Working as a collaborative team, Ora Inc. and BlindCAN Film Festival came together to create The Blind Canvas Project — an initiative focused on creating new ways to understand the human experience of blindness.

Using AI image generation software, we worked closely with individuals in the blind/low-vision community to transform their perspectives into expressive works of art.

Through these stories and visual pieces, the goal is to help foster a genuine understanding of the lives and experiences of individuals living with inherited retinal diseases, childhood visual impairments, and other conditions leading to blindness.

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Ora is the world’s leading full-service ophthalmic drug and device development firm, leading the field for over 45 years and helping our clients earn more than 80 product approvals. We support a wide array of organizations, from start-ups to global pharmaceutical and device companies, to efficiently bring their new products to patients around the world. At Ora, we have a deep commitment to our purpose to use our business as a force for good to improve, heal, and change how we see.

Ora’s commitment to this purpose is grounded in their commitment to patients. The essential contributions of individuals living with vision-related diseases form the bedrock of clinical research and provide invaluable insights that shape the development of therapies and treatments. Patients are not just participants; they are knowledgeable advisors and essential partners in the research process. 

Visit OraClinical.com to learn more.

Ben Fox, artist, and Steve Holt, producer/director, discuss ideas in front of a wall with a painted eye and clock.


BlindCAN is a team of industry professionals in the blindness community in addition to business, government, and academic fields that provide opportunities and training to those who are blind and visually impaired. The annual BlindCAN film festival celebrates what the blind CAN do, with blind filmmakers or those with registered disabilities submit their films for this festival.

The BlindCAN team offers monthly storytelling and filmmaking skill workshops with top industry experts and provides opportunities and training to those who are blind and visually impaired, often through creative partnerships. This team also works to promote training and education on use of White Canes in partnership with other organizations. 

Visit www.blindcan.org to learn more.


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