Local Programs 

CNIB Post-Secondary Orientation Program
 
Transitioning from high school to a post-secondary school can be nerve wracking for any student. Stress and anxiety are an all-time high as a student wonders what this phase of life will bring them. Unlike high school, a post-secondary environment can be faced paced with increased academic demands.
 
For a person who is blind or partially sighted that stress and anxiety can be substantial if you are not well prepared ahead of time. Early planning can help you avoid any delays in starting your program. If, for example, you require adaptive equipment, or alternate format texts, at least three months’ notice may be needed to ensure availability at the start of your program.
 
CNIB’s Post-Secondary Orientation Program for blind or partially sighted students is an opportunity for students to better understand the increased academic demands and eliminate barriers. CNIB Specialists can help you identify issues around accessibility and accommodation, orientation and mobility, independent living, using public transportation and navigating city streets independently and safely. 
 
Working with Memorial University’s Blunden Centre and College of the North Atlantic Disability Services, students are provided with an orientation of the facilities and an introduction to available services on campus. The added bonus is students also get to spend time with other blind or partially sighted students, share experiences and enjoy social activities.
 
The program is funded and operates the week leading into the Easter holiday each year. If you are a student or the parent/ward of a student who is blind or partially sighted, and you would like more information about this program contact;
 
Jason Rose,
Specialist, Career and Employment/Assistive Technology     
CNIB Newfoundland & Labrador     
Tel: (709) 754 1180 ext. 5810
Fax: (709) 754 2018
 
Post-secondary Youth Peer Support Group
 
Post-secondary life brings a unique set of challenges for individuals with vision loss. CNIB’s post-secondary group is open to individuals with vision loss who are currently attending a post-secondary institution or for those interested in attending university or college.
Group members are able to talk about the issues they are having and find positive ways to adapt and overcome barriers and challenges.
 
The group meets biweekly throughout the semester at Memorial University (St. John's). The group is also available to students residing outside of the St. John’s area via Skype.
 
For more information about CNIB’s programs and services for children and youth who are blind or partially sighted, please call the CNIB St. John’s Centre at 709.754.1180. 
 
Outside the city call our toll free helpline at 1.800.563.2642or visit cnib.ca/nl.
 
If you would like more information about this program contact;
 
Lynset Soper,     
Specialist, Counsellor & Volunteer Services     
CNIB Newfoundland & Labrador
Tel: (709) 754 1180 ext. 5802
Fax: (709) 754 2018
 
Early Intervention Programs support Children and Youth with Vision Loss in Newfoundland and Labrador.
 

CNIB's Early Intervention Specialists work with other partners in the community to help children and youth reach developmental milestones and build social skills through one-on-one instruction and peer programs. Families discover resources, receive counselling, and participate in workshops on raising – and advocating for – a child with vision loss.  

Our specialists spend the majority of their time working one-on-one with children and their families, working on developmentally appropriate activities and provide families, daycares and schools with strategies for living with, playing with, and teaching a child who is blind or partially sighted.

Parent Support Group

CNIB offers a support group for parents of children up to the age of seven. Some groups are interactive with the parents and children participating together, while other meetings are a more intimate gathering of just parents.  

Teen Group (Expanded Core Curriculum Group) 

A group of teenagers meet regularly to work on the skills covered in the expanded core curriculum, including travelling safely with a white cane, recreation and leisure, career, independent living, and social skills. Teens learn and work together in a fun and interactive way (e.g., rock climbing, participating in mock job interviews, grocery shopping).  

Annual Family Camp 

CNIB hosts a family camp every summer at the Lions Max Simms Camp in Bishop Falls. The camp, which runs from Wednesday to Sunday, allows families to interact with one another and share tips, experiences and best practices. Throughout the week, families participate in a variety of activities including boating, archery, zumba, swimming and crafts.

Summer Intervention Program

This six-week program allows families to work with specialists who provide one-on-one training with their child and help work towards – and reach – goals over the summer months. Children gain new skills and abilities as well as refine, practice and enhance existing skills.

CNIB’s St. John’s Centre has a Snoelezen Room and a toy lending library on site. The Snoelezen Room is a multi-sensory room used by children with disabilities to enjoy gentle stimulation (visual, auditory and olfactory). The room is filled with big bubble tubes, mirrors, fiber-optic strings of lights, and vibrating mats.

The Toy Lending Library allows families to borrow toys which meet their child’s specific needs and development goals.

If you would like more information about this program contact;

Kimberlie Hart,
Specialist, Early Intervention
CNIB Newfoundland & Labrador
Tel: (709) 754 1180 ext. 5803
Fax: (709) 754 2018

Email: Kimberlie.Hart@cnib.ca