FAQs

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Does this project conflict with CNIB or programs at Lions International? Is there a need? Who is involved?

No. This project can be used in the delivery of services from CNIB and the programs offered by Lions International. The need for a resource such as ours is great. We are very pleased that, currently, 56 organizations and over 200 prominent people, including Stevie Wonder and the late Mother Teresa, have volunteered their expertise and encouragement. All are adamant that this is a world community project – one that will meet the needs of people with visual impairment and their circles of support both locally and internationally.

How can this be a community project?

This inspirational and informative multimedia Vision Loss Portal ~ a place to ASK! LEARN! SHARE! can have a profound impact on friends, neighbours, family members, and co-workers having to confront the challenges of assisting someone with a vision loss. Especially if YOU let them know it is available to them! This multimedia reference resource will be available to people in your community on-line and through agencies, hospitals, libraries… In fact, you could help someone access this resource.

What financial accountability is in place?

A member of Imagine Canada, A Life Worth Living has a Board of Directors, a Treasurer, an independent bookkeeper and an accountant who ensure that the charity is financially accountable. Financial Statements are filed with Revenue Canada every year.

What makes this project so “unique”?

Prior to initiating this project, over 700 companies were contacted, and yet not one offered a resource in keeping with our vision of a comprehensive, step-by-step approach to dealing with sudden vision loss. Our state-of-the-art, interactive multimedia online reference resource will be this much-needed, all-encompassing product.

What will this resource do?

This resource will help people have a sense of control in the decisions they make and give them a clearer sense of direction for their ‘revised’ future as they endeavour to maintain autonomy and independence.

Because of its comprehensive nature, the interactive multimedia reference resourcewill be of great benefit to everyone who want/need to:

  • understand what ‘disability’ really means.
  • learn practical strategies on how to live this “different” life at home and in the medical setting, neighbourhood or community.
  • understand more about personal reactions and the reactions of others.
  • learn how and when to assist the person who is visually impaired.
  • learn from others who have successfully faced similar challenges.
  • plan for a career and family.

When do you expect to complete this resource on sudden vision loss?

This is a dynamic project, it will never be done. Since it is such a new concept, it is taking experts in the field much longer than anticipated to develop it.  It was only in February 2009 that we could put this multilingual multimedia information online to meet World Wide Web Accessibility Standards.  No other format could handle this product.

Hours of broadcast-quality tape and animation are ready for posting.

Our multimedia team worked hard researching, organizing, and designing this resource.

Who wants this resource?

People who have lost their vision, their families and friends, professionals in the human service industry, and employers have all requested this format. Information is available, but it is fragmented and time-consuming to locate. Moreover, many topics, such as sexuality, are treated only superficially, if at all. Our resource will be comprehensive, addressing every pertinent issue and concern.

Why are you using such expensive technology?

A multimedia reference resource is cost effective, reusable over a long period of time, beneficial to a wide audience, suitable for broadcast and prepared for digital technologies. There are tens of millions who could use this resource in the comfort of their own home or on mobile devices.

Why involve the Lions Family?

It is fitting that the Lions Family should be involved with this project. With its familiar motto, “We Serve,” the Lions family is recognized the world over as the world’s largest service agency. Having accepted Helen Keller’s challenge to be “Knights of the Blind,” they are dedicated to helping the visually impaired.

Lions of Ontario, MD A and Lions Clubs International Foundation have donated $250,000 toward this multimedia resource.

Why not just produce this in an audio format?

People with visual impairments are a very important but small percentage of the audience. This truth becomes evident when you take into account the number and variety of people who will use this resource for practical instruction: families, friends, volunteers, professionals, employers, and community members. This resource will not only be used in homes, but can be used in post-secondary training programs, by agencies, and for broadcast.

There are many types of media, including text, images, graphics, audio, video, and animation. For our audience, even those with visual impairment, a visual approach to instruction is still the most effective teaching tool. However, every phase of this project will be conducted knowing that our resource will be professionally audio-described throughout.

Why use an interactive multimedia resource?

Recent technological advances allow us to produce comprehensive resource materials that are simple and easy to use. An interactive multimedia resource is the perfect format for ALWL‘s first project. Indeed, the development of this resource will serve as a model, demonstrating to those with disabilities how technology permits people with varying abilities to work on complex projects.

Digital multimedia format is the most cost-efficient method of disseminating educational materials to a wide audience, particularly when considering today’s highly multicultural society and the many other languages spoken by people affected by visual impairment. It also allows people to personally control the amount and speed of information they receive, and to review forgotten details in the privacy and comfort of their own homes, as well as in public settings.

Will this replace professionals?

Not at all! This resource is designed to be a tool to help professionals reduce the amount of time it takes to support their people in their search for information and their role in assisting families.