CNIB Trick or Treating at the Legislature to Raise Awareness

10/30/2017

(Regina, SK) CNIB young clients will be at the Legislature today Trick or Treating to raise awareness of how CNIB services help people who are blind and partially sighted.

 “Not only do we want to show our government officials what our kiddos are capable of but we want them to understand that the increase in funding the Saskatchewan Government has provided toward vision loss rehabilitation has enabled CNIB to do more overall for Saskatchewan people with sight loss," said Christall Beaudry the provincial director of CNIB Saskatchewan.

The increase in funding of $250,000 to CNIB from the province of Saskatchewan started on April 1, 2017, and was the first step toward integration of vision loss rehabilitation into the continuum of healthcare with full integration happening on April 1, 2018, an additional increase of funding of $250,000.

Previously vision loss rehabilitation for the 14,300 Saskatchewan people who are blind or partially sighted in Saskatchewan was funded by CNIB charity events and donations.

“The importance of this ongoing funding means essential rehabilitation services for people who are blind or partially sighted – specialized services and programs that enable them to remain independent, healthy and active, in their homes and communities, and out of the hospital and long-term care facilities,” said Beaudry. "But for our kiddos it means our service specialists can now can go into schools without having to charge a service fee for any rehabilitation services we need to provide."

For children who are blind or partially sighted this means another step up in leveling the playing field. Luc Lemoine's daughter Émilie has been involved with CNIB since the beginning. Through CNIB's child and youth services she learned essential skills for independence that put her on a level playing field with her peers. 

"Having CNIB there for us right from the beginning has meant that Émilie has been given the tools needed to overcome many difficulties early in life. She has been able to enjoy growing up with her peers and her family and participate to the fullest. She's as independent as possible and becoming more so every day because of the help we get from the CNIB," said Lemoine.

About Vision Loss Rehabilitation Therapy

Vision loss rehabilitation therapy is the next step for Saskatchewan people with vision loss in continuing their heath care journey following the diagnosis, treatment and care provided by optometrists and ophthalmologists. 

Vision loss rehabilitation therapy ensures Saskatchewan people who have lost their vision due to injury or disease have opportunities to learn to use magnification and assistive technology, to participate in adjustment to vision loss counselling programs, to receive instruction in independent living skills and to learn how to use a white cane to travel safely and independently.

Vision loss rehabilitation is delivered where Saskatchewan people who are blind or partially sighted need it most – in their homes and communities, on the phone, online and at CNIB Centres in Regina and Saskatoon. This therapy addresses unique needs and is delivered by professionals with extensive education, specialized skills and experience in the blindness field.

About CNIB
CNIB is a registered charity, passionately providing community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life.
The primary objective of CNIB is to create an inclusive, accessible, barrier-free society that provides the tools Canadians with vision loss require to live safe, fulfilling and independent lives. For more information, visit cnib.ca.

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For further information and interviews, please contact:
Jackie Lay, Communications Specialist, CNIB Saskatchewan
Office: (306) 565-5417, Cell: (306) 540-3086 or jackie.lay@cnib.ca

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