Local Programs and Services

CNIB offers a range of community-based programs and services that empower Canadians who are blind or partially sighted – to see beyond vision loss. The programs and services below are available in Ontario.

If you are interested in vision loss rehabilitation services, those services are offered by Vision Loss Rehabilitation Ontario, a CNIB organization. Certified specialists provide training that enables people who are blind or partially sighted to develop or restore key daily living skills, helping enhance their independence, safety and mobility. These specialists work closely with ophthalmologists, optometrists and other health care professionals, providing essential care on a referral basis in homes and communities across Ontario.

The following rehabilitation services are available through Vision Loss Rehabilitation Ontario:

  • Low vision services: to help you learn to use the sight you have left
  • Essential skills of daily living: to help you build the skills you need live safely and independently
  • Travel and mobility instruction: to help you learn to travel safely and independently with vision loss

For more information on rehabilitation services, visit on.visionlossrehab.ca.

Emotional and wellness support

Understanding and advice when you need it most

It’s not unusual to feel depressed, angry or alone when you experience a loss of vision, and there will probably be times when you wish you had someone to help you work through these feelings. If you’re struggling to overcome the emotional challenges of vision loss, we’re here for you.

  • Join a CNIB support group and receive emotional support from other people who understand the impact of vision loss on everyday life.
  • Join our Vision Mate program and connect with a caring volunteer who’s trained to provide assistance.
  • Access counselling services through CNIB or recommended community resources.
  • Learn about opportunities to take part in leisure, recreation and social programs in your community.​


The CNIB Library

​Rediscover the joys of reading

Home to more than 80,000 accessible materials in formats like braille and audio, the CNIB Library is Canada’s largest library for people who are unable to read traditional print. If you love reading, the CNIB Library is yours to explore.

  • Find books and magazines in a variety of accessible formats; we’ll help you find the format that’s right for you.
  • Download books and daily newspapers at the click of a button through our digital collection.
  • Enjoy classic movies with our narrated video collection.
  • Help your kids discover a love of reading with braille and printbraille books for children and teens.

If you’d like help finding a book, movie or other library material, call 1-800-268-8818 or email library@cnib.ca. Or click here to browse our digital collection now.


Shop CNIB​

Find helpful products for better living

Shop CNIB offers Canada’s largest array of products and technology for better living with vision loss. Here are just a few of the products you’ll find at Shop CNIB:

  • Around the house: magnifiers of all kinds; talking watches, timers and scales; large-button phones; and colour identifiers
  • Fun stuff: braille board games, tactile dice, TV magnifiers and large-print playing cards
  • Out and about: white canes, pocket magnifiers, specialty sunglasses and talking pedometers
  • At the office: high-contrast, large-print keyboards; braillers; signature guides; and talking calculators

​Click here to browse the Shop CNIB online store.


Career and employment services

​Open the door to opportunity

Our career and employment services can give you the information and resources you need to build your job skills and achieve a satisfying career.

  • Get one-on-one support in exploring your career interests, pursuing job opportunities, networking or building your presentation skills.
  • Find or become a professional mentor through our online CareerConnect Canada program.
  • Learn about tuition and wage subsidies that may be available to help you access training or start a new job.


Deafblind services

​Expand your world

For many people who are Deafblind, the world can sometimes seem very small. But our services are designed to help it grow – to empower people who are Deafblind to build the skills and confidence to fully participate in life.

  • Receive direct support from our specialists or find out about community programs in your area that offer services for people with a loss of hearing and vision.
  • Build your literacy skills and learn communication methods that can help you interact with others, from traditional sign language, to print-on-palm, the two-hand manual or large-print notes.
  • Receive emotional counselling from a professional who’s trained in the challenges faced by people with Deafblindness, as well as how to work through them.
  • Spend time with a trained intervenor who will guide you through your daily activities and act as your eyes and ears – bridging the gap between you and the sighted and hearing world. Our expert intervenors are fluent in all communication methods used by people with Deafblindness, and can assist you not only in day-to-day tasks like grocery shopping, but also larger goals, like building independence, going to post-secondary school or getting a job.​ ​​​​​


Technology and Information Fairs

Are you or someone you know experiencing vision loss?

Come learn about CNIB programs and services, various eye conditions and check out the latest technology for individuals who are blind or partially sighted at our CNIB Technology and Information Fairs.

Enjoy hands-on demonstrations of computer equipment, video magnifiers, closed-circuit televisions, digital accessible information system players, aids for independent living and much more.

Find the Technology and Information Fair nearest you!

May 15 - Richmond Hill

Elgin West Community Centre, 11099 Bathurst St.
1:00 pm – 3:45 pm
For more information, please call 416 486-2500 ext. 7459 or email shane.laurnitus@cnib.ca.

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