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CNIB Because Braille

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Join host Rhonda Underhill-Gray as she talks to p…


Braille Creative Writing Contest Winner Kelsey Chen
Jan 4 • 20 min
Happy World Braille Day! Today, we are featuring Kelsey Chen from Vancouver, B.C., winner of first prize in the group 1 category. Kelsey reads her winning story, and the Chen family sits down for an interview with Rhonda. For more information about the…
Braille Creative Writing Contest Winner Zara Gandhi
Jan 3 • 24 min
Only one more day until World Braille Day! We are continuing with our list of winners of the 2019 Creative Writing contest. Today, we are featuring Zara Gandhi from Markham, Ontario, winner of first prize in the group 2 category. We’ll hear her winning…
Braille Creative Writing Contest Winner Zachary Abdallah
Jan 2 • 25 min
World Braille Day is only 2 days away! In celebration, we will be interviewing the winners of the 2019 Braille Creative Writing Contest, as well as hearing the stories they wrote. Today we are featuring Zachary Abdallah from Calgary, Alberta, first prize…
Darleen Bogart
Dec 18, 2019 • 28 min
This week, Rhonda is joined by Darleen Bogart, a CNIB veteran of over 50 years! Darleen takes us on a journey of her history with CNIB, from her early days as a volunteer transcriber, throughout her time at the CNIB Library. This also serves as a mini…
Ryan Hooey
Dec 11, 2019 • 25 min
Blinded later in life due to diabetes Retinopathy, Ryan Hooey was quick to discover that braille was not only necessary for literacy, but very, very cool. With a daughter on the way, he has an exciting opportunity to incorporate braille into his life as a…
Jo Billard
Dec 4, 2019 • 21 min
This week on Because Braille, Rhonda sits down with Jo Billard, who is an avid reader of braille books and is passionate about braille advocacy and literacy. She has worked with children in after-school programs, and devotes a lot of time to Club At The…
Chris Chamberlin
Oct 29, 2019 • 37 min
This week on Because Braille, we’ve got the former president and owner of Frontier Computing, Chris Chamberlin! He and Rhonda take a deep dive into the past, present and future of Braille, exploring the exciting world of technological pluralism in which…
Robert Just
Oct 15, 2019 • 40 min
Rhonda is joined by a long time transcriber, professional dictatypist and an old acquaintance from out East, Robert Just. Robert takes us on a journey through his life with braille in the way Maritimers do: through a series of stories and anecdotes. For…
Sue Vaile
Oct 7, 2019 • 29 min
Rhonda is joined by Sue Vaile, who is an artist who lost her sight as an adult due to type 1 diabetes, Diabetic retinopathy, and a stroke. In the beginning of her rehabilitation she was determined to learn Braille simply out of necessity, only to discover…
Barbara Davis
Sep 23, 2019 • 39 min
Rhonda is joined by Barbara Davis, a deafblind full time braille user who lost her vision later on in life, back in 2014. The two discuss how blind and deafblind individuals experience braille differently, along with Barbara’s extensive involvement and…
Introducing Because Braille
Sep 10, 2019 • 31 min
Host Rhonda Underhill-Gray chats with Karen Brophey, Program Lead, Literacy for the GTA Foundation and a long-time advocate for braille literacy. The two discuss upcoming world-wide braille events to look forward to, the dichotomy of the perceived notion…