The Blind Bulletin: July 17, 2019

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to the second edition of The Blind Bulletin, the new format for Blind News Victoria. In this edition:

  1. How to Book Your Coaching Calls!

  2. Government Releases Poverty Reduction Legislation

  3. Stay Up-to-Date on the Accessible Canada Act

  4. RDSP Awareness Month

  5. Watch the Pacific Training Centre for the Blind Documentary


  1. Perception Massage

How to Book Your Coaching Calls!

The real strength of this program is that you have access too a Registered Kinesiologist (a registered Healthcare professional- that’s me), who can help sit down and chat with you to go over your unique situation, goals, needs, etc. Then we can create a plan for you…and keep in touch regularly to ensure you are MOTIVATED and on track.
This is all FREE to you, thanks to the Canadian Council of the Blind.

  1. EMAIL ME:

  2. We will set a time that I can call you, at your convenience

  3. I will call, we will chat, i’ll ask LOTS of questions, I’ll LISTEN to what you need

  4. We will come up with some goals/ a plan

5 We will set a followup call and continue to chat on a regular basis for as long s you feel you need my help.

It’s that easy!!!

I look forward to hearing from you.

All the best,
Ryan Van Praet (R. Kin.)

Government Releases Poverty Reduction Legislation

People with disabilities are twice as likely to live in poverty as those without disabilities. On October 2, 2018, Government introduced the Poverty Reduction Strategy Act – the legislation guiding B.C.’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy which will be released in March 2019. The Act sets poverty reduction targets and timelines that the government must meet, including reducing B.C.’s overall poverty rate by 25% in the next five years. The legislation is shaped by the experiences, voices and hopes of more than 8,500 people who took part in a broad public engagement on poverty.
Read more at:

Stay Up-to-Date on the Accessible Canada Act

The Federal Accessibility Legislation Alliance (FALA) includes a number of non-profit organizations who are consulted with the federal government on Bill C-81 – the Accessible Canada Act. They have created a website that offers a great plain-language resource to learn more about the legislation, as well as the option to sign up for e-mail updates.

You can learn more about FALA and follow the progress of the Accessible Canada Act at:

RDSP Awareness Month

This October is the sixth annual RDSP Awareness month, focused on raising awareness and uptake of Registered Disability Savings Plans (RDSPs) in B.C. As of last year, 37% of eligible British Columbians have an RDSP. Through initiatives like Access RDSP, more eligible people are getting the supports they need to secure an RDSP and start saving for their future.

Watch for Access RDSP ads on platforms such as CBC, Facebook, Reddit, Google, and the Doctors of BC Newsletter.

To learn more about RDSPs, visit:

Watch the Pacific Training Centre for the Blind Documentary

Last year, the Pacific Trianing centre for the Blind was featuredi n a documentary by Accessible Media Inc. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can at the following link:

Perception Massage

Editor’s note: This was originally slated for an unreleased volume of Blind News Victoria.

Coming soon to Greater Vancouver (Vancouver or Burnaby), Perception Massage is looking for full-time or part-time RMTs to join a start-up massage clinic that offers a unique customer experience. By employing RMTs who are blind or low vision, we are tackling the fronts of underemployment of people who are blind or low vision, as well as ensuring they have the proper tools and coaching to succeed as RMTs in our growing field. Successful business fronts built on social responsibility practices have been soaring in popularity in recent years, and building on this, we hope to employ the best and brightest in our field.
You will have the opportunity to become involved with the set-up of the clinic prior to its opening, giving you the opportunity to establish your practice how you’d like. RMT students are welcome to contact us regarding future employment opportunities as well! Please visit our website to learn more about Perception Massage coming to the mainland soon!

Please contact Agnes if you have any questions during the initial start-up phase, or would like to inquire about applying. We’d love to hear from you!

Contact Agnes at:

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Wrapping Up

We’d love to hear what you think of this edition of The Blind Bulletin. If you have any questions, suggestions, or articles you would like to see included, please write to with “C/O Alex Jurgensen’ in the subject line.

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The Blind Bulletin Team
The Pacific Training Centre for the Blind