I didn’t realize the… Read more Why Skin Care is Self-Care

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All About Braille Displays

Have you ever wondered how blind individuals access a computer? If that sounds like you, this blog article is just for you! Computers and phones are a very important part of life in this day and age. The world of technology is changing rapidly. We use computers and phones every day to write documents, send… Read more All About Braille Displays

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Beyond ROYGBIV Part 2

Most children love crafts, and I was certainly one of them. So many colours and options to always choose from. However, being that I was born blind, being involved in crafty activities felt challenging as a child. A constant struggle for my younger self use to be the perfection and accuracy sought when it came… Read more Beyond ROYGBIV Part 2

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Grade 12 During the Pandemic

High school graduation is a big moment in life, and the end of the school year is often filled with big celebratory events like Grad Dinner and a ceremony involving hundreds of people – but that of course could not happen during COVID. The only Graduation celebrations included taking photos earlier in the year and… Read more Grade 12 During the Pandemic

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The Different Forms of Fathers

When we think of a Father, we instantly think of our biological Father. However, a Father can and does mean different things depending on the family’s situation. A Father figure can be many different people in your life: a teacher, A coach, a family friend, and in some circumstances, a Stepfather. This is the case… Read more The Different Forms of Fathers

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The Invisible East Indian

For the longest time, I remember being embarrassed of certain East Indian traditions. Although I am more confident in my heritage and ethnicity now, that wasn’t always the case. When living in a country where the majority of the people are similar and you see yourself as the odd one out, it makes you want… Read more The Invisible East Indian

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My True Colours: Like a Rainbow

The month of June is Pride Month. This is a month to celebrate the LGBTQ2SA community while educating society and shading light on the discrimination of this minority. Although I am still hesitant to disclose this part of who I am for fear of how I will be received and treated, I myself identify as… Read more My True Colours: Like a Rainbow

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The Diversity of ADHD

Near the end of 2020 I decided it would be a good time to start learning about other disabilities outside of blindness in order to educate myself and be more informed. I followed advocates with various disabilities in order to get information straight from the source — people with lived experiences. Throughout my research I… Read more The Diversity of ADHD

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What Accessibility Means To Me

Accessibility is very important for all of us, not just for people who are blind but also for people who have other disabilities and people who are sighted. Accessibility is not just technology as some people believe but it is something that makes life easier in any kind of way. It can be anything from… Read more What Accessibility Means To Me

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Finding My Inner Poet

Ever since I was a child, I’ve always loved to write. As soon as I learned how to form letters, I would grab my colorful markers and write all over my Disney Princess covered notebooks. But the fun didn’t stop there. I would eagerly write on any plain white surface I could get my little… Read more Finding My Inner Poet

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Dear Mom

Many will say that they have the best mother in the world. From all of the sacrifices they make to the care they provide us all throughout our lives, our mothers mean more than just mere words can explain. I am also one of those people who will adamantly proclaim that my mother is the… Read more Dear Mom

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Shifted Perspectives

On the bus last week I met a woman with the same eye condition as me.  Her diagnosis was fairly new, and had come much later in her life.  Mine has been with me since birth.  “I wouldn’t wish this condition on my worst enemy” she proclaimed.  I didn’t know what to say to that. … Read more Shifted Perspectives

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Seven Times Down, Eight Times Up

There are many sayings in the Japanese language that have their roots in martial arts and the military. Nanakorobi yaoki, which can be translated “seven times down, eight times up” among other ways, is a saying to encourage someone not to give up, and is one of my favourites. It’s also a good way to… Read more Seven Times Down, Eight Times Up