by Ed Vaughan
Throughout my academic career and personal life, I have been concerned when individuals are exploited. Concerning blindness, I was always angered when I encountered educators and rehab workers with low expectations for blind people. This becomes worse when low expectations are embodied in the culture of agencies and organizations. Pelf is the Middle English word for wealth ill begotten.
Does this idea apply to people who make their money and careers while diminishing the life prospects of the people they are supposed to be serving?
People, Power, and Pelf full article
National charity has withdrawn all lawsuits and settled with kiosk operators By Yvonne Colbert
CBC News, Nov. 12, 2015
The Canadian National Institute for the Blind was at Province House today asking for more government funding for its therapy programs, but the non-profit is refusing to discuss the thousands of dollars it’s spent on legal action against former lottery kiosk operators.
CBC News reported earlier this year, the charity claimed in court documents that $100,000 had been misappropriated by several kiosk operators in Halifax, Truro, Bathurst and Summerside who ran lottery booths for the non-profit.
CNIB Seeks Government Money, But Won’t Comment on Missing Funds full article
Charlotte Macfarlane still trying to get $4,000 owed in wages from charity By Susan Allen, Yvonne Colbert, CBC News
Posted: Feb 05, 2015
Charlotte Macfarlane says she didn’t take any money from CNIB. (CBC)
Another former lottery booth operator working for the CNIB says the charity held her responsible for missing funds, though she says she wasn’t at fault.
The CNIB – an organization that helps visually impaired Canadians – is suing four booth operators in the Maritimes. They’re in Truro, Halifax, Bathurst and Summerside.
More Missing Money at CNIB Lottery Kiosks full article
By Geof Collis
May 25, 2012
How can they perform expensive Audits if their own website isn’t compliant?
Remember, just because it’s the CNIB, doesn’t make them an Authority or experts on web Accessibility and you’d be well advised to get other proposals if you want to go the Audit route.
Read more at
ANI Editor Note: Add the CNIB to this list.
by William D. Meeker
From the Editor: Bill Meeker is an active member of the National Federation of the Blind of Wisconsin. Generally he is a quiet person, and you’ll almost
never see him taking center stage. He is, however, one of those who, when he speaks, makes it clear that in his silences he has been thinking and has
something of import to say. His comments are part of an ongoing discussion on our listservs about blindness agencies and other not-for-profits that
seem to be changing their names and, in some cases, clouding what they do.
What’s in a Name? full article