An exciting Path to Change announcement

We are thrilled to announce that CNIB and the Ontario Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care have reached an agreement about long-term funding for post-vision loss rehabilitation therapy. By mid-2017, these rehabilitation services will be fully funded by the government and efforts will be underway to integrate them into the public health care system. We will then be able to focus on charitable programs that complement and enhance these rehabilitation services – addressing the practical and emotional needs of Ontarians with vision loss, enhancing quality of life and creating a more inclusive society.

Dedicated support for Ontarians who are deafblind

Building on our continued commitment to supporting people who are deafblind across the province, CNIB has created a new division dedicated specifically to these individuals. Thanks to provincial funding, we operate the largest CNIB program in Canada for people who are deafblind, serving 400 Ontarians who have both vision and hearing loss. Our 109 staff members work one-on-one with deafblind clients, acting as their eyes and ears to help them communicate and integrate into their communities, and achieve as much independence as possible.

Fighting for the rights of people with print disabilities

We’re proud to announce that one of our most hard-working volunteers, Dorothy Macnaughton, recently won the Ontario Library Association’s 2016 Les Fowlie Intellectual Freedom Award for her years of advocacy for people with print disabilities. Dorothy began serving on the CNIB Library board of directors in the 1990s and played an important role in the creation of the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA), a partnership between CNIB and public libraries nationwide. Dorothy now chairs the CNIB Northern Ontario Board of Directors.

Meet the Thomson family

Shortly after she was born, Megan Thomson acquired a neurological vision disorder as a result of a brain injury. Since then, CNIB has been a lifeline for not only Megan, but her whole family.

One of Megan’s favourite parts of CNIB is our Lake Joseph Centre, commonly known as “Lake Joe”, which provides a blend of rehabilitation and recreation in a safe, inclusive environment. Whether it’s kayaking, swimming, or arts and crafts, Lake Joe offers it all – in a place specially made for people with vision loss. The Thomson family has been going to Lake Joe for “Family Week” since it was first recommended to them six years ago.

At Lake Joe, Megan has thrown herself into tubing and rock climbing, while her family has had a chance to meet and get to know other families facing some of the same challenges as them.

“As parents, we’re supposed to be a support system,” says Megan’s mom, Andrea, “but I think we unconsciously set limits at times, so being able to see others succeed is enlightening.”



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