‘Our Community’ episode, Accessible Media Inc, July 2018
Pacific Training Centre for the Blind receives national recognition
CHEK TV, Veronica Cooper, Nov 12, 2017
Elizabeth Lalonde is the founder of Victoria’s Pacific Training Centre for the Blind.
“We teach braille, braille literacy, travel with a long white cane, you know, learning how to get around and take the bus, cooking, cleaning, financial management – anything you can think of to really support a blind person. To empower them to live a really full and productive life,” Lalonde said.
Program helps blind woman get life on track
Peninsula News Review, Kendra Wong, Oct 11, 2017
When Heidi Propp was young, she always thought she lived a normal life.
Blind since birth after her optic nerves never formed, Propp relied heavily on her parents for most things. Her parents cooked, did her laundry and drove her around, or she used HandyDart to get from one place to another.
In grade school it never seemed odd, but it wasn’t until she graduated from high school and enrolled at the University of Victoria that Propp slowly began to realize she wasn’t like her peers.
Shaw TV Excerpt, Jun 9, 2014
Blind Woman Fights For a Chance at an Independent Life
by Edward Hill – Victoria News Feb 8, 2014
Heidi Propp navigates through her house with ease, and finds her computer. Her Braille translator allows her to read the screen line by line, or to program code for web design, one of her favourite hobbies.
Blind from birth, the 35-year-old Colwood woman appreciates the safety of her parent’s home, but is itching to find a job and a measure of independence.
But making that leap to what sighted people might take for granted – crossing the road, catching a bus, cooking, shopping – requires intensive training, the kind offered nowhere in Canada.