Valentina Gal writes: At the age of six, I was sent to the Ontario School for the Blind, one of the few places in Canada where blind children were educated. From then on, I lived a double life where my worlds were as far apart from each other as the North Pole is from the South, though the park in which the school was situated was but twenty-five miles from home. The stories about my time at what is now known as an “institutional school” talk about both good and bad experiences and how they helped me become the woman you see today.