If you’ve been reading my previous posts, you likely know that two of my favourite things are helping people to learn and having fun. Recently, I found a new way to do both
A few weeks ago, I joined a Facebook group called Cortical Visual Impairment, CVI Awareness and shared a couple of posts about my experience of being an adult with CVI. The posts were well received and some of the parents and teachers in the group told me it was nice to get my input because kids with CVI cannot always articulate their experience or tell their parents and teachers how the world looks through their eyes.
Reading those comments gave me a new idea to record videos about my experience with the ten characteristics of Cortical Visual Impairment, which I shared on my Life’s Not Over Instagram and Facebook accounts. I also shared a couple of the videos with the members of the CVI Facebook group and many of the members asked if the videos could be shared.
Being that the CVI Awareness group is private, it meant the videos could not be shared from there, which prompted about a dozen members to send me friend requests so they could see the videos on my own Facebook pages.
While it was nice to have so many new friend requests, they didn’t have to take that step because the Facebook page for my book, Life’s Not Over, It Just Looks Different, is not a private page, anyone can like the page and read any posts I put up there. So, if you’re reading this and feeling so inclined, feel free to give the page a like on Facebook, I’d be delighted to have you join us.
Seeing the great response from the members of the CVI group, and knowing there would probably be others who would find the information about my CVI experience useful, I decided the best way to make the videos easy to find and share, plus able to reach a broader audience, I started my own YouTube channel which, in keeping with the theme from the book, is called, Life’s Not Over, It Just Looks Different. As of this writing there are four videos posted on the channel, with many more to come. The videos I had originally posted for each of the ten CVI characteristics were not long enough, so I will be re-shooting each of those videos, going into more detail than I was able to share in a one-minute Instagram post.
When the idea came up to start this channel, I had a flash back to a conversation I had with a friend many years ago. We had been discussing a photo shoot that had been done at her house and I asked her how much the photographer re-positioned and staged things in her house for the photos. She laughed and said my broadcast background was showing. I told her, “You can take the boy out of broadcasting, but you can’t take broadcasting out of the boy.” Apparently it’s true because I’m excited to be shooting and sharing the videos for my new channel.
Doing the videos for this YouTube channel has been fun so far, and the members of the CVI group tell me they’re learning things from my experience that might help them with their own children and students. That brings two of my favourite things together. I get to teach people new things based on my experience and have fun doing it. That sounds like a win-win to me.