Season 2

Living Blind from: BALANCE for Blind Adults

Season 2, Episode 1: Accessing Visual Arts, Here’s How

Living Blind- S2E1 Audio Transcript

John Rae and Melissa Smith join Naomi in discussing everything art! John is a well-known advocate in the GTA for blind and low vision folks, and has lived experience of accessing, or not accessing, art as a partially-sighted person. Melissa is currently the Assistant Curator of Access and Learning at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and tells us about what art galleries do well and what could be better when it comes to accessibility

Take a listen and learn about tactile translation, guided tours, universal design, and how to get the most out of galleries, museums, and other places where art lives and happens. 

Season 2, Episode 2: Learning from Experience-A Conversation with David Lepofsky 

Living Blind- S2E2 Audio Transcript

Join student turned BALANCE occupational therapist Eve as she sits down with David Lepofsky, Canadian lawyer, educator, and disability advocate. Blind for much of his life, David discusses the advancements that have been made in assistive technology for the low-vision community, his distinguished law career, and impressive advocacy work. Stay tuned to the end of the episode for a post-show conversation with Eve and Naomi.  

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Season 2, Episode 3: When Workplace Supports Work- One Journalist’s Story 

Living Blind- S2E3 Audio Transcript

Michelle McQuigge joins Naomi to discuss her career as a journalist for the Canadian Press. They talk about the power of inclusion and mentorship, the need to prove yourself to able-bodied people, and how the pandemic has made journalism more accessible for Michelle as a blind person. Tune in to this hot-off-the-press podcast to learn more! 

Season 2, Episode 4: Meet Me at the Intersection of…with Windy Ho Li

Living Blind- S2E4 Audio Transcript

In part 1 of our 3–part series “Meet me at the Intersection of…”, we have guest host Ramya Amuthan, and her guest Windy Ho-Li. As an Asian immigrant to Toronto from Hong-Kong, Windy has a unique perspective on her lived experience with sight loss. Windy discusses several different aspects of her identity, and how these aspects have intersected to the point that their intersections are an integral part of her life.  

Windy talks frankly about the impact of sight loss on her independence, about how her Christian faith has been a source of solace and encouragement, and about how her volunteer work in the Cantonese speaking community has included the convening of a support group for members with sight loss, for whom the language barrier has made access to English-based services and supports, a challenge. She also speaks openly about what it means to live with the uncertainty of sight loss, dealing with surgeries, the role of quiet time when faced with challenges, and what brings her life joy and satisfaction. 

Some Resources Mentioned in our Episode:

Joy Beyond Vision Community Website

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