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Join host Rhonda Underhill-Gray as she talks to people involved in the Canadian world of braille. Readers, writers, transcribers and more!

We are celebrating the connection between literacy and braille, between World Literacy Day in September, and World Braille Day in January 2020.

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Join host Rhonda Underhill-Gray as she talks to people involved in the Canadian world of braille. Readers, writers, transcribers and more!

We are celebrating the connection between literacy and braille, between World Literacy Day in September, and World Braille Day in January 2020.

    Interview With Braille Creative Writing Contest Winner Kelsey Chen

    Interview With Braille Creative Writing Contest Winner Kelsey Chen

    Happy World Braille Day! Today, we are featuring Kelsey Chen from Vancouver, B.C., winner of first prize in the group 1 category. Kelsey reads her winning story, and the Chen family sits down for an interview with Rhonda.

    For more information about the Annual Creative Braille Writing contest, visit cnib.ca/braillecontest.

    • 20 min
    Interview With Braille Creative Writing Contest Winner Zara Gandhi

    Interview With Braille Creative Writing Contest Winner Zara Gandhi

    Only one more day until World Braille Day! We are continuing with our list of winners of the 2019 Creative Writing contest. Today, we are featuring Zara Gandhi from Markham, Ontario, winner of first prize in the group 2 category. We’ll hear her winning story, along with her journey as a blind student, and her family’s journey in raising a child with sight loss.

    For more information about the Annual Creative Braille Writing contest, visit cnib.ca/braillecontest.

    *One side note: the games website Zara refers to in the interview is QSGames.com. Afterwards it was discovered that she meant to say RSGames.com.

    • 24 min
    Interview With Braille Creative Writing Contest Winner Zachary Abdallah

    Interview With Braille Creative Writing Contest Winner Zachary Abdallah

    World Braille Day is only 2 days away! In celebration, we will be interviewing the winners of the 2019 Braille Creative Writing Contest, as well as hearing the stories they wrote.

    Today we are featuring Zachary Abdallah from Calgary, Alberta, first prize winner in the group 3 category.

    For more information about the Annual Creative Braille Writing contest, visit cnib.ca/braillecontest.

    • 25 min
    Interview With Darleen Bogart

    Interview With Darleen Bogart

    This week, Rhonda is joined by Darleen Bogart, a CNIB veteran of over 50 years!

    Darleen takes us on a journey of her history with CNIB, from her early days as a volunteer transcriber, throughout her time at the CNIB Library. This also serves as a mini history of the organization itself. Oh, and keep an ear out for one of CNIB’s best kept secrets.

    • 28 min
    Interview With Ryan Hooey

    Interview With Ryan Hooey

    Blinded later in life due to diabetes Retinopathy, Ryan Hooey was quick to discover that braille was not only necessary for literacy, but very, very cool. With a daughter on the way, he has an exciting opportunity to incorporate braille into his life as a parent, while at the same time being the cool dad.

    Join Rhonda to hear what else Ryan has up his sleeve.

    • 25 min
    Interview With Jo Billard

    Interview With Jo Billard

    This week on Because Braille, Rhonda sits down with Jo Billard, who is an avid reader of braille books and is passionate about braille advocacy and literacy.

    She has worked with children in after-school programs, and devotes a lot of time to Club At The Hub.

    • 21 min

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