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Know Your Rights

August 21, 2019
Through the Know Your Rights Project, the CNIB Foundation has developed plain language legal information and resources (fact sheets, videos, training, etc.) to empower Ontarians who are blind, partially sighted or Deafblind to better understand their rights, navigate the Ontario legal system, and self-advocate to challenge discrimination.

We spoke with Jason Mitschele, Member, Steering Committee and Member, CNIB Foundation Ontario & Quebec Board, and Avery Au, Project Lead, about their experiences.
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Tips for Accessible Airline Travel

August 21, 2019
Canadian travelers with sight loss have new legal rights when their air travel plans go awry. With the Airline Passenger Bill of Rights, which became law on July 15, 2019, Canadian airlines are required to adhere to new accessibility regulations.

These regulations apply to airlines, terminal operators, rail, ferries, interprovincial buses, Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA).
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Equalize – September 2019

August 21, 2019
Welcome to the September edition of Equalize. In this issue, we learn how Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act, will impact Canadians who are blind or partially sighted, and how Canadians can test the accessibility tools that will be provided by Elections Canada during the federal election. We talk tips for accessible airline travel, chat with the Know Your Rights team, and highlight a professional development program for advocates. We also learn about an iOS manual for children with sight loss, guide dog handler workshops and Deafblind etiquette. Plus, we shine a spotlight on Guy Carriere, an advocate in Northern Ontario
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Guide dogs and their handlers belong everywhere – it's the law

August 21, 2019
The CNIB Foundation is calling for an end to discrimination against Canadians who depend on guide dogs for mobility, safety and increased independence.

In all of Canada's 10 provinces and three territories, legislation prohibits discriminating against a person with a disability who is working with a guide dog. Discrimination includes denial of access to any premises to which the public would normally have access. 
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CNIB Night Steps

August 08, 2019
Assemble your family and friends and join us at CNIB Night Steps, a superhero walk in support of the CNIB Foundation.

Use your superpowers to help create a brighter future for people living with sight loss in your community! Come dressed up as your favourite superhero and enjoy an evening of costumes, entertainment, food, and a walk with your fellow community heroes.
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Blind on film: 10 movies that put blindness front and centre

August 06, 2019
Just because you’re blind doesn’t mean you don’t enjoy movies. And just like anyone else, you want to relate to the characters on screen. So it can be refreshing to catch a movie where blind characters are put front and centre.
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Ask Lynn: Organizing your fridge

August 06, 2019
Dear Lynn,

This morning it took me almost 15 minutes to find my favourite jar of homemade strawberry jam in the refrigerator. As my sight declines, finding items in the fridge is becoming more and more like a chore as I am no longer able to read food labels…
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5 reasons to make a planned gift

August 06, 2019
By including the CNIB Foundation in your will, you'll make a powerful impact on our organization for years to come. Read on for a few more reasons to make a planned gift…
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The ABCs of IOS: New manual helps kids learn to use IOS

August 08, 2019
It's amazing how early most children are developing their technology skills nowadays. Let's be honest, most of us know a child who can use smart devices like tablets or smartphones much more easily than we can ourselves.
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Apply for Online Entrepreneurship Courses!

July 16, 2019
Want to learn more about business? Looking to start your own company or add a certificate in Entrepreneurship and Small Business to your resumé? CNIB offers free courses in entrepreneurship in partnership with the G. Raymond Chang School at Ryerson University. They're online, and they're free!