The Canadian Organization of the Blind and Deafblind believes in being involved in and contributing to our local community of Bowen Island and across the country. We also love to collaborate with our peers from around the world.

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Public Education

Group Presentations

Jessica, Jocelyn, and Alex are sitting behind a table in a classroom. On the table are Braille books, a green cloth bag, a Brailler, an iPhone, a bag of cards, a BrailleNote in its case, 2 slates and styluses, a MacBook Pro, and Braille paper. Zandra is to the right of Alex.
Camp Bowen volunteers present at Bowen Island Community School. From left to right: Jessica, Jocelyn, and Alex.

The group presentations team visits schools and other community groups to speak about what it is like to be blind. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about Braille, assistive technology, how blind people travel, and, most of all, that people who are blind are just people like any other.

If you would like to have us speak in front of your class or community group, please contact us.

Services for Bowen Islanders

Bowen Island Accessibility Group

The Bowen Island Accessibility Group (BIAG) is a community outreach program designed to bring Bowen Islanders together to find creative solutions to the accessibility challenges on Bowen Island. We want to look at issues from the small to the really tough. BIAG also acts as a peer support network for Bowen Islanders with disabilities.

BIAG is just getting started and we look forward to collaborating with many of you to make this the best group it can be. To get involved, please contact us.

Phone Access To the Bowen Island Undercurrent

We have made available the Bowen Island Undercurrent over the phone. those who cannot access the print or online edition of the paper due to isolation owing to the Corona Virus or who have a perceptual print disability can call +1 (604) 947-0021 and press 7 at the main menu to have the paper read to you.

BlindHub Canada

BlindHub Canada is an online information and services hub for individuals, families, organizations, and businesses participating within the blind and Deafblind communities in Canada. The project is being led by the Camp Bowen Division of the Canadian Organization of the Blind and Deafblind and the Pacific Training Centre for the Blind, who welcome and encourage interested individuals, organizations, and businesses to get involved.

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Crisis Action for Responding to Emergencies (CARE)

During emergency situations, such as the recent COVID-19 outbreak, the Canadian Organization of the Blind and Deafblind’s Crisis Action for Responding to Emergencies (CARE) program is activated. Depending on the situation, we are able to provide a variety of supports to blind and Deafblind Canadians and local support to people with disabilities on Bowen Island at the time of the emergency. During COVID-19, the CARE team has worked hard to support Canadians who are blind and Deafblind as well as people with disabilities on Bowen Island. Canadians who are blind and Deafblind can currently access our list of COVID-19 resources on BlindHub Canada or attend the weekly COVID-19 Connection National Roundtable discussions hosted by the Camp Bowen Division of the Canadian Organization of the Blind and Deafblind, Pacific Training Centre for the Blind, and Canadian Federation of the Blind. For people with disabilities on Bowen Island, we have so far rolled out interpretation services for the Deaf, connected people with disabilities with delivery services that can deliver essential goods during the pandemic, and offered the coordination of medical transport for those unable to access medically necessary appointments. All available personnel and resources not otherwise engaged in other essential programs have been tapped for this project, along with community volunteers.

CARE is open to all Canadians who are blind/Deafblind and all people with disabilities in the community of Bowen Island on a first come first serve basis at no cost. By creating inclusive and accessible responses to emergency situations, CARE promotes the well-being and dignity of people who are blind or Deafblind in general as well as that of people with disabilities residing on Bowen Island, British Columbia. Please contact us if you need access to one of our CARE services or if you would like to volunteer.

Blindness/Deafblindness Professionals Mailing Lists

The below mailing lists are for blindness/Deafblindness professionals to discuss a variety of topics and how Structured Discovery can be applied to their respective areas of work. If you would like to see a list added for your area of work, please contact us.

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