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RBC makes transformational gift to support young people's futures

January 14, 2021
CNIB sends its deepest thanks to the RBC Foundation for their leadership contribution to support Come to Work programs for young people with sight loss.
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Empowering youth with sight loss: Transformational gift from Scotiabank funds critical virtual programs

December 17, 2020
In May of this year, just when quarantine restrictions were at their highest, CNIB received a transformational gift from Scotiabank to ensure the futures of youth with sight loss remain as bright as ever.
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Ninety years later, voting is still not accessible in Canada

December 02, 2020
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms gives Canadian citizens the right to vote. But for many Canadians living with sight loss, voting isn’t as simple as walking into a voting booth and checking a name on the ballot. It’s an inaccessible process that involves little to no secrecy, and numerous barriers.
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TTC CNIB Transit Pass Update

November 23, 2020
In 2018, eligible CNIB clients were provided with a new CNIB TTC card to use when travelling on the system. This card is set to expire on January 31, 2021. The TTC will be extending the expiry date to January 31, 2024.
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Travel restrictions lead to increased demand for CNIB Guide Dogs

November 19, 2020
Travel restrictions, including border closures caused by COVID-19, have resulted in a 300 per cent increase in interest for CNIB Guide Dogs applications.

Guide dog handlers who have travelled to the United States in the past to obtain a guide dog are now looking for a "made in Canada" solution as soon as possible.
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Unleashing your imagination through braille

November 05, 2020
For Maggie Wehrle, writing has always been a passion. With rod-cone dystrophy, a condition that causes her eyes to refuse to stay still and focus on an object, she's found her storytelling voice through braille.
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CNIB announces new partnership with Vispero (Optelec, Freedom Scientific, Enhanced Vision)

November 03, 2020
TORONTO, November 4, 2020 – CNIB, Canada's largest non-profit serving people with sight loss, has signed a new partnership agreement with Vispero, the world’s largest assistive technology provider for the visually impaired.
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CNIB Foundation transitions its Hamilton programs to a hybrid community resource access, and virtual model

November 02, 2020
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CNIB Foundation has been working hard to develop innovative methods to deliver our programs and services when we couldn’t physically be together. Virtual programs have allowed us to be more cost efficient, and to eliminate transportation and geographic barriers for participants. Meaning, that we’re able to reach and empower more Ontarians with sight loss than ever before – no matter where they reside.
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Deadline extended to apply for COVID-19 one-time payment for persons with disabilities

October 23, 2020
Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit will begin to receive the COVID-19 one-time $600 payment for persons with disabilities on October 30, 2020. The deadline to apply for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) to receive the COVID-19 one-time payment for persons with disabilities has also been extended from September 25, 2020, to December 31, 2020.
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CNIB’s Phone It Forward Program Receives Game-changing Donation of Smart Devices from BMO Financial Group

October 26, 2020
TORONTO, October 26, 2020 – The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), Canada's largest non-profit serving people with sight loss, thanks BMO Financial Group (BMO) for its incredible, game-changing donation to support Canadians with sight loss.