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The BlindSquare Experience

May 17, 2019
Ashley Shaw shares her experience navigating with BlindSquare in Toronto.
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On Target – Issue #5 – January 2020

January 20, 2020
Welcome to On Target, our quarterly e-newsletter committed to keeping you informed about the progress we're making towards achieving the three strategic ambitions outlined in our strategic plan, “Bold Dreams, Bright Futures”.
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CNIB Lake Joe is Hiring Seasonal Staff for 2020!

January 13, 2020
Looking for work? CNIB Lake Joe, a fully accessible camp for people with sight loss, is looking for you! If you have a passion to enrich lives, make memories and build independence, apply now to join our team on the shores of beautiful Lake Joseph in Muskoka, and help change what it is to be blind!
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Educate to Advocate – Empowering Advocacy Across Ontario

August 21, 2019
To strengthen our voices and support the professional development of our Ontario advocates, ambassadors and CNIB staff, we’ve launched Educate to Advocate – an advocacy program designed to drive achievement and equality through education.  

Learn how to advocate from the experts! 
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CNIB Foundation asks Canadians to donate smartphones after the holidays

January 14, 2020
Every year thousands of Canadians receive a new smartphone for the holidays, and their used devices end up collecting dust in drawers or on shelves for months or years to come – even though they may still be very new. This new year, the CNIB Foundation is asking Canadians to save their gently used devices from their fate in the clutter drawer, and donate them to people with sight loss through the organization's Phone It Forward program.
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CNIB Foundation Ontario launches Know Your Rights

October 09, 2019
Through Know Your Rights, the CNIB Foundation Ontario has developed plain language resources (handbooks, videos, training, etc.) to empower Ontarians who are blind, partially sighted or Deafblind to better understand their rights, navigate the provincial legal system, and self-advocate to challenge discrimination.
Bruce Miles, President of HumanWare and John Rafferty, President of CNIB sign a partnership agreement between the two organizations.

A new exciting partnership between HumanWare and CNIB Foundation

December 18, 2019
The CNIB Foundation, Canada's largest non-profit serving people who are blind or partially sighted, has signed an exciting new partnership agreement with HumanWare, makers of accessible technologies for people with sight loss.

Through this partnership, the CNIB Foundation and the people it serves will have access to the latest assistive technologies as soon as they become available, across all its enterprises including Shop CNIB, Frontier Accessibility, as well as its affiliate organization, Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada.
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Receiving a smartphone through the CNIB Foundation's Phone It Forward program

October 08, 2019
In 2013, Louise Sylvain participated in a technology workshop. When she learned about the powerful built-in accessibility features iOS devices offered, she was amazed. Following the workshop, she immediately connected with the CNIB Foundation in Quebec to learn more about accessible technology.
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CNIB Response to Government e-scooter announcement – December 2019

December 03, 2019
On November 27, 2019 the Ontario Ministry of Transportation outlined their plans to introduce an e-scooter pilot, following the initial consultation, which took place in September.

The government's most recent announcement brings uncertainty regarding accessibility and safety for vulnerable pedestrians and people with disabilities, including 681,000 Ontarians who are blind or partially sighted. 
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CNIB Foundation receives $700,000 gift from Scotiabank on International Day of Persons with Disabilities

November 15, 2019
Today, on International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a day to celebrate the vast contributions and achievements of people with disabilities, the CNIB Foundation received a gift of $700,000 from Scotiabank to help create a brighter future for youth with sight loss in the Greater Toronto Area.