Insight March 2017

3/21/2017

Welcome to the March edition of Insight. Check out our top headlines for this month…

Insightful Cooking Image of one-pan chicken dinner

Step-by-step instructions for making a one-pan supper

Need a few pointers on cooking with vision loss? Follow along at home as our host Wendy prepares a one-pan supper in this audio cooking show!

Click here to listen to Insightful Cooking: One-pan supper edition.

About the hostImage of Wendy Springford

Wendy Springford is a lifelong advocate for equality for people who are blind or partially sighted. As a teenager, she and her family fought hard for her to become the first blind student admitted into the mainstream Saskatchewan school system. Now a retired social worker, Wendy currently lives in Whitehorse, Yukon, with her family and loves to indulge in her passion for cooking.


Learn to cook with confidence!

Are you having trouble preparing meals after a loss of sight? Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada is a new CNIB organization offering a range of services to help people with sight loss enhance their independence, mobility and safety – including in the kitchen. Visit visionlossrehab.ca for more information.

 


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Canadian Blind Hockey hits centre ice

2016 blind hockey championship team poses for a group photo  The puck slides across the ice, jingling as it glides because of the eight ball bearings inside. It's stopped by a 17-year-old defender from Quebec and is passed ahead to a 26-year-old forward from Saskatchewan. He makes one more pass to his teammate, a 43-year-old forward from Ontario, who takes a shot on the three-foot-high net…GOAL!

Besides a love for hockey, these three players have a couple of other things in common: they're all Canadian, they're all athletic, and they're all legally blind.

The Canadian Blind Hockey website describes blind hockey as "the same exhilarating, fast-paced sport as ice hockey with only one main difference – the players are all legally blind." And besides the fact that the game features three-foot tall nets and a bigger, slower puck that makes noise, it's virtually the same as the good ol' fashioned hockey we all know and love.

Canadian Blind Hockey (previously known as Courage Canada) is the national organizing body for blind hockey in Canada. In partnership with CNIB and AMI, Canadian Blind Hockey runs youth blind hockey programs, summer camps and tournaments from coast to coast.

"The goal of the youth programs is to introduce blind hockey, and to inspire the kids to participate in a healthy, active lifestyle," says Gary Steeves, President of Canadian Blind Hockey, and a blind goalie for the Vancouver Eclipse.

Steeves adds that the program is completely free, and features an annual full-day field trip where 10 to 30 students spend the day together at a local arena. They have the opportunity to participate in gymnasium sports including goalball, off-ice workshops about the sport of hockey and the Paralympics, a sensory tour of the arena and a fun pizza lunch.

"And of course they always get an hour on the ice to try skating and blind hockey!" he says.

One of the most exciting Canadian Blind Hockey events of the year is the annual National Blind Hockey Tournament. This year, the fifth annual tournament is being held in Toronto. Players from across Canada – of all ages and skill levels with varying levels of sight – register as individuals and are then drafted into teams representing each of Canada's provinces and the United States.

"It's pretty amazing to see how the sport's grown and all these players aged 15 to 75 come together with such passion for this sport," says Steeves. "First and foremost, we all love playing hockey and competing, but the programs, camps and tournaments are also about so much more than just hockey. It's about coming together and interacting with others who are blind or partially sighted and building a community. In a lot of ways what happens off of the ice is just as important or more important than what happens on it. Joining blind hockey is a form of group therapy."

This year's National Blind Hockey tournament will be held on March 24 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (previously Maple Leaf Gardens). You can catch the games in person, listen live through AMI-audio or watch a livestream of the games on sportscanada.tv.

Find out more about Canadian Blind Hockey by visiting blindicehockey.com or check them out on Facebook at facebook.com/canadianblindhockey

Check out Canadian Blind Hockey on AMI!AMI logo

AMI is a proud supporter of Canadian Blind Hockey and this year we're pleased to provide live play-by-play of all the action. Listen to AMI-audio March 24-26 for live coverage of the 2017 Canadian Blind Hockey Tournament. We're carrying the puck slapping, stick smashing, play-by-play feed all day and bringing you interviews with players and esteemed guests.

Join "Kelly and Company" Friday at 3 p.m. Eastern and "Live From Studio 5" Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m. Eastern. And be sure to tune in for our live coverage of the awards ceremony on Sunday! Check your local listings for your service provider or listen live at ami.ca/listenlive.

 


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Two accessible phones from Bell

We're always happy to pat a company on the back for stepping up and putting accessibility first. That's exactly what Bell has done with these two phones, made specifically with blind and low vision users in mind.

  1. Image of Bell’s Doro 824 phone, featuring extra-large iconsThe Doro 824: Although it can be used by anyone, the Doro 824 has lots of special features tailored for people with low vision. The phone has a sizeable screen and features extra-large icons and text. It's also hearing aid-compatible and has a feature called "HD Voice", meaning the sound quality is top notch and a lot of that pesky background noise is kept to a minimum. On top of all that, there's an emergency button on the back of the phone. So if you ever need some assistance on-the-go, you just press the button and it dials a pre-chosen contact in your phone, like a spouse or parent.
  2. Image of Bell’s Doro 824C phone, featuring removable tactile overlayThe Doro 824C: While the Doro 824 (above) is great for low vision users, the 824C is ideal for people who are blind or have very little sight. Not only does the phone read virtually everything aloud in your choice of speed and seven languages, but it also comes with a removable tactile overlay that turns the screen into a full keyboard for easy touch navigation. Maybe the best part, though, are the phone's built-in vision aids, like pedestrian GPS and a colour identifier. There's also an optical character recognition feature, which allows you to take a photo of text (like a book or magazine) and the phone will read it back aloud. And like the Doro 824, this model also features that handy emergency button on the back.

What's more, Bell offers a Mobile Accessibility app that's free for Bell customers with an Android device. The app has lots of great features including a music player, GPS and an email browser. In a nutshell, it's a screen reader that can be customized to the way you choose to use your phone – whether by touch, voice, keyboard or even braille.

 


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"Wow!" of the month

Meet Tommy Edison

Tommy Edison laughing       YouTube star, radio announcer and film critic – these are just some of the ways you could describe Tommy Edison.

Blind since birth, Tommy has been producing some hilarious, insightful videos to give people a glimpse into his life and some of the challenges that people who are blind face. Some of his most popular videos include "What it's like for someone who is blind to use an ATM for the first time" and an "Ask Me Anything" video where he answers questions from fans about everything from why he's blind to where he grew up.

Tommy is well-known for bringing humour to his approach. For example, when he did a movie review of Scream 4, he said "Sighted people, I think you will really enjoy this movie. Blind people stay home. I'm going to give this two out of four eyes open!"

On his YouTube channel "The Tommy Edison Experience", Tommy says his goal is to show people "the fun side of being blind." What quickly becomes obvious from watching his videos is that Tommy loves what he does and is helping more and more people understand what it's like to be blind or partially sighted.

Want to get to know Tommy a bit better? Check out the video below!

 

 


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Calling all young braille writers!Image of a young braille writing contest winner with her award

Do you know a blind youth who loves to read and write? CNIB offers cash prizes for stories and poems written in braille by Canadian primary and secondary students. Using braille daily? Learning braille just for fun? All young writers eligible for CNIB service can enter this contest. Send us your poems and stories in contracted or uncontracted braille (and everything in between). Learn more at altlit.ca/braillecontest.

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