Blindness & Poverty In Canada

Worth reading for those blind & living in Canada. This article made me feel very, very fortunate I just got a well-paid part-time job as a teacher. I have no clue what the poverty rate among the blind is in the United States or abroad – but if you come across that information, do share with us.

Link to the Ottawa Citizen excerpt:

http://www.accessible-devices.com/poverty.html

Study done by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.

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4 Responses to Blindness & Poverty In Canada

  1. Catherine says:

    Hi
    Maybe you should contact with Give the Gift of Sight from any Lenscrafters. They might help you or deaf/blind people to see.
    Contact me if any question at OPTASL98@comcast.net

    Thank you,
    Cathy

  2. I don’t know specifically about blind people, but I know that poverty rates do tend to be higher among people with disabilities generally in pretty much any country. Someone at the World Bank named Elwan (1999) estimates that people with disabilities make up about 10 percent of the world population, but as much as 15 to 20 percent of poor people. Basically, this is a two way relationship: people who are disabled (whether blind or something else) are more likely to be denied opportunities to obtain an education or vocational training, and are more likely to experience discriimination in the job force, etc. Also, people who are already poor, at least in developing countries, tend to be more vulnerable to risk factors for disability: for example vitamin A deficiency which can lead to blindness; or poor people may need to take more risks just to survive (such as venturing into mine fields to find food).

    For more information on people with disabilities in general in developing countries, go to: http://www.worldbank.org/disability At the World Bank site, do a key word search to find Elwan’s 1999 article which gives a pretty good overview. (Yes it’s a few years old, but unfortunately not much has really changed since then–the little pieces of information that has been researched here and there only serve to support the general conclusions made in Elwan’s article.)

    Also, Gallaudet has a masters degree program in International Development and the woman who set that up (Dr Amy Wilson) has a web site with more information.

    Perkins School for the Blind also has programs in developing countries where they help set up schools for blind children, including for deafblind children. In many of these countries, there were no programs and zero education for blind children, or for Deaf-Blind children, before Perkins got involved.

    If interested in deaf people in developing countries, check out http://patriot.net/~ashettle/deafintl

  3. anon says:

    I have been bemused for sometime that you have chosen a nearly unreadable theme for your blog considering where you come from. Are you unaware that the light grey on black is all but unreadable, or are you making a point with that choice? I’m just curious. If you like it keep it, I can always alter it on my monitor for readability.

  4. A friend says:

    Thanks for the article, makes all of appreciate our health and the fact that we have sight.

    To anonymous, have you realised that maybe Christine chose a completely different theme to teach us a lesson about sight itself? I would like think she is making a point with that choice. 🙂

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