CNIB National Youth Council Life Skills list

British Columbia
Alberta
Saskatchewan
Manitoba
Ontario
Quebec
New Brunswick
Newfoundland
Nova Scotia
International

British Columbia

Blind People In Charge

Blind People In Charge is operational within the regions of Victoria and Nanaimo.  Facilitators of this program are blind, and the curriculum is designed to address the service gaps in providing employment readiness, independence and non-visual skills to blind working-aged adults. The Blind People in Charge program is delivered in a group format and focuses on a collaborative, positive, and empowering / problem-solving approach to blindness.  Website: http://pacifictrainingcentre.ca/programs/blind-people-charge

The Pacific Training Centre for the Blind

The Pacific Training Centre for the Blind is currently looking for blind and visually impaired people in Victoria, Nanaimo and nearby areas that are interested in taking part in a two-day a week program to learn the skills of blindness, independence and employment readiness.
Website: http://pacifictrainingcentre.ca

Richmond Centre for Disability

The Centre's purpose is to give people with disabilities the opportunity to participate in the community to the fullest extent of their ability and to improve their quality of life.
Website: http://www.rcdrichmond.org/

The Victoria Disability Resource Centre

A not-for-profit organization that helps people with all types of disabilities lead independent lives under their control and by their choice.
Website: http://drcvictoria.com/

Alberta

The Field Law Community Fund

The Field Law Community Fund is concerned with the total well-being, proper education, and provision of necessary adaptations for children living with a vision loss.
Website: https://www.fieldlaw.com/Community/Field-Law-Community-Fund

Children's Ability Fund

Their mission is to provide funding to enhance the independence of persons with disabilities throughout northern Alberta.  They do this by providing funding for specialized equipment. Website: http://www.childrensabilityfund.ca/

Cross Disability Support Services Initiative (CDSS)

The CDSS provides a diverse range of services across Alberta including community supports, promoting independent living skills training, and exploring volunteer opportunities.
Website: http://humanservices.alberta.ca/disability-services/cross-disability-support-services-initiative.html

Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Aids to Independent Living

Saskatchewan Aids to Independent Living provides benefits that assist people with physical disabilities achieve a more active and independent lifestyle.
Website: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/health/accessing-health-care-services/health-services-for-people-with-disabilities/sail

Sask Abilities Council

All services offered by Sask Abilities Council are available to persons with a visual impairment. Some services include: Daily Living and Rehabilitation Services (access transit, adaptive technology services and special needs equipment), Quality of Life: Recreation Programs as well as Employment Services.
Website http://www.abilitiescouncil.sk.ca/index.cfm

The North Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre

A non-profit, charitable, community based corporation, NSILC started in 1991 and is one of the 27 centres across Canada that promotes the independence of people with disabilities.
Website: http://www.nsilc.com

Manitoba

The Vision Impaired Resource Network (VIRN) Inc.

A non-profit organization that delivers programs and activities that focus on providing positive experiences and information to build the confidence of people who are blind or partially sighted to lead fully inclusive and productive lives.
Website: www.virn.ca
Toll-Free: 1-888-851-VIRN (8476)

Ontario

Canadian Helen Keller Centre

The Canadian Helen Keller Centre provides persons who are deaf-blind access to information and training opportunities to achieve independence and self-reliance through maximizing their abilities, as is their right.
Website: http://www.chkc.org/about_us.php

Centre for Independent Living

The independent living movement differs from a traditional service providing organizations by emphasizing peer support, self-direction, and community integration by and for people with disabilities themselves. This model embraces the notion that rights and responsibilities are shared between citizens and the state, focussing on building a country based on the principles of inclusion, equity, affordability and justice.
Website:  http://www.cilt.ca/default.aspx

DeafBlind Ontario Services

Founded in 1989, DeafBlind Ontario Services provides Intervenor, residential and other specialized services to adults who are deafblind.  With residential locations and community services programs across the province, their services extend into a wide range of communities in Ontario.
Website http://www.deafblindontario.com/

W. Ross School for the Blind O&M

Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Specialists at WRMS work closely with students who are blind, partially sighted and deafblind to help them develop the skills necessary for independent and safe travel. They make assessments and referrals and provide direct, one to one training. They monitor and support the development of basic concepts, sensory skills and protective techniques for safe travel.
Website http://www.balancefba.org/

Community Living Ontario

Community Living Ontario is a non-profit, provincial association that advocates for people who have disabilities to be fully included in all aspects of community life.
Website: http://www.communitylivingontario.ca

VIEWS For The Visually Impaired

VIEWS For The Visually Impaired is a non-profit provincial support and advocacy organization, working with other stakeholders, advocating for and providing opportunities to assist Children, Youth & Young Adults who have low vision or are blind in reaching their full potential. VIEWS helps families receive the information, resources and support that they require. VIEWS educates policy makers, families and the public about the abilities and needs of children, youth & young adults who have low vision or are blind.
Website: http://viewson.ca

Quebec

MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre

The mission of the MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre is to maximize clients' autonomy and community participation in order to improve their quality of life. Working in a collaborative and interdisciplinary fashion this mission is realized through the provision of specialized and ultra-specialized adaptation, rehabilitation, and social integration services to people with a significant and persistent disability.
Website: http://www.mabmackay.ca/modules/pages/index.php?id=39&langue=en&menu=4

Institut Nazareth

Through twelve rehabilitation centres, the Institut Nazareth offers residents of Montréal, Laval, and the Montérégie region (southwest Quebec) services including vision evaluations, daily life skills training, counseling, assistance with adaptive technology, and career support. The organization hosts over 6,500 offline documents on vision loss and rehabilitation, along with an online database, several videos, and an online store.
Website: http://www.inlb.qc.ca/

Quebec Foundation for the Blind

Website: http://www.fondationdesaveugles.org/en/

Association des établissements de réadaptation en déficience physique du Québec (AERDPQ)

Website: http://www.repar.veille.qc.ca/info-tcc/Association-des-etablissements-de

New Brunswick

MacDonald Centre for Independent Living

The MacDonald Centre offers a unique training program with opportunities for persons with physical disabilities to learn independent living and life skills in preparation for them to eventually move to the community. Participants in the program occupy an apartment during their stay at the Centre. They work with a team of professionals: a Home Economist, a Social Worker, an Occupational Therapist and a Manager of Client Support Services.

These professionals provide training in areas including home care, meal preparation, money management, social skills, recreation, communication, home management, access to community resources and the ability to direct client support services. The program is set for a period of three years, but this may vary depending on the needs of the participants. We also offer nine permanent housing units to persons with physical disabilities requiring attendant care.
Website: http://www.nbinfo.ca/record/HDC1491

Newfoundland

The Disability Resource Centre

On this Site, you will find services and programs to help develop your independent living skills such as technology and peer support services.

Website: http://www.empowernl.ca/

Nova Scotia

Yarmouth Life Skills

Life Skills began in a small Church basement just outside of Yarmouth, and has continued to grow since. Their programs provide support to enhance the achievement of participant's goals in the areas of life skills, social skills, recreation, community awareness and health.
Website: http://www.yarmouthlifeskills.com/our-story.php

International

Guide Dogs for the Blind

Guide Dogs for the Blind is an industry-leading guide dog school that includes a robust network of trainers, puppy raisers and volunteers.
Website: http://www.guidedogs.com

Leader Dogs for the Blind

The mission of Leader Dogs for the Blind is to empower people who are blind or visually impaired with lifelong skills for independent travel through quality Leader Dogs, highly effective client instruction and innovative services.
Website: http://www.leaderdog.org

Freedom Guide Dogs

Freedom Guide Dogs is a non-profit organization, located in Cassville, NY, that breeds, raises, trains and places guide dogs for the blind.
Website: http://www.freedomguidedogs.org/

Guide dog foundation for the blind

Promotes independence and the quality of life for people with vision loss.
Website: http://www.guidedog.org

Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Guiding Eyes for the Blind breeds, raises and trains their own highly regarded guide dogs. Students receive lifetime follow-up care.
Website: http://www.guidingeyes.org

The Seeing Eye

The Seeing Eye is a philanthropic organization whose mission is to enhance the independence, dignity, and self-confidence of blind people through the use of guide dogs. 
Website: www.seeingeye.org