Community-based support

You helped Johanne be the mom she was meant to be.

Johanne EdelyonIn 2010, Johanne Erdelyon, 52, lost her vision. A mother of two teenagers, one with special needs, Johanne sought out support to regain her confidence. The Laval, Quebec mother received counselling from CNIB and participates in support groups that she says give her a new energy. Today, when she’s not on the go raising her busy teenagers, Johanne looks forward to weekly visits with her friend and CNIB Vision Mate, a sighted volunteer who helps her with everyday tasks, goes for walks with her and provides an open ear when she needs to talk.

  • Last year we provided crucial one-on-one counselling to thousands of people living with vision loss.
  • Our Vision Mate volunteers nationwide provide companionship and ongoing daily living assistance.
  • Our dedicated employment specialists help Canadians with vision loss meet their potential and achieve their goals.

Introducing kids to winter fun

This past year, CNIB was proud to partner with Para-Nordic Ontario to introduce cross-country skiing to children who are blind or partially sighted. Through this fun, exciting program, children not only learn to ski, but to improve their balance, depth perception and body awareness – and make some friends at the same time!

Supporting Canadians at the click of a mouse

CNIB has produced more than 35 “how-to” videos designed to assist people with vision loss and their families with basic day-to-day skills-building.. Featuring simple instructions on things like cooking, identifying money and using a white cane, the videos have been described and captioned bilingually, and are available on CNIB’s YouTube channel.

Empowering caregivers with advice and support

Last year, CNIB piloted a caregivers support group project in Quebec, specifically tailored for the spouses and loved ones of people who are blind or partially sighted. Unlike most of our support groups, which are for people living with vision loss themselves, this new group focuses on the caregiver’s needs, helping them manage stress, learn caregiving techniques and reduce feelings of isolation.

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