New CNIB Programs aim to improve the quality of life for people with vision loss

8/29/2017

(Regina, SK) CNIB Saskatchewan is launching a new set of programs which focus on enhancing the quality of life for people who are blind and partially sighted. 

“These programs go beyond what our vision loss rehabilitation does by giving people with vision loss the same opportunities to participate in sporting and art activities, as sighted people have. And they go a step further with the new support programs and services by fostering empowerment, connections, advocacy skills, and so much more," said Ashley Nemeth, the program lead for community engagement at CNIB.

CNIB's inclusive programs and services support all the needs of people with vision loss and their families. Our Vision Loss Rehabilitation Saskatchewan services still exist and aim to foster independence for people who are blind and partially sighted. But more was needed to support people with sight issues adjust and gain the skills to navigate sight loss. 

Below is a list of CNIB Saskatchewan's Foundation programming: 

  • Peer Support provides a place for people to connect and gain their independence as well as learn new skills, and have the support of others in the same situation while dealing with vision loss. 

  • Vision loss affects the whole family. Care Partners provides family members an opportunity to connect with others going through the same thing and discuss ways to support and empower loved ones and while learn to deal with the emotional side of vision loss.

  • Life isn’t over when you lose your sight. Vision Mates - volunteers provide one-on-one sighted assistance and companionship which contributes to social inclusion and connections.

  • Youth Leadership provides opportunities for youth with vision loss to build connections, receive mentoring, gain leadership, employment and advocacy skills in order to gain independence and success.

  • Beyond the Classroom provides parents (and families) of students with vision loss the opportunity to build connections, receive support, guidance, education and advocacy skills in order to navigate the school system effectively.

  • Recreation Programs provide people with vision loss social inclusion and the same opportunities to participate in activities that sighted people have.

  • Family Fun Days provide opportunities for families (in which one or more individuals has vision loss) to meet with others for a fun activity and will contribute to social inclusion and connections.

  • Kids Camps provide an opportunity for kids with vision loss to enjoy recreational activities with their peers, while both enhancing and building life skills that will contribute to social inclusion and life-long connections.

For youth like Kaitlynn Lenius the Youth Leadership program means opportunities she wouldn't have otherwise had. 

"I am excited to participate in this program. I think this program is going to help me not only on my whole career but in life by giving me new skills.

For more information on the Foundation Programs please got to cnib.ca or call (306) 525-2571.

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, Phone: (306) 540-3086 or email: jackie.lay@cnib.ca ​

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