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Solving For Why

I miss the days when Math was as easy as 1-2-3, and I could rattle off my times tables without missing a beat. Now, I despise anything to do with math – even simple measurements and counting money. When I reached grade 7, I was taken out of mainstream math classes in order to be… Read more Solving For Why

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Growing Into Gardening

Gardening is one of those things where you can’t help but wonder how blind or partially sighted people would do it. It seems so visual, most would think you need to see to be able to know what plants are what and where, what are the weeds or actual plants, how and when things are… Read more Growing Into Gardening

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Making Your Easter Egg Hunts More Accessible

For my 7-year old son, waking up on Easter morning is almost the most exciting morning of the year. He has learned that the Easter Bunny comes while he’s sleeping, and hides chocolate eggs and small toys all around the house, and he spends Easter morning happily searching for and collecting his treats.  As a… Read more Making Your Easter Egg Hunts More Accessible

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Beyond the Pencil Part 2

Glossy covers, the smell of printed pages, and the various stories captured in the pages are just some of the reasons I adore books. Yet along with the excitement of reading comes a pang of disappointment each time I pick up a book and flip through its pages but am unable to read the words… Read more Beyond the Pencil Part 2

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Shopping Small To Make A Difference

In the past few years, I started learning about how it’s important to try and shop from small local businesses. I didn’t realize the impact until the pandemic set in. Seeing the impact caused me to reflect on my journey and how I was able to make it work as a legally blind student living… Read more Shopping Small To Make A Difference

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Attending My First Accessible Publishing Summit

Having a huge love of reading and being a University student studying Publishing, literally anything and everything to do with books and publishing instantly catches my attention! So when scrolling through an endless list of school emails, I came across one from a previous instructor about a great opportunity. I couldn’t help but open it.… Read more Attending My First Accessible Publishing Summit

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Playing on a School Team Being Blind or Partially Sighted

Playing on a school team is often a pinnacle of a person’s school life. Long practices, team bonding, and exhausting yet rewarding competitions are all things members of a team experience. But what is it like to be on a school sports team when you are the only one that is visually impaired? This is… Read more Playing on a School Team Being Blind or Partially Sighted

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Expressing Yourself Through Makeup

Often times when I’m in public, I receive compliments on my makeup and get asked who did it for me. Some people are quite shocked to find out I did it myself. Although I have help for formal occasions, in my daily life, I do my makeup independently. As a legally blind young adult who… Read more Expressing Yourself Through Makeup

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Growing Up Blind in a Developing Country

Being blind or partially sighted in a developing country is a topic that I don’t hear about very often, and this blog is to hopefully shine some light on this topic that doesn’t get talked about enough. Moving to Canada after growing up for 12 years in a developing country  has been such a huge… Read more Growing Up Blind in a Developing Country

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From the Heart

Coming home with an envelope full of candy hearts and a heap of Valentine’s Day cards is one of my favourite memories from my junior school days. You would be given a class list in order to prep your beautifully crafted cards, which would be distributed the next day. However, I will discuss the divide… Read more From the Heart

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White Cane Chronicles

Most people who are blind or partially sighted are introduced to the white cane at some point in their lives. At first, many of us are hesitant and may feel shame traveling with a visible mobility aid, but we soon realize that this object is not a material device but instead an extension of our… Read more White Cane Chronicles

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Crafting Imagination Into Reality

I’ve always seen myself as a creative person, especially when it came to music or dance. Although I never had a particular aptitude for art, it was still something I did for fun and my own enjoyment. I viewed it as another way to make the pictures in my head come to life. In early… Read more Crafting Imagination Into Reality

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Ready, Set, Game!

From nostalgic memories to amazing gaming sessions with friends, video games have a special place in the hearts of many. My first gaming experience was when I was 5 years old. My parents had bought my brother the PlayStation 2, and I wanted to try my hand at playing with him. I quickly learned that… Read more Ready, Set, Game!

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Beyond the Pencil

I really enjoy getting lost in the messiness of characters and their worlds. As a child I carried books where I went. This love has transferred over to writing and now I create my own characters and storylines for others to enjoy. However, I have constantly been told English isn’t an interest which will further… Read more Beyond the Pencil

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Keeping Up With New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of year again! Celebrating the New Year, reflecting on the year that has just passed, and that all too familiar annual tradition of setting New Year’s resolutions. We’ve all been there before, setting a number of goals for ourselves that we hope to accomplish in the upcoming year. Yet, more often than… Read more Keeping Up With New Year’s Resolutions

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Reflections on 2020

As I reflect on 2020, I’m reminded of how optimistic I felt approaching the start of this year.  I was excited at the prospect of playing on the whole “20/20 vision” theme, and 2020 is a number that seemed so full of hope.  At Blind Beginnings we were in the final stages of a big… Read more Reflections on 2020

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A Collection of Holiday Poems

In celebration of the Holiday season, we held a Holiday Poem Contest where we asked our members and families to submit original poems for the season. We have chosen 5 submissions and published them below.  We want to thank everyone who submitted a poem,  and to wish everyone a very Happy Holidays and Happy New… Read more A Collection of Holiday Poems

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Discovering Paralympic Swimming

Paralympic swimming has been an integral part of the Paralympic summer program since 1960. There are 14 different classification categories. S1 through S10 are physical disabilities, S11 through S13 includes visual impairments, and S14 equals cognitive impairments. Jill is an S11, which is the totally blind category. Nika is part of the S12 category which… Read more Discovering Paralympic Swimming

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Music of Christmas Past

A joyous collection of Christmas songs by various blind and partially sighted singers! Featuring piano, guitar, flute, and violin playing with the added blend of beautiful voices harmonizing.  All this was released just seven years ago after an idea was put forth to create a CD of Holiday songs as a fundraiser for the Youth… Read more Music of Christmas Past

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My Big City Adventure

Moving out on your own is one of those things you always dream about. You often think about how cool it would be to have your own place, to be able to have friends over whenever you want, and buy all the snacks you can eat. This dream became my reality about four years ago.… Read more My Big City Adventure

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Beyond Roy G. Biv

It’s something that is most often done when we are children. We use our paint covered fingers and draw absentmindedly, make messy pictures for our parents, or take to the sidewalk with chalk. As we get older, art begins to rise in complexity. Colour blended seamlessly, intricate detail crafted with great care, impeccable creations that… Read more Beyond Roy G. Biv

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Aldergrove Roads Take me Home

There are the typical generalizations about both rural and urban areas such as cities always being a home to most amenities, whereas towns tend to be thought about as dirt roads and farmland. Let’s start with determining what qualifies as a small town, and what falls under the umbrella of a city. According to our… Read more Aldergrove Roads Take me Home

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The Forgotten Sport

Many people may not be familiar with the Paralympic sport of Goalball, one of the only sports that was created specifically for the blind and partially sighted. In a way, it is an unsung sport that truly does not get enough exposure and, to many players and fans around the world, feels like it’s a… Read more The Forgotten Sport

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Fall and Winter Fashion Tips

I’ve always been interested in fashion. I think it stems from my parents. Ever since I was born, my mother would put me in trendy clothing. She thought that just because I couldn’t see myself clearly in the mirror, that doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t care about my appearance. I couldn’t agree more, and I… Read more Fall and Winter Fashion Tips

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Halloween Memories

Halloween is the time of year where everyone seems to get really excited to dress up in cool costumes, go trick or treating, and watch scary movies. However, for kids who are blind or partially sighted, it might look a little different. Growing up as a kid with low vision kid who was blind in… Read more Halloween Memories