13 episodes

Welcome to “Living Blind” (formerly Life In BALANCE), the official podcast of BALANCE for Blind Adults. This podcast explores the perspectives and lived experiences of people with sight loss, and delves into barriers, challenges, and real-life strategies for living life to the fullest. Each interview provides insights to inspire and inform. What is it like to live without sight in a sighted world? Come listen and learn!

Visit our website at www.balancefba.org to learn more!

Living Blind Living Blind

    • Education
    • 2.7 • 3 Ratings

Welcome to “Living Blind” (formerly Life In BALANCE), the official podcast of BALANCE for Blind Adults. This podcast explores the perspectives and lived experiences of people with sight loss, and delves into barriers, challenges, and real-life strategies for living life to the fullest. Each interview provides insights to inspire and inform. What is it like to live without sight in a sighted world? Come listen and learn!

Visit our website at www.balancefba.org to learn more!

    When Workplace Supports Work- One Journalist's Story

    When Workplace Supports Work- One Journalist's Story

    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!

    Follow Michelle on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/mich_mcq

    National Disability Employment Awareness Month: https://www.easterseals.org/october-is-national-disability-employment-awareness-month/

    • 41 min
    Learning from Experience- A Conversation with David Lepofsky

    Learning from Experience- A Conversation with David Lepofsky

    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.

    Some helpful resources, mentioned in the episode:

    Bose Frames: https://www.bose.ca/en_ca/products/frames.html?mc=24_PS_FR_BO_DT_GO_&gclid=CjwKCAjw7--KBhAMEiwAxfpkWKWzJHQW2IjEu5L4uMZmDs6ls6dsx7B8g9XHPqs3bB-qoNAEmlqmZxoCgLMQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

    Mosen at Large Podcast: https://mosen.org/mosenatlarge/

    iSee Podcast: https://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/

    Seeing AI app: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/ai/seeing-ai

    AODA Alliance General Site: https://www.aodaalliance.org/

    Follow the link to sign up for AODA Alliance Email updates: https://confirmsubscription.com/h/j/E6CF25EC7212F550

    Arch Disability Law Centre: https://archdisabilitylaw.ca/

    YouTube Video: Fight to Amend Canadian Charter of Rights to Protect Disability Equality

    Because of BALANCE Campaign: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/balance-for-blind-adults/p2p/because-of-balance-2021/

    • 36 min
    Accessing Visual Arts, Here’s How

    Accessing Visual Arts, Here’s How

    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.

    AGO Andy Warhol Exhibit: https://ago.ca/exhibitions/andy-warhol

    Accessibility at the AGO: https://ago.ca/visit/accessibility-ago

    Black Creek Pioneer Village: https://blackcreek.ca/places-to-explore/

    • 46 min
    Mental Health Matters with Lisa

    Mental Health Matters with Lisa

    Naomi sat down with Lisa Derencinovic, a social worker and counsellor with sight loss who lives and works in Toronto, Canada. Lisa has her own business, Counseling with Lisa, and provides counselling services, both group and individual, on contract with BALANCE for Blind Adults. 

    Naomi learns from Lisa about the intersection between blindness and mental health, ableism, and the counselling process.  Lisa also provides strategies for physical, mental and emotional self-care that can help to take care of one’s mental health. A key take-away is that seeking and receiving help for mental health is as important as doing so for your physical health and is not a sign of weakness, but of strength.

    For more information about Counselling with Lisa, please visit https://www.counsellingwithlisa.ca/

    If you are living with sight loss in Toronto, and you need mental health support, please contact us at 416-236-1796.

    If you are located in Canada and are in need of urgent mental health services, please call Crisis Services Canada at 1-883-456-4566. If you are located internationally, we urge you to reach out to your local mental health agency.

    • 27 min
    Art and Artistry with Bruce

    Art and Artistry with Bruce

    “The only person who knows my experience is me and if I don’t speak up about this, no one will ever know and they will go through their life full of assumptions.”

    Step behind the scenes as we sit down with Bruce Horak, painter, musician, and actor. He walks us through his process as a visually impaired artist, and what he’s been working on since 2011.

    Learn more about Bruce at his website http://www.brucehorak.com/

    • 39 min
    The Outdoors with Lawrence

    The Outdoors with Lawrence

    This month we chat with Lawrence, host of the podcast “Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther.” He and Naomi chat about sailing, fishing, and cooking on a grill outdoors, among other things.

    More about Lawrence at his website here: https://lawrencegunther.com/

    • 31 min

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Life in Balance Review

I found the quality of audio in several episodes made it difficult to hear; perhaps, the interviewer was using a speaker phone, but sound was often muffled. I'd like to see more variety in interviewees; 2 or 3 episodes have the same guest. I also think there is potential to dive into in-depth issues not covered by other media sources; this podcast covers topics widely covered by other outlets.

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