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CNIB announces new partnership with GoodMaps

September 28, 2020
TORONTO – The CNIB Foundation, Canada's largest non-profit serving people with sight loss, has announced a new partnership with GoodMaps, experts and innovators in accessible navigation and wayfinding.

From left to right, John Rafferty, President and CEO of CNIB, Eyre Purkin Bien, Senior advisor, Philanthropy, three members of the Nanji Family, Garry Nenson Vice President of Philanthropy for CNIB, and Shane Silver, Vice President of Social Enterprises for CNIB. The group stands together in front of the new Nanji Family Foundation CNIB SmartLife Centre.

CNIB unveils new, interactive retail experience: The Nanji Family Foundation CNIB SmartLife Centre

September 16, 2020
TORONTO, September 16, 2020: The CNIB Foundation, Canada's largest non-profit serving people with sight loss, celebrated the grand opening of their state-of-the-art Nanji Family Foundation CNIB SmartLife Centre in Toronto on September 15, 2020.
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National Youth Council Leadership Award

August 13, 2020
The National Youth Council believes in recognizing youth with sight loss. That's why it created the Leadership Award to celebrate people going above and beyond to make a difference in their community, province or country.   

One winner is selected yearly and presented with a plaque and $250 prize. Their accomplishments are also shared across CNIB's national social media channels. 
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Discrimination against guide dog teams must stop

September 09, 2020
"Imagine walking into a restaurant and being told, "You can't come in," or being stranded at an airport because none of the taxis will take you home, or making a room reservation, only to have it cancelled by the hotel because you're not welcome. This has been my reality for 30 years. You'd think I'd get used to it, but every time it happens, I'm no less shocked than I was the first time it happened." – Diane Bergeron, President of CNIB Guide Dogs
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Guide dogs are essential workers, yet they face discrimination daily

August 31, 2020
The CNIB Foundation and Guide Dog Users of Canada are reminding Canadians that guide dogs belong everywhere – it’s the law.
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CNIB Foundation transitions its St. Catharines office to a community resource access and virtual model

August 26, 2020
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CNIB Foundation has been working hard to develop innovative methods to deliver our programs and services when we couldn’t physically be together. Virtual programs have allowed us to be more cost efficient, to eliminate transportation and geographic barriers, and to reach more Ontarians with sight loss than ever before – no matter where they reside.
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CNIB announces new partnership with LEARNstyle

August 21, 2020
TORONTO – CNIB, Canada's largest non-profit serving people with sight loss, has signed a new partnership agreement with LEARNstyle, experts in specialized education and assistive technology training.
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The CNIB Foundation announces new partnership with IrisVision

August 05, 2020
TORONTO, August 4 – The CNIB Foundation, Canada's largest non-profit serving people with sight loss, has signed a new partnership agreement with IrisVision, global leader in digital vision technologies.

IrisVision’s visual assistive device allows users to access and amplify their limited sight. The wearable device is FDA registered, and helps users with a variety of eye conditions including age-related macular degeneration, Stargart disease, and glaucoma.
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The CNIB Foundation and Vision Loss Rehabilitation Ontario announce the cancellation of the 2020 Eye Van Tour

August 04, 2020
The CNIB Foundation and Vision Loss Rehabilitation Ontario announce the cancellation of the 2020 Eye Van Tour.
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Legislation on COVID-19 disability payments receives Royal Assent

July 28, 2020
On Monday, Bill C-20 received Royal Assent. This legislation will provide a one-time, non-taxable and non-reportable payment of up to $600 to support Canadians with disabilities to assist with expenses incurred during the pandemic.