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CNIB announces new partnership with Vispero (Optelec, Freedom Scientific, Enhanced Vision)

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TORONTO, November 4, 2020 – CNIB, Canada's largest non-profit serving people with sight loss, has signed a new partnership agreement with Vispero, the world’s largest assistive technology provider for the visually impaired.

Vispero delivers a high-quality line of optical and video magnifiers; wearables; scanning and reading devices; and easy-to-use software designed and developed to deliver innovative solutions that enable blind and low vision individuals to reach their full potential.

“We are thrilled to partner with CNIB as our missions are both centered around empowering those who are blind or low vision live full independent lives,” says Corneliu Hoza, Managing Director of Optelec Canada. We believe this partnership is instrumental in being able to bring accessibility technology to more individuals all across Canada.”

Through this partnership, people with sight loss across Canada will have greater access to Vispero’s products, including ones from their Freedom Scientific, Enhanced Vision, and Optelec brands as soon as they launch. Vispero’s products will be available through all of CNIB’s enterprises including CNIB Smartlife, CNIB Frontier Accessibility and its affiliate organization, Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada. In this exciting partnership, CNIB becomes the exclusive supplier of Vispero products in select regions across the country. 

In addition, Vispero will provide a dramatically increased training and support program for all CNIB and Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada staff via webinars, phone support and internal education courses. Vispero will also be offering CNIB an expanded distribution of demonstration units so users can experience the products first-hand before making a selection. CNIB will also benefit from significantly improved delivery times so clients can get their Vispero products right when they need them.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Vispero,” says Shane Silver, Vice President of Social Enterprise and Innovation at CNIB. “Throughout our long history of working closely together, Vispero has always demonstrated their passion for delivering outstanding, innovative products and services. This partnership means that we will be able to ensure that Canadians with sight loss continue to have access to the right products as soon as they become available.”

About Vispero

Optelec Canada is a leading global distributor, designer, and manufacturer of life-changing assistive technologies for people who are visually impaired and blind. Optelec Canada is part of Vispero®. Vispero has its headquarters in the USA and the Netherlands, and offices in Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

About CNIB

CNIB is a non-profit organization driven to change what it is to be blind today. We deliver innovative programs and powerful advocacy that empower people impacted by blindness to live their dreams and tear down barriers to inclusion. Our work as a blind foundation is powered by a network of volunteers, donors and partners from coast to coast to coast. To learn more or get involved, visit


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Terrie Elliott, Director, Marketing

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Alison Byczok, Director, Marketing and Communications

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