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The TELUS Friendly Future Foundation donates $10,000 to support reading workshops for children with sight loss

Thanks to a $10,000 gift from the TELUS Friendly Future Foundation, the CNIB Foundation Quebec will offer reading workshops for a second year.

Les chouettes découvertes workshops are designed to promote reading to children. A group of five children meet for 90-minute sessions at the CNIB Montreal Community Hub. Parents are also welcomed to participate. The workshops are led by a psychoeducator, a special education teacher and a social worker. Children are encouraged to read or listen to stories before talking about them. 

Two young children are holding on to the same braille book and walking around a classroom environment.Through its donation, the TELUS Friendly Future Foundation is helping children discover the joy of reading – a gateway to future success. 

“Thanks to this activity, I see my daughters’ reading improving. They have learned new words and have improved their ability to socialize.” -Sahar Chamas (mother of Aline and Lorine) 

Using the power of technology to advance children’s literacy

This year, young participants can also try different assistive technology tools — from audiobooks to variable-speed tape recorders — that help students with reading. The technological components help spark children’s interest in reading and offer parents additional tools to make reading a part of their everyday routines.

A special thanks to the TELUS Friendly Future Foundation for supporting these innovative workshops.