Thanks to funding from the Toronto Arts Council through Open Door we hired a Blind/low-vision consultant in 2022, Vivian Chong, to create training that would expand our staff abilities to reach out to this community, and to help us with starting a Blind/low vision short-form mentorship program, which we are committed to continuing. This video was part of this training, and we make it available here for other organizations to learn from.
At the end of the first iteration of the program we held a private online literary salon with the writers. Part of the event was a recorded performance of an original song by Lucas Haneman, which we are also posting here to give you a flavour of that memorable occasion. Each participant’s story was read by a member of DD staff, and it was a moving experience for all of us. Please enjoy Lucas’ performance of his original song Snapshot as a memento of that evening!