The Politics of Blindness: Graeme McCreath

Meet Graeme McCreath. He's a physiotherapist in Victoria. He's blind. And he says it's time to radically re-think of the way blind people are treated in Canadian society.


The Politics of Blindness: Graeme McCreath

We started this segment with a clip from Graeme McCreath. He's a physiotherapist in Victoria and he's training for an up-coming 10-kilometre race. So he runs this route about three-times-a-week.

When Graeme says this is a challenge, he's alluding to the fact that he is blind. His running partner and the two seeing-eye dogs -- one retired, one still working -- are all there to help nudge him out of harm's way from time to time. But apart from that, Graeme charts his own course.

In many ways, Graeme defies the typical profile of a blind Canadian. In Canada, most blind or partially sighted adults don't have work. Many live in poverty. And that's why he has written a new book called The Politics of Blindness: From Charity to Parity. In it, he calls for a complete overhaul of how blind people are treated in our society. And he lays out a manifesto for blind citizens. Graeme McCreath was in Victoria.

C'mon Papa Reading

Well we've just been hearing about many of the challenges facing blind people in this Country... From getting a job... to undertaking tasks like banking... we'll leave you to think about one more and it comes courtesy of Ryan Knighton. He's a writer who lives in Vancouver. He went blind slowly, over the course of about 15 years. And then, he became a father. He wrote a memoir about the experience called C'mon Papa: Dispatches From a Dad in The Dark.

Last year our colleagues at CBC Radio's Wiretap asked actor Daniel Beirne to read an excerpt from the book about the first time Ryan Knighton took his daughter Tess for a walk on his own. She was four months old and strapped to his chest.

We aired an excerpt from this reading that first aired on CBC Radio's Wiretap in November of last year.

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