Fran Cutler was the author of “The Right to Know,” a CNIB report that helped pave the way for the National Broadcast Reading Service. She talks about the project to meet the informational needs of people living with vision loss
Commercial audio books on CD can be frustrating for blind readers. Jim Sanders explains the importance of DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System), and how digital technology has revolutionized his reading life.
Excerpts from an article from the Women’s section of the Star Weekly, Oct. 16, 1915, titled “Blind Librarian Wants to Help Our Blinded Soldiers.” It’s written by a columnist called “La Cerise.”
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While working in 1959 as a chemistry teacher and the head of the science department at Don Mills Junior High School in Toronto, Saxton was asked by a colleague to donate two hours a week to CNIB, reading to people with vision loss. Despite having no experience in this area, Saxton agreed immediately
Peter celebrated his 50th year of volunteering with CNIB in April 2008. He has spent the lion’s share of those years as a narrator for CNIB Library’s audio book service, but says that for the first seven years he did no recording at all.
For his first volunteer assignment he learned two hand manual communication to assist Mae Brown with her studies. She went on to become the first deaf blind Canadian to graduate from university.
Peter volunteered twice a week in the Audio Publishing program where his research skills were put to great use narrating a broad range of non-fiction topics, including many in First Languages.
When E.A. Baker returned to Canada after his rehabilitation at St. Dunstan's he brought with him a belief in the importance of good grooming and attention to personal appearances. He recognized that his future work life would be in offices, not farms or factories, and he felt he need to equip himself for that reality. His comments reflect social conditions for blind Canadians at the time.
Excerpts from Marion Robinson’s speech, on the occasion of the unveiling of a plaque to the memory of Edgar Bertram Freel Robinson at Markham, on Dec. 12, 1956, commemorating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the founding of the Canadian Free Library for the Blind.
Source: CNIB Papers (LAC) MG28 Series I233, Vol.3, file 17
In 1994, inventor Ray Kurzweil received CNIB’s Winston Gordon Award, recognizing his achievements in significant technological advances benefitting people with vision loss. In this excerpt from his speech he talks about the digital revolution just beginning to unfold.
Source: CNIB Audio Archives, Winston Gordon Award, 1994