CNIB Holds Training Session to Help People with Sight Loss Gain Independence


TORONTO, ON - CNIB held a workshop on iPhone and iPad Accessibility Basics for people with sight loss on August 8. The one-hour program at the Apple store in the Eaton Centre introduced the assistive technology of Voiceover, which allows users to hear a description of what’s happening on their telephone or tablet screen.

"Living with sight loss can make you feel cut off from other people. Offering training so individuals who are blind or partially sighted can better use technology is one way of making it easier to socialize with others," says Angela Bonfanti, Executive Director, CNIB Ontario – GTA. "People with sight loss can do almost anything– they just do it a little differently than those of us who are 'retina-dependant'. This training allows people in our community to socialize and communicate as much as the rest of us. We all gain," she adds.

Shane Laurnitus, Lead, Accessible Technology at CNIB has helped coordinate workshops with various community partners. Shane, who has sight loss, explains that accessible technology can transform the lives of individuals with sight loss, but they need to learn what will work best for them and how to use it. "Technology can be so helpful in people’s lives, regardless of their vision capabilities. We’re leveling the playing field for people with sight loss so that they can have the same opportunities as everyone else."

CNIB also offers an Accessible Technology Support program at its new Community Hub at 1525 Yonge Street, at St. Clair, which provides a forum for learning from others and a place to go when there's a problem. "The public, and that includes employers, should recognize that people with sight loss have tools that allow them to be capable, productive individuals," says Laurnitus.

The Accessible Technology Support program, like all CNIB programs, is funded through generous support from the public.

To learn more about the Accessible Technology Support program offered by CNIB, please visit
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