Season 4: Living Blind Podcast
Season 4, Episode 2: Arts-based Career Building- A multi-faceted Life with Kim Kilpatrick
In this episode of the Living Blind Podcast, Naomi sat down not once but twice with the amazing and accomplished Kim Kilpatrick. While many blind tech users in Canada know Kim as the co-founder and leader of the Get Together with Technology Program of the Canadian Council of the Blind, in fact, Kim has a rich and varied career path, starting with Music Therapy and moving through technology coaching all the way through to a writer and storytelling performance artist! She began her career as a music therapist working with people with dementia and in palliative care. She has served on many boards and committees including Braille Literacy Canada where she is currently the vice president. Kim shares all the fascinating little stories from a lifetime devoted to the welfare of others and the sharing of knowledge, and what shines through in this conversation is how much she has loved every aspect of her multiple career experiences. As Naomi says: “Kim’s natural ability to connect with people of all ages and abilities through the arts struck me as we talked. It is clear that this, along with her passion for technology and Braille, are what enables her to connect with others to inspire change.”
Organizations with which Kim is affiliated:
- MASC offers schools and communities arts experiences led by professional artists
- Ottawa StoryTellers promotes the art of storytelling in Ottawa.
- Radical Connections transforms healthcare with all kinds of artists.
Get in touch with Kim: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Season 4, Episode 1: Man, It’s Alright!: A Conversation About Masculinity and Blindness with Paul Mack and Jeffrey Rainey
In this first episode Season 4 of Living Blind, we delve just a little bit into the complex gender area of masculinity and how it intersects with the lived experience of blindness. Wikipedia defines “masculinity” as “a set of attributes, behaviors, and roles associated with men and boys. Masculinity can be theoretically understood as socially constructed, and there is also evidence that some behaviors considered masculine are influenced by both cultural and biological factors. To what extent masculinity is biologically or socially influenced is subject to debate. It is distinct from the definition of the biological male sex, as anyone can exhibit masculine traits.” While our society (and many cultures) stereotypically emphasizes the attributes of strength, capability and the role of “provider” with being “manly”, it (our society, and many cultures of the world) also stereotypically associates disability (even in the use of the word) with weakness or frailty, and dependence or lack of capacity (hence often the use of the word “handicapped”). In this episode, Paul Mack, Life Coach, and Jeffrey Rainey, former podcast producer, two men of different ages who are blind, discuss what it has meant to them to grow up and become men, and how their masculinity, and the expectations that go with it, both external and internal, intersect with their experiences as men who live with sight loss. Yes, blindness exists in a sighted world where it is associated with a lack of capacity, but Paul argues that his blindness doesn’t keep him from being a reliable partner or parent. And Jeff points out the challenges inherent in important life experiences such as dating. The following is a link to a research article about the subject of Masculinity and Disability, available online.
If you would like to weigh in on this topic, send us an email at email@example.com or in the Living Blind Listeners Group on Facebook. We realize we have only just scratched the surface of this challenging and important subject.
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