Niverville teenager creates online community for visually impaired children

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A 14-year-old girl from Niverville creates a place where visually impaired children and teenagers can connect with each other.

Taliah Braun was born with a condition called pediatric congenital microphthalmia, which means her eye is much smaller than the other. His left eye, which is blind, is covered with an ocular prosthesis.

Braun says she created a website called Vision Village.

“This is a website specifically designed for children in Canada and around the world who are visually or visually impaired,” says Braun. “It’s meant to connect kids and teens who have visual issues with each other. Also, to see they’re not alone.”

The idea for the website was formed a while ago, but in June 2021, Braun says she decided to take the initiative and begin the process of creating the website.

“I’ve lived with this visual difference all my life. I’ve always wanted to talk to or see other kids my age with their disability as well, to understand this challenge. Over the years I’ve told my parents that I wanted a place like that. We couldn’t find it so I decided to create a place like that.

Braun says she sees this online community as a way to create a sense of belonging for those who might feel lonely and to share unique and interesting stories with others who understand them.

For example, Braun says that since she was born, Braun says she’s probably had over 100 eye appointments.

“As a child, getting my eye prosthesis was not a fun process, it was uncomfortable. So when I was 11, my first eye doctor, Kathleen, asked her to write a note about [my prosthetic eye] which I felt was an encouraging word.”

The word Braun chose was “beloved.” With Braun’s newest prosthetic eye, she had her optician draw something on part of the lens.

“They said, ‘We’ve never done this before, but we can try it. I was able to have them draw a little owl and then a Bible reference at the back of the eye where no one would see it but I would know. . It’s a really cool thing to have and it’s a lot more fun.”

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