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Children and Youth Programs

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Ontario Regional Braille Challenge

The Braille Challenge is a national program of the Braille Institute and is the only academic competition of its kind in North America for students (grades 1-12) who are blind or partially sighted! This annual competition invites students to compete in Braille Challenge events throughout the United States and Canada. Contestants are divided into five age/grade levels and are tested on fundamental braille skills.
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Y.E.L.L. Focus Group. Be heard! – Youth Session

Youth Equality through Legal Learning (Y.E.L.L.) is developing plain language legal information workshops and resources to help youth with slight loss to self-advocate and challenge discrimination. Y.E.L.L. wants to hear from you! You could win one of two $50 Amazon gift cards for participating. Join us for a session for youth on Tuesday, December 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. Eastern Time.  This group runs via Zoom web conference. Call in information will be given upon registration.
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Y.E.L.L. Focus Group. Be heard! – Parents Session

Youth Equality through Legal Learning (Y.E.L.L.) is developing plain language legal information workshops and resources to help youth with slight loss to self-advocate and challenge discrimination. Y.E.L.L. wants to hear from you! You could win one of two $50 Amazon gift cards for participating. Join us for a session for parents and guardians on Thursday, December 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. Eastern Time. This group runs via Zoom web conference. Call in information will be given upon registration.
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Fashion Forward - Dressing for the Occasion

Strike a pose with the CNIB Foundation! Learn fashion coordination, grooming, styling and makeup application tips with the Fashion Forward group. December 15 Workshop: Dressing for the Occasion! This group runs online via Zoom web conference on the third Tuesday of every month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Eastern Time. Call in information will be given upon registration.
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Young Adult Zoom Hangout

Connect with old friends as well as make new ones over Zoom! Topics will be determined by the group. Please note: this group is for individuals between the ages of 18-30. The group meets online via Zoom web conference on Tuesday, December 8 & 22 from 8-9 p.m. Eastern Time. Call in information will be given upon registration. 
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Parents educational resources for kids (PERK)

A support program for parents of children with sight loss, combined with interactive family recreational events. This group meets via Zoom web conference on the last Sunday of every month from 1 to 2 p.m. Eastern Time. Call in information will be given upon registration.
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Post-Secondary Connect Online Group

If you are a student interested in connecting with others, exchanging ideas and discussing the challenges of attending post-secondary school with sight loss, join us for our monthly discussions from the comfort of your home or dorm room! This group runs online via Zoom web conference on the third Monday of every month from 7-8 p.m. Eastern Time. Call in information will be given upon registration. 
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Youth Tech Club Hangout

Are you a youth or young adult who loves playing with or working on technology like iPads, iPhones, BrailleNote Touch or other tech? Check out our monthly Youth Tech Club Hangout where you and your peers can share and learn about new and innovative technology. For children and youth (ages 11-21). Siblings are also welcome to attend. This group meets via Zoom web conference on January 20 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mountain Time. Call in information will be given upon registration.
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Dance & Movement Games for Kids

Our adaptive dance instructor, Tiffany Tjosvold, will be leading a zoom based dance and movement game program for children. This program is designed to meet children's Daily Physical Activity (DPA) standards. This group runs via Zoom web conference every Thursday from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Pacific Time. Call in information will be given upon registration.
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Music for Kids (Tuesday Sessions)

Our Music Therapists Erin Koop and Emily Brown will be hosting weekly sessions on Zoom for children and youth participants across the country. These interactive sessions are filled with songs, action songs, stories, and more!  Get ready to make some music! This group runs via Zoom web conference every Tuesday from 2 to 3 p.m. Pacific Time. Call in information will be given upon registration.