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out_of_sight_book_coverSue Boman's new book Out of Sight, weaves Carrie's story and engages readers with captivating detail. "I relived my experience of winning Gold in Sydney". The book explores the inspiring stories of amazing people. Publisher: SKilion Publishing, Ponoka, AB Out of Sight @ Google Books

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"Wow!" of the month (CNIB.ca InSight Magazine, 01/2017)

Meet CNIB's NEW Honorary Chair, Carrie Anton

A professional photo of Carrie with a big smile.Carrie Anton has had her fair share of adventures in life. There was the time she drove a race car down a high-speed NASCAR track. Or the time she went careening down the slopes on a mono ski. Not to be outdone by the many times when she stood centre stage as a motivational speaker, a technology guru and an on-air reporter for AMI TV. Oh, and we can't forget the time she graced the highest podium at the Paralympic Games in Sydney, winning her gold medal in goalball.

Now we're proud to welcome Carrie into her next adventure as she takes on the role of Honorary Chair at CNIB.

"I think it's important for me to be involved with CNIB [as Honorary Chair] because I want people with vision loss to be mentors and peers for each other," says Carrie, adding, "because going it alone with vison loss isn't easy. It's not easy for parents, for teens, for older people. It's not easy for anyone."  

Carrie should know. She's been connected to CNIB for most of her life. She was born with a condition called retinopathy of prematurity, and had only a tiny portion of vision to guide her way through the ups and downs of childhood. As a teen, Carrie took part in CNIB's summer camps, and that's where she first discovered goalball – the sport that would later bring her Paralympic glory with a gold medal win in 2000.

Suffice it to say, Carrie has never let sight loss hold her back. Since her days as a CNIB camper, she's gone on to become not only a gold medalist, but a sought-after public speaker, a television reporter and one of Canada's leading experts in assistive technology, serving as the resident Assistive Technologist at Alberta's Athabasca University.

For Carrie, the joys of life are found in pushing herself to do better, to meet and surpass her own goals, and to live life on her own terms.

"It's about challenging myself," she says. "I really thrive on being competitive with myself and pushing myself to my personal best."

We're honoured to welcome Carrie to the CNIB team! Check out the video below to get to know her even better. - Copy of original CNIB InSight Article

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iPad as an Assistive Technology Tool for Students with Disabilities, CSUN 2015, San Diego, CA

Dr. Linda Chmiliar and I presented the "The iPad as an Assistive Technology Tool for Students with Disabilities" research data  including Phase 2 findings at the International Assistive Technology Conference CSUN (California State University at Northridge) in March of 2015.

One of the first sessions of the conference, our session was full with people standing along the walls. There were developers of apps, teachers, users, and members of the AT and accessibility community in attendance. Others who saw us present phase 2 at the International Conference on Computers  Helping People wtih special needs (ICCHP), in Paris the summer of 2014, wanted to know more about the distance deployment model used in phase 2, apps that student chose and more. This study is published in the CSUN Journal of Technology.

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PACRim Presentation in Honolulu:

in May 2015, Dr. Linda Chmiliar and I conducted our last international presentations before closing the research project on our ground braking research about he iPad as a Mobile Learning Tool for Students in Post-Seoncdary education, who have disabilities. This PACRim International Conference on Diversity and Disability "Deep Impact",  was a great opportunity to connect with people from all over the world looking into UDL, education, and technology. Our presentation went great. Participants even stayed afterwards to get more information about the distance deployment strategies used for the iPads, the apps that students chose over a prescriptive method, support techniques and issues, as well as the educational benefits of providing alternative formats, accessible documents, and student success and satisfaction.

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Low Vision Aids and Technology Audio Presentation

This is an audio recording of the Vision Quest 2014 Conference presentation in Calgary, by Carrie Anton, Assistive Technologist. Carrie details the latest trends in accessible technology, including features of popular devices aimed to enhance the daily lives of people experiencing vision loss. Her buyer’s guide approach will help you find a device to suit your accessibility needs. The Youtube link to the below recording of the Vision Quest presentation is 24 minutes long.

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This Site

This site introduces Carrie, her projects, interests, involvements and sport career as a Paralympian for Canada. There are areas like Coaches Corner for athletes to connect for schedules and drills, other announcements with regard to adapted sport, assistive technology and accessibility. Contact Carrie for more information or to hire her for your project. Meet Carrie, a video created for the Alberta Innovates Conference.

Carrie Anton is a gold medalist from the Sydney Paralympic Summer Games in 2000, in the sport of Goalball. She continues promoting quality sport experiences as a director on the Edmonton Sport Council. Carrie has over 25 years experience as an assistive technology and accessibility specialist. She also has many roles in the community as a coach, fund raiser, and reporter for Accessible Media Inc. (AMI-tv). Carrie works on projects that advance and enhance quality experiences for people with disabilities in employment, education, sport and life.

Working hard and enjoying it is all about passion!

 

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Leader in the Community

A Motivating & Thought Provoking Speaker... Hire Carrie Today!

High Performance Athlete

Carrie is a Gold Medal Paralympian from the Sydney 2000 Summer Paralympic Games in the sport of Goalball. In 2002 Carrie was inducted into the Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame for her sport achievements & contribution to the community. She is an inspiring speaker.

Carrie's Sport Results

Team Building Facilitator

An integral part of the debut of a sport legacy with podium finishes at Paralympic Games, World Championships, PanAm & European Cups. Every team she works with delivers impact.

Team Building Sessions

Assistive Technology Specialist

Assessing, training and supporting users with disabilities for over 20 years, Carrie has the knowledge and expertise with a wide range of assistive and adapted technologies.

AT Services

Web Accessibility & IT Consultant

Documents, web sites, applications and your facility may require an update, input or an evaluation. It's less expensive to build it right the first time. She evaluates, recommends solutions and works with your organisation towards your goals. Carrie has also designed sites.

Guidelines, Checklists, Sample Pages