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CNIB's Virtual Program Offerings

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Join us! Whether it’s children and youth groups, employment workshops, tech sessions or book clubs, our innovative programs are designed to educate, entertain and engage! Our free programs are available to Canadians who are blind or partially sighted as well as their families, friends and caregivers.

We kindly ask participants to register for programs at least one business day before the start date. If you can’t join us, register anyway. If a program is recorded, we’ll send the recording to registered participants. When registering, please provide your first name and last name, as well as any accessibility accommodations you require to attend and fully participate in the program.

Below, you'll find a snapshot of some of our global virtual program offerings. *For local program offerings in your province, visit: cnib.ca/en/event.

Advocacy

CCB COVID-19 Impact Survey
The Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) is conducting a survey on the impact of COVID-19 on Canadians who are blind, partially sighted, or Deafblind. While COVID-19 continues to impact the future health of Canadians, federal, provincial, and municipal governments are all looking at creating new policies to determine how best to assist people living with disabilities during future pandemics. The goal of the CCB COVID-19 impact survey is to better understand and address the lived experiences of people who are blind, partially sighted or Deafblind during the pandemic. Take the CCB COVID-19 Impact Survey.

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Children & Youth

The TD Summer Reading Club is Canada’s biggest, bilingual summer reading program for kids of all ages, interests and abilities. This free program is offered at more than 2,000 public libraries across Canada, as well as online. The TD Summer Reading Club celebrates Canadian authors, illustrators and stories, and inspires kids to explore the fun of reading their way. The TD Summer Reading Club includes kids who read print, braille and other accessible formats! Join Canada's biggest, bilingual summer reading program for kids of all ages, interests and abilities. Learn More.

Writing with Feeling: Braille Writers' Retreat (ages 6-19) at CNIB Lake Joe
Friday, September 30 to Sunday, October 2, 2022 at CNIB Lake Joe. This action-packed writer’s retreat for CNIB kids and teens (ages 6-19) is perfect for youth who are braille users and are interested in creative writing. Participants will enjoy fun, interactive workshops to help them develop their imaginations and creative writing skills. There will be braille-themed activities suitable for all ages and braille skills. Participants will also contribute to an international collaborative art project. Participants should expect typical camp activities such as Scavenger Hunts and Campfires. There will be scheduled 'free time' when they may be able to enjoy CNIB Lake Joe facilities such as mini-golf, the climbing wall, nature walks and boat rides. Fill out the application form.

Monday, July 4

Read Aloud to Me: Stories for Children - Monday Session
Every Monday, 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Music for Kids – Monday Session
Every Monday, 3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

Tuesday, July 5

Music for Kids – Tuesday Session
Every Tuesday, 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

Family Zoom Room
Every Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Read Aloud to Me: Stories for Children - Tuesday Session
Every Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Wednesday, July 6

Read Aloud to Me: Stories for Children - Wednesday Session
Every Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now

Zoom Zoom Room
Every Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Thursday, July 7

Read Aloud to Me: Stories for Children - Thursday Session
Every Thursday, 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now

Tween Zoom Hangout
Every Thursday, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Monday, July 11

Read Aloud to Me: Stories for Children - Monday Session
Every Monday, 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Music for Kids – Monday Session
Every Monday, 3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

Tuesday, July 12

Music for Kids – Tuesday Session
Every Tuesday, 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

Family Zoom Room
Every Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Read Aloud to Me: Stories for Children - Tuesday Session
Every Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Wednesday, July 13

Read Aloud to Me: Stories for Children - Wednesday Session
Every Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now

Zoom Zoom Room
Every Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Thursday, July 14

Read Aloud to Me: Stories for Children - Thursday Session
Every Thursday, 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now

Tween Zoom Hangout
Every Thursday, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

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Culture, Sport & Recreation, including Peer Support

SPIRIT Club – an online fitness platform! 
Registered SPIRIT Club members have access to a suite of accessible and scalable virtual exercises and healthy lifestyle classes, including fitness, Zumba, boxing, yoga, meditation, healthy cooking, etc. Classes are developed and taught by fitness trainers. Equipment is not required. Learn more

Play Ambassador Program
Do you have a “Play“ goal? Have you always wanted to run or walk a 5 km race? Learn to play an instrument, how to golf or take on a charity tandem bike ride? Are you already someone who is active want to share your stories to empower others? Become a Play Ambassador! Learn more

Monday, July 4

Let's Get Gardening
Every Monday, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

CNIBLakeJoe@Home: Curiosity Corner Blind Soccer
Monday, July 4, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Accessible Yoga
Every Monday & Friday, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Tuesday, July 5

CNIBLakeJoe@Home: Coffee Break
Every Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Virtual Zoom Coffee and Chat - Moncton
Every Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Atlantic Time. Register Now.

Eastern Canada Social Meet Up
Every Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Mindfulness Through Music
Every Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

LOBBBY Mindfulness Through Music
Every Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

The Good News Spotlight
Every Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Tuesday Games
Every Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Chair Yoga
Every Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Wednesday, July 6

The Bookends Book Club
Every Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Wednesday Social Hour
Every Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Atlantic Time. Register Now.

Gentle Yoga 
Every Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Thursday, July 7

Western Social Meetup
Every Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Mountain Time. Register Now.

Meet Caelin!
Thursday, July 7, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Atlantic Time. Register Now.

Thursday Games
Every Thursday, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Seated Dance Fitness
Every Thursday, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

LOBBY Seated Dance Fitness
Every Thursday, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

Name That Tune
Thursday, July 7, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Friday, July 8

Friday Fun Trivia
Every Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Mandarin and Cantonese Yoga
Every Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Virtual Relaxation Yoga
Every Friday, 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Central Daylight Time. Register Now.

Guide Dog Handlers Chat Group
Friday, July 8, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Virtual Coffee Group
Every Friday, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time. Register Now.

Coffee-Talks
Every Friday, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

Accessible Yoga
Every Monday & Friday, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Monday, July 11

Let's Get Gardening
Every Monday, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Accessible Yoga
Every Monday & Friday, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Tuesday, July 12

CNIBLakeJoe@Home: Coffee Break
Every Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Virtual Zoom Coffee and Chat - Moncton
Every Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Atlantic Time. Register Now.

Eastern Canada Social Meet Up
Every Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Mindfulness Through Music
Every Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

LOBBBY Mindfulness Through Music
Every Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

The Good News Spotlight
Every Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Tuesday Games
Every Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Chair Yoga
Every Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Scattergories
Tuesday, July 12, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Summer Music Open Mic
Tuesday, July 12, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Atlantic Time. Register Now.

Jeopardy
Tuesday, July 12, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Atlantic Time. Register Now.

Wednesday, July 13

The Bookends Book Club
Every Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Yarnivores
Wednesday, July 13, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Wednesday Social Hour
Every Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Atlantic Time. Register Now.

Gentle Yoga 
Every Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Music and Friends
Wednesday, July 13, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Newfoundland Time. Register Now.

Thursday, July 14

Western Social Meetup
Every Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Mountain Time. Register Now.

Thursday Games
Every Thursday, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Seated Dance Fitness
Every Thursday, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

LOBBY Seated Dance Fitness
Every Thursday, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

Friday, July 15

Friday Fun Trivia
Every Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Mandarin and Cantonese Yoga
Every Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Virtual Relaxation Yoga
Every Friday, 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Central Daylight Time. Register Now.

Virtual Coffee Group
Every Friday, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time. Register Now.

Coffee-Talks
Every Friday, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

Song Bingo Game Night
Friday, July 15, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

Accessible Yoga
Every Monday & Friday, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Saturday, July 16

Old Time Radio
Saturday, July 16, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

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Help us Build the Plan – Developing CNIB's next strategic plan

In 2022, CNIB is embarking on one of the most active engagement efforts in its history. As we continue to change what it is to be blind, we're connecting with tens of thousands of people with sight loss to develop our next strategic plan – set to launch in 2023. If you've experienced sight loss, we want to hear from you. This community consultation process will help us chart an ambitious course that will move the needle on important issues that are facing Canadians who are blind or partially sighted. Share your perspectives by completing the survey.

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Learning & Employment

International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP)
In May, CNIB, CNIB Deafblind Community Services (DBCS) and Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada (VLRC) announced a new partnership with the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP). IAAP is a not-for-profit membership-based organization for individuals and organizations that are focused on accessibility or are in the process of building their accessibility skills and strategies. Come to Work Talent Pool members can access a wide range of professional development opportunities offered through IAAP. Certification courses are offered at a discounted rate for IAAP members. Learn more about IAAP.

Microsoft Online Certification Courses
Free online certification courses. Learn More.

Wednesday, July 20

Assistive Technology Series - Microsoft Word (M)
Wednesday, July 20, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Assistive Technology Series - Microsoft Word (SR)
Wednesday, July 20, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Employment Fraud and Scams
Wednesday, July 20, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Tuesday, July 26

Career Quest
Tuesday, July 26, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Venture Pool - Creating a Business Plan
Tuesday, July 26, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

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Technology

CNIB SmartLife Tech @ Home
CNIB SmartLife brings the showroom to you! The CNIB SmartLife Tech @ Home program allows participants to test cutting-edge accessible devices from the comfort of their own homes and beyond. Through this program, we are able to reach more Canadians with sight loss than ever before – no matter where they reside. Learn More.

Tuesday, July 5

Tech Drop-in Session
Tuesday, July 5, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Wednesday, July 6

Techstravaganza
Every Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Wireless Wednesday
Every Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

Thursday, July 7

iPhone and iPad Accessibility Series
Thursday, July 7, 14, 21, 28, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Saturday, July 9

Techstravaganza 2.0
Saturday, July 9, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Wednesday, July 13

Techstravaganza
Every Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Wireless Wednesday
Every Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

Thursday, July 14

iPhone and iPad Accessibility Series
Thursday, July 14, 21, 28, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

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Vision Mate

Virtual Vision Mate Program
To sign up to be matched with a Virtual Vision Mate, visit cnib.ca/virtualvisionmate.

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