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Provincial government responds to the CNIB Foundation about accessibility issues with Ontario Health Card renewal process

April 22, 2020
Over the last few months, the CNIB Foundation has been asking the Ontario government to ensure Ontarians who are blind, partially sighted or Deafblind have equal access to renewing their health card online. As it stands, a person needs a valid Ontario driver's licence, which is unacceptable because it prevents Ontarians with sight loss from using the same process. At the end of March, we received a response from Lisa Thompson, Minister of Government and Consumer Services.
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A chat with Joan Kelley Walker and Angela Bonfanti

April 21, 2020
Award-winning philanthropist and humanitarian, Joan Kelley Walker, sits down with Angela Bonfanti, Senior Vice President, CNIB Foundation Programs, for an intimate chat about COVID-19 and how it has impacted the sight loss community.
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Canadians urged to keep safe distance from guide dog teams

April 20, 2020
CNIB Guide Dogs is urging Canadians to keep a safe distance from guide dog teams. Lives may depend on it.
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National Volunteer Week 2020 

April 20, 2020
National Volunteer Week (April 19-25) is a time to celebrate and thank volunteers. This week, our website will feature volunteer stories from across the country. Take a few minutes to read their stories and, more importantly, take a moment to say thank you. 
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Equalize – April 2020

January 20, 2020
In this issue, we discuss the CNIB Foundation's Ontario Budget Ask. We talk to Jacob Charendoff about a complaint he filed with the Ontario Human Rights Commission, and we learn more about The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Robyn Rennie tells us about her passion for making art accessible, and Bernard Akuoko shares his story about growing up with sight loss as a young black man. We also hear from an advocate in Northern Ontario about his advocacy journey for accessible pedestrian signals.
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Physical distancing is impractical for many Canadians with sight loss

April 09, 2020
In response to the Public Health Agency of Canada’s recommendation that everyone keep a distance of at least two metres from others at all times, the CNIB Foundation is urging people to consider something very important: Canadians who are blind or partially sighted – especially those living alone – may need to rely on a sighted guide (a person who guides someone with sight loss) for urgent needs, including traveling safely to the grocery store, the pharmacy, their doctor’s office, the bank, and back home. 
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Creating Accessible Content For Your Audience Workshop

April 07, 2020
Join us for a Zoom workshop on April 20, 2020 on how to keep the public aware of what is going on with your business or organization and making sure that information is accessible to people who are blind or partially sighted.
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An interview with Ben Mulroney and CNIB Guide Dogs Buddy Team Zach and Elsie

April 06, 2020
CNIB Brand Ambassador, Ben Mulroney, chats with CNIB Guide Dogs buddy dog team, Zach and Elsie.  Hear from Zach about how Elsie is helping him through COVID-19 social distancing and recovering from a recent surgery. Zach also tells Ben about his experience with CNIB’s virtual programs. Watch the full interview here.
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The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

April 03, 2020
If you stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.
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CNIB Foundation expands virtual program offerings across Canada

March 24, 2020
In response to COVID-19, the CNIB Foundation has expanded its free virtual program offerings (e.g. career support, tech training, book clubs, youth groups) for Canadians impacted by blindness. We’re committed to combating the negative ramifications that isolation can have on Canadians with sight loss and ensuring our community is supported during this unprecedented time.