Research Projects

The studies conducted in-house by CNIB’s expert research team, as well as by external partners, are the foundation upon which our services are built and continually enhanced. It links the needs of our clients with evidence-based solutions that can help them fully participate in life.

Learn more about our projects:​

  • Accounting for Hidden Barriers and Pathways: The aim of this project is to develop knowledge on the intersections of culture, disability, aging and vision loss by learning the barriers and successes in accessing community support services faced by seniors with vision loss from culturally diverse backgrounds.
  • Activity for Youth Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired: This project explores the physical activity levels of youth with vision loss, compared to the general population, and the barriers to physical activity that people with vision loss may perceive and experience.
  • Age-Related Vision Loss Study: Based on a 2004 CNIB pilot project entitled 'the Impact of Health Policy Gaps on Low Vision Services in Canada,' ARVL is a two-pronged study aimed ultimately at providing seniors with the best possible tools and information to manage their own vision health. 
  • An Unequal Playing Field: This is a far-reaching survey that looks closely at demographics of Canadians living with vision loss, and the quality of life issues they face. Purchase the full report here.
  • Canadian Uncorrected Refractive Error Study (CURES): This study provides a population-based estimate of the prevalence of visual impairment and blindness in Canada, and identifies how many people have correctable versus uncorrectable visual impairment.
  • Circles of Light Project: First Nations communities in three regions of Canada were consulted using participatory action research methodology in order to identify and address the unique needs of their members who are living with vision loss.
  • Low Vision Outcomes Study: An exploration into electronic viewing versus CCTV (closed circuit television) training as it pertains to people with vision loss.
  • Pre-Employment Skills for Children with Vision Loss: The primary goal of this study was to develop an evidence-based model for the essential pre-employment skills needed by blind and visually impaired children and their families, and to implement programs to support the development of these skills.
  • Status of Canadian Youth Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired: A comprehensive study of the lifestyles of Canadian youth with vision loss, ages 15 to 30, focusing on social lives, leisure activities, employment and education. Purchase the full report here.
  • Success Factors in Getting a Job: The Success Factors project examines the elements that enable people with vision loss to find gainful employment. The findings will then be used to develop a tool that can be used to assess likelihood of finding work and identify areas where intervention might help enhance opportunities in the work world. Purchase the full report here.
  • VOICE Demonstration Project: This pilot study looked at seniors' access to low vision services, from the perspective of both consumers and the service providers themselves.