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Saturdays with Shauna: Change The Rhetoric

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Negative stereotypes and misconceptions about blindness continue to exist in contemporary society. People who are blind experience ableist attitudes and micro-aggressions in their daily lives. Although today’s culture is moving toward a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive society, much more needs to be done in regards to educating the public about blindness and creating positive […]

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Saturdays with Shauna: Types of Ablism

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Editor’s Note: This is the second part in a three-part series on ableism. Part 1 of the series discusses the question: “What is ableism?” Part 2 examines the types of ableism. Part 3 discusses ableist micro-aggressions and how we can combat ableism. Although ableism is often subconscious, it has harmful and long-lasting impacts on persons […]

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Saturdays with Shauna: What Is Ableism?

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Editor’s Note: This is the first part in a three-part series on ableism. Part 1 of the series discusses the question: “What is ableism?” Future parts will dig even deeper into ableism, with part 2 examining the types of ableism and part 3 discussing ableist micro-aggressions and how we can combat ableism. Although today’s era […]

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Life-Long Partnerships

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I have always been an animal lover and had various pets and farm animals during my childhood. Dogs have always been a big part of my life. I never anticipated that one day a dog would impact my life so profoundly as the bond I would have with a guide dog. My life was forever […]

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Embracing My Vision Loss

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As I reflect on what it means for me to embrace my disability, many concepts come to mind: acceptance, awareness, advocacy, perseverance, self-growth, gratitude, humility, empowerment, and independence. Many people who go through vision loss experience stages of grief and loss. As I look back on 2007 when I was initially diagnosed with my degenerative […]

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Shauna’s Experience Navigating the Education System

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Raised in Ontario most of my life, I attended kindergarten through to grade 12 from 1982-1994. From early childhood I have had visual challenges. I got my first pair of prescription eye glasses at the age of four. I remember finding it difficult to adjust to my lenses, and I even fell down a flight […]

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True or False: Dispelling the Misconceptions Related to Blindness

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Although today’s culture is moving towards a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive society, more positive change in regards to disability rights needs to occur. Advocacy and awareness are vital to changing societal attitudes and perceptions. Misconceptions of blindness are perpetuated today. This article sets out to dispel some of the common misconceptions of vision loss […]