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CNIB's Virtual Program Offerings

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Join us! Whether it’s children and youth groups, employment workshops, tech sessions or book clubs, our innovative programs are designed to educate, entertain and engage! Our free programs are available to Canadians who are blind or partially sighted as well as their families, friends and caregivers.

We kindly ask participants to register for programs at least one business day before the start date. If you can’t join us, register anyway. If a program is recorded, we’ll send the recording to registered participants. When registering, please provide your first name and last name, as well as any accessibility accommodations you require to attend and fully participate in the program.

Below, you'll find a snapshot of some of our global virtual program offerings. *For local program offerings in your province, visit: cnib.ca/en/event.

Advocacy

CNIB Know Your Rights now available in seven provinces!
Through the creation of plain language legal information resources, Know Your Rights aims to empower people who are blind, partially sighted or Deafblind to better understand their rights, navigate provincial legal systems and self-advocate to challenge discrimination. Initially only available in Ontario and Quebec, generous funding allowed CNIB to further expand this important initiative to Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan. Explore our website, download the handbooks, and familiarize yourself with your legal rights: www.cnib.ca/knowyourrights.

Sign the petition to the Government of Canada in support of accessible insulin pumps!
People living with diabetes and sight loss in Canada need equitable access to health care devices.  CNIB is supporting this petition initiated by Ryan Hooey, a Canadian living with sight loss and diabetes, which calls on the Government of Canada to incorporate accessibility as part of the approval process for new health care devices, and work with manufacturers to remove warnings on insulin pumps that exclude people living with diabetes and sight loss. Please take two minutes to add your name to the petition to the Government of Canada.

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Children & Youth

Braille Challenge – English Braille Quest
A fun braille literacy program (with prizes!) Use your braille skills at home or school to complete fun challenges including crafts and creative writing! Open to elementary and secondary students across Canada who are learning or using braille. Materials and instructions will be sent in January. Register Now.

CNIB Learning Academy Summer Programs – Now Accepting Applications!
The CNIB Learning Academy invites Canadian youth experiencing sight loss to join us for vital virtual and/or fun in-person summer programs! Take part in workshops and challenges that will help develop your pre-employment, leadership, independence, and social skills. Apply Today

Monday, December 5

Read Aloud to Me: Stories for Children - Monday Session
Every Monday, 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Virtual Music for Kids – Monday Session
Every Monday, 3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

Zoom Zoom Room
Every Monday, 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Tuesday, December 6

Virtual Music for Kids – Tuesday Session
Every Tuesday, 2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

Family Zoom Room
Every Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Read Aloud to Me: Stories for Children - Tuesday Session
Every Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Wednesday, December 7

Read Aloud to Me: Stories for Children - Wednesday Session
Every Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now

Thursday, December 8

Read Aloud to Me: Stories for Children - Thursday Session
Every Thursday, 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now

Tween Zoom Hangout
Every Thursday, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Monday, December 12

Read Aloud to Me: Stories for Children - Monday Session
Every Monday, 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Virtual Music for Kids – Monday Session
Every Monday, 3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

Zoom Zoom Room
Every Monday, 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Tuesday, December 13

Virtual Music for Kids – Tuesday Session
Every Tuesday, 2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

Family Zoom Room
Every Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Read Aloud to Me: Stories for Children - Tuesday Session
Every Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Wednesday, December 14

Read Aloud to Me: Stories for Children - Wednesday Session
Every Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now

Thursday, December 15

Read Aloud to Me: Stories for Children - Thursday Session
Every Thursday, 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now

Tween Zoom Hangout
Every Thursday, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Crossroads – The WRMS Monthly Meetup
Thursday, December 15, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

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Culture, Sport & Recreation, including Peer Support

SPIRIT Club – an online fitness platform! 
Registered SPIRIT Club members have access to a suite of accessible and scalable virtual exercises and healthy lifestyle classes, including fitness, Zumba, boxing, yoga, meditation, healthy cooking, etc. Classes are developed and taught by fitness trainers. Equipment is not required. Learn more

Play Ambassador Program
Do you have a “Play“ goal? Have you always wanted to run or walk a 5 km race? Learn to play an instrument, how to golf or take on a charity tandem bike ride? Are you already someone who is active want to share your stories to empower others? Become a Play Ambassador! Learn more

Monday, December 5

Let's Get Gardening
Every Monday, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

CNIBLakeJoe@Home: Curiosity Corner – All About Chocolate
Monday, December 5, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Accessible Yoga
Every Monday & Friday, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Story Corner
Monday, December 5, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Newfoundland Time. Register Now.

Tuesday, December 6

CNIBLakeJoe@Home: Coffee Break
Every Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Virtual Zoom Coffee and Chat - Moncton
Every Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Atlantic Time. Register Now.

Eastern Canada Social Meet Up
Every Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

The Good News Spotlight
Every Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Tuesday Games
Every Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Chair Yoga
Every Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Wednesday, December 7

The Bookends Book Club
Every Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Wednesday Social Hour
Every Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Atlantic Time. Register Now.

Gentle Yoga 
Every Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Parenting With Sight Loss – The Early Years
Wednesday, December 7, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

CNIBLakeJoe@Home: Music Trivia
Wednesday, December 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Thursday, December 8

Western Social Meetup
Every Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Mountain Time. Register Now.

Coffee Time
Every Thursday, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Newfoundland Time. Register Now.

Virtual Relaxation Yoga and Third Eye Meditation
Every Thursday, 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Central Time. Register Now.

Bible Study Group
Every Thursday, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Central Time. Register Now.

Thursday Games
Every Thursday, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Seated Dance Fitness
Every Thursday, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

LOBBY Seated Dance Fitness
Every Thursday, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

Interpretive Movement Program
Every Thursday, 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Family Feud
Thursday, December 8, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Friday, December 9

Mandarin and Cantonese Yoga
Every Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Guide Dog Handlers Chat Group
Friday, December 9, 1:00 p.m. –2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Virtual Coffee Group
Every Friday, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Central Time. Register Now.

Song Bingo Game Night
Friday, December 9, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

Accessible Yoga
Every Monday & Friday, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Monday, December 12

Let's Get Gardening
Every Monday, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Accessible Yoga
Every Monday & Friday, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Tuesday, December 13

CNIBLakeJoe@Home: Coffee Break
Every Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Virtual Zoom Coffee and Chat - Moncton
Every Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Atlantic Time. Register Now.

Eastern Canada Social Meet Up
Every Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

The Good News Spotlight
Every Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Tuesday Games
Every Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Chair Yoga
Every Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Wednesday, December 14

The Bookends Book Club
Every Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Yarnivores
Wednesday, December 14, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.Eastern Time. Register Now.

Wednesday Social Hour
Every Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Atlantic Time. Register Now.

Gentle Yoga 
Every Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

CNIBLakeJoe@Home: Campfire
Wednesday, December 14, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Parenting With Sight Loss Group
Wednesday, December 14, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Care Providers Virtual Café
Wednesday, December 14, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Central Time. Register Now.

Music and Friends
Wednesday, December 14, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Newfoundland Time. Register Now.

Thursday, December 15

Western Social Meetup
Every Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Mountain Time. Register Now.

Coffee Time
Every Thursday, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Newfoundland Time. Register Now.

Virtual Relaxation Yoga and Third Eye Meditation
Every Thursday, 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Central Time. Register Now.

Bible Study Group
Every Thursday, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Central Time. Register Now.

Thursday Games
Every Thursday, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Seated Dance Fitness
Every Thursday, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

LOBBY Seated Dance Fitness
Every Thursday, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

Interpretive Movement Program
Every Thursday, 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Less Trivial: Holiday Edition
Thursday, December 15, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Atlantic Time. Register Now.

Name That Tune
Thursday, December 15, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Friday, December 16

Mandarin and Cantonese Yoga
Every Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Virtual Coffee Group
Every Friday, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Central Time. Register Now.

Coffee-Talks
Friday, December 16, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

Accessible Yoga
Every Monday & Friday, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Saturday, December 17

Old Time Radio
Saturday, December 17, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

CNIBLakeJoe@Home: Frost & Flannel with Family & Friends
Saturday, December 17, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Coast to Coast to Coast Bistro Night
Saturday, December 17, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Atlantic Time. Register Now.

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Learning & Employment

International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP)
In May, CNIB, CNIB Deafblind Community Services (DBCS) and Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada (VLRC) announced a new partnership with the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP). IAAP is a not-for-profit membership-based organization for individuals and organizations that are focused on accessibility or are in the process of building their accessibility skills and strategies. Come to Work Talent Pool members can access a wide range of professional development opportunities offered through IAAP. Certification courses are offered at a discounted rate for IAAP members. Learn more about IAAP.

Microsoft Online Certification Courses
Free online certification courses. Learn More.

Thursday, December 8

Hire Event - VIA Rail Coffee Chat (Working at VIA)
Thursday, December 8, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

How I Did It! Session 2 – Mila Cherny, Educator
Thursday, December 8, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Friday, December 9

Body Talks: Body Language at Work
Friday, December 9, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Wednesday, December 14

LinkedIn Series – Session 3, Demonstrating Your Skills
Wednesday, December 14, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Thursday, December 15

How I Did It! Session 3 – Timeshia Wesley-Edwards
Thursday, December 15, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Wednesday, December 21

LinkedIn Series – Session 4, Job Hunting
Wednesday, December 21, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

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Technology

CNIB SmartLife Tech @ Home
The CNIB SmartLife Tech @ Home program allows participants to test cutting-edge accessible devices from the comfort of their own homes and beyond. Through this program, Canadians with sight loss gain access to life-changing technology– no matter where they live. Learn More.

Wednesday, December 7

Techstravaganza
Every Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Wireless Wednesday
Every Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

Saturday, December 10

Techstravaganza 2.0
Saturday, December 10, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Tuesday, December 13

Tech Connect
Tuesday, December 13, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Newfoundland Time. Register Now.

Holiday Tech it Out
Tuesday, December 13, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Atlantic Time. Register Now.

Wednesday, December 14

Techstravaganza
Every Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Wireless Wednesday
Every Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

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Vision Mate

Vision Mate Program
The Vision Mate program matches people who are blind or partially sighted with sighted volunteers who provide companionship and one-on-one assistance with everyday tasks and errands. Activities you and your match do together are based on your needs and interests! Vision Mate volunteers can assist individuals with various activities, including errands, going for walks, labelling and organizing household items, reading, or fun outings and recreational activities. Learn more

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