#eSight Together Virtual Chats & Events
Connect with other people with visual impairments through our events for the low vision community.
Upcoming Events for the Low Vision Community
Exclusive Coffee Chat: J.R. Bjornson
On Thursday January 21, 2021 at 12 p.m. EST comedian and YouTube influencer J.R. Bjornson will be joining eSight for an exclusive online coffee chat. With a humorous and comedic flare, J.R. will share how and why he started his business, the challenges and stigmas he’s faced because of his legal blindness, as well as tips and advice on how to overcome societal barriers. Attendees will also have a chance to ask J.R. questions during the chat and hear a sneak peek of his stand-up comedy.
Be sure to register today. You don’t want to miss this fun and exciting coffee chat!
eSight Coffee Chat – Every Monday!
Open mic style chats are always fun, informal, and interesting. Sit back and enjoy the conversation, or ask your questions and share your ideas. eSight Coffee Chats take place from every Monday from 12pm to 1 pm EST. Same time. Same zoom link. Registration not required.
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Highlights from Recent Virtual Chats
#eSightTogether virtual chats are highly informative. Read or watch the key insights shared by our expert guest speakers during recent events below.
Exclusive Interview with Chad E. Foster
Chad E. Foster, motivational speaker and author of the Blind Ambition, joined our CTO, Charles Lim for an exclusive interview about his stories, and lessons learned. Chad also discussed how he transformed the loss of his vision into a gift.
A message to the sighted community on #WorldSightDay
In honour of World Sight Day, the #eSightTogether community came together to share their thoughts and make their voices heard. We’ve put together a video highlighting some important messages from our community.
Flatten Inaccessibility with Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum
Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum, Director of Research at the American Foundation for the Blind, joined #eSightTogether to discuss the findings from the Flatten Inaccessibility study, that surveyed the lives of 1,921 adults living with low vision and blindness during COVID-19.
eSight 4 For Low Vision Specialists
Dr. Scott Gartner of the Lighthouse for the Blind, joined eSight’s Chief Technology Officer, Charles Lim, and Clinical Account Manager, Jordan Finewax, to discuss why the new eSight 4 is the premier solution for low vision patients.
eSight 4 Overview
Learn about eSight 4’s key improvements from Khurram, product manager, and Nadim, design strategist, who have been living and breathing eSight 4 since its inception.
Music with Joey Stuckey
Joey Stuckey is an award-winning blind guitarist, singer, producer, music columnist, TV personality and music educator. Joey shared how he approaches life with a disability, the behind-the-scenes of his fan-favourite Christmas album, and tips for learning the guitar while being visually impaired.
Golf with Hugh Montgomery
Hugh Montgomery is an avid blind golfer and board director on OVIG (Ontario Visually Impaired Golfers). Hugh gave advice on finding assistive golfing tools, getting a coach as a visually impaired golfer, and reducing anxiety while golfing.
Accessible Cooking & Kitchen Tools
Special guest Mary Mammoliti from Kitchen Confession cooks up the most delicious recipes every week on her website, and has appeared as an on-air food expert on Citytv’s Breakfast Television Toronto and Accessible Media Inc. She will share what appliances she uses in the kitchen, her go-to pandemic recipes, and her favourite accessible cookbooks and recipes.
Remote Low Vision Rehabilitation & Acuity Testing
Dr. David Lewerenz, OD, FAAO, from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology, discusses how he is still assisting low vision patients during quarantine. He also shares the tools he and Dr. Iyer at the University of Texas created to test visual acuity during online health visits.
A Candid Talk: Low Vision and Work
Yvonne Felix is an Accessibility and Inclusion Leader at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. She focuses on improving workplace inclusion, and how we can use technology to level the playing field for more equitable work practices. In this podcast, Yvonne discusses her perspectives on a variety of hot-topic issues, such as Bill C-81, how COVID-19 may have implications for accessibility stigmas, and how to stand up for yourself in the workplace.
The Future of Accessibility & Tech
Stephen Ricci works for CNIB Foundation as the portfolio manager of technology and accessibility solutions. In this article, Stephen shares what it’s like to be a self-described “in-betweener” (not fully sighted or profoundly blind), and where he thinks the future of accessibility and inclusive technology is heading.
Social Distancing with a Visual Impairment
Katie Mahoney of We Are Young and Kayla Douglas, a volunteer with CNIB Halifax, share tips for staying safe while getting your groceries, getting around, and reducing direct touch.