BUSINESS BEAT: Training teaches historical method to sighted and non-sighted alike

Braille program draws on age-old techniques to teach communication

Its roots were developed nearly 300 years ago.

Now a local entrepreneur and instructor of the historic Braille system is expanding her program from blind and visually impaired people to sighted people as well.

“We are offering this class to bring public attention to Braille and to show people that Braille is a valid and thriving form of literacy that anyone can learn,” said Elizabeth Lalonde, who has been blind since birth. “People take courses in all sorts of things, like pottery, art, music, sign language, so why not Braille?”

Her company, BlindWay Training and Consulting, is offering its latest course, called Right on the Dot, starting tomorrow (Oct. 25) in the Fernhill Room at the Esquimalt Recreation Centre, 527 Fraser St. The seven-class course is $70 for sighted individuals; free or by donation for blind or partially sighted participants.

Visit www.blindway.ca or call Lalonde at 250-590-9048 for registration details or more information.

Victoria AM fundraiser turns back the clock

Cruise tourism greeters Victoria AM are marking the city’s 150th anniversary and its own 28th birthday with a special fundraiser for their activities on Oct. 26.

Attendees of A Victorian Affair are requested to wear historical, hysterical or even slightly risqué