Community Resources

There are many resources in Nova Scotia and PEI that can help you meet your goals and lead a full, active life – whether it’s a sports club, eye health organization, recreational facility or an agency that offers disability benefits to people who are blind or partially sighted. Browse the list below to learn more.​

Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority (APSEA)

The Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority (APSEA) is an interprovincial co-operative agency and serves children from birth to 21 years of age who are blind, visually impaired or deaf, hard of hearing or deafblind and who reside in Atlantic Canada.

APSEA Programs and Services are provided in partnership with Provincial Departments of Education and include:

  • Consultative and itinerant teacher support for school-based teams and school districts in the provision of adaptations required for students (e.g., braille, visual efficiency, independent living skills, orientation and mobility, assistive technology), information and support for parents and families, as well as community agencies.
  • Preschool consultation and support for parents, preschool staff and preschoolers.
  • Orientation and Mobility (O&M) services provided in school and community settings.
  • Assessment Services to provide parents, schools and community agencies with information that supports optimal learning and development.
  • Assistive Technology, equipment, and materials are provided along with training for students and teachers.
  • Library services that provide and/or produce text books, electronic text, braille or large print and audio format.
  • Teacher and school team provides consultation and training in teaching strategies, techniques and assistive technology that accommodate for blindness or visual impairment.
  • Teacher training support for M.Ed teacher training programs for teachers of students with vision loss.
  • Short term programs to provide educational opportunities to develop the social, technological, recreational and personal independence skills and abilities that will accommodate for the effect of vision loss on learning and development.
  • Family Support and consultation services including workshops for parents/families, teachers and other agencies.
  • Transition Planning services for students who are preparing to leave secondary school for community work, or post secondary training including career development and summer employment support.

Bell Aliant Pioneer Volunteers

www.aliantpioneers.com

Blind Sports Nova Scotia is a recreation group for persons living with vision loss. For information and contact information, visit www.blindsportsnovascotia.ca.

Canadian Bible Society: Contact the Canadian Bible Society for a copy of the New Testament at no charge in alternate format - large print or audio. Please note that your CNIB Registration Number is required.

Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB):

The CCB Sydney Curling Chapter meets every Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Sydney Curling Club on George Street for a meeting and to practice. We also play regular curling on Monday nights at the same place. Our coach and guide help make this and other events possible. New members welcome. Contact Michelle Bartram at 902.567.6871 or mikemariabar@gmail.com.

The CCB Sydney Chapter meets once monthly (usually first Wednesday of the month) at the Ashby Legion Branch 138. We are active in advocacy, awareness, sports & recreation, and education. New members welcome. Contact Raymond Young at 902.539.2729 or raymondyoung@eastlink.ca.

The CCB Sports & Recreation Chapter is a group that organizes and facilitates recreational activities and fund raising events in order to raise funds to help CCB individuals to participate in CCB activities. For more information contact Brenda Green at 902.425.2977 or email velvet@bellaliant.net.

Anyone who does not live in these areas or has a separate interest and would like to find out more about the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) please contact Louise Gillis at 902.564.4102 or email louise.gillis@eastlink.ca

Colchester Vision Impaired Recreation Association: Promotes activities such as bowling, fishing and summer barbeques for socialization and fun. Please contact Philip Doucett at 895-7426 or pdoucett@ns.sympatico.ca.

The Halifax Blind and Visually Impaired Bowling League meets every Wednesday evening, 6:30 p.m., Fairlanes Bowling Centre, Halifax Shopping Centre. $5.00 per person each evening. New members welcome. Contact Leon Keyes at 902-464-0038.

Fishing Licenses:

  • Nova Scotia: Recreational fishing licenses are available at local Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources offices across the province. There is no charge for people with vision loss. When requesting a license you will be required to show a CNIB identification card or other proof of vision loss such as a letter from your doctor.
  • Prince Edward Island: Recreational fishing licenses are available at no charge for anyone over 65 years of age. Apply to any fishing license outlet.

Parking Permits:

  • Nova Scotia: Applications for Accessible Parking Permits are available to people with vision loss at Access Nova Scotia. Application forms must be completed and signed by your family physician. Permits are free of charge. Contact 1-800-898-7668.
  • Prince Edward Island: Accessible Parking Permits for people with vision loss are available at the Prince Edward Island Council of the Disabled, 25 University Avenue, Suite 300, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N7. Application forms must be completed and signed by your family physician. An annual fee is charged for parking permits. Contact: 892-9149.

Veteran Services: Veterans Affairs Canada and CNIB have a service relationship for veterans with vision loss who qualify. Contact Veterans Affairs Canada or your VAC worker for details. Contact Atlantic Regional office at 1-866-522-2122 English or 1-866-522-2022 French.