As someone with a visual impairment, I experience the lack of accessibility and inclusivity that tends to exist within our society. I am not alone in experiencing this. We, the people of the blind and partially sighted community all experience it. In experiencing this lack of accessibility and inclusion barriers are created in our lives. But, we can come together and in coming together we can share our common experiences and learn from each other’s successes and failures. Most importantly in coming together we can work together to find ways to eliminate some of the common barriers in our lives.
The Foundation Fighting Blindness Young Leaders Summit provides an opportunity for blind and partially sighted post-secondary students and young professionals to do exactly as I have described. My greatest passions are accessibility, diversity and inclusion. The Young Leaders Summit allows me to connect with people who share similar passions. I am constantly looking for ways that I can make the world a better place for people who are blind and partially sighted. The Young Leaders Summit provides several opportunities to help make this happen. I can bounce my ideas off other like-minded individuals, help my peers with their initiatives, learn from others successes and share my own experiences. I love to meet amazing new people – making professional and personal connections. At last year’s Summit I made many new friends and I am always excited to see them again at the next young leader’s event.
Now is our time to come together, to make a difference and connect with each other. There is so much that we can do together – the sky is our limit. We are the trail blazers, the innovators and the leaders. We are every day Canadians who happen to have vision loss and we want the world to see us this way. We are going to come together on November 5, 2016 and I cannot wait to see you then!
If you are a young person living with vision loss please consider joining the young leaders in Toronto on November 5, 2016 – so register for the Young Leaders Summit today! If you are a person who does not qualify for the Young Leader’s Summit because you do not experience vision loss there is still lots for you to do. Consider what I have said, find ways to make your life and the world around you more inclusive and accessible for all people. Remember to also keep your eyes open for initiatives young leaders are working on and find ways that you can contribute to them.
Story guest authored by Jack McCormick. Jack is an honours business student at Wilfred Laurier University and a member of the National Young Leaders program at the Foundation Fighting Blindness.He lives with Leber Congenital Amaurosis.