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Prime Minister announces supports for Canadians with disabilities to address challenges from COVID-19

June 05, 2020
COVID-19 has created a myriad of new challenges while highlighting existing barriers for Canadians who are blind or partially sighted.  Today, during National AccessAbility Week, the Prime Minister made a significant announcement regarding financial support available to Canadians with disabilities in response to the pandemic.
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Teach us a lesson at the 2020 Connecting the Dots conference!

June 04, 2020
The Connecting the Dots committee is assembling an enriching two-day learning experience with leaders in braille, technology, academia and employment to provide educational workshops and thought-provoking panel discussions on a variety of topics connected to the conference theme of braille, technology, and employment. Together, we will learn more about current trends and innovations in the sight loss community, network with talent who are blind or partially sighted and experience the latest advancements in assistive technologies.
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CNIB Foundation launches its tactile brand

June 01, 2020
During National AccessAbility Week (May 31-June 6), the CNIB Foundation, Canada’s largest non-profit supporting people who are blind or partially sighted, is proud to launch the organization's tactile branding project, a new aspect of the brand that’s not designed to be seen.
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Message to CNIB Lake Joe Family

May 22, 2020
We hope you're staying healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. On May 19, the Government of Ontario announced that overnight camps will not be permitted to operate in the summer of 2020. While this is very difficult to hear, CNIB Lake Joe understands and supports this decision as it puts health and safety first. We are truly disappointed that cancelling in-person programs at CNIB Lake Joe means we won't see you at camp this summer, but we know there is so much to look forward to, with brighter days ahead. For now, we need to stay connected in other ways.
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The CNIB Foundation announces partnership with accessible personalized navigation app, MapinHood

May 25, 2020
The CNIB Foundation is proud to announce their partnership with MapinHood, a personalized navigation app specifically designed to source accessible and safe routes in the city of Toronto.

Accessible navigation apps are often an essential tool for people with sight loss. They allow for independent, safe travel. But prior to the release of MapinHood, most navigation apps have been designed to meet the needs of drivers and transit riders, rather than for pedestrians.
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Apply for a CNIB Scholarship!

May 20, 2020
Every year, the CNIB Foundation's scholarship program awards multiple scholarships to students who are blind or partially sighted in recognition of their academic aspirations and achievements. If you are pursuing a post-secondary diploma, degree, skilled trades certificate or apprenticeship program in the 2020/21 academic year, we want to hear from you!
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Ben Mulroney Chats with a Vision Mate Partnership

May 13, 2020
CNIB brand ambassador, Ben Mulroney, meets with a Vision Mate partnership to discuss how the program has changed during COVID-19.
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Ben Mulroney talks International Guide Dog Day

April 29, 2020
CNIB’s brand ambassador, Ben Mulroney, talks about the importance of International Guide Dog Day with Diane Bergeron, President CNIB Guide Dogs.
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Ben Mulroney on Giving Tuesday Now

May 05, 2020
Listen while CNIB Brand Ambassador, Ben Mulroney, talks about the importance of community on Giving Tuesday Now.
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Important message from CNIB’s Patron, Her Excellency, the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada

April 29, 2020
As patron of your organization, I wanted to send along my best wishes to you during these difficult times. I hope you are well. Wherever you are and whatever you do, you are facing a historic and unprecedented challenge alongside people and organizations from around the world. I want to wholeheartedly thank the membership of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, who are assuming a leadership role in tackling this shared challenge.