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CNIB Podcast Network

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The CNIB Podcast Network is a collection of audio programming designed to give a voice to people across the CNIB community as they share their personal stories of life with sight loss.

Listen to the episodes on any of the platforms listed below. If you enjoy what you hear, subscribe to your favourite shows and you will be automatically notified when new episodes are released!

Because Braille

CNIB Because Braille logo. An illustration of a braille book with a speech bubble icon on yellow. Join host Rhonda Underhill-Gray as she talks to people involved in the Canadian world of braille. Readers, writers, transcribers and more!

Episode 1: Introducing Because Braille

Rhonda and Karen Brophey discuss upcoming world-wide braille events to look forward to, the dichotomy of the perceived notion that braille is no longer relevant for literacy in this day in age despite all of the progression, inclusivity and advancements in braille technology, and finally some heartfelt stories on how braille has greatly improved the quality of life for people of all ages, and levels of ability.

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Blind Wide Open

CNIB Blind Wide Open logo. An illustration of a sunshine on a yellow background. In 'Blind Wide Open', host Christine Malec explores how we work, play, learn, use technology, support each other, and advocate for the issues that matter through conversations with a wide variety of guests.

Episode 1: Get Together with Technology

Across the country, groups of people with sight loss are getting together to share what they know about technology and helping each other learn. It’s a member-led movement that demystifies assistive technology and builds confidence and independence.

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EmpowerPlay

CNIB EmpowerPlay logo. An illustration of a running shoe on a yellow background. The 'EmpowerPlay' Podcast captures stories from individuals with sight loss, on how being physically active, participating in sport, taking on a new challenge, learning a new skill, and stepping outside your comfort zone, can lead to amazing self discovery.

Episode 1: Welcome

Welcome to CNIB EmpowerPlay podcast. In this episode we introduce you to your host, Ryan Van Praet, to the program, to a few brave rock climbers, and to the notion of being empowered through "play".

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Know Your Rights

CNIB Know Your Rights podcast logo. An illustration of a megaphone. Text: Know Your Rights.

How do you feel when you're discriminated against because of your sight loss? Join us for a 9-part journey where Jacob Charendoff hosts informative conversations with people who have encountered discrimination and reaches out to lawyers and experts for their input. Know your rights and learn more about the legislation, resources and laws in Ontario that can help you challenge discrimination.

Episode 1: Healthcare

Host Jacob Charendoff meets with Psychotherapist, Malini Ondrovcik and Health Law Lawyer, Lisa Feldstein to discuss legal rights relating to healthcare and common barriers people with sight loss face when accessing healthcare services in Ontario. 

Subscribe and listen to the rest of the episodes on:  iTunes / Spotify / Stitcher /  Overcast / Soundcloud / YouTube

 

SmartLife Tech Cast

CNIB SmartLife Tech Cast logo. An illustration of a  light bulb icon on yellow.Discover the specialized and mainstream technology that’s transforming the lives of blind and partially sighted Canadians. From the simplest and most inexpensive gadgets to help around the home, to the cutting edge in assistive technology, we’ll explain what it is, and how to make the most of it in your every day life.

Episode 1: Introducing Your Hosts

Jason Fayre and Chris Chamberlain introduce themselves and describe a bit about their background. They also give you a preview of what’s to come in future episodes.

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Unbound

CNIB Unbound logo.  An illustration of a braille book with a speech bubble icon on yellow.The 'Unbound' Podcast is a way for us to invite you to read books that you otherwise might not and join an online community of readers.

Episode 1: Introducing CNIB Unbound, An Online & Interactive Book Club

Books at your fingertips, between your ears. Stories are how we understand our world. They educate, provide an escape, kindle our imagination, and give us a better understanding of the human experience. 

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Venture Zone

CNIB Venture Zone logo. An illustration of a briefcase on a yellow background. The 'Venture Zone' Podcast showcases dynamic entrepreneurs who are blind or partially sighted and curates expert advice about successfully running a business.

Episode 1: Business, Blindness and Balance

Pina D'Intino runs an accessibility consulting company. She talks working long hours, balancing other commitments, and doing it all with sight loss.

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When I'm dreaming, I'm not blind

A painting by Perry Perrault of two owls, one black one white, flying high in the centre of a full moon in a blue night sky. Forest trees surround the moon

Created by the First Nations support group at CNIB in Thunder Bay, “When I’m dreaming, I’m not blind” takes listeners on a powerful journey of what it’s like to navigate sight loss as an Indigenous person in Northern Ontario.

The First Nations storytellers share their deeply personal stories and experiences with blindness while exploring obstacles, bullying, connection to land, helpers, Elders and language, mending and hope.

Recorded over six months, Eleanor Albanese facilitated sessions using sensory prompts (like sprigs of cedar and fir, pinecones, furs and rocks) to help draw out participant stories.

With a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, this community art project was facilitated by playwright, artist and author, Eleanor Albanese and coordinated by Willow Springs Creative Centre. The podcast was narrated by Michelle Derosier and recorded and edited by Zoe Gordon.

Rough Face Girl is an Algonquin legend. Elders granted permission for use in this podcast.

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