Artificial Intelligence Helping the Blind

Over the past few months I’ve seen numerous articles about the potential risks associated with using artificial intelligence (AI) to accomplish tasks. People seem to fear that using AI will have negative results, ranging from accusations of plagiarism to the death of creativity. Simultaneously, I have seen numerous online courses and trainings that promise to …

The Final Paws for Thought

Hi everyone, it’s me – Fiji’s mom, Lois. This is an incredibly difficult post to write. It is written with pain and grief, and yet with a sense of profound joy and love. I had to let my beloved guide dog Fiji go after a short illness. She went into liver failure from an undiagnosed …

Paws for Thought on Being a Calendar Girl

Hello everyone, it’s me – Fiji! I’m so excited! It is finally October – the month where I am the calendar model for the 2023 SA Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind calendar. I remember I told you that I was going to be a calendar model, back when the photographs were taken. But back then …

A Tour of the District Six Museum

Having been notified that we had been successful in our funding application for the Inclusive Heritage ‘Kanala’ (please) project, our first step was to visit the District Six Museum to gain a sense of their existing exhibits and what the visitor experience might be like for a blind or partially blind person. Our plan was …

A Project on Inclusive Heritage with the District Six Museum

Following the success of the blind photography project, professional photographer Karren Visser and I decided to collaborate on a second project. We put in a funding application to the UK-based disability arts group Unlimited which, in partnership with British Council, invited proposals for projects promoting disabled arts. The project that Karren and I decided to …

Paws for Thought on My Beautiful Nose

Hello everyone, it’s me – Fiji. I took Mom on another adventure recently. This time we went on a street art tour of the place called Salt River. I’ve taken Mom there before, when she wanted to visit the Cape Town Society for the Blind, but we weren’t going there this time. Instead we went …