Advocacy Resources

People who are blind or partially sighted need to have the skills and confidence to self-advocate, if we are going to make real and lasting change in our society. This could mean contacting your local decision maker such as a councillor, Member of Provincial Parliament or Member of Parliament about an issue relating to your disability. Perhaps a service provider is not giving you information in your preferred format and you need to know how to navigate the system. CNIB has developed some tools and resources to give you the templates, how-to guides and information you need to get started on your own advocacy campaign work.

Advocacy Manual and Toolkit

These documents have been written for people who would like to learn how to advocate in support of causes that matter to them. While it has been written for CNIB volunteers, it can be used by anyone who simply wants to understand how advocacy works and how to apply advocacy best practices in support of any cause of their choosing.
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Instructional Videos

Michael McCarthy, a principal with Grosso McCarthy, has over 15 years of experience with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and over 25 years in health policy and delivery.

In this video series, Mike offers some tips about being an advocate.

Advocacy 101 – Part 1: What is Advocacy?

Advocacy 101 – Part 2: Government Relations 101

Clearing our Path

Over 4.4 million Canadians (one out of every seven) live with some form of disability. That’s a substantial group of users you cannot afford to overlook in your building project or public space.

CNIB developed the first edition of Clearing Our Path in 1998 to address the need for information on creating accessible environments for people with vision loss. CNIB’s recommended guidelines came out of 20 years of providing universal design consulting expertise in Canada, not to mention our long history, going back to 1918, of offering services and support for Canadians with vision loss and being the only national organization to do so. Since its release, this manual has become an invaluable tool for architects, designers, building owners, planners, standards bodies, and others interested in making indoor and outdoor spaces universally accessible.

This second edition of Clearing Our Path builds on the first by providing updated information based on new research, new international standards, emerging technology, and universal design principles.