Local Programs and Services

CNIB offers a range of community-based programs and services that empower Canadians who are blind or partially sighted – to see beyond vision loss. The programs and services below are available in Alberta.

If you are interested in vision loss rehabilitation services, those services are offered by Vision Loss Rehabilitation Alberta, a CNIB organization. Certified specialists provide training that enables people who are blind or partially sighted to develop or restore key daily living skills, helping enhance their independence, safety and mobility. These specialists work closely with ophthalmologists, optometrists and other health care professionals, providing essential care on a referral basis in homes and communities across Alberta. 

The following rehabilitation services are available through Vision Loss Rehabilitation Alberta: 

  • Low vision services: to help you learn to use the sight you have left 
  • Essential skills of daily living: to help you build the skills you need live safely and independently
  • Travel and mobility instruction: to help you learn to travel safely and independently with vision loss

For more information on rehabilitation services, visit ab.visionlossrehab.ca​



Child and Family Services

At every stage, CNIB is an essential resource for children and families living with vision loss – helping children who are blind or partially sighted grow into successful, confident adults.

Service offers:

  • Assessment of developmental needs associated with vision loss.
  • Consideration of additional disabilities, and environmental needs.
  • Life skills training.
  • Educational toys and games and toy lending library.
  • Children/teen/parent support groups.
  • Summer youth programs.
  • Early intervention programs.

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Consumer Products

Service offers:

  • Consultations and demonstrations featuring a variety of specialized technology, devices and products for partially sighted, blind and deafblind individuals.
  • A wider selection of additional products are available at shopcnib.ca.

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Assistive Technology Services

Discover a new world of cutting-edge products – from accessible audio book players, to video magnifiers, to computer screen readers and a host of other items to make life with vision loss easier.

Service offers:

  • Assessments and recommendations from our experts on assistive technologies that meet your specific needs.
  • Learn to use your assistive technologies, with instruction from a CNIB specialist who will help to make the process as simple as possible.
  • Find out more about the courses we offer.
  • Find out what financial supports you may be eligible to receive for the purchase of assistive products.

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Alternate Format Library Services

A variety of library materials in various formats for people with print disabilities as defined by the Canadian Copyright Act. Service available through your local public library.

Service offers:

  • Books available in braille and DAISY formats.
  • Online and audio magazines.
  • More than 50 Canadian newspapers accessible online.
  • Audio books in French and English.
  • Summer programming for children.

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Emotional and Wellness Support

It’s not unusual to feel depressed, angry or alone when you experience a loss of vision, and there will probably be times when you wish you had someone to help you work through these feelings. If you’re struggling to overcome the emotional challenges of vision loss, we’re here for you.

Service offers:

  • Referral to local peer support groups with people who understand the impact of vision loss.
  • Contact CNIB at 1-800-563-2642. We can assist you in accessing programs and services to help meet your needs.
  • Vision Mate program that connects you with a caring volunteer who’s trained to provide assistance.
  • Counselling services through CNIB or recommended community resources.
  • Join our Vision Mate program and connect with a caring volunteer who’s trained to provide assistance.
  • Learn about opportunities to take part in leisure, recreation and social programs in your community.
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