Newfoundland & Labrador

Leading the way on the Path to Change

Newfoundland and Labrador is playing a strong leadership role as the second provincial government in Canada, after Quebec, to take responsibility for post-vision loss rehabilitation therapy (PVLRT) through the continuum of care. In a fantastic win for the Path to Change, the Department of Health and Community Services agreed to provide sustainable funding for PVLRT last year through Eastern Health, a regional health authority with provincial responsibility for health care services.

Bringing assistive technology to those who need it

People with vision loss in remote communities often have very little opportunity to try out assistive devices that could make a big difference in their lives. That’s why CNIB was pleased to bring this hands-on experience to them last spring through an assistive technology tour across Newfoundland and Labrador, delivered by CNIB with funding from TELUS. CNIB staff and volunteers set up technology fairs in 11 communities to demonstrate the latest assistive technologies for people who are blind or partially sighted.

Learning life skills that aren’t taught in school

Growing up with vision loss can mean facing challenges other kids just don’t understand. That’s why, as part of our annual Summer Intervention Program, CNIB was proud to deliver an Expanded Core Curriculum program for youth with vision loss at our St. John’s Centre and in the community. Through this program, young people with vision loss aged 10-17 learned key skills that aren’t taught in schools, like cooking, travelling safely throughout the city, shopping independently and socialization.

Meet Holly Bennett

Despite being born with low vision, Holly Bennett is a visual artist through and through. She’s had a love for art since she was a little girl. And this fall, she’ll be entering her first year at Grenfell campus of Memorial University’s art program in Corner Brook, which accepts only a handful of applicants.

“People are always amazed at how much talent I have for someone who’s visually impaired,” says Holly. But unlike most, our team at CNIB isn’t amazed; we’re just plain proud. We’ve been working with Holly since she was a little girl, and she’s never been one to let vision loss get in her way.

Holly and her family have been involved with CNIB throughout her childhood – as she learned to walk with a white cane, grow into an independent teenager, and eventually, took her first tour with CNIB of the Grenfell campus she’ll soon be attending.

She says she’s nervous about moving away from home, but she’s also thrilled to achieve her dream of going to art school. Meanwhile, we’ll be cheering her on every step of the way.

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