POOLaide Webinar: Blind Girls Swim, Too! Breaking Down Barriers to Inclusion in Aquatics

Blind Girls Swim, Too! Breaking Down Barriers to Inclusion in Aquatics

Kathleen Forestell
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 11am MST | 1pm EST

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(updated as of February 16)

This session will be on Zoom as a webinar (not meeting). Pre-registration is required. Click Meeting is not compatible with our blind (partially-sighted) presenter's assistive devices. Learn more about what happened here.  

What would it be like to approach the edge of a pool when you can’t see? In this session, Kathleen will discuss the spectrum of blindness, best practices for interacting with people who are blind or partially sighted, and accessibility in the built environment. There will be lots of time for questions and discussion about how this applies to the aquatics industry.

Kathleen Forestell is the Lead for Advocacy and Community Outreach for the CNIB Foundation’s Ontario East region. She retired from her first career in alpine ski racing at 21 and is now an accessibility advocate. She loves dogs and is currently working with her second guide dog, Lily. She is passionate about educating people about blindness, inclusion, and barrier-free attitudes, practices, and built environments.

A recording will be posted to our YouTube Channel within a week, assuming no tech issues! 

Show Notes

Updated after the webinar airs! 


Updated periodically - keep checking back!

CNIB Foundation (website)

CNIB Foundation (Facebook)

CNIB Foundation (Instagram)

Clearing Our Path: creating accessible environments for people impacted by blindness

Great Lakes ADA Center

Pick of the Litter (Netflix documentary)

Pick of the Litter (Disney+ miniseries)

How do blind swimmers known when to flip at the wall? 

Anastasia Pagonis living at the OTC as a swimmer who is blind 

Anastasia Pagonis (Instagram)

Anastasia Pagonis (TikTok)

Guide Dog Raised by NHL Team is Ready to Head to the Paralympics with His New Swimmer Owner

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