CNIB looking forward to working with new provincial government

5/11/2015

Advancing rehabilitative needs for the visually-impaired a top priority for organization

EDMONTON – The change in Alberta’s political landscape provides a renewed opportunity for CNIB to engage with the provincial government on the current and future state of rehabilitative care for Albertans living with vision loss. Following-up on the #WeHaveAVision campaign that made vision loss an “election issue,” CNIB will be taking steps to ensure that Alberta’s newly-elected decision-makers understand and take action on the fact that rehabilitation for the visually-impaired – unlike many other medical conditions – is not fully-funded by our health care system.

“Our grassroots advocates worked very hard to raise awareness around sustainable rehabilitation funding with candidates across the province,” said John McDonald, executive director. “Thanks to their efforts, the recent provincial election saw many candidates – now MLAs – make strong commitments of support for this issue.”

“Now it’s time for CNIB to work with our new government to make progress.”

During the election, several candidates who are now elected MLAs indicated their support for full-funding and integration of rehabilitation for blindness or partial sight, including MLA-elect for Lethbridge-West Shannon Phillips who stated:  “This isn’t the first I’ve heard of this [issue]. You folks have been very good at making this an election issue and I commend you for it … Rightfully, these services ought to be brought within the umbrella of medicare.” 

For more information or to request an interview with a CNIB spokesperson, please contact:

JS Ryu
Director, Public Affairs
cell 780.901.6779
js.ryu@cnib.ca

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