CNIB and BlindSquare Offer Free GPS Navigation App for the 2017 Canadian Summer Games Making Accessibility a Priority

7/10/2017

(Winnipeg, MB) CNIB Manitoba and MIPSoft are proud to announce that from July 15 – August 31, individuals are invited to use the iOS App, BlindSquare EVENT​, entirely for free.

“CNIB believes blindness should never be a barrier when it comes to taking part in life. Accessible venues and transportation links are vital to ensure everyone can experience the best of our province. Partnerships like the one we have with BlindSquare ensures people who are blind or partially sighted can enjoy the Canadian Summer Games experience to their fullest,” said Garry Nenson, Executive Director, CNIB Manitoba Division. 

Over 36,000 people in Manitoba have self-identified as having some form of significant vision loss. CNIB wants to change what it means to be blind today by enhancing their client’s quality of life and technology is a part of that equation. 

“BlindSquare is revolutionary, in that it significantly improves independence and confidence in people who are blind or partially sighted by mapping out a specific environment, such as current location, a street corner, restaurant or other venues. 

BlindSquare assists in orientating blind and partially sighted people to their location without expensive modifications. Navigation apps like this improve the lives of people who are blind or partially sighted,” said Nenson.

BlindSquare EVENT will be available to all who attend the 2017 Canadian Summer Games taking place from July 28 – August 13 in Manitoba to help ensure that venues, transportation links, restaurants, hotels, event locations and the thousands of points of interest across Winnipeg (a 300km range around the city) are available to all.

"This event app was designed specifically for the 2017 Canadian Summer Games and will not only aid in navigation through all games venues but enhance the overall experience for people who are deafblind, blind or partially sighted." said Rob Nevin, BlindSquare. 

The full BlindSquare app is the world’s most popular accessible GPS-app developed for individuals who are blind or partially sighted. BlindSquare is available in 25 languages and in use in 160 countries. 

BlindSquare won CNIB’s Winston Gordon Award for Excellence in Accessible Technology in March 2015. The Award, which was established by CNIB in 1988, is presented to an individual or group who has made significant technological advances benefiting people with vision loss through the development of a product, software or application.

To download the free BlindSquare EVENT app for the 2017 Canadian Summer Games experience, simply go to the Apple app store and download it, or click on this link. The nonexpiring BlindSquare app, aiding navigation all over the world retails for US$40 and and is available here.

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
Specialist, Communications, CNIB Manitoba
Office: (306) 565-5417, Cell: (306) 540-3086 or jackie.lay@cnib.ca 

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