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 both Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
If you are interested in vision loss rehabilitation services, those services are offered by Vision Loss Rehabilitation Manitoba and Vision Loss Rehabilitation Saskatchewan, 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 Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
The following some of the rehabilitation services available through Vision Loss Rehabilitation Manitoba and Vision Loss Rehabilitation Saskatchewan:
- 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 mb.visionlossrehab.ca and sk.visionlossrehab.ca
Emotional and wellness support
Understanding and advice when you need it most
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.
- Join a CNIB support group and receive emotional support from other people who understand the impact of vision loss on everyday life.
- Call the toll-free CNIB Helpline at 1-800-563-2642 and get immediate, confidential telephone support. Many of our Helpline staff are blind or partially sighted themselves, and all are trained to assist you in accessing programs and services to help meet your needs.
- Join our Vision Mate program and connect with a caring volunteer who’s trained to provide assistance.
- Access counselling services through CNIB or recommended community resources.
- Learn about opportunities to take part in leisure, recreation and social programs in your community.
- More information on peer support groups in your area.
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.
- Receive an assessment and get 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.
- Get the tools you need to do your best at work or school.
- 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.
Find helpful products for better living
Shop CNIB offers Canada’s largest array of products and technology for better living with vision loss. Here are just a few of the products you’ll find at Shop CNIB:
- Around the house: magnifiers of all kinds; talking watches, timers and scales; large-button phones; and colour identifiers
- Fun stuff: braille board games, tactile dice, TV magnifiers and large-print playing cards
- Out and about: white canes, pocket magnifiers, specialty sunglasses and talking pedometers
- At the office: high-contrast, large-print keyboards; braillers; signature guides; and talking calculators
Click here to browse the Shop CNIB online store.
Career and employment services
Open the door to opportunity
The key to income, independence and inclusion is employment. Despite having a wealth of talent and skills to offer, only 32% ofCanadians who are blind and partially sighted are employed. CNIB is working to improve that statistic.
At your local CNIB Career and Employment Services office, you will find a range of programs to help you gain the skills needed to find and maintain employment. Besides working with employers and the government to raise awareness of the need for more training, funding and prospects for people who are blind and partially sighted, we work directly with you to build your confidence, develop new skills and find opportunities in the job market.
CNIB Career and Employment Services Specialists can assist you with your career planning journey. This includes helping you prepare to enter or re-enter the workforce, plan for education, deal with changing workplace demands, anticipate trends or changes, and upgrade or maintain your skills, with a specific a focus on vision loss and feasibility of choice. We offer interest and skills assessments, knowledge about employability skills desired by employers, information about labor market trends, and exploration of educational options.
CNIB has assisted many individuals in maintaining their current employment by providing specialized worksite assessments, such as examining lighting and possible computer adaptations, and then offering recommendations and facilitating equipment orders if needed.
We provide assistance for students transitioning from high school to post-secondary education, training or employment. We also help individuals explore career options and transition to a new career path.
We provide information on the availability of educational funding and wage subsidies for disability services and supports, such as technology, that can help you access education or start a new job.
Job Search Counselling:
We provide support on resume development, cover letters, disclosure, job search techniques, and networking skills, as well as information about job fairs.
For more information, contact your local CNIB office in Saskatoon (306-374-4545), Regina (306-525-2571), Winnipeg (204) 774-5421 or Brandon (204) 774-5421.
Child and family services
Build a brighter future for your child
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. Our child and family services . . .
- Help teens prepare for their futures, explore their career interests and transition to post-secondary school.
- Give children the support they need to excel, like braille preparation, tactile learning sessions and peer programs.
- Provide parents with educational materials, peer groups, access to local resources, workshops on raising a child who is blind or partially sighted, and more.
- Empower families to advocate for improved educational opportunities for the welfare of their children.
In order to reach all those who need us – no matter how remote their location may be – CNIB provides outreach services to outlying areas by holding “service days” in rural communities in Saskatchewan. At these events, CNIB specialists meet with local residents to provide services, demonstrate assistive devices and make referrals to resources that may help them further. For more information, contact the Regina CNIB office by phone at 306-525-2571 or email email@example.com.