CNIB expresses cautious optimism for budget 2015 increased investments in supplemental health benefits and supports for people living with disabilities a positive sign, says charity for the visually-impaired

10/28/2015

EDMONTON - As Alberta's only provider of essential rehabilitative care for the visually-impaired, CNIB is cautiously optimistic that increased funding for areas such as supplemental health benefits and supports for people living with disabilities will ultimately mean that more Albertans living with vision loss will be able to access the care they need and deserve.

Today, there are close to 53,000 Albertans living with blindness or partial sight. When considering the support network that is impacted by vision loss – parents, children, and caretakers – this number reaches close to 150,000 Albertans.

CNIB currently relies heavily on charitable dollars to provide vital rehabilitative care for Albertans living with blindness or partial sight. This is a growing concern when considering the increasing prevalence of vision loss given Alberta’s growing and aging population.

"A charitable model in delivering essential rehabilitative care is not sustainable," said John McDonald, Executive Director of CNIB Alberta. "We see potential in this budget that investments could be made to address this urgent issue."

Through its "We Have a Vision" and "Commitments Matter" campaigns, CNIB has been drawing public attention to this fact, and asking the Government of Alberta to address the issue.

For more information, contact:

Emily Kiss
Communications Coordinator
T: 403-261-7227 C: 403-473-8164
emily.kiss@cnib.ca

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