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Federal Advocacy

When we fight for rights, they become ingrained in society. Only through passionate, committed and tireless work will once-marginalized groups realize change. CNIB's advocacy efforts seek to bring about that change so Canadians who are blind, deafblind or who have sight loss can participate fully as equal citizens. Find out more about advocacy resources, federal issues and campaigns across the country. 

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With the introduction e-scooter pilot projects becoming more common across the country, CNIB is concerned about how the deployment of e-scooters is impacting people who are blind or partially sighted.
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Accessible Insulin Pumps

Diabetes and sight loss are closely connected, with diabetic retinopathy being a common related condition for people living with diabetes. Over the last few years, CNIB has heard from Canadians living with diabetes and sight loss who are having difficulties managing their diabetes because their insulin pump is not accessible. End users are unable to independently or safely use their insulin pump because often the device must be navigated solely using visual features on a display screen. 
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Described Video

For the 1.5 million Canadians who are blind or partially sighted, described video enhances the viewing experience and brings everyone into the same conversations about popular culture. Learn more about CNIB Foundation’s advocacy efforts to increase described video.
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Airline Passenger Protection Regulation

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.
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Bill C-81, The Accessible Canada Act

CNIB has been working with the federal government to help inform Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act, and to ensure the timely passage of the Bill.
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Current Federal Campaigns

Advocacy is a powerful tool. CNIB leads advocacy campaigns to make changes for people who are blind or partially sighted.
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Autonomous Vehicles (self driving cars)

In the coming years, connected autonomous vehicles (self driving cars) will become increasingly present on Canadian streets. What are the impacts for pedestrians with sight loss?
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Public Policy and Legislation

CNIB works with the federal government to expose barriers for people with sight loss and create a more equitable society. Learn how CNIB helps drive legislative change.

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A Journey Towards Accessible Elections

Canadians with physical disabilities have always had the right to vote in principle, but they did not always have access to voting services. As early as 1874, Canadians were not prevented from the right to vote because they were blind or partially sighted; however, the elector had to ask the deputy returning officer to help them mark the ballot in the presence of sworn agents of the candidates – far from a secret ballot!

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Help us Break Barriers

Join our community now and become part of a passionate group of people working to create a more inclusive Canada and a bolder future for everyone with sight loss.

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