June 15, 2009
This week, we have a collection of 6 stories written by learners in Woodstock, Ontario. Joanne, Shelley, Joe, Liz, Scott, Rob, Mary, Sarah and Tom are all enrolled in literacy classes at the Gateway to Learning Program, a part of the Thames Valley District School Board. The students in the literacy class worked together to write stories and prepare photos and images for a 2009 calendar.
Through Sarah we have gotten to know a little more about the CNIB services and how they can assist people who are visually impaired. Sarah has her own worker and her name is also Sarah. Her specific title is Orientation and mobility Instructor.
CNIB Sarah has come to our Literacy class several times to orientate Sarah to her surroundings. She also has shared with us infonnation about her work and how we can be of assistance in a safe and helpful way to Sarah and others.
We learned there are different canes for different purposes. One is used for identification. one for balance and one for mobility. The white cane that Sarah uses is to assist her with mobility. It was most helpfhl to be shown how to correctly assist people with a vision impairment if needed with sighted guide.
"Literacy is an important part of my life and I am so glad I can come to class. I have a lot of friends in class."