Know Your Rights Project – Working Group call to action

CNIB has received funding from the Law Foundation of Ontario for its “Know Your Rights” project, which will help people who are blind or partially sighted understand their rights under law in Ontario. Through this project we will be creating resources to help people with sight loss advocate for themselves, and to educate the legal community about the accommodation needs of people who are blind or partially sighted.
CNIB will develop several plain-language resources (fact sheets, videos, training, etc.) to empower the sight loss community with the tools to navigate the Ontario legal system and self-advocate to challenge discrimination through the legal process. In addition, CNIB will also be engaging in significant internal and external outreach activities, supported by these newly created training materials.
The project will be 15 months in duration, starting in January 2018, and will be developed in partnership with legal community organizations, as well as a volunteer working group from made up of 6-10 members from across the province.
Under the guidance of Duane Morgan (Executive Director, Ontario East) and legal expertise, the Know Your Rights working group will have an opportunity to contribute to the development of these resources. The Know Your Rights working group will also provide an opportunity to share professional knowledge and experiences, and ensure the proposed materials are effective and relevant to our community.
This is an exciting and important project; please review the Terms of Reference and consider taking part. To indicate your interest in the Know Your Rights working group, please contact Kat Clarke at 416-486-2500 ext. 7651 or


Know Your Rights Working Group – Terms of Reference


In support of this exciting initiative, members of the working group will provide insight and direction that will identify the required structure, format and content of these educational resources which outline the legal rights of people with sight loss in Ontario. 

Scope of Activities:

Members will help in the development of the Know Your Rights resources, which will:

  • Educate people who are blind or partially sighted what their rights are under law in Ontario
  • Educate the legal sector on how to fully accommodate their clients with sight loss
This will be achieved by:

  • Helping to decide how the documents should be structured and formatted so they are easily accessible and understandable to the sight loss community
  • Reviewing documents prior to, and attending monthly working group teleconference meetings
  • Assisting in the engagement of community members in your region when required (i.e. for surveys, case studies, etc.)
  • Supporting the development of the evaluation framework which will measure if we have increased legal knowledge for people with sight loss, and knowledge of accommodations for people working in the legal sector
  • Helping us connect with relevant external stakeholders that will help further this work when required

Composition of Working Group:

The working group will have a maximum of 10 members, comprised of volunteers, CNIB staff and external subject matter experts representing a broad range of skills and geographical regions across Ontario


  • Interest in and/or experience with self-advocacy and disability rights
  • Some knowledge of Ontario disability legislation (AODA, OHRC, Blind Persons Rights Act etc). Legal expertise or formal qualifications are not required
  • Good communication skills and ability to evaluate and provide constructive feedback on the materials developed
  • Connection to sight loss and/or a passion to drive forward CNIB's mission of changing what it is to be blind today
  • Willingness to champion the project within the community
  • Time and interest to prepare and actively participate in meetings

Time Commitment:

  • Monthly meetings and preparation/ review of materials prior to meetings.
  • 1 year (March 1 2018 to March 1 2019)

Method of Work:

Conference call and email


  • People sight loss will "know their rights" under law in Ontario and be able to self-advocate and challenge discrimination through the appropriate channels.
  • People working in the legal sector will know how to properly accommodate clients with sight loss


To indicate your interest in this working group, please contact Kat Clarke at 416-486-2500 ext.7651 or

Project Lead:

Kat Clarke
Lead, Advocacy (GTA) and Specialist, Government Relations (Ontario)

Executive Sponsor:

Duane Morgan
Executive Director (Ontario East)
February 2018

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