Meet Necole and Joshua

Necole helping out at a parkIn November 2005, Necole Hoskins moved with her three boys to     Calgar​y, Alberta, to take adv​antage of a booming job market. 

A single parent, Necole didn’t know anyone in the city. Her youngest son Joshua was three and had been diagnosed with a condition that causes low vision. Necole wanted to be proactive about getting a good support network in place for Joshua, so she called CNIB to get started. 

CNIB connected Necole to many community resources that made life a lot easier, including an assistant who picked Joshua up at daycare, and later on, an itinerant teacher to help him in the classroom. 

When she decided to enrol Joshua in French immersion, she called CNIB for advice about whether it was feasible for him to learn French braille along with large print, as a backup in case his vision worsened. It was possible, and Joshua is now in Grade 3, a French braille whiz.

They also made use of a CNIB toy lending library. While an assistive devices program allowed Joshua to get a portable electronic magnifier that also works as an accessible camera and music/video player (“It’s pretty fabulous,” says Necole.) 

Joshua’s latest adventure with CNIB was at summer camp, where he went indoor rock climbing, had a water gun fight, learned to cook rotini, visited the CNIB Outdoor Classroom, saw firefighter demonstrate the “jaws of life” on a pop can and dressed up for superhero day – all in one week. He also made a close friend at camp, and learned about the CNIB Library, which he plans to explore next. 

“He’s totally enjoying what he does with CNIB,” says Necole. “He’s so comfortable there. He just loves it!”​​​