2015 CNIB National Braille Conference



Braille + written in braille 

Date: October 29 - 30, 2015
Location: Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Toronto, 475 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4Y 1X7
Toronto, Ontario

CNIB has been hosting its braille conference for more than 40 years. The first conference was a half-day event for Toronto braille volunteers that discussed braille best practice and has grown over the years to be a gathering of people from the vision loss, technology and braille communities to talk about braille advancements, education and teaching tools. 

Within the last few years, CNIB’s National Braille Conference has added in a secondary name to the conference “Braille+” to represent the plethora of topics covered at the conference because, it’s so much more than braille. Technology, braille advances, apps, programming, advocacy, accessibility, education and literacy topics are covered by a number of experts and presented to groups eager to learn. 

This year’s conference will cover those topics under two main theme umbrellas. 

Day 1 will focus on advocacy and breaking down barriers. Guests will hear from members of government, the media and clients about self-advocacy and learn ways to advocate on their own behalf for things like technology, city accessibility and more through the use of online tools. Guests will leave Thursday’s sessions with real tools that will help with real advocacy and produce real results. 

Day 2 will focus on youth and how to strive despite the perceived barriers of vision loss. Guests will hear from role models in the blind community, including an athlete panel lead by Victoria Nolan and Pan-Am Games athletes. The goal of Day 2 is to empower youth to go for their dreams. Guests will meet the genius kids behind the Treasure Box Braille program – which got its start at the 2014 braille conference. 

Over both days, guests will also have the opportunity to participate in a number of sessions hosted by experts in the fields of braille, advocacy, literacy, education and technology. Sessions and panels in this year’s program include: Introduction to the newest ZoomText, wearable technology, sighted parents raising blind kids and the Touch, Feel and “See” Art Show. 

The 2015 CNIB National Braille Conference “Braille +” program is now available for download.

NEW this year: The iBeacon Indoor Navigation System

BlindSquare and CNIB have arranged for the iBeacon Indoor Navigation System to be available for use during the 2015 CNIB National Braille Conference. Beacons have been installed in key areas throughout the hotel and conference area to assist with navigation. As you pass a beacon location an audio message providing further information about the area will be spoken automatically. In addition, there is a QR framed sign with a raised tactile dot located near the centre at the bottom of the frame. If you wish, you can scan this code using a BlindSquare app and receive further information pertaining to your location.

What you need:

  • An iPhone or iPad;
  • BlindSquare GPS app (available from the iTunes store); or
  • the free BlindSQ Event app (available from the iTunes store)

We welcome your feedback. Email your comments to Debbie.Gillespie@cnib.ca.

Thank you to the Courtyard Marriott for allowing us to install the indoor navigation system for the 2015 CNIB National Braille Conference.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Want to contribute financially to the success of CNIB’s National Braille Conference? Individual and corporate sponsors of the Conference play a vital role in the mission of the National Braille Conference. Help us reach more people, provide more insight and implore more knowledge. Find out how to sponsor the 2015 CNIB National Braille Conference.

Download: 2015 Sponsorship Package - Accessible PDF


If you have any questions about the conference, please contact us at CNIBconference@cnib.ca.

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