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People with sight loss shouldn’t carry the advocacy burden alone

A statement from CNIB for International Day of Persons with Disabilities

For more than 100 years, CNIB has been changing what it is to be blind through innovative programs and powerful advocacy that enable Canadians impacted by blindness to live the lives they choose.

While the world has changed dramatically since our founding in 1918, people with sight loss continue to face significant barriers every single day – from navigating the educational system to pursuing employment opportunities to fully participating in their communities. People who are blind, partially sighted, or Deafblind continue to carry the advocacy burden on their shoulders, having to constantly speak out and educate the sighted world on their right to experience life free from accessibility barriers and discrimination.

It shouldn’t be that way.

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CNIBLakeJoe@Home: Coffee Break

December 6, 2022

Join us on Zoom Tuesday mornings, 9-10 a.m. Eastern Time for conversation, laughter, and a chance to reminisce about your favourite CNIB Lake Joe memories. Pour yourself a coffee, tea, or beverage of choice, login and connect with your friends from Lake Joe.

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Blogs

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Travel Tips with Taylor

By: Taylor Gaudon 
CNIB National Youth Council Member

As a partially sighted person, I have encountered many obstacles while travelling independently (mostly on domestic trips) and thought I’d some of my tips to make your next travel experience a smoother one. 

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Know Your Rights!

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.

Legal information handbooks cover topics like: education, employment, healthcare, housing, transportation, the built environment, government and consumer services, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Each provincial handbook provides readers with an overview of important legal rights specific to the priority area as well as links to helpful legal resources and community supports.

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Creating infinite possibilities for youth

Thank you, Scotiabank!

Children and youth with sight loss are among the most excluded group in the education system. Together, with Scotiabank, we’re breaking down these barriers through life-changing programs like the Infinite Youth Project.

Thanks to Scotiabank’s generous support, participants are developing skills including goal-setting, decision-making, teamwork, self-advocacy, interpersonal communication, and social skills, while also expanding their peer network.

These programs, which are uniquely designed and fully accessible, make it possible for children and youth to build their confidence and develop critical skills that will set them up for future success in education and employment.

Thank you, Scotiabank, for empowering youth to lead fuller and more independent lives without barriers!

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Volunteer Opportunities

Virtual Vision Mate

The Virtual Vision Mate program gives volunteers an opportunity to engage in friendly conversations with people who are blind or partially sighted. You can schedule your chats on a set day and time every week, or you can schedule week-to-week, whatever works for both of you.

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Vision Mate

Make a difference for people who are blind or partially sighted by providing sighted assistance and companionship to a person in your community who is blind or partially sighted.

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