Welcome to the Bowen Innovations Research and Development Society (BIRDS). BIRDS is a social enterprise non-profit organization, run primarily by people with disabilities, that supports the Camp Bowen Division of the Canadian Organization of the Blind and Deafblind and the Pacific Training Centre for the Blind Society.
When you select to get your products and services from BIRDS, you are supporting summer independence camps and blindness/Deafblindness skills training programs for blind and Deafblind children, youth and adults across Canada. Proceeds from the sale of our products are used to fund these important programs!
Solo-Dx Audio Description
Solo-Dx by BIRDS is award-winning audio description that you can synchronize with your favourite supported TV shows and movies. Originally conceived as Solo-DX, DX features such classics as Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone and The Walking Dead.
The catalog is being brought back in a whole new format, making it easier than ever to access your favourite audio description tracks.
When you are first seated at a restaurant, what is the first thing you do? Look at the menu, of course! But for people who are blind and partially sighted, restaurant menus are not usually available in a format they can read. Finding out what is on the menu often involves asking wait staff to read the menu, causing a feeling of dependence for the customer and taking up time the server could spend taking care of other aspects of the customer service experience. Providing braille menus at your establishment can lead to higher customer satisfaction, increased business, and time savings for your staff.
Canes and Other Travel Gear
Our selection of light-weight canes are perfect for independent travel.
Custom Phone Systems
Whether you need a basic phone tree to greet your customers when they call or a simpler way for less-tech-savvy users to join Zoom calls, BIRDS can produce a custom phone system for you.