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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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Events

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Virtual Zoom Coffee and Chat - Moncton

December 6, 2022

The informal coffee chat group is a chance to socialize and meet new people. It is a very warm and welcoming group of regulars and newcomers. his is a recurring meeting and it will be the same information to log on each time. This group runs via Zoom web conference and telephone every Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. Atlantic Time. Call in information will be given upon registration.

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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.

Explore the legal information resources!
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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

Resource Development Assistant, Accessible Technology

CNIB's Accessible Technology Program aims to support the technology needs of program participants. With the availability of a wide range of accessible technologies, people with sight loss can accomplish almost any task, provided they have the right device, and the right support! Through our continuous development of Accessible Technology resources, materials and curriculum, we are able to provide our participants with the information they need to use their accessible technology effectively. With our efforts of providing the best support possible, we are seeking volunteers to assist with research & development of a complete Accessible Technology resource kit.

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Audio/Video Editor (Virtual & Hybrid Accessible Technology Programming)

CNIB's Accessible Technology Program aims to support the technology needs of program participants. With the availability of a wide range of accessible technologies, people with sight loss can accomplish almost any task, provided they have the right device, and the right support! With our efforts of providing the best support possible, we are seeking volunteers to assist us with the preparation of our monthly group webinars & descriptive audio/video tutorials.

Volunteer for Audio/Video Editor (Virtual & Hybrid Accessible Technology Programming)