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On Triple Vision, hosts David Best and Hanna Leavitt bring you the history of Canadians who are blind, deafblind and partially sighted, one story at a time, illuminating the challenges of the past, present, and future.

Triple Vision

On Triple Vision, hosts David Best and Hanna Leavitt bring you the history of Canadians who are blind, deafblind and partially sighted, one story at a time, illuminating the challenges of the past, present, and future.

Recent episodes

The Triple Vision Podcast: Season 1 Round-up

Authored on September 27, 2022

"In this last episode of Triple Vision’s first season, the team of David, Hanna, Sharlyn and Peter look back at their first year of podcasting and some of their most memorable moments.

From Professor Serge Durflinger talking about his book, “Veterans with a Vision,” in Episode 1, to colonialism, library services and several episodes dedicated to education and employment, the team recalls what they learne and what they are looking forward to next as they prepare for a second season.

“I’m looking forward to a conversation that talks about how governance matters, and which narratives take priority when we are talking about ‘nothing about us without us,’ and how the current governance models are not working to support that perspective.”

“The challenge that we have is that we’re such a small group that a lot of what we say gets overlooked. Even today, we see that a lot of the traditional ways of doing things lingers on. We have to try to figure out how we can shift that thought process; for example, today we depend on computers, technology, the iPhone, everything like that, and it makes a huge difference in our lives. But, for the most part, we are basically told what we need. We’re not given much opportunity to say, 'I am the end user and this is what I want. This is how I do things.'”"

The History of employment for Canadians who are Blind, Deafblind, and Partially Sighted: Part 4 – Do Employment programs Really Work?

Authored on September 13, 2022

In this last in a four-part series on employment, the Triple Vision team speaks to Jen Ferris and Wayne Henshall in order to answer the question: “Do employment programs for blind Canadians really work?”

Jen Ferras is a "Free Agent" employed by the Government of Canada working on modernization initiatives; she has been working towards her own employment program for Canadians who are blind called “Talent Launch Consulting” on the side. The idea is to seek out gig work from established companies and then provide that work to qualified individuals looking to start their careers, or change their employment situation for the better. “What makes it unique is that it's well-established. It's legitimate companies requiring work to be done on their projects, and it's meaningful work. It’s not just tokenism.”

Meanwhile, after 20 years in the corporate world, Wayne Henshall is now head of the Come to Work Program at CNIB. The program supports blind and visually impaired individuals moving along the continuum of vision loss through to the pursuit of work, careers and venture start-ups. The national program has grown from 30 participants in its first year, to now taking in 1,100. “The hard part is, how do you make the overall numbers change? We have such a high unemployment rate, it's three times the rate of the rest of Canada, and so I would say, are we making meaningful change? Two hundred and eighty of those 1,100 individuals have gotten jobs who had not been working for six months-plus, and in some cases had never worked, ever in their activities. So, that is a start. … Even if I got all 1,100 of those, that would only change the overall employment rate by less than .01%.”

Don't Give Me Shelter: Are we still sheltering? Part 3 of the history of employment for Canadians who are blind, deafblind and partially sighted

Authored on August 30, 2022

"In this third episode covering the unemployment story for blind Canadians, the Triple Vision team speaks with city of Winnipeg Council Member Ross Eadie.

We start by going all of the way back to Episode 5, called “Cane and Ableism,” when we spoke with Gord Hudek of Ambutech Corporation. Gord told us a fascinating anecdote about when he wanted to hire a individual who was blind in his factory. He was told by the CNIB that the workplace presented some safety concerns and that the person should probably not be hired. Peter asks Ross about this, as well as his life as a City of Winnipeg municipal Council Member - all to continue our exploration of the question, ""Why is the unemployment rate so high for Canadians who are blind, deaf blind, and partially sighted?”

“The City of Winnipeg takes accessibility overall quite seriously, actually. Sometimes it may not seem like that but if you look at our transit system and you look at our streets system, tell me any major city in this country right now, give me a major city, that has every signalized intersection outfitted with an audible signal. Every intersection Isn’t perfect, but every intersection has that.… My wish is that we could find more employers, and this would really help the whole cross-disability perspective, more employers who would consider positions that are more specialized that could be filled.… Again, I still don’t know to what engineer I need to refer to, to get someone to look at Ambutech’s actual workplace and not see why not to employ a person who is blind, but look at how to employ somebody who is blind in that workplace.” "