Limitless: Blind Beginnings Podcast
Episode 37 - Let’s Meet Jennie

Episode 37 - Let’s Meet Jennie

February 23, 2021

This week Shawn and co-host Ishita welcome Jennie Bovard to the show. Jennie has a new podcast on AMI called “Low Vision Moments” which is part comedy and part advocacy and she gives us a taste of some of the topics that she discusses on the show as well as talking how it came about, the importance of educating people about what it’s like to be blind or partially sighted, and much more!

Low Vision Moments
https://www.ami.ca/low-vision-moments/recent_episodes

Blind Beginnings’ mission is to inspire children and youth who are blind or partially sighted and their families through diverse programs, experiences, counseling and peer support, and opportunities to create fulfilling lives. Visit us online at www.blindbeginnings.ca to find out more!

Episode 36 - Let’s Meet Candice, Jaeger, and Maria

Episode 36 - Let’s Meet Candice, Jaeger, and Maria

February 16, 2021

This week Shawn welcomes a small group of parents, all of  whom have children who are blind or partially sighted, to the podcast. Candice, Jaeger and Maria all have participated in Parent Support Groups offered by Blind Beginnings, and in this episode they open up about their respective experiences - from their initial reactions to learning their child’s vision diagnosis, to the importance of building support networks and meeting other parents in similar situations.

Blind Beginnings’ mission is to inspire children and youth who are blind or partially sighted and their families through diverse programs, experiences, counseling and peer support, and opportunities to create fulfilling lives. Visit us online at www.blindbeginnings.ca to find out more! 

Episode 35 - Let’s Talk About Dating

Episode 35 - Let’s Talk About Dating

February 9, 2021

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and to commemorate everybody’s favorite “day of love”, we thought we would talk about a subject that almost everyone is passionate about: dating! Love it or hate it, dating is something that everybody has done at some point, but when you are blind or partially sighted, it presents its own unique set of challenges and situations. Join us for this very special episode as Shawn and her co-hosts Keisha and Kaya discuss their own dating experiences and talk about what it’s like in the dating realm being blind or partially sighted when your potential partner is not.  

Blind Beginnings’ mission is to inspire children and youth who are blind or partially sighted and their families through diverse programs, experiences, counseling and peer support, and opportunities to create fulfilling lives. Visit us online at www.blindbeginnings.ca to find out more!

Episode 34 - White Cane Week

Episode 34 - White Cane Week

February 2, 2021

White Cane Week is February 7 - February 14, and in honor of this we welcome Bill Conway, BC-Yukon Director of the Canadian Council of the Blind, who explains the origins and purpose of White Cane Week, the CCB, and covers some of the different events that are happening for this year’s celebration. 

Blind Beginnings’ mission is to inspire children and youth who are blind or partially sighted and their families through diverse programs, experiences, counseling and peer support, and opportunities to create fulfilling lives. Visit us online at www.blindbeginnings.ca to find out more!

Episode 33 - Let’s Meet Joey

Episode 33 - Let’s Meet Joey

January 26, 2021

We are so excited this week to welcome the very talented musician and producer, Joey Stuckey, all the way from Macon, Georgia! Joey joins Shawn and co-hosts Nika and Ishita to tell his story of how he lost his sight and what it was like to build a career in music performance and production. We talk about accessibility in music, how COVID has affected his touring and his production methods, and much much more -- including how he filmed an action packed music video for his song, “Blind Man Drivin’”! 

Watch the audio described version of the Music Video Joey mentions in the interview!
Joey Stuckey - "Blind Man Drivin'" Official Music Video (with Narration) - YouTube

Find Joey on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JoeyStuckeyMusic

Blind Beginnings’ mission is to inspire children and youth who are blind or partially sighted and their families through diverse programs, experiences, counseling and peer support, and opportunities to create fulfilling lives. Visit us online at www.blindbeginnings.ca to find out more!

Episode 32 - Programs at Blind Beginnings

Episode 32 - Programs at Blind Beginnings

January 19, 2021

This week Shawn welcomes two of the Blind Beginnings staff to the podcast to talk about some of the different types of programs that the organization is offering in the first half of 2021. Rob Mineault, the Communication Coordinator, and Emily Burkholder, the Program and Volunteer Coordinator, join Shawn to discuss the kinds of programs Blind Beginnings has offered over the years and what lies in store over the next few months.

Blind Beginnings’ mission is to inspire children and youth who are blind or partially sighted and their families through diverse programs, experiences, counseling and peer support, and opportunities to create fulfilling lives. Visit us online at www.blindbeginnings.ca to find out more!

Episode 31 - Let’s Talk About iOS and Android

Episode 31 - Let’s Talk About iOS and Android

January 12, 2021

What’s the better operating system for Smartphones, iOS or Android? Whether this question brings up an instant opinion or makes you scratch your head, this show is for you! This week we are getting a little geeky as Shawn and her co-hosts Clement, Ishita, John, and Nika discuss smartphone technology and accessibility and how their own experiences shaped their respective preferences.  

Blind Beginnings’ mission is to inspire children and youth who are blind or partially sighted and their families through diverse programs, experiences, counseling and peer support, and opportunities to create fulfilling lives. Visit us online at www.blindbeginnings.ca to find out more!

Episode 30 - Let’s Talk About Braille - Part 2

Episode 30 - Let’s Talk About Braille - Part 2

January 4, 2021

Not only are we excited that this is our very first episode of 2021, but we are also releasing it in honor of Louis Braille’s birthday, otherwise known as World Braille Day! Join Shawn and co-host Jinnie as they welcome Jill and Patricia to the podcast to discuss the importance of Braille Literacy as well their respective introductions to Braille and how that impacted its continued importance in their daily lives. Happy Birthday Louis!!

You can find part 1 of this extended discussion of Braille at https://limitlessbb.podbean.com/e/episode-22-let-s-talk-about-braille-part-1/

Blind Beginnings’ mission is to inspire children and youth who are blind or partially sighted and their families through diverse programs, experiences, counseling and peer support, and opportunities to create fulfilling lives. Visit us online at www.blindbeginnings.ca to find out more!

Music by https://www.fesliyanstudios.com

Episode 29 - Ask ABBY Volume 3

Episode 29 - Ask ABBY Volume 3

December 29, 2020

It’s the last episode of 2020! As we prepare to move into a new year full of hope and promise, we thought it was fitting to end with one of our favorite types of episodes -- our Ask A Blind Beginnings Youth, where several of our co-hosts answer questions from the public about what it’s like to be blind or partially sighted. This episode, however, is extra special -- we are taking questions live from Ms. Cote’s Grade 2 / 3 class during the episode! 

A huge thank you to all our listeners and supporters of the past 28 episodes! We can’t wait to share plenty more podcast episodes in the New Year! 

Blind Beginnings’ mission is to inspire children and youth who are blind or partially sighted and their families through diverse programs, experiences, counseling and peer support, and opportunities to create fulfilling lives. Visit us online at www.blindbeginnings.ca to find out more!

Music by https://www.fesliyanstudios.com

Episode 28 - Our Very Special Holiday Episode

Episode 28 - Our Very Special Holiday Episode

December 22, 2020

This week the bells are jing-jing jingling and the halls are being decked for this very special episode all about the Holiday Season! Join Shawn, Nika, Kolby, and Seerat as they reminisce about past Holiday seasons, discuss how their respective families celebrate, and more Holiday content than you can fit in a one-horse open sleigh! 

Blind Beginnings’ mission is to inspire children and youth who are blind or partially sighted and their families through diverse programs, experiences, counseling and peer support, and opportunities to create fulfilling lives. Visit us online at www.blindbeginnings.ca to find out more!

Music by https://www.fesliyanstudios.com

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