Community Resources

There are many resources in Manitoba that can help you meet your goals and lead a full, active life – whether it’s a sports club, eye health organization, recreational facility or an agency that offers disability benefits to people who are blind or partially sighted. Browse the list below to learn more.​

Manitoba

  • Vision Impaired Resource Network (VIRN)

    VIRN is 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 vision impaired to lead fully inclusive and productive lives. http://www.virn.ca

  • Canadian Deafblind and Rubella Association (CDBRA) – Manitoba Chapter:

    The organization is committed to assisting all persons who are deafblind to achieve, with intervention, the best quality of life. Intervention Manitoba Inc. is an outreach program of CDBRA and provides people who are deafblind with the assistance they need to understand the world around them. For further information, contact 204-949-3730.  

  • Career & Employment Youth Services (CEYS)

    CEYS is an employment service agency based in Manitoba. Their Abilities Project, in place since April of 2007 under the Manitoba Opportunities Fund, strives to offer assistance to anyone who self-identifies as living with a disability by helping them find an entrance to an employment opportunity. For more information on the Abilities Project, visit www.ceys.mb.ca.

  • Manitoba Blind Sports Association:

    Since 1976, the Manitoba Blind Sports Association has been the recognized not-for-profit sport governing body for Manitoba athletes who are blind or who have vision loss. Their mission is to encourage people who are blind or have vision loss to participate in sport at all levels of skill and ability, and to develop athletes of a national and international caliber. For more information, visit their website at www.blindsport.mb.ca.

  • Manitoba Association of Optometrists:

    The Manitoba Association of Optometrists (MAO) is responsible for the regulation of the practice of Optometry in Manitoba in accordance with The Optometry Act and Regulation. For more information, email MAO@optometrists.bm.ca or visit www.optometrists.mb.ca.

  • Resource Centre for Manitobans who are Deaf-Blind (RCMDB):

    Offers information, advocacy, public education. Refers individuals to appropriate community resources. RCMDB is associated with the Manitoba Deaf-Blind Association, Inc. For more information, visit their website at www.rcmdb.mb.ca, or email rcmdb@mts.net.

  • The Disabilities Issues Office:

    In 2002, the Government of Manitoba established the Disabilities Issues Office (DIO) to support and report to the Minister Responsible for Persons with Disabilities. The DIO works independently across government and coordinates policy and programs for persons with disabilities. On their site, you will find up-to-date information on disability services, policies and issues in Manitoba, along with links to other disability issues offices federally and provincially. For more information, visit the website at www.gov.mb.ca/dio/

  • Manitoba Human Rights Commission:

    Under the Manitoba Human Rights Code, employers, unions, landlords and service providers have an obligation to reasonably accommodate special needs of employees. Find out more.

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