Blindness & Parenting

The Pulse

16-12-2023 • 28分

Joeita speaks with Ashley Nemeth about her journey as a blind parent raising three children.

Guest Bio:

Ashley Nemeth is vocal advocate breaking down barriers for people with disabilities. Ashley identifies as a deafblind woman sharing her story, educating and changing opinions on the importance of accessibility for all.


  • “How Can You Manage?” - Opening Remarks on Parenting (00:00)
  • Introducing Ashley Nemeth (01:13)
  • How Did it Feel to Discover You Were About to Become a Mother? (02:45)
  • Worries About Becoming a Blind Parent? (3:19)
  • Public Perception of Blind Parents (4:35)
  • Reaction of Medical Professionals (6:33)
  • Scrutiny from Social Workers & Family Support (7:57)
  • Educating the “Professionals” (9:21)
  • Relevance of Mainstream Parenting Books & Resources? (10:48)
  • Help with Managing a Newborn? (11:55)
  • Surviving the Early Years as a Blind Parent (13:03)
  • Squeaker Sneakers and Other Parenting Tips (13:51)
  • Accessibility Issues in Being Involved with Kids’ Education (17:00)
  • Congenital Conditions, Parenthood & Disability Discrimination (18:30)
  • The Joys & Challenges of Parenting Teenagers (21:56)
  • Benefits of Growing Up with a Mother Who is Blind (24:40)
  • “Take the Blindness Out of It” - Advice People Who Are Blind or Partially-Sighted and Considering Parenthood (25.58)
  • Show Close (26:59)

More about Ashley:

How Blogging Turned Ashley Nemeth into an Entrepreneur

About The Pulse

On The Pulse, host Joeita Gupta brings us closer to issues impacting the disability community across Canada.

Joeita Gupta has nurtured a life-long dream to work in radio! She's blind, moved to Toronto in 2004 and got her start in radio at CKLN, 88.1 FM in Toronto. A former co-host of AMI-audio's Live from Studio 5, Joeita also works full-time at a nonprofit in Toronto, specializing in housing/tenant rights.

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