The Status of Canadian Youth Who are Blind or Visually Impaired

A Study of Lifestyles, Quality of Life, and Employment

Dates:April 2003 to December 2004
Funder:Social Development Partnerships Program, Government of Canada
Full Project Title:The Status of Canadian Youth Who are Blind or Visually Impaired: A Study of Lifestyles, Quality of Life, and Employment
Contact:Research Administration Coordinator, CNIB Research, Tel: 416-486-2500 ext. 7622, Email: research@cnib.ca

This was a comprehensive study of the lifestyles of Canadian youth, ages 15 to 30, living with vision loss.

Researchers spoke with young CNIB clients and their parents about four areas of life:

  • Social life: close friendships, acquaintances and other social relationships.
  • Leisure and recreation: involvement in community activities, sports, and clubs, as well as sedentary activities such as watching television or using the computer.
  • Employment: whether they were employed, what kinds of jobs they had, and how they found work.
  • Education: years of study and where, subjects taken, degrees or certificates earned, and their motivation for choosing fields of study.

Interviewers also asked the participants about more informal, personal issues such as their dreams and goals, and what they hoped to achieve in life. They were asked whether they felt their vision loss affected their ability to reach their goals, and what other obstacles, if any, they had experienced along the way.

For more information:

  • Read the Executive Summary of this study:
  • Order a copy of the final report, available in English, French and alternative formats, by visiting our Publications section

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