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CNIB Foundation opens Ottawa Community Hub in Lansdowne Park

June 04, 2019
The CNIB Ottawa Community Hub, at 425 Marché Way, hosts an extensive menu of offerings, including accessible technology training, advocacy resources, child and youth programming, peer support sessions as well as opportunities within culture, recreation and sport.
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Equalize – June 2019

May 17, 2019
Welcome to the June edition of Equalize. In this issue, we learn about Guide Dog AdvoCamp, a new offering at CNIB Lake Joe, and service dog policies in schools. The Know Your Rights team provides a project update, and we bid farewell to Debbie Gillespie, a valued member of our advocacy team, who's retiring after 31 years. We also hear how the Federal Budget 2019 will impact Canadians with sight loss. Plus, we learn more about BlindSquare, a navigational app that's changing what it is to be blind today.
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The BlindSquare Experience

May 17, 2019
Ashley Shaw shares her experience navigating with BlindSquare in Toronto.
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Calling all advocates!

May 17, 2019
The CNIB Foundation is launching an ambitious federal election campaign to get each of the main political parties to commit to putting technology in the hands of Canadians who are blind or partially sighted, but we need your help!
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Commitments to Accessibility and Inclusion in Federal Budget 2019

May 17, 2019
On Tuesday, March 19, 2019, Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled the Liberal government's fourth federal budget, titled "Investing in the Middle Class." It included measures to support equality for Canadians who are blind or partially sighted.
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Debbie Gillespie bids farewell to CNIB

May 17, 2019
After 31 years with CNIB, Debbie Gillespie prepares for retirement and reflects on her time with the organization and the advocacy campaigns she's worked on.
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CNIB Foundation Ontario “Know Your Rights” Project Update

May 17, 2019
Too many members of Ontario's blind, partially sighted and Deafblind communities become confused, frustrated, or exhausted when they're trying to understand their legal rights and challenge discrimination. Since the Fall 2018 launch, we’ve made excellent progress in developing easy-to-understand, practical legal information handbooks, producing public education videos, and running training for CNIB staff and community partners.
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CNIB and Ascend FS Launch Province Wide 50/50 Fundraising Program

May 30, 2019
The CNIB Foundation, along with our partner Ascend Fundraising Solutions (Ascend FS), is proud to announce the launch of CNIB’s new 50/50 Raffle fundraising program. The raffle will raise money to support programs that help to transform the lives of those who are blind or partially sighted in local communities across Canada.
Orbit Braille Reader 20

Orbit Braille Reader delay

May 23, 2019
CNIB Foundation has a strong commitment to braille and access to low-cost braille technology as a key to literacy and education. As a part of this commitment, we were excited to announce the launch of the Orbit Braille Reader 20 in Canada. This device was to be the first affordable, portable and refreshable braille reader on the market.
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Last chance to apply for a CNIB Foundation scholarship!

May 23, 2019
Paying your way through university is never easy. That's why we're working to help lighten the financial load for students who are blind or partially sighted with a series of post-secondary and graduate school scholarships.