Before developing the Vision Loss Portal, A Life Worth Living shared our vision with a variety of people in Canada and the United States.  Their responses confirmed the need for a multimedia resource and helped shape our Vision Loss Portal.

“There is a critical need for those instructional materials targeted toward parents and other family members of blind and visually impaired children, teachers and the general community. The videos featuring both singly and multiply disabled children, and ethnic and cultural diversity, will be effective for use among audiences both in Canada and the US.” – Susan J. Spungin, Associate Executive Director for Program Services, The American Foundation for the Blind, May 9, 1994

“Clearly your plan is well intentioned, well organized, and complete. I believe that your emphasis on ‘real’ child, family and community abilities through illustrative awareness videos enhanced by brochures, holds the promise of hope, encouragement and ideas that any family or community member anywhere, needs and can use.” – Lou Alonso, Professor and Coordinator, Programs Preparing Teachers and O&M Instructors, Michigan State University, Sept. 26, 1994

On June 22, 1995, when Mother Teresa learned of A Life Worth Living’s plans, she immediately became excited, knowing the importance and impact the project would have on people around the world. Her blessing is reflected in the following message which still inspires us today:

“Do the work for the honour and glory of God. Include all disabilities. Work with missionary zeal to find out what people with disabilities need. Help them to feel the love of God. Produce the videos so they will touch the hearts and souls of all who see them.” – Mother Teresa, June 22, 1995

“I’m really looking forward to seeing this series going to full production because I think it is probably one of the most worthwhile things I’ve heard of that could be made available to people.” – Jeff Healey, The Jeff Healey Band, Nov. 1995

“Knowing that I can help the patient understand the implications of his or her vision loss more. It would save me time.  It would allow me to explore their needs for information more completely because we would have other questions that would flow from the video tape and it would be a comfort to me as a physician to know that this could be supplied when I am not around.” – Dr. Ray Buncic, MD, Chief of Ophthalmology, Toronto Hospital for Sick Children, Nov. 1995

“The Columbian Squires have ‘adopted’ ALWL as their principal charity because the program offers our organization an opportunity to have a direct impact on the lives of people with disabilities and their families… This project is unique and most desperately needed, as is evidenced by the tremendous outpouring of support from medical professionals, social workers, families, educators, and even celebrities such as Jeff Healey and Stevie Wonder.” – Jeffrey Beach, Columbian Squires Ontario Senators Club President, Nov. 1995

“Seeing your [promotional] video and hearing you talk, I see that you have ‘total vision’ about the subject. . . . I look forward to seeing your completed work.” – Rosemary Halawa, Program Development Department, The International Association of Lions Clubs,1997

“This video would be a much needed resource for young people, especially those who have lost vision and, more importantly, lost an eye due to various circumstances. I would lend my support to the production of such a video. . . . I think this is a tremendous idea and would have wide-spread benefit for many people, patients, and their families.” – Larry H. Allen, M.B.B. Ch., F.R.C.S. (C), Ivey Institute of Ophthalmology, London

“The College will benefit directly by making these resources available to our students who are working towards a career in areas such as Hospitality, Child & Youth Worker, Personal Support Worker, Nursing, Dental Care and Early Childhood Education. As well, other students who may encounter disabled people, either casually, or on the job, will benefit by viewing these tapes.” – John E. McGee, President St. Clair College, March 23, 1998

“Due to the rural nature of Michigan, students with visual disabilities and their teachers are often isolated…. This video series offers youth an opportunity to hear stories — real life stories — of people they can identify with. This may mean more than all the encouragement and motivation that a teacher can provide. . . . We look forward to incorporating your materials into our teacher preparation program.” – Susan Bruce, Professor and Coordinator, Programs Preparing Teachers and O&M Instructors, Michigan State University, May 22, 1998

“Volunteers can better contribute to this confidence-building if they can access comprehensive resource material. . . . I am also very impressed with the leadership shown by the women and men who are ‘leading’ this project.” – Pauline Boyle, Information Liaison, Hospice of Windsor/Essex County, May 1998

“…As the Executive Director of the Windsor-Essex Branch, I wholeheartedly support this endeavour. I firmly believe that there is a desperate need for the information and support that A Life Worth Living provides. VON, and many other health and charitable organizations, will undoubtedly make use of the materials produced by A Life Worth Living in our work in the community.  Furthermore, should the need arise, VON would be pleased to share our resources and expertise in this most crucial phase of this project.” – Jeffrey Beach, Executive Director, VON Windsor-Essex County

“The Canadian National Institute for the Blind us pleased to support your project to produce educational videos about vision loss.  The CNIB believes this kind of information in a video format could be very useful for our staff and, of even more importance, could have a positive impact for people who are blind and visually impaired.” – Linda Studholme, National Director, Rehabilitation and Technology, May 7, 1998